Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Published March 2016

I received this book in one of my OwlCrate boxes, I believe it was the March Box. After I read the summary of the book, I was hesitant to read it because I couldn’t tell what it was really about, and it was contemporary, and normally I don’t read contemporary because I find it boring. I’m much more of a fantasy girl.

But then I finished reading Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, and I only had a few books in my dorm room, so I decided to try this one, and I am so glad I did!

This book is a wonderful story about three teenagers who live in Tennessee and are all getting ready for their lives after college. This book talked about many themes that I think are very relevant in teens lives nowadays, and it did it in a very realistic way. If anyone is feeling sad or confused about what the heck they are supposed to do after high school or even college, I would recommend reading this. If you enjoy Rainbow Rowell, or John Green then you will definitely like this book. Although Zentner did pull some John Green-esque moves that made me want to cry. That’s all the warning you get.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads, and added it to my favorites shelf. It’s definitely a book I will be rereading sometime in the future. Also, I started posting more pictures of what I’m reading and my OwlCrate unboxing on my Instagram.

Find Jeff here: http://www.jeffzentnerbooks.com

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Review: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux Beginnings 
by Jenner L. Armentrout

Yesterday I finished reading the Lux Beginnings book, which contains the first two novels from the series, and oh my gosh I loved it.
The first book in the series, Obsidian, is about a girl names Katy Black who moves from Florida to West Virginia with her mom, and moves into a house next to a boy named Daemon. Then all sorts of crazy goes down. Spoiler. He’s an alien.
The second book, Onyx, continues to follow Katy and Daemon’s story.
There’s not really anything I didn’t enjoy about this book. I liked the writing, and despite all the aliens, the characters seemed real. In most YA novels where boy meets girl, the girl can be a pushover and written to seem all weak-kneed as soon as she sees the boy. Granted that happens in real life, but I just found Katy to be much more real about it and the way she acts doesn’t seem very far-fetched.
Some people think this book is pretty similar to the Twilight Series, probably because its about a girl meeting a supernatural boy, but really that’s where the similarities end. Lux has much more action, and the storyline follows more than the two main characters romance. But if you did like the Twilight books, or The Mortal Instruments, or anything like that, then definitely read this series.
Today I started reading Lux Consequences, which contains books three and four of the series Opal and Origin. Make sure to follow my Goodreads to hear my thoughts as I read! My links are below.
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s website
Buy Lux Beginnings here (free shipping)

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OwlCrate January Unboxing

I’m trying desperately to stay active while I’m at college, and I’m doing a pretty good job so far. Follow my twitter (@maevereads) if you want to see much more of me. Now on with the unboxing! The theme of this months box was Magic, and of course when I heard magic I immediately hoped there would be some Harry Potter themed items, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a Pop! Vinyl Figure of Hermione Granger! My brother got a Han Solo figure a few weeks ago and I’ve been in love with them since, and Hermione has always been my favorite Harry Potter character!

 

Next were two pieces by Evie Bookish. First, a Throne of Glass print which I love! It’s probably my favorite item from this month’s box. The Second was a bookmark from the Raven Cycle series, which I haven’t read yet. I didn’t take a picture of the bookmark, but if you look on Instagram under the hashtag ‘owlcrate’ you can find pictures of it.
Next was Patronus Lip Balm from the easy store Geek Fire Labs. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is probably my favorite chapstick ever. The flavor is mint and white chocolate, and it doesn’t feel sticky or thick on your lips like some chapsticks can, and it also gives your lips a nice sheen. Favorite. Chapstick. Ever.
And finally, the book. This month’s book is Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. This book is a retelling of the lives of the Brontë siblings. The siblings have the ability to escape into their fictional worlds that they write about. This novel sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to read it.
The box also came with a paper doll set that goes along with the novel, but honestly I will probably never do anything with it, so I didn’t bother to take a picture of it. Also included was a note from the author, Coakley.
This month’s box was great, and I can’t wait till next month!

 

If you want to try Owlcrate, go here: https://owlcrate.com

 

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Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I decided to read this book after my younger brother read the book, loved it, then forced me to see the movie with him. I absolutely loved the first and second movies, so I gave the book a shot. 

I really enjoyed reading this, and I can’t wait to read the next books in the series. I was nervous going in that because I saw the movie before I read the book, I might find the book boring and predictable. The Maze Runner was not boring at all, and I couldn’t put it down! The second half of the book was high speed and intense, which was a good change after the slightly slower paced first half.  

I thought that the boys’ reactions and attitudes to being stuck in such a situation was very accurate. It was also very interesting for me to see how a large group of boys would function together. As a female, I can kind of picture how a large group of women and girls trying to work together would be, so it was interesting to see how the boys worked through the situation and dealt with each other. 

I also enjoyed Dashner’s writing style, even though he did repeat some things a few too many times. This was probably to emphasis certain points, and ultimately it did not really impact my reading of the book. 

I would highly recommend this book to people who are fans of The Hunger Games, and books set in a dystopian, dangerous world.

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Buy the book with free shipping through Book Depository.
Check out James Dashner’s website.

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OwlCrate November Unboxing

Since joining the bookstagram community, I’ve discovered the magic that is book subscription boxes! I had no idea they even existed until early this year, so I decided to try some of them out.

First, as I was researching book subscription boxes, I came across one called Bookcase. They were very obviously a new company, and I was drawn to their cheap prices. I decided to get the bookworm package, which comes with three books. When you sign up, you fill out a form about what genres you like, what your favorite books are, etc., so they can find the right books for you. When I received the product, I was not too impressed by it. The books are used, probably from an old used bookstore. It would make more sense to just go to a used bookstore and buy three books. Also, the books were published quite a while ago. Also, I did not find the customer service to be very helpful. They didn’t respond to my questions, and they have a very long response time. When browsing through the comments on their Instagram account, I see that I’m not the only one with complaints. However, I know they are a start up so I’m not judging them too harshly.

Links:
instagram @bookcase_co
http://www.mybookcase.co

Overall I give this subscription box: ★★/☆☆☆

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The second subscription box I tried was OwlCrate! I just received the November box in the mail, and I am loving it! For the price, it has great products for the price, including a highly anticipated new YA novel release! It also contains other fun bookish items, including jewelry and little treats. Each month has a different theme, and this month’s theme was Myths and Legends. The customer service was great, I got an email back within the day answering my question. I’ll include the links and some pictures from my unboxing.

Items in Box:
Fairytale Tea by Adagio Teas (I got the Cinderella tea)
Castle Locket Necklace by The Geeky Cauldron (currently sold out but check out their other awesome products!)
Camp Half-Blood bracelet by The Colorful Geek
Pocket Mirror by My Clockwork Castle (other designs available)
Soundless by Richelle Mead

 

Links:
instagram @owlcrate
https://owlcrate.com

Overall I give this subscription box: ★★★★★
Thank you OwlCrate for a fun box!

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I can’t wait to try OwlCrate again in the future, and I’m also looking forward to trying other book subscription boxes! Let me know in the comments what subscription boxes you’ve tried and what you thought of them!