Review: Fantasy and Sci-fi Books debut subscription box + Giveaway!

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The lovely Theresa at Fantasy and Sci-fi Books was kind enough to send me their very first subscription box for review!

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books  is the newest monthly YA book subscription service.  Each month they will send out a new release YA Sci-Fi or Fantasy book along with 3-4 related items surrounding the theme of the book.  These bookish items will include fandom jewelry, collectibles, bookmarks, bags, and more! Boxes will include items made especially for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books that cannot be purchased anywhere else.  Boxes will also include exclusive items from guest authors! 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books box subscription is is $27.99 plus shipping – USA $6.99, Canada $19.99, International $26.99.

If you missed their debut box, there’s still time!

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Still looking for the December box in time for the holidays?  Email us at the address found in the FAQ. We are doing a second shipment for customers who want the December box. Regular ordering is for the January 5th box.

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I was so excited to see this box at my door! And let me tell you guys, it was a LARGE and HEAVY box!

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The packaging is pretty simple, but I like that.  And who are we kidding, we’re in it for what’s inside anyway! 🙂

So without further ado…………………

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The inside!

There are several subscription boxes that use the shredded paper for packing, and then there are some boxes that don’t use anything.  This box opted for simple tissue paper wrapped goodies.  Simple is good!  Who wants to pick up all those pieces of shredded paper anyway? 🙂

The blue card is the list of all the goodies inside.  It’s face down when you open the box so if you don’t want spoilers you can set it aside until later.  Ready to see the goodies?

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That is one packed box!

So the first thing I pulled out was the book on top.  It is Unforgiven by Lauren Kate, and is the companion book to her Fallen series.  Now, I’m not familiar with this series myself, but it is a beautiful hardcover and the premise sounds very interesting!  I was enlightened by my friend Becky (@Becky_LoveDemi) who co-blogs over at BookNerdAddict.com that there is a movie in the works for the series as well!

Besides Unforgiven, there were two book related items: a metal cuff and guitar key chain.

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According to the note included, the metal bracelet represents the mechanical cuff some of the troublemakers sent to Sword and Cross were forced to wear.

The Guitar Keychain represents Lilith and her song.  They changed Cam and inspired him to make music and become the rocker known at Sword and Cross.

Most bookish boxes I’ve seen send along bookish items that may relate to the book or that particular month’s theme.  What I found interesting and different about Fantasy and Sci-fi books was, though the items absolutely held significance to the book, they weren’t necessarily bookish items.

That could go either way for some people.  I really like the idea of getting bookish items and supporting those who make them.  But on the other hand, I really like the fact that the curators of this box really took the time to find specific items related to Unforgiven.

There were still more goodies underneath all of that!

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That IS a second book!  And guess what?  It’s signed!!

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Finally, there were two bookmarks and a draw string bag.  I know it’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s really big!

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According to the blue card, the gold wings represent Cam’s wings.  The bag was an item specially made just for this box and cannot be bought anywhere else!

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Here is what everything looks like together!

I couldn’t be more pleased with this box!  I was impressed by the quality of each item included, and feel that it is worth the subscription fee. I can’t wait to see what Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books do for the January’s box!

I loved this box so much that I want to share it with all of you!  Enter for a chance to win Fantasy and Sci-fi Book’s very first box below! (US/CAN only)

I would love to know if anyone else has subscribed to this fantastic new YA Book box!

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Surprise Sneak Peek–Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books December Box!

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The lovely folks over at Fantasy and Sci-Fi books have let me in on a little secret!  And guess what?  I get to share it with all of you!!

If you’re not familiar with Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books, they are an up-and-coming, exciting new YA book subscription service!  To learn all about them, check out their website: http://www.fantasyandscifibooks.com.  Or, you can check out this blog post and get a coupon for 10% off your first box!  http://wp.me/p63d6L-6x

Who’s ready for a SNEAK PEEK?

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Here is your first look inside the December Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book Box!

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I don’t know about you, but I have NO IDEA what the mystery book is going to be! I am even more excited now to receive my first box!  Have you guys signed up yet?  Don’t miss the chance to get 10% off your first box!

NEW YA SUBSCRIPTION BOX Alert! Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books! (+ Coupon)

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I adore book subscription boxes, but when it comes to buying books, I find that I am a bit selective.  While I’m happy to read anything I can get my hands on, Fantasy and Science Fiction are definitely my preferred genres.  That’s why I am so excited about this brand new YA book subscription box!

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books  is the newest monthly YA book subscription service.  Each month they will send out a new release YA Sci-Fi or Fantasy book along with 3-4 related items surrounding the theme of the book.  These bookish items will include fandom jewelry, collectibles, bookmarks, bags, and more! Boxes will include items made especially for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books that cannot be purchased anywhere else.  Boxes will also include exclusive items from guest authors! 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books box subscription is is $27.99 plus shipping – USA $6.99, Canada $19.99, International $26.99.  But by using the code 10offDec you can get 10% off your first box!  First boxes will ship December 1st–perfect for the Holiday season!

I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to review Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book’s first box and will be posting that review closer to the shipping date.

I have found the YA community to be the best of the book world!  The readers, bloggers, and authors are some of the  warmest and welcoming people I have had the privilege to meet.  So, I would love to see the YA community represent and show Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books some of that famous book love!

If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and subscribing to a book box, I urge you to consider Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books!  They offer competitive subscription fees/shipping as the other book boxes out there and honestly, I’m excited to see what they do!

Take some time and check out their website: http://www.fantasyandscifibooks.com/#sthash.b7LUfJbq.dpbs

You can also follow them on Twitter at @FantasySciFibox

Maybe drop them an encouraging note and let them know how excited we are about their box!

LOOT CRATE SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEW

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I was so excited for October’s Loot Crate.  If you’re not familiar with Loot Crate, they offer a monthly geek and gamer subscription box.  Every month Loot Crate sends out exclusive geek and gamer gear centered around a monthly theme.  October’s theme was TIME.

My husband has been receiving Loot Crate for over a year, and I’ve always enjoyed the fun and unique items in each crate. Loot Crate had announced that October’s crate would contain a Tshirt and an exclusive Funko Pop. Being a huge Dr. Who fan, I made the plunge myself and ordered my very first Loot Crate.

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I couldn’t have been more disappointed.

My disappointment was two-fold.  First, although the theme for October was TIME, there was only one Dr. Who related item in the crate.

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Now, a Sonic Spork would be kind of cool, IF it was usable.  Unfortunately, the quality was poor and I doubt it would stand up to multiple washes rendering it useless.  I had really been hoping that the Dr. Who item would have been the exclusive Pop or shirt.

The remaining contents of October’s Loot Crate centered around celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Back to the Future and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  As you can see from the picture below there was a Hoverboard replica, a Doc Brown Funko Pop, and a Bill and Ted’s excellent Tshirt.

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Here is where my second disappoint came in.  As a child of the 80’s, my disappointment about the lack of Dr. Who gear could have begrudgingly been assuaged by the fun Bill and Ted Tshirt.  Being a first time subscriber, I based my shirt size off of Loot Crates sizing chart.  I chose a Woman’s size medium shirt because that is the size I wear everyday.  No brainer right?

WRONG!

I was shocked when I pulled the shirt from the crate.  Woman’s size medium? More like child’s size x-small! And just in case you’re thinking that maybe the shirt sizing just ran a little small, here is a picture of my 40 POUND 9-year-old wearing the shirt.

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I immediately contacted customer support and checked Reddit to find that I was not an isolated case. There were pages and pages of posts concerning the sizing problem which seemed to only affect the Woman’s sizing.

Customer support did contact me to apologize for the shirts running “a bit smaller” (that’s laughable) this month and provided a shipping label for me to send it back in the crate for replacement.  However, when I inquired as to the new size they would send me, they suggested a Woman’s XL……..  I have yet to receive the replacement shirt.

Overall, I am extremely disappointed with not only this month’s Loot Crate, but the company itself.  I understand that different shirts run different sizes, but to say the shirts ran “a bit small” is ridiculous.  A woman’s shirt fitting a 9 year-old isn’t a bit small. Their response to the sizing issue was lackluster and insincere and because of that, they have lost me as a customer.

Loot Crate is not the only subscription box aimed at geeks and gamers.  Though Loot Crate’s monthly subscription fee is probably the lowest, I feel there are several other fantastic options out there.

Did anyone else get October’s crate?

 

 

 

GEEK FUEL SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEW!

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If you haven’t noticed by now, subscription boxes are pretty hot.  It seems like there is a box for everything these days and if you’re like me, you’ve been tempted more than once.  I finally took the plunge this month with Loot Crate (But that’s another review!)  and was happily biding my time, waiting for delivery when I stumbled across GeekFuel.

What initially caught my attention was the promise of exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy items.  My husband is a huge Guardians fan and I thought I’ll get it and, if it’s good, I’ll save it for Christmas as a surprise gift!  Another thing that was appealing was the promise of a tshirt in every crate.  Other subscription boxes offer the chance of a tshirt but it’s not a monthly thing.  It might have been a bit of a risk as Geek Fuel is a MYSTERY box so they don’t hint about the content.  But guess what?

 

IT WAS AWESOME!

This is how it comes every month.  Pretty eye catching!

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I really like the little robot guy!

Here’s what it looks like when you open the lid.

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The suspense is killing me!

Ta-da!

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I have to say, I am completely blown away by the Geek Fuel subscription box!  I loved every item so much that I didn’t even wait to give it to my husband for Christmas.  He got it immediately after opening! Every Geek Fuel box comes with a tshirt and a PC game, and I adored the Guardians Funko Pop. (Though I would have preferred Nebula, but hey, it wasn’t for me!)  There was also a fantastic Star Wars pillowcase featuring Admiral Ackbar, an energy drink, and several Back to the Future items.

The Geek Fuel subscription box is completely worth the money!  Not only was I surprised and pleased by the contents, they got it to me super fast.  This was my first month with them and I subbed right as the boxes were shipping so I received my box in a matter of days.

I can’t recommend Geek Fuel enough!  My husband has been a Loot Crate subscriber for over a year now and I have to say,  I think Geek Fuel has them beat.  If you guys are interested in checking out Geek Fuel for yourselves, here’s the link:

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I’m curious what kind of subscription boxes you guys subscribe to?  Let me know in the comments!

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


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I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC of this book at C2E2 this past March.  At first, I had no idea the goldmine that I had fallen into.  I posted a Thank You picture to my twitter for the publishers and soon after comments came rolling in exclaiming my good luck.  My good luck indeed!

 

There is no way to adequately put into feelings my love for the glorious thing that is Illuminae.  So, because so many times it reminded me of Firefly, (BROWN COATS FOREVER!!!)  I will try to summarize all the feels through Firefly/Serenity Gifs.

 

Let’s start with the cover.

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Yes Jayne, it IS pretty cunning. Not to mention intriguing and alluring!  Also, it matches your hat quite nicely!

The formatting in this book is anything but typical. But coupled with a plot that just won’t quit, it’s fascinating!  I loved turning each page just to see how the story would be delivered to me next!

So in that light, here is my attempt to describe Illuminae purely using gifs!

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(we meet Kady and Ezra)

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(crap, it’s an invasion!)

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(Whew close one!)

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(Kady does her hacker thing)

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(Oh no! Plot twist!)

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(then….)

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(Stuff gets worse)

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(stuff gets a lot worse)

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(the end. where you’re left thinking, WHAT THE CRAP JUST HAPPENED?!)

If you are looking for an exhilarating, can’t put it down read, then this book is for you.  The writing is gorgeous, the action is non-stop and heart pounding with jaw dropping plot twists.  I cannot recommend this book enough! Have you guys read it?  I’d love to know what you though of Illuminae!

GABRIEL BOOK BLITZ

ABOUT

Title: Gabriel
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
Synopsis:

The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

Check out the Styclar Wattpad page for preview chapters of Gabriel!

INTERVIEW

 

What did you do on your research trip to France? 
Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle’s barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story form the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real – you could even go and visit them all yourself!
Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah? 
The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual ‘writing’ part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/ the ending/ a specific character etc etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it’s all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!
What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel) ? 
Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah’s POV – The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist – suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! 😉 Oh, and also, did I mention… #NoMercy 😉
Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way? 
Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little something piece of me, whether intention or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah’s plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.
What are you currently reading? 
I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo !!!
Any advice for aspiring authors? 
If you have a story to tell, don’t stop until it’s told… and Never.Ever.Give.Up
How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?

 

A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL Ruadhan tells Lailah ‘You only fail, if you never try.’ That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today… I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing – about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message…  Even down to the mythology in the story — it’s all based loosely on my own belief system (you’ll see plenty more of that in Book2 and especially in Book3)

And if you haven’t read Lailah yet. . . .

ABOUT

Title: Lailah
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

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Synopsis:

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no

clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that

breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she

will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and

the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name:

Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find

her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who

she truly is.

 

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in

Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community.

Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book

in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a

Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers

& writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of

comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal

with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th

2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with

my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It

makes me happy.

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