Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars.

Oh Ash. You make me swoon you brilliant winter fairy.

Touch her, and I’ll cut off your testicles and put them in a jar.

Megan is the daughter of King Oberon. When her little brother is kidnapped and replaced by a changeling, Megan has to travel to the Nevernever in order to rescue him. Along the way, she finds out secrets about her origin, and her kin.

I’m well aware that I am late to the game, but I really enjoyed this book. It was fun. While riddled with clichés, it’s all the ones I kinda love. There’s romance, humor, adventure, danger and even a bromance to swoon for.

What I liked:

– Ash and Puck.

– The trods.

– The world building.

– The Plot.

– Grimalkin

To be absolutely fair, it is not the best book of all the best books in the world.

In fact, it caters to a whole other target than me.

But with that said: I enjoyed Kagawa’s writing, her imagination and most importantly, her characters. It’s a book that I would have re-read over and over as a teenager, and I might even still.

I’m giving it five stars based on the fact that I really enjoyed reading this.

Recommended for: Young Adults. Urban fantasy lovers. Bromance shippers. And those who just like an entertaining read.

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Also reviewed at www.bookishaddict.wordpress.com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites

“Angelfall” by Susan Ee is an odd mix-up of a dystopian science fiction coupled with paranormal angels. It totally works, though.

Penryn is a survivor—she has to be in order to protect her schizophrenic mother and younger sister. When she accidentally saves an angel it causes her sister to be kidnapped. With no other choice, she captures the angel, hoping he can help get her sister back.

The summary above sucks. There’s no really nice way to put it.

This book shouldn’t work. If you had come to me some time ago and said that you wanted to write a dystopian with evil angels on earth—I would probably have laughed and told you that would be a tough one.

The very first time I saw the synopsis, I thought it was going to be religious. I don’t mind reading about religion, but it’s so easily misrepresented that I prefer to stay clear.

But this book do work. It’s funny, well-written and super intriguing. It’s a mashup that has melted two genres together. Like a little new Sci-fi/paranormal baby.

Thoughts while reading:

➤ I love how Penryn’s mother is portrayed. Not often Schizophrenia is portrayed well.

➤ Yuck… they eat cat food. I understand why but… *stares at my own cat’s food bowl*

➤ Love the family portrayal. Even though they don’t always get along, you can definitely feel the love.

➤ Rafe ❤

This next part is what I like to call “The Spoilery Bit”. It’s where I delve deeper into my thoughts on the book. Only continue if you don’t mind spoilers.

✧ I loved the survival rundown in the beginning of the book. As an introduction to the setting, I appreciated this far more than just being told “The world is ending”.

✧ The book is action driven, and I like that it’s not just “teenage girl falls for hunky archangel”. It made sense to me that the romance evolved, but also stalled, since there’s obviously more important things than smooches. As if… Smooches is always most important!

✧ The witty banter, sarcasm, and humor in the face of doom, death and chaos was nice.

Recommended for:

YA lovers who don’t mind action driven stories. It’s not always a pleasant and fluffy read, but it is good and different. Despite the angel part the book doesn’t seem preachy or focus on the religious aspect of it. I appreciated that.

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Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

“Epic Fail” is a re-imagination of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. I haven’t read the original tale, so this review will not discuss its relation to that.

Elise Benton is the daughter of Coral Tree Prep’s new—and strict—principal. When her beautiful sister starts hanging out with one of the cool kids, Elise is introduced to Derek Edwards—the prince of the school. Despite their initial dislike for each other, Elise and Derek grows to form a sort of friendship, but Elise refuses to fall for his smiles. Instead, she chooses to hang out with the charming and funny Webster Grant; Derek’s enemy.

“Epic Fail” is a light and humorous read. It mixed the typical love story, with the clichés of the rich and famous.

The characters were relatable and it was relatively easy to follow the main character’s logic. I particularly enjoyed how the main couple didn’t have insta-love, but instead grew to know each other as they helped their friends to salvage their relationship.

With that said, I was a bit iffy about some things. The more serious topics of the rich and famous—Scandals, trust issues, crimes, paparazzi and blackmail—struck me as something that could have benefitted a different story than the rom-com teen fiction I had expected.

But other than that, “Epic Fail” was a generally lovely story. Adorable side characters. Main Characters that I could root for. And the bad guys were some I could easily curse.

I would recommend this book for people who want something light. Perhaps in between two more intense stories.

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A year with BookBoxClub

Obviously, I like book subscription boxes. In fact, I’ve tried quite a few of them so far. I only subscribe to two every month, though.

So, because I really liked compiling the last 7 months of fairyloot unboxings, I wanted to do something similar for my other monthly subscription box: bookboxclub.

It won’t be exactly the same format as last time, but I hope you’ll like it anyway.

Note: if you just want to see the contents of the September 2017 bookboxclub, simply scroll down to see an unboxing.

September 2016

Theme: Enchanted Forest

Featured Book: The Call by Peadar O’guilin

Fandoms: A Court of Mist and Fury, Harry Potter,

Items:

  • Spring Court necklace from Oh Panda Eyes
  • Enchanted Forest Notebook by Nikki Strange
  • Expecto Patronum Print from The Paper Trade
  • Founding Member badge from Book Box Club
  • Bookish extra: Samplers and badges

Opinion: I was pleasantly surprised to see the contents of this box. It was a strong debut, and the book it self was mysteriously creepy.

Furthermore, the online book club was amazing. We got inside scoops and was able to ask questions directly to Peadar.

October 2016

Theme: Freedom Squad

Featured Book: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

Fandoms: Hunger Games, An Ember in the Ashes, Hypnotist,

Items:

  • I have a dream-catcher web from DIY Blonde
  • Book Brooch by Lucie-Ellen
  • Elias candle from MerakiCandles
  • Fire is Catching print from Always Yesterday
  • Bookish Extras: Shadowhunter totebag, SJM promotional bookmark, postcard.

Opinion:

I wasn’t able to finish reading the book, but the bookclub meeting still provided exclusive reveals, tips on research and lots of fun with the author.

November 2016

Theme: Secrets & Sisterhood

Featured Book: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

Fandoms: Sherlock, Classic Lit, Anne of Green Gables,

Items:

  • Water paint bookmarks from Till & Dill
  • Believe in Sherlock necklace by MadeByGoLightLyx
  • Sister-Lit Lipbalm from MedusaBijouxShop
  • Anne of Green Gables coloring print by Carror Top Paper Shop
  • Shelfie Bunting from Book Box Club Team
  • Bookish Extra: Diabolic badges, Stealing Snow mirror, The One promo postcards.

Opinion:

This book was easy to read, which kinda made the subject a bit more creepy. It was easy to connect with the characters, a feat that surprised me since I have a sister, as well. Bookclub provided fun facts on inspiration and cover making, plus Cylin was amazing.

December 2016

Theme: Magic by Night

Featured Book: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Fandoms: Throne of Glass, Unicorns, J. K. Rowling,

Items:

  • Magical notebook by Fable & Black.
  • Magical iron-on patch by Rosie Wonders
  • Throne of Glass Wish Bracelet from The Woodland Folk
  • Unicorn Pencil by Lucy Made Me
  • Washi Tape from Unwrap Colour
  • Bookish Extras: Arc of The Memory Book, samplers and postcard.

Opinion:

Oh, Finn 💙

Book club was every bit of magical and fun as you’d expect from this theme. With insights on inspiration and research, this bookclub meeting was one of my favourites.

January 2017

Theme: Immortal Stories

Featured Book: Ink by Alice Broadway

Fandoms: The Wrath and the Dawn, BookBoxClub,

Items:

  • Immortalitea by Spice Kitchen UK
  • Unashamedly Bookish Mug by The Book Box Club Team
  • INK’D (con)temporary tattoos by U Studio
  • The Wrath and The Dawn sticker from Chelley Reads Designs
  • Reading Resolution Card from The Book Box Club Team
  • Bookish Extras: samplers + promo postcard

Opinion:

Apart from being ridiculously stunning, the book also made me think about art, life and stories. It was fun to participate in the bookclub and see how the book affected the other members. Plus, I believe I got permission to write a Fanfic. 😆

February 2017

Theme: Troublemakers

Featured Book: All About Mia by Lisa Williamson

Fandoms: Six of Crows, Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby,

Items:

  • Kaz candle from Bookworm Candles & Craft
  • Cherry Kisses Soap from The Little Essex Soap Shop
  • Harry Potter earrings from BunnyBeadsUk
  • Great Gatsby Print from Little Tiger Designs
  • It’s all about me badge from BookBoxClub
  • Bookish Extras: Lord of Shadows Sample, Mortal Instruments coloring sheet, Adam Silvera Bookmark

Opinion:

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME! 😃 — At least, that’s how it feels when I get a personalised gift in the box. It amazing to feel like I’m such a part of everything. Plus Lisa Williamson was a star.

March 2017

Theme: Time Travel

Featured Book: Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

Fandoms: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Doctor Who,

Items:

  • Time Turner Print from Goodnight Boutique
  • Tardis Suede Twist bracelet from Starlight May
  • Alice in Wonder bookmarks from Infinite and Darling
  • Floral To-Do pad from Papio Press
  • Reading Time magnet from BookBoxClub
  • Bookish Extras: Melinda Salisbury short story prequel, the circus bookmark,

Opinion:

Before I flail about the book and bookclub, let me just, once more, squeal about that short story. I’m a huge fan of Salisbury, and I was so sad that the short story only was handed out at book con. But now I have it 💙

The book was super cute with some suspense as we revealed the mystery, but also because of a bad case of feels for the leads. Of course Bookclub was a blast.

April 2017

Theme: Belles & Beasts

Featured Book: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Fandoms: Beauty and the beast,

Items:

  • Beauty and The Beast Quote Flag by Fox + Lilly
  • Belle Coaster by Bird Illustration
  • Mrs Potts & Chip Chocolate Lollies by Maple Molly’s
  • Beast Sticker by Cirtolthioel
  • Book Box Club Postcard set by Haxahmet Films
  • Bookish Extras: Promo postcards

Opinion:

It’s rare that I’ve been able to guess the books that were chosen for the box, but with this one, I pretty much hoped and prayed. It was a lovely retelling, and even more special for me, since I was asked to do the super special reading for the bookclub due to Meagan being sick.

May 2017

Theme: Wizards at War

Featured Book: Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, A Darker Shade of Magic,

Items:

  • Dumbledore Pin by The Potter Emporium
  • Sorting Hat Bathbomb by Scento
  • Darker Shade of Magic Print by Sip and Read
  • Unicorn Gandalf Notebook by Neon Magpie
  • Bookish pencils by Book Box Club
  • Bookish Extras: Spellslinger Swag, promo Bookmark, ACOWAR preorder print
  • + a wooden wand I won from bookboxclub (YAY)

Opinion:

Spellslinger was probably one of my favorite reads of 2017 (And I’m eagerly waiting for my Shadowblack to arrive). Sebastien revealed some insights about sequels, publishing and even some earlier ideas for a character I adored. The book club was definitely one of my favorites.

June 2017

Theme: Schoolroom Scandals

Featured Book: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Fandoms: Looking For Alaska, One of Us is Lying

Items:

  • Reader’s Ring by The Locket Library
  • Stylish Sticky Notes by Paper Pipit
  • Hurricane Pencil Case by Book Box Club
  • Bayview Bad Boy Candle from Meraki Candles
  • Jelly Beans from Book Box Club
  • Extra Goodies: Promo Postcard, Badge, Mystery Bonus Book

Opinion:

I… Did not see that twist coming. Like, I suspected a thousand different things, but… wow. Amazing book and amazing book club. Talking about the good bad boys, and the really awful ones. Yikes.

July 2017

Theme: Spells & Remedies

Featured Book: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Fandoms: Shakespeare, The Raven Boys,

Items:

  • Spells and Remedies Bunting by The Literary Omnistore
  • Wonders Bookmark by Holly Grace Illustration
  • Hocus Focus Tea by The Bluebird Tea Company
  • Raven Boys Soap by Just Fribble
  • Unashamedly Bookish Mirror by Moon Kestrel
  • Bookish Extras: Promo Bookmark, Samplers,

Opinion:

One of the things I often wonder when I read, is whether the plot or the characters came first. In The Disappearances there’s a mystery interwoven in the plot and I was baffled by the way it wrapped up. Book Club provided me with a way to ask the author directly, and it was fun to see how the book came to be. Plus, it was nice to share the thoughts that this book brought forth.

August 2017

Theme: Fearless Females

Featured Book: Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Fandoms: Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Six of Crows,

Items:

  • Hermione Candle by Meraki Candles
  • Girl Boss Notebook by Nikki Strange
  • Girl Gang Necklace by Compton Four
  • Fight Like A Girl Coaster by Munky Make
  • Heir of Fire Magnet by Book Box Club
  • Bookish Extras: Badges, promo postcard

Opinion:

I’m not usually a fan of Historical Fiction, but with Book Box Club I’ve come to appreciate it a bit more. Not only does the book provide insight, but also the book club meetings reveal fun facts about our history.

September 2017

Theme: Outlaws

Featured Book: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Six of Crows, Robin Hood,

Items:

  • Sante Socks by Book Box Club
  • Marauders Postcards by The Imaginative Illustrator
  • Inej Lipbalm by Oriandle
  • Robin Hood Magnetic Bookmark by Marked by Hephaestus
  • Birthday Cookie by Nila Holden
  • Bookish Extras: John Green Pencils, Samplers, Witchborn ARC
I am genuinely surprised at how much time it took to write this post. Happy birthday, Book Box Club. 🇩🇰 🇬🇧

If you’re interested in a subscription you can use my referral code MAJA17 for a discount on your first box. The october box is all out, but the November “Haunted Minds” is on sale now!

I hope to see you in book club!

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Also reviewed on https://bookishaddict.wordpress.com

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites

Caelena is an assassin serving time as a slave in a salt mine. One day, a hooded person escorts her from her fellow slaves, to a room where she’s faced with none other than the son of the man who sentenced her to slavedom—The crownprince.

His offer is simple: Become his father’s champion and earn her freedom.

This starts off a really interesting fantasy series. I heard so much about this series, and I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t disappointed.

There were plenty of thoughts running through my head while reading, but to sum it up, they sorta looked like this:

– Chaol vs. Dorian. My poor heart.

– Interesting, Magic in a kingdom where magic supposedly disappears.

– Despicable people. Yuck. Go. please.

– Pretty nice descriptions. Detailed, but not overdone.

– Kinda whiny MC, but considering that she’s supposed to be 18—I’ll allow it. I mean, I’m 25 and I still whine like a baby 70% of the time.

Honestly, I don’t have much criticism of this book. While it wasn’t the greatest book I’ve ever read, it wasn’t that far off. The characters were memorable, the setting both mystical but also familiar, and the plot was something I didn’t expect.

Hand on my heart: I’ve never rooted for an Assassin before in my life. But, there’s a first time for everything, right?

Would recommend this for people who want to read the next YA fantasy.

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Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Cruel Beauty” is a retelling of the fairytale “Beauty and The Beast”.

Due to a bargain—that her father struck before she was born—Nyx is the Gentle Lord’s Betrothed. Raised to kill the demon who holds the kingdom captive, she isn’t exactly pleased by the prospect of sharing his bed for the rest of her life.

I devoured this book in the span of mere hours. And I absolutely loved the book.

Much like the original fairytale, Nyx is taken to the “beast”, where she’s immediately confused by the massive house, that seems to have magical abilities in itself. As she tries her best to fight against her (super hot) new husband, Ignifix, she befriends his shadow—a servant who somehow looks exactly like Ignifix.

I was a bit confused by the Greek Mythology that seemed pretty random, but probably served a purpose that I just couldn’t understand. The fact that something I already knew was mixed with something entirely new to me—it threw me off my game a few times. I always feel like that when pieces of the “real world” is incorporated into a fantasy world.

But it didn’t distract me from the book. I still loved every word, sentence, paragraph and page.

As I read, I noticed a few things:

– Her family is seriously messed up. I mean, her dad bargained for her two daughters to be born healthy, and then sends one of them to this creature he hates, all while he canoodles with his deceased wife’s sister? That’s messed up, dude.

– I don’t care, I call dibs on Ignifix and Shadow.

– I loved the characters in general. The backstory of the “curse” and even the solution at the end.

By now, I am probably relatively close to become a major fairytale-retelling fangirl, and I really enjoyed this one. It was familiar, but still very surprising.

Would Recommend to: People who like “Beauty And The Beast” and people who enjoy retellings in general.

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Unboxing Fairyloot February – August 2017

Okay, so this unboxing will be a wee bit different than usual. Rather than one post about each box, I’ll do my best to catch up on the overdue unboxing from my small hiatus.

^ feeling the autumn vibes.

Alright, then. Let’s get to it.

February 2017

Theme: Emperors and Fugitives

Book: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Fandoms: Throne of Glass, Rebel of the Sands, Guardians of the Galaxy, Illuminae Files,

Items:

  • Kalusian Sunset candle from HappyPiranha
  • Rebel of the Sands quote on pouch, hand lettered by Alisse Courtier
  • Baby Groot keychain from Funko
  • Celestial Gunpowder bath bomb from Bathing Beauties
  • Illuminae Quote coaster from Read at Midnight.
  • Space Girl bookmark from Till & Dill.

March 2017

Theme: Myths and Monsters

Book: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Items:

  • Silver Dragon Scale Scard from GivArt
  • Unicorn Fairy Lights from Mustard
  • Nephilim Candle from Geekyclean
  • Mermaid Pocket Mirror by Book Otter
  • Dragon and Phoenix magnetic bookmarks from Bonitismo
  • Fairyloot Anniversary Booklet

April 2017

Theme: Dreams & Wishes

Book: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Fandoms: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Bone Season,

Items:

  • To the Stars Ceramic Mug designed by Risa Rodill
  • Little Dreamer totebag designed by Miss Phi
  • Gemstone Notebook from Portico
  • Reverie Candle from MerakiCandles
  • Dream Jar Pin from HouseOfWonderland
  • Follow Your Dreams Magnet from Fairyloot

May 2017

Theme: Warriors & Legends

Book: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Fandoms: Lord of the Rings,

Items:

  • Warriors and Legends Tea from The Tea Leaf Co
  • World Mythology in Bite sized Chunks by Mark Daniels
  • Mist Candle from In the Wick of Time
  • Celtic Socks by Fairyloot
  • One Ring Woodmark from InkAndWonder
  • Metallic Feather Pen from Flora’s Wonder Emporium

June 2017

Theme: Elementalists

Book: Roar by Cora Cormack

Items:

  • Stormheart Candle from Witchwood Remedies
  • Bending Lipbalm from Geekyclean
  • Hamsa Hand Bracelet from In The Moment
  • Clairvoyance Soap from Ascent Bath and Body
  • Potion Sticky Notes from Fairyloot
  • Portable Magic Pillowcase designed by Miss Phi

July 2017

Theme: Tricksters

Book: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Fandoms: Harry Potter, Six of Crows, Marvel, DC Comics, Sherlock Holmes

Items:

  • Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug designed by FictionTea Designs
  • Loki Lotion from Geekyclean
  • Hogwarts Playing Cards which are Officially Licensed Harry Potter Merchandise
  • Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove from Fairyloot
  • Harley Quinn Print by Miss Phi
  • Terrible Truths Watercolor Bookmark from Lexy Olivia

August 2017

Theme: Otherworld

Book: Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Fandoms: The Lord of The Rings, Peter Pan, His Dark Materials, Game of Thrones, A Court of Thorns and Roses,

Items:

  • Witchsoul Candle from Book & Nook
  • Fictional Worlds Sleeping Mask from Fairyloot
  • Velaris Pendant Necklace from Oh Panda Eyes
  • Westeros Tea Strainer from Fairyloot
  • Neverland Notebook designed by TJ Lubrano
  • Lord of the Rings Magnetic Bookmarks from Paperly and Co
  • Northern Lights Print from Melissa Nettleship

And that’s it…

Now, I’ve recently recieved the September box so that should be up soon-ish, as well.

xoxo Maja

Non-Review: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

I am not able to give this book a proper rating, as I didn’t finish it.
However, from the parts I did read I can tell you:

– It is well written. Fx. I sometimes struggle when writers decide to write out drawls and accents, but in this book it was just alright.

– The Main Characters are all really interesting. Every one from the Caucasian Irish Neurology Professor, to the Black Orphan teenager, and the Mute Native American girl. Together, they all have interesting back stories, and I really liked all three of them.

– The story is set in the 60’s, and features the fight against racism.

I just couldn’t read it. The scenes made me uncomfortable. As in, they were hard to read without getting too affected.

Basically, I’m one of those people who lives through all the slightly scary things by saying: “It’s not real, it’s just fiction.” But with this book, I couldn’t do that. In fact, the few scenes I did read wasn’t hard to imagine happening right now, today.

So, do I recommend this book? Definitely. It’s been said to be great for people who liked The Book Thief. (Haven’t read that yet, so I wouldn’t know)

I will most likely attempt to read this another time.

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Yalc Haul? YALC HAUL!

Some of you may share this particular dreadful fate where you live in a country where you can only watch through Social Media as our bookish friends enjoy several Literary Conventions.

It quite sucks, to be honest. Alas, not much we can do about it. You know, except save our money and go next year. And while that sounds easy in theory, not everyone has that opportunity.

This is why the bookish community is the absolute BEST, though.

In August there was the Young Adult Literature Convention in the UK. (Aka YALC) I couldn’t go, but my very lovely and fantastic friend Moon, decided to go, and she was so sweet to snag a ton of amazing swag and goodies for me ❤

Here’s my (very long) unboxing video:

THANK YOU MOON. I love you so much, you’re the best. ❤

Unboxing Illumicrate August 2017

The August Illumicrate 2017 was my fifth box from this subscription box, and quite possibly my favorite.

I’ve uploaded a small unboxing video on Youtube, but if you’re short on time, just scroll past the video to see the unboxing picture + content.

This box included:

  • – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo w. Exclusive pin
  • – Red Church tea from T-ology
  • – Shakespeare Zip Bag designed by Miss Phi
  • – Wisdom Journal by Hey Atlas Creative
  • – Alethiometer Coaster designed by Hannah Hitchman Art
  • -Book Money Jar and Sticky Bookmarks from Blossom Books
  • – Nyxia ARC, Moxie Pins, promo bookmarks

The next box will be a special Grisha Edition box, and I’ve already preordered. Supplies are limited, so you should definitely hurry on to http://www.illumicrate.com if you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha World.