Bookish Gadgest || FairyLoo Unboxing – Talk Faerie to me

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Hello and happy Sunday! What are you all doing during this lazy day? I hope you’re relaxing a bit. I’m not. Because the exams are more and more near. But let’s talk about something nice and happy, like an unboxing.

I know that not everyone is into book merchs or unboxing but I like to do them and I always manage to use all the merch for everyday life and for bookstagram. Today, I’m gonna show you the unboxing of the January FairyLoot’s box.

 

If you don’t know, FairyLoot is one of my favorite box around the bookish crate and for me is also a super useful way to purchase a book and a lot of related merchs with a minor cost. Is like a big order that don’t actually cost  as much as purchasing every single item. divisorio grande 1

The theme for January was Talk Faerie to Me and was themed around faeries ( YOU DON’T SAY, CAMLLA!). It was a super nice January present, since is the month when I get older. I must say that aside from one item I’m supper happy for this box, even if I’m not such a great fan of the fandom featured. I like them but I cannot say that I’m crazy.

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Actually, the only little critic that I could move to FairyLoot is that in the end there’s the risk to feature items for the same fandom too many times. It would be nice to feature less famous fandoms or actually item related directly to the book. In this box there’s actually only one created by some bookish merch seller. But it still remain an amazing box.

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The most big item is the pillowcase dedicated to A Court of Thornes and Roses. It feature the design created by Evie Bookish just for this box ❤ The design is super magical and I think that even if you aren’t a super fan of ACOTAr this one is perfect just for the atmosphere.

Plus I add also the special bookmark and postcard that are designed everytime for the box. I’m not a great fan of this one. It’s just okay. Continue reading

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Book Review || #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

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Bookworms! The middle of the week is basically here and the exams are approaching too. Can I panick? Sure that I can. In fact I’m really fighting against time with all this scheduled posts. On the bright side this should help me with becoming more and more fast at writing things.

Anyway, today is review day (at least this week). I must notice, since I always forgot, that I got this copy thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a bit sad to anticipate that I’m not really happy about this read 😦 Beware.

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Title: #prettyboy Must Die
Author: Kimberly Reid
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 288
Rating: ★★

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo–along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”–Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

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I guess that it was okay. Yeah, this is not the great start ever. I know, I know. Sadly this novel left me with little to say. Or too little impression to actually elaborate a long review.

The book looks like an interesting read, a funny action packed young adult. It’s that for sure. But I was looking for more? I don’t mean that I started this one waiting for the next more impressive young adult thriller but the plot, the character, the story… none worked for me.

It’s a really short read and that should help all the other readers that are looking out for something fun and fast, something immersive maybe, but my reaction of the whole was just no. At a certain point, while reading, I asked myself when this was gonna end, losing my interest a bit a after a bit. Continue reading

From bookshop to readers || February 2018

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Bookworms, here we are with one of the post that last month was the most appreciated of all! Literally a long list of month’s release that might interest you or not. I must say that it’s kinda hard to write down all of them, so I’m really glad that you liked it so much.

Without any other wait, here I present you this super long list of new releases that I found interesting. Yes, The Belles is missing since I don’t plan to read it *go to hide*

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THE QUEEN RISING || A dreamy fantasy with political intrigues and arts. The blurb doesn’t say aside for the general introduction but the premise is quite cliché and original at the same time. I can say that I mildly interested. (Untitled Trilogy #1)

AMERICAN PANDA || One of the books that I want more. The cover is super pretty, fluffy and pastel but the plot seems actually really heavy and harsh. And everyone talks  about this one, so it must be mine. But I’ve a super long lit of purchases…

BY A CHARM AND A CURSE || Generic young adult with romance sub-plot (maybe) but with a possible killer time to die circus which has a curse, which cannot let you get out (if I remember well) and that’s sound perfect.

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SHADOWSONG || Okay, I never read the first one but I’m practically interested. So I added it. And if you liked the first and didn’t know when this was being published, well, here is the important notice for you. (Wintersong #2)

THE TOYMAKER || This is actually going to be published the 8th. But anyway… there’s a thing you must know about me: I’m sucker for every books that may contain magic (or creepy cursed and deadly) doll or toys. No cursed in this time, just historical and dreamy, maybe even fluff, but this sound like a legit fascinating novel.

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Book Review || Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Happy Monday, bookish folks! How are you? Well, it’s Monday (if this doesn’t explain itself) and mine will be really busy and I just can’t… Imagine that I had no Saturday. And during Sunday I was kinda drained of all my energy. But, ehi, here we go ❤

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Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
Publisher: Diseny-Hiperyon
Pages: 496
Rating: ★★★★

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen 

object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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While adding the rating to this one, I was conflicted. Three star and a half or plain four stars? In the end I choose for four, but yet… I’ve still some little doubts about it. I liked Passenger but at the same time few things didn’t work out for me. So, with this review I want to talk about three aspects of the book.

I want to start from Etta, Nicholas and secondary character included. I liked them, I liked Etta resolution and even Nicholas with his a bit too much close attitude, how they both worked out together. I admit that a bit I’ve some up and downs with Nicholas, still not managing to trust him fully because he was kinda torn between doing his own stuff and being free or helping Etta, trying to do the right thing. But I’m definitely happy to see how things worked out.

I must admit that at the same time, while I appreciated both, I’d few little problems to actually define them. Like, I didn’t read enough of them. I ge that Etta is a gentle inclined girl who want to do the best and I get that Nicholas is actually kind-hearted but have the tendency to resolve any things with punches. And that’s okay but that much. Continue reading

International Bookworm || My country in a book

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Finally, for the first time, I’m taking part to the international bookworm meme created by Books & Babbles! Well, this is kind of a hard task.

Finding a book that represent my country isn’ that easy, as you understand. What reality should I present? Every region has people with different attitude. Plus, the hars reality is that I don’t really read italin book, especially set in Italy.

It’s just not my thing. For many reasons, while I’m fascinated and enchanted by general italian style, I’m not really up italinity and Italians. I love the cuisine, the architecture, the art, but I’m a deep hate for everything that involve Italian people with serieous stuff, like religion and politics. Yeah, Italy is full of general ignorance, hate and everyday common level of misia, microagression, many internalized issue.

So, yes. I’m not that happy. I’m bitter to my country about many things and I cannot wait to leave or find a circle of more educated people. But after this introduction (translation: complaint) it’s time to talk about books

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The Late Mattia Pascal is one of those books that young italians are going to read at school. Forced to read. I hated it. A lot. For it has been just a bunch of pages full of boredom. And I really don’t think that a thirteen years old is so focused on reading is own country literature. The original title is Il Fu Mattia Pascal. I’m still kinda sure that I read this one I wll have another reaction to it, but still… not a pleasant memory.  While I guess that the theme in the book is hella imprortant, that was really not for me. But if yu want to give it an occasion… Continue reading