UNBOXING – MARCH 2017 THE YA CHRONICLES BOX

 

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I recently received my March The YA Chronicles box and it is time to post my unboxing of this subscription box. This is my 13th box from The YA Chronicles and as an Australian subscription box I love receiving it and supporting an Aussie company. Each month there is a theme and the theme for March was:

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FEELS LIKE A FAIRYTALE

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The boxes are packaged neatly with crepe paper.

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The first item I take out of the box is this small white box.

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In the box was this container of bath salts. There were two different bath salts sent out – Hero and Villain. I received Villain and it smells great.

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The next item in the box is a lip balm with the theme “Transmogrification” for kissing all those frogs.

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The final item before the book is a decal sticker featuring the rose and quote from Beauty and the Beast. This is a great little item as the live-action movie adaptation is coming out this week in Australia.

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The book this month was…

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

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This book sounds like so much fun!

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This month there is a signed book plate from Garth Nix.

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Each month there is a spoilers card and lately the art on the card is linked to the monthly book. This month you can see frogs on the card.

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Another great item included each month is the specially designed bookmark.

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I love this Aussie bookish subscription box and plan to continue getting this box ofr the foreseeable future. My favourite item in this box is the lip balm… I think it is such an interesting and appropriate item for the box. What was your favourite item from the box?

If you want more information on this box you can find their website here.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: FULL MOON RISING

 

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PUBLISHER: Piatkus

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 31st January 2006

 

PAGES: 357

 

 

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A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne’s Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races–and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker–until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn’t be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she’s going to find her brother….Easier said than done as the city pulses with frenzied desire, and Riley is confronted with a very powerful–and delectably naked–vamp who raises her temperature like never before.

In matters carnal, Riley has met her match. But in matters criminal, she must follow her instincts not only to find her brother but to stop an unholy harvest. For someone is doing some shifty cloning in an attempt to produce the ultimate warrior–by tapping into the genome of nonhumans like Rhoan. Now Riley knows just how dangerous the world is for her kind–and just how much it needs her.

 

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REVIEW:

 

I was genuinely intrigued by a paranormal novel based in Urban Australia. This meant I just had to read this book. I really liked Riley’s character. She is spunky and strong and a powerful female character. Through the book Riley’s character is cemented as a self-sufficient character who is interesting and empowering.

The concept of an organisation for the investigation of paranormal creatures was intriguing and added to be believability of the overall plot. I enjoyed the development of the different paranormal species and am genuinely interested in seeing how this will be developed upon in future novels. I loved Rhoan’s character. He added a family connection for Riley and diversity to this novel. I am rooting for Quinn and Riley and need to see how this relationship will develop through the series. This is a great beginning to a paranormal series based in Melbourne with a great plot and quick pace.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week TTT is taking a week off for a break. Therefore I am going to choose a previous topic for me to complete. The topic I will complete this week is:

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TOP TEN BOOK I READ IN ONE SITTING

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* In no particular order…

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Finding Paradise by V.P Ortiz

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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The Deal by Elle Kennedy

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Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

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Madly by Amy Alward

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Have you read any of the books on this list? What is your top book that you read in one sitting?

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: OPERATION PROM DATE

 

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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions.

 

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PUBLISHER: Entangled – Crush

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 13th March 2017

 

PAGES: 223

 

 

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Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

 

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REVIEW:

 

This is that cute little contemporary high school fake romance which just give you happy little goosebumps. This book does not try to be anything it is not and I really appreciate that in this book. The story is told from alternating first-person POV’s of Kate and Cooper. I found it refreshing to see both perspectives of this fake relationship as it develops into something more.

Kate is a character readers can relate to. She is a fangirl at heart. She has the lingo down and loves to ship unlikely romances which just gives me the warm fuzzies. This really endears Kate to me. I was just waiting on baited breath for that moment when my ship would come true.

The development of the two protagonists was the star of this book. Operation Prom Date stuck to what readers love about contemporary YA romances and it works. I am in love with the simple elegance and heartwarming moments that were prominent in this book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

 

 

Website • Twitter • Facebook • Goodreads • Pinterest

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LINKS:

 

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33224662-operation-prom-date

 

Purchase Links:

 

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N| Kobo | TBD | iBooks

 

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GIVEAWAY:

 

Kate Hamilton’s OTP Prize Pack, including two Funko Pops: The Green Arrow and Felicity*

 

*NOTE: A $20 Amazon gift card will be substituted in the place of the prize pack if the winner is international.

 

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If you wish to enter this giveaway, click here.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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With the live action Beauty and the Beast movie coming out this week I could not resist having this memorable line from the Disney animated movie…

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: A WEEK OF MONDAYS

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PUBLISHER: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

DATE PUBLISHED: 2nd August 2016

PAGES: 464

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When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true…

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

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REVIEW:

In this YA Groundhog Day novel Ellie has an absolutely terrible Monday and ends the day wishing for another chance… she gets a week of chances. As the plot moves along different sides of Ellie and different perspectives of peripheral characters are revealed.

I really enjoyed seeing varying points of view about this Monday as the days go on and Ellie becomes frustrated and then accepting of circumstances. As things eventually work themselves out and Ellie understands that it ok to just be herself. I particularly liked the character of Owen, Ellie’s best friend. Their relationship and how it developed through the continual Mondays really held my interest.

This was a great, quick read in the style of Groundhog Day about accepting yourself. The characters were interesting and likeable and the plot was interesting with the changes in Ellie’s behaviour through the different days that kept the reader intrigued as to how her character will develop.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MARCH 2017 MONTHLY RECOMMENDATIONS

 

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group where each month the participants recommend books that meet the topic for the months. The March topic is:

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OWN VOICES

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

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You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan 

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The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Own Voices is becoming more and more popular and well known in the book community. I really enjoy reading these books and will be reading more in the future.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MOVIE REVIEW: FIFTY SHADES DARKER

 

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RELEASE DATE: 10 February 2017

 

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 58 minutes

 

 

 

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While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

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REVIEW:

 

This little Twilight fan fiction franchise has turned heads and taken names. Fifty Shades Darker is the movie adaptation of the book by the same name. This is the second movie in this franchise. I felt there was more plot to this second movie and the development of the relationship between Christian and Anastasia could be observed. I particularly enjoyed Bella Heathcote’s role as Christians ex-submissive Leila who wants Christian back.  There are other big names within this movie that round out a star studded cast. The cinematography was beautiful with some amazing panoramic shots that were breathtaking.

There were certainly moments in this film that I felt uncomfortable watching the screen in a local cinema. Overall, I felt this was a faithful adaptation of the source material with some decent plot points.

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Keep Calm and Read (Watch) On,

Kati

SUNDAYS IN BED WITH…

 

 

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Welcome to Sundays in bed with…The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Kate from Midnight Book Girl.

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This morning I am reading…

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

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This is a graphic novel about a group of girls at a camp and their adventures. I am reading this as part of Fempowerathon and Borrowathon. I am really enjoying this graphic novel.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MOVIE REVIEW: SING

 

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RELEASE DATE: 21st December 2016

 

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 48 minutes

 

 

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In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

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REVIEW:

 

This is a cute animated movie that gives animals humanistic characteristics, goals and ambitions. One particularly headstrong Koala is on the verge of bankruptcy and comes up with a plan to hold an X-Factor type singing competition for others with the aim of saving his theatre. There are some powerful and amazing voices in this movie and some great pop songs that will find you singing along. The main high point of this movie for me was the private lives of the contestants. Rosita was a particular favourite of mine. This house mom figure dreams of something bigger, but with a large young family she must find a way to juggle both of her lives. The other character I found particularly interesting was Johnny, the Gorilla. Johnny is the son of a crime boss and he is required to continue on the family tradition. He loves singing though and cannot resist this competition, also the money would help his father out of a jam. The high note of this movie was the personal lives of the menagerie of characters.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati