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June Subscription Box: OwlCrate

Each month, I try out new book subscription box services. I always receive a box from OwlCrate, as it is my favorite, and consistently has the best quality products included. Unfortunately this month I forgot to try out another box, so I will just be talking about the June OwlCrate box this month. But next month, be on the lookout for another new box!!

June OwlCrate: Summer Lovin’

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The theme for the June OwlCrate box was Summer Lovin’. I totally didn’t even notice, until another blogger pointed it out (I wish I could remember who that was…I’m sorry I have old lady brain!) that the spoiler card artwork includes products from past OwlCrate boxes (the Harry Potter tote bag, the copy of Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, and apparently the water bottle). I thought this was a really cool and creative touch!

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The first item I pulled out of the box was this really awesome mason jar mug! It was designed exclusively by Michelle Gray and Team OwlCrate. It reads ‘Book Worm and Proud’. ❤️

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The next item was this super cute microfiber towel that reads ‘My Summer is all Booked’. It was designed by the ever-so-talented Stella Bookish Art.

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This cactus pen from BC Mini is really cute, and has a very nice writing feel. I have enjoyed using this pen a lot 🙂

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Anytime there is tea from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe I get super excited, because their tea is always delicious. I haven’t tried this one yet, but apple and peach certainly sounds like the perfect summer blend. It was inspired by Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I haven’t yet read this one (don’t throw things at me!)

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I also get really excited anytime there is a new bookmark from Ink and Wonder Designs! I love that they use wood to make their bookmarks, and they always have the most beautiful artwork. This one is inspired by Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (I also haven’t read this one, but I really want to!)

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This little guy kind of spoils what the book of the month is…

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This month’s book was From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon! Here is the Goodreads synopsis:

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

I had literally just bought When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon when I got this box in the mail, so it was perfect timing!! I’m excited to dive into both of these titles! As always, the book was signed by the author, and came with a letter from her as well. And the colors on the cover are exclusive to OwlCrate.

 

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I really liked the June Summer Lovin’ OwlCrate box! If you are interested in getting your own OwlCrate box, you can use my link to get started!

If you would like to check out my last few unboxings, you can check them out here and here!


This is kind of unrelated, but I received this notification the other day, and I got so excited!!

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I started this blog back in February because I wanted to have a place where I could talk about books and other bookish things with people who love to do the same! (Also to give my husband a break from listening to me wax poetic about all of the books I read 😉 ) I never thought I would have this many people following me and reading what I have to say! So, thank you!! I love y’all and I love this amazing community!  ☺️


I hope you enjoyed my unboxing! I will be back here next month to talk about my July subscription boxes so make sure you follow me to be notified when it goes up!

Did you get the June OwlCrate box? What did you think of it?

Have you read either From Twinkle, With Love or When Dimple Met Rishi? Did you like them?

Is there another subscription service that you think I should try out? Let me know down in the comments! 

 

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Book Reviews, Subscription Boxes

Book Review: Olivia Twist + Once Upon a Bookclub Unboxing

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Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon ~ 328 pages ~ published 3/6/18 by Blink/Harper Collins

Goodreads Synopsis:

​Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

What I Thought:

I’m going to be honest with y’all, I’ve never read Oliver Twist. But, when I saw that this was a retelling with the opposite gender, I was immediately intrigued. I was so excited when I saw that this was the book that came in my May Once Upon a Bookclub box, and I couldn’t wait to get started on it.

First, I want to just sing Lorie Langdon’s praises. I absolutely loved her writing style. It was so easy, effortless, and had such a wonderful flow. I really was going to stick with the reading schedule suggested by the people over at OUaB, but it was too good! I had to keep reading! I love reading books where it just feels like a joy to read, rather than an exercise in forcing myself to do something that is supposed to be good for me. Also, the research that Langdon obviously devoted so much time to was so appreciated!!

I absolutely loved the character of Olivia. I found her charming, witty, and strong. She is such a great role model for young girls. I really hope that this book will get into so many teen and pre-teen hands if only so that these girls will see (1) that you can be smart and beautiful and strong, all at the same time, and (2) that historical fiction is so much fun!!

I also really enjoyed the gender reversal of making Oliver into Olivia. I honestly could see Dickens’ original Oliver being a girl in disguise. That is how great this book was. ❤️

And, the relationship between Olivia and Jack. 😍  I just wanted more. More of Jack. More of their relationship. I would totally read a sequel (hint, hint, nudge, nudge Ms. Langdon 😉 )

My Rating:

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I gave Olivia Twist 5 STARS. It was such a cute retelling – thoroughly engaging and heart-warming. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and a sweet, clean romance.

***I originally gave this book 4 Stars…but I’m not sure why. In the process of writing this review, I kept thinking, “Why did I only give this 4 stars?” So, I changed it!!***


Are you interested in learning more about this book? Check out the links below!

Lorie Langdon’s Website

Lorie Langdon’s Twitter

Olivia Twist on Goodreads

Purchase Olivia Twist on Amazon


I received my copy of Olivia Twist from the May Once Upon a Bookclub box! I had never tried this particular subscription box before, but I found the concept to be incredibly intriguing. The idea is that you read the book and, on specified pages, you open the gifts included in the box on the pages they correspond to. Each gift is something that will go along with the story at that particular point in the book. I thought this was brilliant, and a great way to make you feel even more involved in the story you are reading.

Once Upon A Bookclub: Young Adult Box – May

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So, once I unboxed everything, I started reading the book on the schedule that the people over at Once Upon a Bookclub suggested. This proved to be too slow for me, so I went at my own pace. But, I still opened each gift on the specified page. It was definitely a more immersive experience, which I enjoyed. I will be honest though…the quality of the gifts was a little bit disappointing. The quality was pretty cheap. While they went along with the story very well, they were not items that I would have ever picked up and chosen to bring into my home otherwise.

I did enjoy the reading experience that the Young Adult Once Upon a Bookclub box afforded me, but I’m not sure if I would get another one. I might potentially try out the Adult version at some point though, just to see if the quality is any better.


Have you read Olivia Twist? Are you a fan of historical fiction? Have you ever received a box from Once Upon a Bookclub? What did you think of it? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,