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Sunday Shopping – OwlCrate January Unboxing

Little Prince Tea from First Edition Tea Co.:

Cost – US – 2.58, AUD – 3.35

Shipping – US – 6.18, AUD – 8.03

Thoughts – Eager to try but not completely hopeful.

Would I Buy It – Probably since I am not a huge fan of most teas.

Soap Book from TeaSoapBooks:

Cost – US – 7.21, AUD – 9.37

Shipping – US – 14.47, AUD – 18.82

Thoughts – While I normally only buy liquid soap I think I would have gotten one to test out.

Would I Buy It – Probably.

Bookmark from Lexy Olivia:

Cost – US – 8.24, AUD – 10.71

Shipping – US – 9.78, AUD – 12.72.

Thoughts – I think its so cute even though I have no idea where the quote is from

Would I Buy It – Yes and some other things from her shop too.

Phantom of the Opera Magnet from Sweet Sequels:

Cost – They don’t normally seem to sell magnets so this is a one off.

Thoughts – I am not a Phantom of the Opera fan so its not really something I am interested in.

Would I Buy It – Nope.

Calendar from Obvious State:

Cost – US – 24.71, AUD – 32.13

Shipping – US – 11.28, AUD – 14.66.

Thoughts – While cute it doesn’t quite suit my needs in terms of calendar.

Would I Buy It – Because I don’t like all the designs and the there is no space for writing I would not buy it.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard:

Cost – US – 15.29, AUD – 19.92

Thoughts – Not normally something I would pick up since I don’t like the story it was derived from.

Would I Buy It – Probably not.

What I Paid For The Box: US – 49.98, AUD – 69.21

Box Worth: US – 99.74+, AUD – 129.71+ 

Final Thoughts: Probably my least favourite one thus far but I will continue to buy.

Not the best one I have gotten before but I am still happy with the value and the overall experience so I shall continue to buy.

 

Till Next Time…

 

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Book Review – Vassa In The Night

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Title: Vassa In The Night

Author: Sarah Porter

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 296

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

So how do I even begin with this book? I knew it wasn’t going to be something I would normally have picked up and if it wasn’t for Owlcrate I might not even have heard of it.

Really my emotions are so over the place with this one. Its magic realism story. I thought the magic was bestowed by a curse but in actual fact the magic had always been there and as sort of quietly acknowledged but ignored at the same time. Then it falls upon certain places of the world to make the nights last days, time dragging on, but the days would be of normal length.

Then this girl Vassa who is sort of part of the magical community makes the choice to enter the deadly magical BY’s (is that an American store i should know about? Or just a made up part of the book?) to prove something to one of her sisters, setting off a chain of events that she was always destined to set off.

I won’t go more into the plot because I feel like anything else might be spoilers. The part I think I have troubles wrapping my brain around in this book is that everything sort of is one thing, but isn’t that thing at the same time. Nothing is as it seems, and things seem very random but very organised. As you can tell I am having serious issues trying to describe this book! This was both the draw and I think the downfall to this book getting more than a 3 star from me. At times is was so disjointed or…. I guess you could say blurry in what it was trying to be or say that I was actually sort of pushed out of the story and was not as engrossed as I would have liked to be. These times I found very boring until I managed to weave myself back into the rhythm of the narrative again. In saying that though, the general arc of the story worked and I felt very satisfied with the ending.

Most of the main characters we are greeted with in this book are not human but something other. For the most part I liked the characters, even felt a bit sorry for ones that perhaps didn’t deserve that feeling. But because of this overall way this book was presented  I never really connected with any of them other than Erg, Night or the Swans. Night was something I really connected with in this book. While I loved Erg for how she was and thought the Swans were beautiful in their love and in their own sad stories, Night sort of hit home on a more deep level to me. Moon was my first word as a child, and I think I have always had a love, even if at times a fear instead, of the night. The fact that Night was a sort of mythical energy with emotions and understanding was stunning. That Night could be lonely, or reach our to comfort Vassa in Night’s own way was just actually lovely to read.

Why did it take me so many years to understand that Night is something you can talk to, something that might even decide to watch over you or kiss you just when you’re about to crumple from loneliness?

I think that is where I am going to leave this review. I am pretty sure than no part of it really made sense. My thoughts on the book may become more clear as I sit with it more and not so sleep deprived but I think this is a pretty good representation for anyone considering reading this book of how it is going to make you feel once you are done reading it. I tell you, I feel rather weird and mixed up.

For those considering a read, pay close attention. THIS BOOK IS REALLY WEIRD. You read parts and have serious WTF moments over what you read. If you read the synopsis and think hell yeah! then you will probably be fine swimming in its depths. If you read it and think hmm i don’t know about that, then perhaps you should go with your instincts.

 

Till Next Time…

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Sunday Shopping – December Nerdybookworm & Owlcrate

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Mystery Figure from Funko!:

Cost – US – 11.5, AUD – 15

Shipping – I have the option to buy these instore here so I have decided to leave shipping prices off this one.

Thoughts – The one i ended up with is pretty damn cute.

Would I Buy It – Yes, but only if I had an $15 to blow because they are rather pricey for what they are and I might not get one I actually want.

Lord of the Rings Pin from Ideal Bookshelf:

Cost – US – 11, AUD – 14.35

Shipping – US – 10.95, AUD – 14.29

Thoughts – I think its something I would never have thought to get but its super cute.

Would I Buy It – If I were to get into pins, I know I would go at them hard but as of right now I don’t think I would buy it because they are not something I am really interested in.

Game of Thrones Coasters from Dark Horse Comics:

Cost – US – 9.99, AUD – 13.03

Shipping – Dark horse don’t seem to ship these kind of things to Australia so unless I found them in another shop I cannot find the price of shipping.

Thoughts – I don’t really have any furniture nice enough for me to ever feel the need to use coasters but I spose one day I might?

Would I Buy It – Nope.

Greeting card from Susanne Draws:

Cost – The shop was closed when I looked to get prices (it opens tomorrow of course) so if I remember I shall update it.

Thoughts – Cute but not something I would buy. I might buy something else from the artist, but not a card.

Would I Buy It – Not a card.

Darker Shade of Magic Sticker from Miss Phi:

Thoughts – So i couldn’t seem to find the sticker option on the page, so I don’t know if the sticker was a one off or if you can normally get them.

Would I Buy It – Perhaps not a sticker but I like the looks of the store so I might buy something else from there.

What I Paid For The Box: US – 49.98, AUD – 60.87

Box Worth: US – 61.17+, AUD – 79.69+ 

Final Thoughts: Not the best but I am getting another.

Not the best one I have gotten before but I am still happy with the value and the overall experience so I shall continue to buy.

 

Till Next Time…

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OwlCrate Unboxing

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Welcome to a Sunday Shopping! Today I bring you OwlCrate along with an unboxing video :D

The following is a complete breakdown of pricing.

Fabric Button Bookmark from My Heart My Tribe:

Cost – US – 4.99, AUD – 6.80

Shipping – ?

Thoughts – So I couldn’t find anything but an instagram page for this store and the only price I could find was the above. This does not include shipping. If I could find an easier way to purchase these I might consider buying them but not with the current system.

Would I Buy It – Not right now.

Oz Passport Notebook from The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild:

Cost – US – 10, AUD – 13.63

Shipping – US – 12.25, AUD – 16.70

Thoughts – For this store you can only place orders if they are 10+ and the notebook costs less than that, so the price could very well be more because you have to buy more than one item. I don’t mind some of the other items but not many.

Would I Buy It – I would pick a different design if I wanted something else from the store.

Charm Bracelet from The Geeky Cauldron:

Cost – ?

Shipping – ?

Thoughts – I was unable to check any pricing for this item because the store is currently closed. I do love the bracelet though.

Would I Buy It – Yes, if it was a reasonable price.

Lost Boys Beanie from Whosits and Whatsits:

Cost – US – 22, AUD – 29.99

Shipping – US – 14.55, AUD – 19.83

Thoughts – As I don’t like the beanie and beanies are not something I would buy anyway I think the cost of this item it way too high.

Would I Buy It – No.

Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter:

Cost – US – 13.39, AUD – 17.92

What I Paid For The Box: US – 49.98, AUD – 65.44

Box Worth: US – 77.18, AUD – 104.87

Final Thoughts: Would Buy Again

So there is some extra value in buying this box as it would have cost me quite a bit more to get everything separately. If I were to know everything in the box I would not have gotten it all but I think the excitement on those few items I would want plus a surprise book is worth the other things I didn’t want.

 

Till Next Time…