Unboxing

UNBOXING: Illumicrate Saints & Scars – The Grishaverse Edition V.2

Happy Saturday! I thought it’d be a great way to start my weekend by doing an unboxing of Illumicrate SAINTS & SCARS box.

After months and months and months of waiting…. it is finally here!

Theme design by @aenteereads

First, an overview of everything that’s in this GLORIOUS box (apparently, not only does Nikolai deserve his own series, but his very own limited edition box as well…)

Nikolai Lantsov plush designed by Illumicrate

Note the pin I added on to his coat as sort of a crest/coat of arms/brooch?

Doesn’t he just look adorable? Scar-free and googly-eyed, this is the first Nikolai we all came to know and love. I also love that his coat is removable (I’d like to say I have indecent thoughts about the plush, but thankfully I’m not THAT creepy, it just brings me back to those days when I love dressing up (ahem, undressing) my Barbie and non-Barbie dolls.

Fox blanket illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani

Awww, don’t you just want to curl up beside that fox? He’s so beautiful. I’ve always found foxes to be stunning and graceful in manner and looks. It’s more like a little throw, but the size is probably perfect as a reading blanket…. it’s sooo soft and warm it’s almost like the fox is actually curled up next to you.

Ravkan Myths 6oz Seaweed & Juniper soy wax layered candle by Flickerink

pin set: the Triumvirate, Heartrender, Lantsov

Enamel pin set, Grishaverse edition, designed by Fable and Black

Considering I’ve already pinned the Lantsov one on my Nikolai plush, I don’t have to tell you which one’s my favorite out of the set!

Sunburst eyepatch (inspired by Genya) coin purse, also designed by Fable and Black

What I absolutely love about Illumicrate’s special edition boxes. No matter how many big items there are in the box, they don’t compromise on the quality of any of the items. Velvet-lined and has a saffiano leather exterior, you can easily tell they didn’t spare any coin on this coin purse.

I love those candle layers – even the colors represent Nikolai so well! Much like my last candle from the Magic & Mayhem box, I have a feeling I’ll just keep this one intact.

Gilded mug, also desiged by Fable and Black

And I thought it’d be nice to see Nikolai sitting beside his elegant mug. I must say, it suits him quite perfectly.

One could plot violent espionage and still hope for dessert.

I love this mug so much. It’s probably the only mug I can actually bring to work and still match the gold theme on my desk, but I’m just afraid it will break and I can’t buy another one. That would break my heart into tiny million pieces more than it would have broken the mug itself.

Anyway, I love the delicate shape of the mug. Oh, and that golden handle contrasting the white is just perfect. I’m probably going to use it for hot chocolate sometime this weekend.

Mustard socks featuring the Grishaverse crest, also designed by Fable and Black

I’m not a socks person, but I’ll probably use it occasionally just like my Vengeful socks from Owlcrate because… I’m a fan. That’s what fans do. Even socks are a big deal.

I just wish the graphics perfectly align away from the creases, but it’s okay. I won’t see it anyway when I’m wearing it. It’s probably just my slight OCD kicking in?

Bookmark set featuring Grishaverse women drawn by Monolime

Not in any particular order: Alina, Baghra, Genya, Nina, Tamar, Zoya, Leoni

Honestly, I can recognize a couple (maybe?) but it’s been so long since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy…. That’s Alina with the white hair right? And Genya, of course, with the eye patch (another confession: I only know that because of the coin purse) but which one’s Zoya? HELP!

Fan featuring a Zoya quote and designed by Stella Bookish Art

I would make a magnificent queen.

And I bet she would… I bet she would.

If you haven’t noticed, here are the other two pins up close:

Book sleeve featuring an all-new King of Scars quote, designed by Chatty Nora

Hope was the wind that came from nowhere to fill your sail and carry you home.

Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars

I like the button enclosure (it’s my first book sleeve that has that) but I’m not particularly fond of the waterproof fabric because it reminds me of an umbrella but I’m sure it will keep my book safe and cozy… and probably dry!

Calendar featuring Nikolai fanart all-year long!

Did we reach the end?

But wait, there’s more!

King of Scars, the Illumicrate exclusive edition with the golden naked spine (that didn’t sound like I’m talking about a book lol)

Letter from Leigh!

And that’s a wrap!

But I’m curious…

Who has already read King of Scars? I can’t because I still need to read the Six of Crows duology and maybe reread the Grisha trilogy? We’ll see.

And what did you think of this box? What’s your favorite item?

Tell me, tell me!!!

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Cover Reveals, Other Bookish Stuff

COVER REVEAL: Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

Shall we look at all three covers together?

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Synopsis:

Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.

Although I’m a little bit excited about this, I am also just a little bit ashamed to say I still have not finished Legendary. 

EW.com released the original cover reveal of the book.

From 1 to 10, how excited are you for this? 

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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Unboxing

UNBOXING: Illumicrate Magic & Mayhem The V.E. Edition Box

Hope you had a terrific day. Early this week, I unboxed the Illumicrate MAGIC & MAYHEM: THE V.E. EDITION first thing in the morning!

This is my first lllumicrate box and I couldn’t be more impressed! I don’t even know how a box could be this PERFECT! Needless to say, next time Illumicrate does a special edition box of a fandom I’m a part of, there will be non hesitation on my part!!! (Also, I cannot wait for my Muse of Nightmares & Strange the Dreamer limited editions)

Shall we?

First… an overview!

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I know right? I’m impressed too… how did I even manage to fit them all in one pic?? It’s a mystery.

The tote bag is made of this really heavy canvas fabric and you can see how high the quality is in the stitches and the heavy-duty handle. Definitely perfect for #bookhauls!

Does anyone get who that lady with horns is though? I’m not getting the reference…

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  • Kell and Lila at the Essen Tasch ball art print by Victoria Ying

Probably my least favorite by far out of all the items in this box… not because I don’t like it (not at all the case) but just because if I have to choose. I just feel like it’s got more of a Disney vibe than the darker vibe characteristic to the ADSOM series.

I love that it’s full-size and in a jar (even with all these other high-quality goodies with it) and I know I’ll never light it up because… it’s too pretty! Each layer represents one of the Londons, but I’m sure you’ve noticed (you can admire the beauty below!)

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The details on these are staggering. I love the set so much and I don’t think I can ever bear to part with them…. so good luck trying to make me use these as postcards.

If I have to pick a favorite between the four, I’ll pick the one for Red London – for the enchanting shot of the bridge, the bright and eye-catching red, and for the quote featured in the back. It’s one of those quotes I remember jotting down when I was reading the series:

Love and loss are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.

It kind of reminds me of Aciman’s quote in Call Me By Your Name“But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!”

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We are all immortal until proven otherwise.

Before I realized this was a VICIOUS item, I thought it was a London coin/token, like what Kell uses to travel between Londons.

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Hyperventilating – can’t believe how gorgeous these three items are and they’re all from Fable & Black! I’ve never even heard of them yet in the book box world but I’ll remember them from now on. SO IMPRESSIVE. The workmanship is top-notch!

It can definitely work as a Kindle case! It also works well to protect all the paper goodies that came in the box 😀

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Works great as a themed accessory… I’ll probably end up bringing my own water next time I go study at Starbucks or at the bookstore  (V.E. Schwab-themed)!

It didn’t actually say, but I’m guessing the characters are: Kell, Rhy, Holland, Alucard, Lila, and Athos & Astrid Dane. It’s a cool collectible, but I’m not really a fan of the interpretations except for Lila Bard and the Dane siblings. I do love the borders though!

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  • Double-sided bookmarks illustrated by Merwild 

On the other hand, I LOVEEE these, especially Kell, and then Rhy ❤ They’re so dashing! Coralie is sooo talented – I love the sharp features of her illustrations.

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I’m just amazed that all of these items are high-value!!!! I have so many mugs, but I love these enamel tin mugs, they don’t feel as fragile. I’ll probably just end up using it as a decorative piece more than an actual mug because I have so many mugs already… even though I might end up using it at least once during fall/winter! We’ll see!

  • Black-out poetry book sleeve by Illumicrate

At this point, I’ve run out of compliments for the box. This is yet another amazing thing that I can’t believe is in this box. I just remember all the book boxes I’ve subscribed to and whenever they announce that they’ll have a mug or a book sleeve or a scarf, it’s immediately thought to be well worth it – but this box has all those AND MORE!

Definitely no regrets.

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  • Letter from V.E. herself. 

I am just overjoyed at the simple fact that it matches the whole theme, but also uses the exact replica of the beautiful and minimalist ADSOM covers.

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And last, but certainly not the least, might even be the greatest…

Here’s what it looks like naked… (GASP!)

It actually matches the pin I got from my Owlcrate (<<<<<see unboxing), so that’s cool. This is probably the new character, Marcella?

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I even forgot it’s signed! V.E. signature is sooo cute and cool!

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More EO figures…

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BONUS: This is my cat Missy and I just had to include her because she made it just a little bit of a challenge to take pics – LOL she loves either lying down on my fur background or on the items (she creased my spoiler card BTW, bad Misssyy!)

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WOW, thank you for reading all that!!!

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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Owlcrate, Unboxing

UNBOXING: Owlcrate Limited Edition Vicious & Vengeful Box

Heeeyyy, readers! I’m back this Sunday with a fun unboxing for you all: Owlcrate‘s first Limited Edition box in collaboration with a beloved author, V.E. Schwab, featuring her newest book VENGEFUL – the highly anticipated, 5-years-in-the-making sequel to VICIOUS.

Now… let the unboxing begin!

P.S. Don’t let your jealousy RUIN YOU 😉

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Looks-wise, I love the design for the ELI candle… scent and character-wise, I’m very partial to the VICTOR candle. There’s no official description of the scents though…all I know is I don’t like the scent of the ELI candle at all – reminds me of the suffocating scent that hits me whenever I enter a Kirkland store or some arts & crafts store. On the other hand, the VICTOR candle is a very clean and shall I say manly just-got-out-of-the-shower smell? Anyway, I likeeeyyy.

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I remember Mitch and he was one of my favorite characters in Vicious, because he was just so unexpectedly nice… and smart. I don’t remember him loving chocolate milk though, but that sounds like him, alright!

This lip balm smells and tastes sooooo yummmy (yep, once again, I kind of ate it…)

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Wouldn’t say I was thrilled about the socks exactly, but it’s kind of cool. Hopefully my mom would like it… haha! I don’t wear socks, it’s too hot for me (even during the winter)… my feet feels suffocated lol.

The design was apparently inspired by the new Vicious cover (redesigned by Wil Staehle, artist of the ADSOM trilogy covers):

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I would say this box is just perfect for the Halloween season – I’m not very fond of it, but at least it features probably one of the most-well known quotes from VICIOUS.

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And now we come to my favorite item from the box! I love stationery items! And I think black-out poetry’s pretty cool… if I’m not mistaken, the UK covers look like this. Can’t wait for my Illumicrate box that should include an exclusive UK cover for VENGEFUL. But, wait.. I’m getting ahead of myself.. let’s finish this unboxing first.

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Aren’t Melie’s illustrations so on-point?? Victor looks so badass, Eli looks despicable (because he is), and Sydney and Dol looks so innocent.

And this Marcella is certainly intriguing – she kind of reminds me of Lila Bard from the ADSOM trilogy.

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  • Signed first edition of VENGEFUL + sticker + mini EO enamel pin

The cover looks sleek (wooohoo, I finally have a signed V.E. Schwab book!) and honestly, it took me a few seconds to figure out what the little person was about lol.

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And last but not least…

  • VICIOUS + VENGEFUL spoiler card + newsletter + Owlcrate button

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Let’s all just take a step back and appreciate the all-black Owlcrate Limited Edition box… I don’t have a pic for you guys, but the interior is red so it matches the black and red theme of VENGEFUL’s cover.

And that concludes today’s unboxing! Thanks for reading!

Have fun, and stay peachy 😉

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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Cover Reveals, Other Bookish Stuff

COVER REVEAL: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (Author of The Hating Game)

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

I knowww, I knooooww. You probably have all heard of The Hating Game by now. It certainly made the rounds.

Love it or hate it, you can move on to Sally’s new upcoming novel, 99 Percent Mine. As for me, I am 100% ANTICIPATING this.

GAHHH. I will need to buy a copy of The Hating Game, because their covers match!!!

Here’s the synopsis for you…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

And here you go!

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and let’s pre-order it while we’re at it….

YOU’RE VERY WELCOME. 😉

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

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Other Bookish Stuff, Swoony Saturdates

Swoony Saturdate: Michael Larsen

Oh, wow… this has been on my draft for a very long time, but I’m now only going to actually write something down.

I’ve been promising this entry for a very long time. But better late than never, right?

Mammmaaa mia… here we go again. Oh, sorry, I just want to share I’m a new Abba fan. Any fans out here??

Now, let me tell you about Michael, this week’s #SwoonySaturdate…

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Michael Larsen is the male MC in The Kiss Quotient, which you might have heard of because it just came out early last month but have been receiving a lot of buzz from contemporary romance book dragons!

So here I am today to give you just a few more great reasons why you should read The Kiss Quotient and meet not only the lovely Stella, but also her equally lovely half-Vietnamese beau, Michael.

And since the author herself compared Michael to Daniel Henney, I’m sure none of you will have any problem about the visual aids I’ll be using for this lesson 😉

  • See that teacup he’s holding? Well, he chose to stick with tea, because he’s not going to drink just so he can drive you home, and make sure you’re safe and sound. This one’s definitely a keeper.

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  • You know it’s not burger that tastes good, right? Okay, let’s take it from Stella’s account of the kissing lesson…

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Here’s just a little bit of taste:

His taste flooded her senses. Butterflies exploded in her stomach and sped through her veins. Her legs went weak, but his arms tightened around her, keeping her from falling.

He sucked on her bottom lip and laved the sensitized skin before taking her mouth again. The room began spinning, and she realized she’d forgotten to breathe.

Coming for air, she said, “Oh my God, you taste good.”

Forget food, right?

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  • Michael’s fashion sense is impeccable. He even tailors his own suits, and never fear, he can tailor you the perfect dress to match him, too!

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  • We have here an overachiever. Not wanting to fit the stereotypical six-pack abs, Michael has an eight-pack (Stella counted!! Since she’s a numbers person, I think we can just take her word for it… or maybe not? I’d like to see it for myself… just to make sure.)

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  • You can’t see it here obviously, but let me try and give you something to work on here. I’m talking about THE TATTOO, get your mind out of the gutter.

A dragon’s head, it’s mouth open in midroar, covered the entire left half of his wide, sculpted chest. The ink on his shoulder and arm formed one of the creature’s claws. The intricate scales of its body worked diagonally across his abs and disappeared inside his jeans.

But, why stop there, right? Well, now you can get creative.

  • He’s sculpted. Did I touch on this point yet? Hmmm… I can’t seem to quite remember.

  • Even without cologne, he smells really good. You’ll never want your own pillow again.

  • His fatal flaw, you ask? You won’t find it on his heel, but in his heart. He loves too much and gives up everything for the people he loves.

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I’m sure you’re sad, but this fun lesson has reached its end. But some lessons need to be reviewed over… and over… and over. I don’t think I can master this lesson at all.. can you?

Thank you! Or… should you thank me? 😉

So, give me your thoughts about Michael… I’ll give you a few ogling seconds before you have to answer!

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

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Book Tags, Other Bookish Stuff

WWW Wednesday 07/17/2018

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…. did you miss me? I sure missed you all! I haven’t had time to browse your blogs as much as I used to. So I’d also like to take a brief moment to thank whoever takes the time to read my blog! THANK YOU! You don’t know how much it means to me.

And now… on to business!

What are you currently reading?

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Has anyone read Nyxia? It’s basically Hunger Games in space. It’s very good and one of my favorite YA scifis. I’m part of the blog tour of the upcoming sequel, Nyxia Unleashed so I would love it if you can stop by later this month – if you click to show the hidden header part of my blog, you can click on the banner there to see the full blog tour schedule 😉 I can tell you more about it, then!

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Love à la Mode is actually not out till late November, but it kind of reminded me of The Art of French Kissing so I requested an ARC and got one on the mail as a surprise! And so far, so good! It seems liked it’s going to be a very yummmmy book.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Absolutely LOVED this! I thought it wasn’t possible, but I loved Lauren Graham even more than Lorelai Gilmore ^_^ Technically, I didn’t read this – I listened to the audiobook on my way to work (new workplace – it now takes me around 45 min to 1hr!!!) Not sarcastically, I’m actually loving the commute, because I get to listen to audio books, and I end up a happier person – I start my day right and I end my work day right!

Anyway, I loved it so much, that I bought a physical copy so I may scan through it again, and I’ll have to look at all the pictures throughout. Whenever she read “see Photo…” I felt kind of left out, not being able to see it. Oh yeah, did I mention, Lauren Graham herself read the audio.

Who else loves Gilmore Girls???

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I was very impressed by Like Never and Always and am actually part of the blog tour and my stop is this coming Thursday….. so my lips are sealed till then!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’d like to read The Court Dancer before release next month, and I’m actually excited. Fingers crossed, I can get to it before then and post a review for you all.

And, that’s a wrap.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to check out your WWW posts, so make sure to leave your links down below!

What have you been up to, reading wise?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

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