Unboxing: Go Indie Now! Special LGBTQA Charity Edition 2016

This is perhaps one of the most important purchases I’ve made in my life. Not because of the content—although, that definitely sweetened the deal—but because this particular box supports the fight against hate crime against the LGBTQA+ community.

All the funds goes towards this goal, and in light of the Orlando shooting—this is needed.

If you wish to support the cause too, you can order an LGBTQA+ box as well. Just go here to make an order.

My order included 3 books + accessories for 50$

There are also the option to buy just one or two books as well.

The books included are all indie published with LGBTQA characters.

So… What did I get?

The Accessories:

I’m a sucker for rainbows, and even more so for stickers and items in rainbow colors.

And what better way to show how proud I am to support basic human decency, than with a lovely pride wristband.

(and yaay. More rainbow stickers!)

A sweet handwritten card from Ashley saying thank you for supporting the cause.

And then…

My Writing Professor by Nicolette Dane

Blurb from Goodreads:

Having moved to Chicago for her MFA graduate degree in writing, ever-introverted and somewhat geeky Penny is focused on her studies and her own creative writing.

While she can’t help but imagine what it might be like to be involved with her pretty writing workshop professor, the up-and-coming literary star Harriet Drake, it all just seems like a wild fantasy, a far away dream, until she suddenly finds herself as the object of her older teacher’s romantic affections.
But Harriet is a complicated older woman, a budding writing luminary, soon destined for awards and accolades.

Can Penny keep up with her professor? Is Harriet actually interested in Penny or is she just looking for a fling with a young student?

And when life presents Penny with a wild choice, will she be able to seize the day and live in the exciting world of a writer… or will she let this novel age gap romance slip away?

The Ballerina by Nicolette Dane

Blurb from Goodreads:

With her own dancing career unfortunately behind her, Mish has taken the role of assistant director at a prestigious ballet company in New York City.
Her path to success in the dance world appears clear until she begins to fall for 20-year-old protege Dinah, a rising star in the dance company, a young woman who is as naive as she is beautiful.

Against Mish’s own better judgment, she’s unable to stop herself from becoming romantically involved with the young ballerina.
But when another dancer, envious of Dinah’s success and Mish’s involvement with her, hatches a plan to take over a lead role in the company’s current production, Mish sees the career she’s built begin to crumble into jealousy and threats of extortion.

Will Mish be able to navigate the politics of the theatre and salvage her future in the ballet? Or will her romantic feelings for Dinah cause her to give up everything she has worked for?

Two lesbian romances. I’ve never read any of Nicolette Dane’s works before, so I don’t know what to expect really. But I am excited.

Fragile Brilliance by Eliot Parker

Blurb from Goodreads:

Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough is pushed to the limit when a deadly drug ring threatens the very core of the city.

When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants.

As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.

And as an added bonus, this one was signed.

I can’t say that these are books I would have noticed if it weren’t for Go Indie Now! I don’t even think that I’d have bought them from the descriptions alone.

But that’s the great thing about this box in particular. It introduces lesser known books to people who might never have noticed them otherwise.

Plus… You know… Charity. That’s a great thing too. A really great thing.

Lovely, right?

Unboxing: The Best Damn Book Box – Alice Special Edition

As you might know, I got a bit craycray with the book boxes this month. Something I am still paying for. (Darn Customs)

However, one of the boxes I got before everything went crazy was my Special Edition Alice box from The Best Damn Book Box.

Normally, I’d start with a picture of the box. However, something must have happened to the box itself as I got my items in an UPS bag.

(Kinda Funny, because in Danish “Ups” actually means “Oops”. And oops indeed)

I can’t say I’m pleased with this particular part of the experience. It’s not the owner’s fault, but rather UPS who probably roughed up my parcel. Lucky for me, the contents weren’t broken, just a tad… bent.

Note: This happenstance seems to just be my luck. The Best Damn Book Box has their own gorgeous box, and from what I can see, I’m probably the only one who got a bookbag instead of a box.

Now… What did I get then?

As most things were mushed together inside the bag, there wasn’t really any order of things.

But I got a Wonderland coloring book. Now… you may not know this about me, but I actually enjoy coloring books. A lot. So I’m pleased with this item.

Pardon the state of this. It didn’t like the bag. It’s a sticker book, signifying the theme as this box were made especially to celebrate the premiere of “Through The Looking Glass”.

Now, personally I don’t care much for this. But I can see how it fits. And who knows? Maybe one day I’ll find a use for it. I am a hoarder after all.

Some gothic-style coloring pages. They’re gorgeous, but I’m fairly sure it’s a print out. Not that I mind–just wish I knew the artist’s name.

These weren’t mentioned on the spoilercard so I believe they’re an extra that the team put in.

A beautiful watercolor bookmark from Marquis Du Soleil.

I actually adore bookmarks so I’m pretty happy with this.

A gorgeous art piece in wood from pigseyart.

They have a lot of stunning items, and while I’m not sure what to use this for… I still hope for more.

And a Keychain from Best Damn Craft Shop.

I love this. There’s just something beautiful about old fashioned keys. They’re so decorative.

And finally…

“Queen of Hearts” by Colleen Oakes.

It’s a new spin on Alice in Wonderland, but with the Red Queen as main character. I’m a sucker for retellings, so I’m excited to read this one.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts.

The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland.

It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

😍😍😍😍😍

All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with the contents of this “box” 😆 . Sure, it did cost a lot and had a rough trip. And while I may have been disappointed about the state of the items, I am pretty much over it. My pressing skills are legendary.

I have a “Neverland” box on the way, as well from this seller. And I’m crossing my fingers, for that to come with the gorgeous “Bestdamnbookbox” box.

Favorite item: The key made me really happy.

Least favorite: The Sticker album.

Unboxing: TheNerdyBookwormBox July 2016

This is my second box from The Nerdy Bookworm team, and with a theme like “Book Boyfriends”, how could I resist?

This time I actually got to use a coupon, because I was prepared.

Priced at 29.99£ I managed to snag 10% off bumping it down to 27£ + shipping.

And if you want to try the box for yourself, you can use the code BOOKS061 at checkout when you order from here to get 10% off for yourself.

So… Book Boyfriends, eh? I’m sorry, but I could have that theme every month, and never grow tired. Mostly because I’d most likely never run out of Books to snag a Boyfriend from. (No seriously, I call dibs on them all)

So… what was in the box?

First, let’s take a moment appreciate the blue box and the quote.

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

– J. K. Rowling

How perfect is that? Answer: A LOT!

Plus, I have to admit that I kinda enjoy it when subscription boxes has a personal box. It just… it makes it easier to showcase who made it.

I like to keep them, so it’s a big bonus if they are visually appealing.

Instead of the blue spoiler card I got in my last box, there was this lovely little mini magazine.

“Owl Hoots” is written by the Nerdy Bookworm team, and I absolutely adored it.

From my experience, this is unique to The Nerdy Bookworm, and I really hope they keep it up – maybe even expands on it later on.

This first edition of “Owl Hoots” included:

An interview with the authors of the book – as far as extras go, this was a wonderful addition. It presented the featured book in a different light than the blurb provided alone.

A spoiler sheet – Introducing all the different shops that helped make this box possible.

A Book Boyfriend Test – I snickered hard when I saw this. Apparently, my ultimate Book Boyfriend is Will Herondale, and while I’m not complaining, I sadly haven’t met him yet. 🙈

A Book Recommendation – I actually appreciated this. Obviously, I trust The Nerdy Bookworm’s taste in books since I subscribe to the box, and it’s a nice way to support authors.

A coupon code for friends (and anyone else I can tempt) for 10% off on their first box – If I refer 4 people, I’ll recieve one box for free. So, please, if you want to try this box (and I think you should) then use the code BOOKS061 at checkout.

+ Featured Bookstagram pictures.

I really hope this mini mag will be a recurring thing. The possibilities with this are vast. My mind is already spinning with dreams of book reviews, exclusive content (I mean, how cool would it be to get a short story to appear with the featured book), Do-it-yourself tutorials for bookishness, exclusive giveaways, etc.

As you can tell, “Owl Hoots” have woken my inner scribe 😉

Moving on to the awesome Book Boyfriend items!

The first thing I grabbed was this fun little bag.

And inside, I found a lovely handmade lipbalm from Literary Lip Balms. It’s supposed to feel like smooching with Gansey from the “Raven Boys”.

With a minty smell, this item is definitely one of my favorite items in the box.

I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Gansey yet, though. The series is on my wishlist, though. So hopefully I’ll meet Gansey soon.

Similar, yet still super different, from my Fairyloot box, I got yet another bathbomb from Geeky Clean. This one represented Rhysand from “A Court of Mist and Fury”, and who wouldn’t want to soak in a bathtub with him, eh?

I’ve already used it, and it had a lovely jasmine scent. And it did look wickedly pretty.

I mean… those colors.. 😍 it is similar to how I imagine the starry sky of the Night Court.

I did love it a lot, even though my nails unfortunately turned kinda blue from the coloring. I wrote to GeekyClean and suggested that they might need to reduce the coloring a bit if possible.

Note: This didn’t seem to be an issue with the Bathbomb from my Fairyloot box, which was also produced by Geekyclean.

Also, I suggested to the owner of thenerdybookworm to consider putting these bathbombs in a plastic bag when shipping. My box had been roughed up a bit. And small pieces of the bomb had been shaken loose. Lucky for me, the Nerdy Bookworm Team had wrapped the bomb in some blue paper so it hadn’t turned my box purple.

Anyone who has read City of Bones know of the shadowhunter Jace. The design was made by taratjah, and I feel it represents him and his badassness pretty well.

Unfortunately, the roughhousing of my box.made it slightly bent, but nothing I couldn’t salvage.

I knew my years of pressing flowers would come in handy one day.

I was (and still am) viciously on team Peeta. So this compact from Literary Emporium was the perfect thing to offer me.

The design is lovely and simple. And it is one of the few quotes I actually know by heart. It made a big impression on me.

I really like that it’s a useful thing, as well. I often resemble a panda when I come home from social gatherings. Maybe now I can go for the look of a human again.

Sarah J. Maas has probably created a harem of my favorite book boyfriends so far. And Rowan

Rowan is such a tease! I’m serious, Queen of Shadows, anyone? The words he says. Uff.

So it comes as no surprise that I am happy for this scented candle from William and Joseph.

And I don’t even like candles. I just like Rowan. (Among others 😆)

Note: The shabby look of the sticker is once again due to the rough travel of the box. It is not the fault of the creator or the Nerdy Bookworm team. International shipping just… well… it ain’t what it used to be.

And finally, this super awesome poster designed by the Nerdy Bookworm Team.

Honest truth: I really liked the design on the poster in the June box, but… the paper wasn’t really poster material.

This one, however, is made from the same material as those posters you buy from merch shops. I really love that.

Unfortunately, I have yet to meet Will Herondale. But from what little I know (which is pretty much this quote) I believe we’d be a good match.

And finally…

I am a sucker for the wrapping from The Nerdy Bookworm. I just love the little heart on the blue string, and I really hope that they’ll keep doing this, because then I could totally show off them all as I keep recieving them.

The Witch’s Kiss” by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr.

This book sound so amazing. Here is the blurb:

Merry is an average teenager. She’s also a witch. She is trying not to be, but she is.

Then Jack comes into her life and she can’t help falling under his spell. One problem – he’s part of an evil, centuries-old curse that Merry now has to break.

If Merry has lost her heart, will she lose her life too? Or can true loves kiss save the day?

Being a witch is dangerous – but being in love is even worse.

As amazing as this blurb sounds, I was actually more intrigued after reading the author interview in “Owl Hoots“.

There, the authors speak of the inspiration behind the book, and how it intrigued the to write about a Male Sleeping Beauty.

I love retellings, but I also adore fairytales in general. So you can bet that I am super excited to read this book.

Even more lovely, I got the authors signature and a small promo card so I can brag about it to everyone I meet.

😍😍😍😍😍

Overall, this box was just as perfect as the last one. I loved the items, and the owner is such a sweetheart when it comes to replying to messages.

My favorite item (s): I know this is cheating, but I really can’t choose between the Will Herondale poster and the Gansey lip balm.

It is well worth the money, and I can’t recommend this box enough. So far, The Nerdy Bookworm Box is the only subscription box that I actually decided to keep a monthly subscription on so far.

The theme for August is “Dystopian”, and it will feature a newly released Dystopian Hardcover, along with items that fit within that theme.

So don’t dally around, hop over and use the code: BOOKS061 for 10% off your first box. Try it – you might like it. 😆😉

Unboxing: Fairyloot July 2016

With the theme “Pirates and Power” and the promise of 2 paperbacks, I basically sold my soul to get my hands on this box.

And it arrived! Just four days after it was shipped. (I love to order from UK when my mail comes faster)

So… what was in the box?

Let me show you.

Let’s just take a moment to appriciate the box in itself. I really love the quote on the side.

“Fairy tales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist.

But because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

– Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Plus, the theme picture/spoiler card is gorgeous too. I’m a big fan of the blue.

First look:

Ohhh… Pretty filler serpentines. Ziggi (my cat) approves.

The first item I saw was from Geekyclean. It was a bathbomb with a scent of tropical fruits.

I’ve never tried a bathbomb before, so when I felt a bit weathered down with a cold the other day, I decided to treat myself to a bath.

Lucky for me, I didn’t panic when I looked down at myself and realized that the water was turning dark blue. I’m fairly proud of that.

I enjoyed it a lot, and I got a kick out of tricking my roommate into thinking that I had been super dirty.

😂😂😂

It was a pleasant item, and it made me rethink whether I want to get rid of the bathtub or not. Plus it smelled and felt great !

The next item I saw was a Funko Pocket pop! Keychain. I read that fairyloot had sent out two kinds, Daenerys and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. As you can see: I got Danni.

These figures are crazy popular in the bookish community so I am more than satisfied with this item.

And this promo bookmark was my first hint as to what one of the books were.

Now, if you know me well, you know my “Immortalia” scribbles, and you’d know that fire and ice is a theme I love.

So when I saw the ARC, I almost squealed with delight.

Eeeeep!!!!

It turns out that there are two editions: One for #Fireblood and one for #Frostblood.

Of course, I simplely need the blue edition to complete the set.

A little about the book: It’s an ARC of “Frostblood” written by Elly Blake. I’ve never read anything from her, but since it is being published by Hodder, I trust their judgment.

It sounds super amazing, and I can’t wait to read it. It will be released in 2017, so look out for it.

Phew… All of that almost seems like a box in itself, right? But, no. We’re merely halfways, and we haven’t even reached the featured book yet.

First off, we have a black tote back. It took me a while to decipher, but the text beneath the ship reads: “I Ship It”.

Pun fully intended.

It was designed by Alice in Wonderbookland

Another item from our earlier supplier GeekyClean.

This one is a lipbalm with a scent of coconut. Perfect to avoid chafed lips when you sail the seas. Or… you know… in everyday life.

And a notebook! Apparently these are from British Museum or something, but I really love it. Notebooks are fun, right?

And finally:

The book! Wrapped in purple flimsy paper, I tried my darnest not to tear it to pieces to see what was hidden inside.

(It totally proved to be useless, as Ziggi decided to run off with the paper afterwards)

Inherited” by Freedom Matthews.

Complete with a signed dedication, a personal letter, an explanation from the publisher and a promo picture.

Woop. Woop. I can barely wait until I get to it. It sounds so good.

Note: My box is missing a coloring bookmark from Behind The Pages, which reads “Currently Reading”.

I already contacted Fairyloot, and they’ll be sending one to me as soon as possible.

However, since I am super impatient, I couldn’t stop myself from posting this before it it arrived. 😁

Favorite Item: The books. Definitely. As much as the merch is awesome too, I really love that we got the opportunity to have “Inherited” signed and dedicated. It kinda makes it ekstra special, you know?

Biggest disappointment: As much as I love the entire box, it was saddening to see that the bookmark wasn’t there. Mostly because I am a coloring addict along with book addict.

Luckily, that won’t be an issue for long. 🙂 other than that, there are nothing else to “complain” about. It’s a wonderful box, and I could easily be lured into buying another box some time.

What about you? Have you ever recieved a Fairyloot box before?

New Addiction: Book Boxes

If you follow this blog, you might have seen my obsessive fangirling over my very first Book Box from Thenerdybookwormbox.

^ Ziggi was a fan too. He kept giving me the side eye when I rearranged the contents for pictures.

However, what might (or probably not if you know me) come as a surprise, is that I got a tad crazy when I got paid this month.

🙈

Woops?!

So, how bad is it? It’s bad. Let me break it down for you.

The First Box:

When I got the newsletter from Fairyloot back in May, I quickly decided that I needed this box. Not only is the book a paperback (my favorite) but there’s two books. One new release, AND “an ARC of an anticipated 2017 release”. Eep.

I mean… how could I resist that offer? 🤗

The Second Box:

After my success with the first book box from Thenerdybookworm, I finally decided that I couldn’t live without the July box either. I mean… that theme is compelling.

So I ordered it.

The third and Fourth box:

GoIndieBookBox is a different kind of book box, because they specifically sends out indie published novels. The owner, Ashley, is a book reviewer and the July box promised to feature two of the best books she’s read in the past year.

One science fiction, and one twisted tales book.

Right after I’d decided on this box, the tragedy in Orlando struck. It was such a horrifying thing, and I wished desperately that I could do something–anything to help the LGBTQA community.

And then Ashley provided an opportunity.

A box, with two LGBTQ books, and a chance to help out. As an addition, I ordered the box with 3 more books, hoping to get some quality lgbtq lit on my shelves.

Note: If you’re interested in the lgbtq box as well, it’s still available, and it’s for a good cause. Just Google “GoIndieBookBox” to read all about it.

The Fifth Box:

Quarterly’s #LYA box contains an annotated copy of Beth Revis’ latest book, among other goodishness curated by Beth herself.

The Sixth Box:

Illumicrate doesn’t have a theme, but… from what I gathered, the box would contain one fantasy book and one dark YA. Eep. This will first arrive in August, though.

The Seventh Box:

I am a fan of mermaids. I just… I love the concept. Yet, I have almost no actual books about mermaids. So, I had to get this box. It’s another August box, but I’ll live. I hope.

The Eight and Ninth box:

I follow TheBestDamnBookBox on Instagram, and when the owner said they had some “Alice” boxes left, I went in to take a peek. I came out with the order for this one, and for the July box.

^Who doesn’t love a good Peter Pan story?

Of course, I’m sorta afraid that I’ll accidentally get two of the same books, but considering the other contents of the boxes, I don’t actually mind. It can always be used as a gift or a give away.

So… am I done now?

Actually, no. You see… I really want to order Book Riot’s July YA Bookmail.

I am currently on a waiting list, and I hope that when it becomes available, I’ll be able to snap one.

I also ordered a pillow from a shop on Society6 woth a quote from “A Court of Mist and Fury”.

So hopefully my mailman will forgive me.

There are tons of other book box subscriptions that I am itching to try out. But I will do my uttermost to keep it at these 9(maybe 10) for now.

I will, of course, upload full unboxing posts. So if you’re curious, just stay tuned. 🤗

Have you ever recieved a bookbox before? Which one?