Fabled Merch Unboxing: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Bookishunboxing2

Hello Readers!

Here is another unboxing for you! This one is Fabled Merch which was Wick & Fable but they changed their sub box name. Their September box was themed around the series Stalking Jack the Ripper.

This was my first purchase from this company. I will say that it was an okay box but I did end up selling a few items from it since I didn’t care for them. I definitely prefer Flick the Wick over this company.

They also have a tendency to ship a bit later than when they say so it’s something to be aware of.

border2

Included In This Box:

  • Audrey Rose Inspired Candle (4 oz.)
  • Thomas Inspired Candle (4 oz.)
  • Bran Castle Inspired Candle (2 oz.)
  • Murder Hotel Inspired candle (2 oz.)
  • Ceramic Campfire Mug (@jezhawk)
  • Book Pouch (@stellabookishart and @kirsty.carter.art)
  • Glow-In-The-Dark Enamel Pin (@jezhawk)
  • Character Cards (@artbyisambeleza)
  • Sturdy Print (@darkandbeautifulart)
  • Wooden Bookmark (@blanca.design)

border2

Favorite:

My Favorite Item was definitely the campire mug. It is so pretty! I probably won’t use it to drink out of because it’s a nice decoration for my shelf, haha.

Least Favorite:

My least favorite item was either the book pouch or the art print/character cards. The art just wasn’t my favorite interpretation of the characters. The book pouch is a nice idea but it isn’t going to keep my books safe.

border2

Have you bought anything from Wick & Fable or Fabled merch before? Like any of the items pictured? Let me know in the comments!

Find me on Instagram / Goodreads

 

Beacon Book Box Unboxing: Capturing the Devil

Bookishunboxing2

 

Hello Lovely Readers!

Since I did an unboxing for Faecrate’s Capturing the Devil box yesterday I thought it would be a good time to get my unboxing up for Beacon Book Box’s Capturing the Devil box.

grey line

When it came to prices, the only different was about a dollar. I felt that Beacon’s was a bit better when it came to the items they decided to include and were definitely more practical than some of Faecrate’s items.

The only issue I have had with Beacon is their customer service. I have been waiting on replacement prints from their other box and it has taken almost a month, a few emails, and hopefully they will be delivered this week. If not, time to go back to emailing.

Here’s the thing, I get that people that run these companies have other responsibilities and that compared to others they are a small business. But, for your business to grow you need great customer service. Although they have been real nice about the situation, it still sucks that I have been waiting a month when each time I email they tell me they will get it out the next day. If you can’t do it the next day then tell me in a week. I am fine with that, it’s the not getting it that is the problem.

tenor.gif

At least, their boxes are good and their shipping is on time, ha.

grey line

Included In This Box:

  • Thomas Cresswell Blanket (@dianadworak)
  • Audrey Rose Pillowcase (@dianadworak)
  • Escaping From Houdini-inspired Wallet (@kdpletters)
  • Aunt Amelia’s English Tea (@thesimplybookishco)
  • Hunting Prince Dracula-inspired Notebook (@catarinabookdesigns)
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper-inspired Tote Bag (@stellabookishart)
  • Thomas and Audrey Rose Woodmark (@sjwonderlandz)
  • Team Cressworth Pennant (@abbygale)
  • London, Bran Castle, RMS Etruria, and Chicago World Fair Prints (@pinapali)
  • Moonlight Carnival Candle (@spideyscents)
  • Bonus Content from Author
  • Signed Copy of Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

My favorite item out of the whole box was the wallet. It is such a practical item and it is large!

My least favorite item would have to be the pennant or the notebook. I just don’t have enough room on my wall for everything and I think the pennant would have been better if it had a cool design instead of just words. The notebook is practical but honestly, I just have too many, lol.

grey line

Find me on Instagram / Goodreads

Faecrate Unboxing: Capturing the Devil

Bookishunboxing2

 

Hello Lovely Readers!

Today I am sharing an unboxing for Faecrate’s Capturing the Devil Special Edition box. I have a lot of feelings about this one so strap in because it is going to be a very bumpy ride!

grey line

I would like to start off this unboxing by saying that this is my last box from this company. There have been many things that have led me to not wanting to give them my money. One of those reasons is their boxes consistently being late. This one was 3 weeks late and they also never gave updates on why until many people started complaining. Since that also has to do with customer service, it brings me to my next point. It took them 3-4 tries to send my sister the right items after they screwed up back in May on a different box. Those 3-4 times took about 3 months. It shouldn’t ever take that long in my opinion.

My other reasoning for not purchasing from them again is that a majority of their items just feel and seem cheaply made. If I am spending a good amount of money for a box then I want quality. And last but not least, their professionalism is not the greatest. One of the owners has used their child to try and garner sympathy on their instagram and talked badly about their customers who just wanted an update as to why boxes were so late. If a company doesn’t care enough to keep me in the loop and acts unprofessional even on their own profile, that’s a no for me.

So yeah, they have had too many strikes against them and I am not here for it. I will also say that a design in this box was used in a different box last year, the only difference is the quote. A Faecrate owner claimed to “design” it on the spoiler card when she found all the graphics on the website Creative Market. Faecrate also claims at the top of the spoiler card, “All items included in this crate are Faecrate exlusives”. It’s right to an extent but when all you do is slap on a quote from an already made template found on the internet, well that just doesn’t sit well with me. That is pretty misleading if you ask me.

But alas, I have learned my lesson. Anyways, let’s just get into this unboxing!

P.S. I ordered this box in April, I believe, not knowing all of their issues.

source.gif

grey line

Included In This Box:

  • Thomas Cresswell Plushie
  • Dracul Family Crest Collectors Coin
  • Constellation Orchid Pin
  • Audrey Rosehips Tea
  • Dragon Cane Hair Sticks
  • “Stand Out” Wall Hanging
  • Fleece Throw Blanket
  • Character Card Set
  • Daciana’s Gift Bath Salts
  • “If Lost” Socks
  • Silken Booksleeve
  • Audrey’s Steamer Luggage Cover
  • Signed Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Set of 4 Exclusive Dust Jackets
  • Preorder Items
  • Deleted Scene & Author Letter Booklet

My favorite item is the dust jackets. They are gorgeous and I can’t wait to frame them to hang them on my wall. I will say that is one thing they have going for them. They have a great artist to collaborate with.

My least favorite item is pretty much everything but if I had to pick it would be a toss up between the luggage cover and the chopsticks. Although the cover is an interesting idea I just don’t see it being practical. It could easily rip on a plane ride and it would have to be taken off just to open the luggage. The chopsticks are just plastic with a sticker on top. They are super long and I’m not sure how comfortable they would be because of that.

Overall, I will use a few items like the tea, blanket, and dust jackets. The artwork on the booksleeve is nice but it is very thin and flimsy. I’m not sure how it would keep a book safe. I also don’t get the plushies.

756.gif

grey line

Find me on Instagram / Goodreads

The photo on the left is the art print included in Alchemy and Ink’s 2018 box called “Gloriously Gothic”. She never claimed to be the designer for it. The photo on the right is the tapestry from the Faecrate box. The color of red is a bit different and the quote is changed but that is it. Misleading to claim it is exlusive and designed by one of the owners.

 

 

 

 

Capturing the Devil: Book Review

book review

 

43496862._SX318_.jpgTitle: Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019

grey line

Synopsis: “Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?” (Goodreads)

grey line

My Review: (Spoilers Galore. Sorry!)

I can officially say that this year has been the year for disappointment when it comes to series finales and continuation of series. Maybe it’s just me. I am sure this will be an unpopular opinion but oh well, here we go!

There wasn’t much change with how the characters were compared to the other books in the series. The only change was that they are more infatuated with each other. That is where one of my problems with the book began. Don’t get me wrong, I do like that they are together but at the same time I don’t want more than 50% of the book to be about it. The relationship really takes away from the adventure and thrill of the murders. There are a couple murders in the beginning and then we get nothing for a long while. It felt like this was more of a Historical Fiction Romance with a pinch of Mystery (but not really because everything was pretty obvious).

Of course since it was more about their relationship, a plot twist was introduced to stop their courtship and add shock. The thing is, sure it was a bit shocking but at the same time the author eluded to it a bit here and there so when it did eventually happen it was just like, “Oh, okay.” There also wasn’t much development when it came to the plot twist either. It happens, is talked about for a bit, and then disappears until the end of the book when it is taken care of. It just felt unnecessary.

When it came to the plot and as I said above, it mainly focuses around their relationship. There is murder but it is nothing compared to the other books. It didn’t get interesting for me until around 80% or so. I knew that the ending would be rushed because as the synopsis states, it is supposed to take place in Chicago with the Worlds Fair, expect they didn’t even travel there until 50% in. The murderer was also obvious from the start and we were introduced to him quite quickly, like right at the beginning of the book. He is also present throughout. The synopsis even talks about the Infamous Murder Hotel but there wasn’t much detail for the “castle” as they referred to it in the book. It was there and gone within 10-15% of reading. As such a big murderer in history, it was quite the letdown.

Mephistopheles comes back for this book and I am not really sure why. Thomas tried to paint him as the murderer but it was obvious he had nothing to do with it and it was just another unnecessary plot twist.

My other issue with the book was how there were many political issues talked about. I’m not saying that I don’t like when they are talked about or that authors shouldn’t add their own opinions, but a couple just felt unnecessary and if you were to take out those sentences it wouldn’t take away from the book. Although I had more of an issue when religion was brought up and Adam and Eve were talked about because it was inaccurate. This is what was included:

“The one question no one can answer is always, if Adam had been warned, why didn’t he pass the message along to his wife? Seems he was more to blame than she was.” -Capturing the Devil

I’m not sure what the author’s intentions were when it came to this statement, but in the Bible although it doesn’t specifically say that Adam told Eve, she still knew it was wrong because she said this to the serpent:

“And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” Genesis 3:2-3

Another issue I had was with her brother. As they did more research he became less of a monster and he actually wasn’t the murderer. Here’s the thing, I am not a fan of this whole “redemption” trope. It takes away from the first book and shapes her brother into a different character. Sure, he still did some bad things but again, it takes away from the whole picture we had of him.

Overall, I found myself wanting to DNF more than once. I didn’t care if I picked it up again when I had to set it down to go do something. As a most anticipated read for the year, I am disappointed. There was no shock factor like the rest of the series had and this might as well been a romance novel. This book had a lot of potential and a great premise, I wish it would have been executed better. I am just going to pretend that this one didn’t happen.

 

 

WWW Wednesday (9/11/19)

www wed

 

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

grey line

45879975._SY475_Currently Reaading:

I am finishing up Comeback: A K-pop Novel and I am liking it so far. Although my Goodreads screwed up and says I finished it already…

 

 

43496862._SX318_Recently Finished:

I finished Capturing the Devil last night and I am disappointed to say the least. I will have a review for it coming up in a couple weeks.

 

 

{5D439202-1EE1-4CCF-BC12-60EFD2116DC7}Img400Reading Next:

Crown of Coral and Pearl is due back at the library in 6 days so it will be my next read! I can’t let the library take it back until I do!

 

 

grey line

What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

Find me on Instagram / Goodreads

Mid Year Freak Out Tag (2019)

book tag

 

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

Time sure flies! Seriously, this year is already half way done and I feel like it has just started. It’s just crazy! I also feel like it speeds up once you become an adult. Do you feel the same way?

Anyways, I have now seen this tag multiple times and I decided I was going to do it! So get ready!

border

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019

39679076

This book right here! It hasn’t been released yet but I received an earc from NetGalley and seriously, you need to read this book!

Best Sequel You Have Read So Far in 2019

41118857.jpg

I loved The Poppy War and the sequel did not disappoint! If you haven’t checked out this thought provoking series, get on it! This sequel comes out in August!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

42075149.jpg

I have had this sitting on my shelf since end of April but I have been so busy with other books I just haven’t found the time. I need to make time though!

Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of 2019

37539001.jpg

I am literally so excited for this one! I can’t wait to see what trouble Thomas and Audrey get into. Is it September yet?

Biggest Disappointment

40056335.jpg

There was a lot of hype surrounding this one and unfortunately it just didn’t live up to it. The story just felt muddled.

Biggest Surprise

41217088

I am not one that usually enjoys YA Contemporary but I absolutely adored this one! It started off a little rocky but I fell for the characters and their story.

Favorite New to You or Debut Author

32949202

I loved this book and now I am anxiously waiting for the sequel. She is a great author and also lives in my home state. One day I will meet her!

Favorite Crush

40381392

My number one forever and always, Jacks the Prince of Hearts. I need all the artwork!

Favorite Character

43358884.jpg

Since I’m not going to reuse Jacks, I mean I would but you know. Haha. I will pick Nathaniel because he is hilarious and full of banter!

Book That Made You Cry

36621586

If you haven’t read this series yet, you are missing out. All the feelings for this one!

Book That Made You Happy

35265445

It was literally so adorable! I can’t wait for my daughter to be a bit older so that I can share it with her.

Book to Movie Adaption

I haven’t watched one from this year so I can’t say!

Favorite Blog Post of Mine

I haven’t really thought of this so this is a hard decision! I guess I would pick Being Afraid to Discuss Your Book Opinions because it made me step out of my comfort zone.

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

I know this one! Bloodleaf: Book Review

Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received So Far This Year

46026495.jpg

It’s from Illumicrate and it even has sprayed pink edges!

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

All of them, haha.

border

And that’s it! If you haven’t done this tag yet, definitely do it! It is a fun one and I love seeing all of the different answers!

border