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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 2 comments

I’ve always wanted to get in on the book subscription boxes. Whenever I see the unboxing videos/posts I drool with lust, but I just could never bring myself to pay for a book and not know what I was going to get. BUT I’m going to be paying off the last of my student loans in a few weeks so I’ll have more money coming in monthly and gosh do I deserve something shiny to celebrate.

uppercasesept16-01I ordered a one month subscription of both the Uppercase Box and the Owl Crate (referral link!) and plan to choose one of them to purchase a subscription.

The Uppercase Box arrived first. I was so silly excited and nervous. The previous month had been a contemporary, so I felt safe that this month would be scifi/fantasy. I also have a few ARCs from Book Con that recently published so I was worried about getting duplicates.

Anywho, here’s the pretty that was in the bag:

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The Book

uppercasesept16-03What a relief! Not only do I not own “The Forgetting” already, but it’s a dystopian novel and by Sharon Cameron who I’ve already read and enjoyed. I actually haven’t heard of this book before opening my bag, but it sounds really interesting, so it was a pleasant surprise. It is also signed be the author!
 

The Goodies

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uppercasesept16-05I love the purple “This is how we roll zipper pouch” by Out of Print. Check out their site, they sell a lot of bookish merchandise including Pride and Prejudice!

Honestly, “The Forgetting” mini-notebook, while cute, is kinda pointless and I won’t really use it. But the book addict sticker by Nerdy Post is super cute and will make it’s way onto one of my pin-up boards. I also like the bag it all came in, it’s perfect to protect your book when you throw it in your purse (books are precious, they need protection!).
 

So, is it worth it?

Hmmm… ask me a year ago and I would’ve said no. I didn’t like the idea that I could easily buy the book on sale at a fraction of the cost of the box ($30 with shipping), I was worried that I wouldn’t like the book, and that I don’t really need the bookish items that come with it.

However, now I feel a little differently. It may have to do with having more money now that I’m going to be getting back almost half my paycheck when my student loans are paid off. I like the idea of getting a random book, it’s fun! And even if I don’t like all the additional little items, it’s still a fun little gift to myself.

As for whether or not I’ll continue with Uppercase and buy a subscription? My Owlcrate will be arriving this week, so I’m going to look at the pros and cons of each and choose which one to get. So stay tuned for my Owlcrate unboxing and my comparison of the two.

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If you’re interested, check out the Uppercase Box website. You can see their past boxes and check out their plans. I got the Expert Plan which is $30 with shipping. They do have a cheaper plan that comes without the extra items which is $20 with shipping.

What do you think about subscription boxes? Anyone subscribed to Uppercase or Owlcrate?

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“Burning Bright” – Melissa McShane

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 4 comments

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“Burning Bright”

By Melissa McShane

Published August 15th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
Format: EBook
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I’ll be honest, I was browsing Netgalley when I saw this pretty, shiny cover, briefly browsed the summary, realized it was a regency involving ships and magic and I had to have it.

Elinor is the eldest daughter in a fairly wealthy family, but wants nothing to do with all the flair that comes with being a young, unmarried woman in society. But when she discovers she has an Extraordinary fire burning talent, her father thrusts her back into society to marry well and raise the family’s status. But when she finds herself with the option of marrying a total lech, or her being under her father’s miserable rule for the rest of her life, she takes the third option: join the Navy! Then the adventures begin.

I’ve found myself on a bit of a ship kick ever since I read “The Girl From Everywhere” by Heidi Heilig. And now I just want all the sail boats!

There are so many things that I adored about this book. Elinor is just awesomely tough and resourceful, the Captain is such a gentleman and resourceful leader (so dreamy!), and the magic is unique. I like all the different talents (especially Jumpers, what a cool concept!) and how the Navy has implemented them to their advantage.

Overall I think I just loved that it was an adventure, there are pirates, a girl putting misogynistic creeps in their place, sea battles, magic battles and a cute little romance to top it off.

The one downside is that I struggled a little in the beginning. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but I don’t like how the author revealed some of the magical elements of the world. Things were mentioned, but not explained for a little bit, and I felt myself wondering if I’d missed something, or was just dumb. An example would be the “Extraordinary” part of the talents. At first I assumed that was just what those with abilities were called, but then it’s revealed that it’s those with exceptional abilities, and I don’t think that was really properly explained because I still don’t know where the distinction is other than, they’re really good.

This also happened with a couple of characters with abilities where they did something magical, and I was confused, thinking I’d missed an explanation of their ability, but then it’s explained a little later ( I thought one character was a mover at first, then jumpers were explained). But once everything was established, everything flowed smoothly and it was easy to forgive the miscommunication in the beginning.

I’m really excited for this series. It sounds like each book will focus on a different female character in the world with an extraordinary talent.

Oh, the worst thing about this book? That it’s only available in ebook so I can’t buy a pretty hardcover to go on my bookshelf *pouts*

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Europe 2016 – Italy Part 2

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Photography, Travel & Adventure | 5 comments

View Italy Part 1 here.

The second day was a freebie day. It was so hot in Rome, so we decided to get on a train and go out to the coast for a beach day. We went out to St Marinella Beach as it’s the easiest to get to from Rome according to everything we read.

Except for catching the freaking train at Termini. They don’t tell you what track the train is on until a few minutes before and this one happened to be on the furthest track possible. Queue us running like crazy to try and catch the train in the heat and I thought I was going to die (we weren’t the only ones thank goodness). But we made it! I’m sure the guy I was profusely sweating next to didn’t appreciate it.

The beach experience in Rome is quite different from what I’m used to. Most beaches are privately owned, so to use them you have to pay to rent chairs/umbrellas. It was crazy crowded but we finally found somewhere that had available spots.

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Our view of the beach from our rather expensive chair rental.

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It was a much needed, relaxing day.

On our final morning in Rome we headed over to The Vatican. I had done the full tour when I was last in Rome, and Zack wasn’t all that interested to do it, so we just went over there for a quick look around.

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Then it was right back to the hotel to get packed up and head off to Munich.

Even after two trips to Italy, I would love to go back again one day. It probably won’t happen cause Zack wasn’t in love as much as me. I’d love to do more traveling around, go to Venice. I also LOVE the food. Italian has always been a fav.

I’ll be back soon with an insane amount of photos from London.

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Samantha Lately #7

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Books, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies | 11 comments

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Heyo! This Samantha Lately I’m linking up! I’ve been meaning to join in on this forever, but life happens.

What's New With You

 

Baptism

A few weeks ago we celebrated my nephew Rylan’s baptism. Zack and I are his godparents!

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Citizenship

And then a couple of days later I officially became a US Citizen! Now I just need to get a US passport, change my name in Australia, then get my Australian passport updated with my married name. UGH.

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The Vampire Diaries

This is my current binge watch. I’m about half way through season 3 (Team Damon obvs. I’m so over Steffan).

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Is “The Originals” any good?

 

Bastille

Ahhh! Their new CD is out next week!

I quite like their most recent single “Good Grief” even though the music video is weird AF

 

Currently Reading

You're never weird150I just finished “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day on audiobook and adored it. I love Felicia Day, even more so after reading this! I’m not quite sure how audible works when there are pictures? Are they available somewhere to download?? Thankfully I have a copy of the book too cause there are some funny pictures that go with it.

But she talks a bunch about her crazy upbringing and finding her way to internet videos, as well as some more serious topics like depression. I highly recommend the audiobook, Felicia Day narrates it and makes it so much more Felicia.

Anywho, have I mentioned that I’ve also met Felicia? She’s so adorable!

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Disney

Woooo!!! We’re heading to Disney again in November!!!! I can’t wait!

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What have you been up to lately?

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