February 2020 Owlcrate!

Disclaimer: I bought my own box because OwlCrate is just that awesome.

Rating: 3/5

Price: Prices start at $29.99 USD plus shipping.

Products: A highly anticipated brand new YA release, published within 45 days of receiving your box. Bookish keepsakes made from a wide range of small businesses. Exclusive items from publishers and authors that you won’t find anywhere else! This includes a handwritten letter from the author in every box, and we also try to include signed bookplates as much as possible. Yay! A collectible flyer showcasing all of the wonderful people who worked on each box, as well as sneak peeks for next month! This box also includes special edition of the books featured.

Ships To: Ships worldwide with the exception of Mexico and Peru.

Contents and Estimated Prices: I got the February “A Power Within” crate! Inside was:

  • Two metal bookmark rulers inspired by Truthwitch series designed by @heyatlas
    • Estimated Price: $8
  • Duel-sided screen cleaning cloth featuring designs from Wicked Saints designed by @nicole.deal.art and lettering done by @leafandlore
    • Estimated Price: $5
  • Throne of Glass inspired deck of cards designed by @po_jainter, @morgana0anagrom, @dianadworak, @janarunneck, and @themichellegray
    • Estimated Price: $20
  • The Magicians themed keychain designed by @bloominglibrary
    • Estimated Price: $12
  • Bento Box with Owlcrate spelled out in Scadrial’s Steel Alphabet found in the Mistborn series!
    • Estimated Price: $20
  • All the Stars and Teeth themed pin designed by @thatslovelydearshop
    • Estimated Price: $15
  • All the Stars and Teeth with special edition cover, author letter, and is signed.
    • Estimated Price: $22

Estimated Total of Box: $102

Verdict: Don’t let the rating make you think I hated this box, on the contrary I thought this was an amazing box. I loved the bento box and I love the cover changes to All the Stars and Teeth. The bookmarks are a cute idea as well. However, I hate Wicked Saints and do not want to keep this item, I am not a fan of Throne of Glass and have too many playing cards right now to keep them, and the keychain is cool but I don’t have room for another one and I’m not that big of a fan of The Magicians anyways. So, I’m giving away half the box, but the items are all gorgeous in my opinion and I think the box was well curated.

Red Skies Falling by Alex London

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Red Skies Falling

Author: Alex London

Book Series: Skybound Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Farrer, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 432

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, slight gore)

Synopsis: In this thrilling sequel to Black Wings Beating, twins Kylee and Brysen are separated by the expanse of Uztar, but are preparing for the same war – or so they think.

Kylee is ensconsed in the Sky Castle, training with Mem Uku to master the Hollow Tongue and the Ghost Eagle. But political intrigue abounds and court drama seems to seep through the castle’s stones like blood from a broken feather. Meanwhile, Brysen is still in the Six Villages, preparing for an attack by the Kartami. The Villages have become Uztar’s first line of defense, and refugees are flooding in from the plains. But their arrival lays bare the villagers darkest instincts. As Brysen navigates the growing turmoil, he must also grapple with a newfound gift, a burgeoning crush on a mysterious boy, and a shocking betrayal.

The two will meet again on the battlefield, fighting the same war from different sides―or so they think. The Ghost Eagle has its own plans.

Review: I thought this was a great sequel! The book picks up immediately where the first left off and the book forces the two main characters to develop seperately, which was well done! The writing was amazing and the book wasn’t as heavy as a read as the first one since all the info dumping was done.

However, I did think some of the action scenes were a bit chaotic and a little hard to follow, but overall extremely well done!

Verdict: A great series!