Book Riot YA Quarterly Box #3

The Book Riot YA Quarterly Box shipped this past weekend and it’s filled with spooky-themed goodies!!

Just a quick recap of what a Book Riot YA Quarterly Box is: Book Riot is website/company/thing-a-ma-bob which provides book recommendations, literary commentary, book schwag, pretty much all things literature!  After I started regularly following Book Riot, I found out about their YA Quarterly Boxes.  This is the third box I have received.

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Book Riot: Young Adult – Books and Bookish Goods for YA Fans.  In the spirit of the season, this box is all about delightfully chilling YA horror reads.

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics is described as Little House on the Prairie meets Children of the Corn – sounds terrifying and I can’t wait to read it!  When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. 

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol and David Ostow – Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.  Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.

Additionally there are super creepy temporary tattoos to go with The Devil and Winnie Flynn.

I love the goodies featured in this month’s box.  There are forest-themed Book Stickies by Duncan Shott Studio and a ‘Fight Evil, Read Books’ Print by Katy Dwyer.  I can’t wait to get this printed framed.  I continue to be impressed with Book Riot’s collection of quarterly bookish items.  Every box seems to include something I know I will like while introducing me to something new and unexpected.

Have you checked out Book Riot YA Quarterly yet?  Or do you have a different book mail subscription service that you love?

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Book Riot YA Quarterly Box #2

The second Book Riot YA Quarterly Box was delivered last week and I love it!!

Just a quick recap of what a Book Riot YA Quarterly Box is: Book Riot is website/company/thing-a-ma-bob which provides book recommendations, literary commentary, book schwag, pretty much all things literature!  After I started regularly following Book Riot, I found out about their YA Quarterly Boxes.  This is the second box I have received.

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Book Riot: Young Adult – Books and Bookish Goods for YA Fans.  As our friend good ole Billy Shakespeare reportedly said, “a friend is someone that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts that you have become, and still, gently, allow you to grow.”  Get ready to make friends with these friendship-heavy YA reads.

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First impression of the friendship-themed box: 3 books AND goodies – woot woot!!

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi – Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.  But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…  After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?  In this intense novel, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend…and how many ways to be lost.

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith – A beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.  It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.  But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.  For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.  Bonus Item: a series of postcards and a signed bookplate from the author.

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour – A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.  Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.  Bonus Item: a deleted scene!

I haven’t heard of Chasing Shadows or A Sense of the Infinite but I’m stoked to read them.  I can’t wait to read Everything Leads to You – ELTY was a previous bookclub pick of a month that I missed!  (Book descriptions taken from GoodReads)

IMG_5083The goodies include a colorful book light (which comes with a free e-book!) and these killer library cards from Knot & Bow!  I’m pretty generous with my book lending and I keep a list in my phone of who has what but now I have my own awesome library cards!

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Here’s one more pick of the whole awesome box! #BYA02

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Book Riot YA Quarterly Box

Book Riot is website/company/thing-a-ma-bob which provides book recommendations, literary commentary, book schwag, pretty much all things literature!

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After I started regularly following Book Riot, I found out about their Quarterly Boxes.  I was about to sign up for one when they announced they were coming out with a Book Riot: YA Box #Squee!!  Sign up I did and yay it was delivered yesterday!!

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Book Riot: Young Adult – Books and Bookish Goods for YA Fans.  As you’ll see, this is a box about the power of telling stories and seeing them through more than one lens.

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Here’s what’s inside!!

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier – The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.  Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.  Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.  When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . . (Goodreads)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon – A 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.  When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.  In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.  Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down. (Goodreads)

‘Today I’m Reading…’ Mug with chalk!

Novel Teas – 5 tea bags with literary tags

Rory’s Story Cubes – fairly certain I’m not creative enough for these haha

This morning I took full advantage of my new mug.  Today I’m Reading 17 First Kisses by Rachel Allen.  Don’t let this sweet title fool you, 17 First Kisses is a poignant story about female friendships, family and first loves.

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Overall, I’m really pleased with my first Book Riot YA Quarterly Box.  Do you subscribe to Book Riot’s Adult or YA Quarterly Boxes?  Are there other subscription services you love?

Live Chat with Rainbow Rowell

Two weeks ago (ish) Rainbow Rowell did a live chat with Riot Read about her newest novel Landline.

Riot Read, a division of Book Riot, is a monthly mail service in which you have a surprise book delivered to your house followed by online discussions, interviews, and podcasts. They have currently have a main read as well as a young adult read and a nonfiction selection in the works. Pretty sweet right? I’m already hooked since they picked Landline as their July read! You must subscribe by August 15th to receive their September selection.

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Along with the live chat with Ms. Rowell other Riot content included:

Why Read Landline?

Books to Read if you Loved Landline

Rock Out with Your Sock Out: A Landline Playlist

The Landline Pop Culture Reference Guide

And more!!

I would hyperlink these but I’m pretty pathetic at computer operations… whoops.  Any who moving on – now they weren’t the most serious of questions but Rainbow answered both of my live chat questions!!  Though I have met her once before at a book signing, I definitely had a virtual fangirl moment which might have resulted in me taking screenshots of both of her answers #sorrynotsorry !!

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As if I needed any further proof on what a wonderful person Rainbow Rowell is 🙂 That’s all for now – happy reading!  And check out Riot Read!!