Beacon Book Box Unboxing: Five Dark Fates

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Hello Bookworms!

I am coming at you with another unboxing that should have been posted awhile ago, heh. Oopsie!

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This special edition box comes from Beacon Book Box. I posted another unboxing from there for Stalking jack the Ripper which can be found here. One good thing about this company is that they are great for when it comes to shipping on time. I have had one issue with them which was discussed in the other unboxing. I did eventually get replacements but they sent the first ones to my sister and not the address I had given them. Not sure how that happened. In total it took about 4-5 emails with them from beginning of September to the last part of October. That’s a good bit of time especially when they said they would get to it by a certain date.

I am glad that they finally replaced them. Hopefully for others it won’t take as long. I will most likely purchase from them again because I do enjoy their special edition boxes and find them to be worth the money. I do not care for their monthly boxes and that is just my preference.

Anyways, let’s get into the unboxing!

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Included In This Box:

  • “Three Sisters” Blanket (@nisha_letters)
  • Katharine Inspired Throw Pillow Cover (@blanca.designs)
  • “Three Queens” Tapestry (@rachel.hanke27)
  • Fennbirn Crest Enamel Pin (@sjwonderlandz)
  • Familiar Booksleeve (@sjwonderlandz)
  • Three Queens Candle (novellyyours)
  • Priestess Luca’s Calming Chamomile Tea (@thesimplybookishco)
  • Group Character Cards (@dianadworak)
  • Signed/Numbered Print- Queen Katharine’s Royal Portrait (@alrooneyart)
  • Luke Gillespie Soap Bar (@littlebearries)
  • Bonus Content from Kendare Blake
  • Signed Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

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Favorite:

I love the tapestry so much! The artwork is beautiful and I already have it hanging in my office! I also use the blanket everyday.

Least Favorite:

I wasn’t really a fan of the pin. I’m not one that collects them. I also only keep the ones I really like. This one just missed the mark for me.

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Five Dark Fates: Book Review

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35391237._SY475_.jpgTitle: Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019

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Since this is the fourth and final book, a synopsis will not be posted here but can be found here.

Book review for Three Dark Crowns
Book review for One Dark Throne
Book review for Two Dark Reigns

You can find reviews for the first three books by clicking each title.

I will also have a paragraph at the bottom of this review to talk about my opinion overall for the series.

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My Review:

I had high hopes for this one. Maybe it was because it’s the last book in the series or maybe it was that ending from book two. Regardless of what the cause was, I just had my expectations set too high.

For a book that is so long there wasn’t much substance to it. I found myself bored more times than I could count and was skimming bits here and there. It reminded me of the first book in a lot of ways and I am not sure how this got better in book two and three to slide back down to just being, “yeah, I guess it was alright.”

This was very much plot driven and the characters lacked because of it. The side characters were also the stars of the show and I wasn’t a fan of it. Don’t get me wrong, I do like good side characters and usually I do want more from them but for this particular book, I didn’t like the characters. I really wanted to see more from Mirabella and Katherine but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Even the dead queens were kind of thrown to the side and when you thought you would see them in action it never happened and we only saw the aftermath of what they could do. I also wish Pietyr would have stayed down or died. He was unnecessary and was only used as a plot twist that didn’t really go anywhere.I just needed more from everyone!

Since the book was plot driven, I thought the plot twists would be interesting. Sure, there were some that I was surprised/emotionally effected by but overall they just kind of felt like too much. A few of the plot points from book three appear again but don’t even add anything to this plot really. They are there and then gone. No loose ends were ever tied. The ending, and pretty much the whole book, felt rushed and was disappointing to say the least.

Overall, I did really enjoy book two and three. I don’t know what happened when it came to book four but it had the potential to be great and it was just lackluster. This year has been one disappointment after another when it comes to book series and this one will be added to that list.

 

FlickerWix Candle Box: Crowns & Fates

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Hello My Readers!

I have another unboxing for you today. This is the FlickerWix August Theme: Crowns & Fates. I really enjoyed this box and it was probably my favorite done by this company.

My favorite item was the artwork because it is done by my favorite artist. My least favorite was the coffee because although I do drink coffee, it’s not my favorite drink. Good thing my husband loves it!

The one sad thing about this one is that this shop is not going to be doing monthly boxes like this anymore. But! They will be curating special edition/quarterly boxes, so I’m not too upset. Anyways, let’s get into it!

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Contents:

  • Dark Gifts Sorting Candle (4 oz)
  • Katherine’s Wine Candle (2 oz)
  • The Legion Queen Candle (2 oz)
  • The Blue Queen Candle (2 oz)
  • Mists of Fennbirn Spray (2 oz)
  • Dark Crystals Crown
  • The Poisoner Queen Coffee (@burialgroundscoffee)
  • Dark Queens Woodmark
  • The Elemental Queen Shower Steamer (@thewitchsbath)
  • Quote Print (@fandomhoneybees)
  • Jules Malone & Camden (@morgana0anagrom)
  • Monthly Charm

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Have you bought anything from this company before? What was your favorite item in the box? Let me know in the comments!

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Two Dark Reigns: Book Review

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Title: Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars

->Click for Synopsis<-

I have been enjoying my time reading this series after I got through the first book. This was one was my favorite out of the series so far and has me hyped for the fourth book coming out later this year.

My favorite part about the queens is seeing them grow and become entwined in the prophecy of the island. Two of them decide that they will forge their own path and break free from their roles. At times we all have that moment where we just need to break free and make our own rules. It definitely makes them relatable! I have also enjoyed seeing the darker side of Katherine and the dead queens that have taken over! There was one part my mouth just dropped! The dead queens left us with a cliffhanger and I really need to know what will happen next with them!

In this book we also get to leave the island and venture to a new place. I wish there would have been more world building for this new area. I love being able to picture myself in the world and its hard to do when you don’t get much detail.

The plot has really ramped up since the second book and there are so many plot twists that i wasn’t expecting.

Overall, this book was great and now I have the long wait until the fourth book. If you were like me and didn’t like the first book, definitely give the others a try!

 

One Dark Throne: Book Review

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29923707Title: One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars

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This is the second book in the series and if you saw my review for the first you would know that I didn’t rate it very high and although I didn’t, I went ahead and read the next book. Let me tell you, it was so much better than the first!

When it came to the three queens, they are back and ready for a fight! The one thing that lacked in the first book was action. This one doesn’t hold back with it and made it much more enjoyable to read because of it. Katherine has grown into a much stronger version of herself and it was such a contrast from the first time we met her. It’s crazy how one certain event can change a feeble queen! Arsinoe is still my favorite queen and I loved seeing her grow and overcome the obstacles that were thrown in her path. I also appreciate the relationship between her and her sister Mirabella. They don’t let fate decide their lives for them.

The plot twists are crazy and kept me intrigued throughout. I am looking forward to starting the third book and seeing what happens, especially with Katherine and the predicament she has found herself in. I am also interested to see what is in store for the other two queens!

The writing has improved in this book and the characters are more developed. I found myself liking them more because of it.

Overall, the second book was much better than the first and I am glad that I kept going with this series because it really grew on me. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book and don’t have too long to wait for the fourth. I mean September is kind of far away but its fine!

 

Three Dark Crowns: Book Review

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28374007.jpgTitle: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 2 stars

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On the island of Fennbirn, triples are always born and each are heirs to the crown. Each girl possesses a different magic: poisoner, naturalist, elementalist. Once the girls turn 16 they must each fight to death for the crown. Only one can stand.

I had heard pretty good things about this book and with the fourth one coming out this year I figured it was time to give it a read. Honestly, it wasn’t what I was expecting for multiple reasons and it lead to me not liking the book.

When it came to the characters, I didn’t connect with either of the sisters even though each one has their own point of view. They felt flat as there wasn’t much character development. The side characters were also not that interesting and were mainly focused with being in relationships.

The plot lacked when it came to any action. It felt like the plot was more focused on relationships than the sisters killing each other and it made it hard to get through. The pacing was also quite slow and made it hard to want to continue.

Overall, it was very hard to like anything about this book. I wanted to love it as the synopsis makes it sound amazing but it really lacked the excitement I was looking for. I will continue by reading the second book and hope that it gets better. Hopefully that one won’t be so disappointing!