Tea & Book Chat: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Personal Thoughts:  At the beginning of 2017 I set a goal for myself to read more adult literature (particularly more adult science fiction and fantasy) and while I didn’t meet that goal in January, I could not be more pleased with my February pick! I felt like I was suddenly living a world where Dark Matter by Blake Crouch was mentioned EVERYWHERE.  I’d been aware of the book since it’s release last July but seemingly out of nowhere, it was being mentioned on multiple podcasts that I listen to, by several BookTubers I watch and it’s pretty cover was just calling to me from my bookshelf.  I became obsessed with making it my next read and I’m so very glad that I did!

Plot Summary:  Everyone should go into Dark Matter knowing as little as possible about the story because this is truly a tale that is way more fun to see unfold on the pages.  The little I will tell you is that it follows a professor named Jason who teaches physics at a college in Chicago.  He’s happily married to his wife Daniela and he loves their son teenage Charlie very much.  One night before his family is sitting down for dinner, Daniela encourages Jason to go to a bar in Logan Square to congratulate his former college roommate on his success in the scientific field.  On his way home from the bar, Jason is attacked by a person in a Geisha mask who asks him if he’s happy with his life.  The next thing he knows, he wakes up in a world that is completely foreign to him and that’s really where the story begins.

Critique:  I loved this book so much! I was completely addicted to the story from the very first chapter.  It’s rare for me to become as engaged in a story as I was in Dark Matter when I’m so few pages in but Dark Matter just completely gripped me.  Blake Crouch did a fantastic job of creating dimensional characters who the reader feels fully invested in from the very beginning.  Despite Dark Matter being a sci-fi book focusing on quantum mechanics, the books language is extremely accessible and the reader does not need any prior scientific knowledge to follow the story.  One thing I will say is that it was quite easy for me to figure out a certain aspect of the story.  I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that I read a lot or because I’m familiar with a lot of stories in the genre but I am pleased to say that while my initial suspicions were confirmed, there ended up being a lot more to the story than I was expecting.

Do I Recommend?:  Yes!! I’m currently pushing this book on my husband at the moment who is slowly reading it on the train next to me while I continue to devour books at a much quicker speed.  I had been so hesitant going in because the author also wrote Wayward Pines which I loved until the middle episode when everything changed but thankfully, this book was for me the whole way through. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he comes out with next!

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Tea & Book Chat: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin #3)

Personal Thoughts:  I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to finally finish the His Fair Assassin’s trilogy.  I really enjoyed Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph which I read last year but I hadn’t reached for Mortal Heart until very recently.  Maybe I was worried about not having anymore to read once the story concluded but someone pointed out to me that we’re getting two more books set in the same world over the next couple of years so I suppose that’s why I felt ready to dive in!  I was certain that none of the girl’s stories would top Ismae’s for me (Grave Mercy) but I actually think that Annith has taken her place as my new favorite.

Plot Summary:  Following the events of Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, the tweenage Dutchess of Brittany is in quite the predicament.  The French are threatening to take over Brittany and they’ve been sending their armies in for war.  With the help of Ismae and Sybella, the Dutchess has been able to avoid several assassination attempts and attempts at usurping her but the situation is really coming to a head in this final installment which follows Annith, the last of the sisters never to be sent out on a mission by the convent so she takes matters into her own hands.

Critique:  Annith is by far one of the most interesting girls at the convent of Saint Mortain.  As a handmaiden of death, she spent her entire life training to be sent out on a mission but time and time again she’s seen many of the girls, some much younger and less prepared than she be sent out while she’s stuck at the convent.  The mysteries surrounding her birth and her relationship with the abbess and her predecessor is a complex web that is fascinating to watch unfold.  I love that Annith takes matters into her own hands and despite always being the agreeable person she is, she really challenges authority, searches for truth and handles the revelations she discovers with a large amount of grace.  She never loses sight of herself or her main objectives despite all of the questions that her past leaves her with.  I also really loved the relationship between her and Balthazaar.  Annith’s unwavering faith in Mortain is also something to be admired and I just loved where her storyline went because it diverged far away from what I had been expecting.  I also think Mortal Heart is my favorite of the series because we get to see Annith, Ismae and Sybella reunited and there are so many heartwarming moments between these sisters.  Everything plays out nicely and the story is completely tied up upon the completion of the novel but there are enough questions that the further installments will definitely be high upon my TBR list!

Do I Recommend?:  Oh yes! But you must start with Grave Mercy and work your way to Mortal Heart first! If you like historical fiction with an element of fantasy and appreciate 15th century jokes, this is the book for you!

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Tea & Book Chat: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #1)

Personal Thoughts: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake was hands down one of my most anticipated reads of 2016.  I had listened to Kendare talking about her inspiration for the book in a podcast I listened to at the end of 2015 (which attracted my interest because I loved Anna Dressed in Blood so much) and I was immediately like YES I NEED THIS.  She said that she came up with the premise for Three Dark Crowns when she heard about the way that bees choose their Queen- they give birth to potential Queen’s who fight to the death until the last one left standing takes over the hive as a ruler.  She thought about how that would be an interesting story, especially if applied to humans.  Yep, you probably want to read this book now too.

Plot Summary: Triplet sisters who were separated at the age of six must battle it out and be the last girl alive to take over the island of Fennbirn as Queen.  There’s Katharine- the poisoner, Mirabella- the elemental and Arsinoe- the naturalist.  The battle occurs once the girl turn sixteen and that’s pretty much all you need to know!

Critique: Three Dark Crowns is a much more politically driven novel than I had previously been expecting.  I ended up loving the story despite having heard some negative reviews early on which is why it took me so long to start reading it.  I did not want to be disappointed and thankfully, I wasn’t!  Blake spent a good portion of the novel setting up the world and the three sub-worlds for the reader.  I found the differences between the different areas of the island fascinating and I was immediately invested in Katharine, the poisoner’s, story.  I also enjoyed Mirabella who is the strongest of the triplets as well as the only girl to have had memories of her sisters and reservations about what they must do to take over the Queendom.  The only queen I wasn’t completely on board with was Arsinoe until the ending when everything got a whole lot more interesting.  I had heard complaints that there are too many characters to keep track of but I would have to respectfully disagree. I liked that each girl has her own very fleshed out world and it’s going to make the conclusion, One Dark Throne, that much harder to read because I’m partial to more than one of them!  The only element that seemed to be lacking for me was the romance which I was totally okay with because this female dominated society was more than enough to hold my interest.

Do I Recommend?: I do! The reviews are very polarizing on this one so you should read it for yourself to see where you fall.  If you struggle with slower burn fantasy, I might not suggest reading it but I’m betting there will be a ton of payoff in One Dark Throne.

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Tea & Book Chat: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Personal Thoughts: When I heard there was going to be a YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail my interest was immediately piqued.  What a fun concept! And it’s a much more current work to be adapted than those we typically see.  I rarely request books from publishers for review unless I feel 100% confident that I’ll love them and I plan on reading them the moment they come in the mail.  Otherwise, reviewing tends to feel more like work than enjoyment and that’s just not what I’m here for.  Alex, Approximately met both of my requesting guidelines so I took a chance and I was lucky enough to get an early ARC copy and I’m thankful that I completely loved it!  I also just want to mention the beautiful cover. I love the laid back California vibe and the gorgeous hanging lights that grace the background!

Plot Summary: Bailey Rydell has been talking to a mysterious fellow film lover named Alex on an app for quite some time now.  He just so happens to live in the same town as her father in California and he’s been begging Bailey to come visit but after a traumatic experience earlier in her life, Bailey is extremely guarded and skeptical of getting too close to anyone over the internet.  She ends up moving in her father in California but neglects to tell Alex this important bit of information because she’s worried he might be a creep so she decides to scope out the town and try to find him on her own terms.  Bailey gets a summer job at a local museum where she meets who she believes to be, one of the most obnoxious jerks ever, son-of-a-famous-surfer- Porter Roth.  Little does Bailey know that the hypothetical man of her dreams Alex, is none other than the person she cannot stand, Porter.

Critique:  Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett is everything I hope for out of a YA romance!  The book covered a wide range of topics, not focusing solely on the romance aspect.  There were familial relationships, friendships and Bailey’s own relationship with herself that were all tackled and everything was handled so well.  Alex, Approximately is definitely on the longer side of YA contemporary, clocking it at nearly 400 pages but it’s completely worth the time it takes to conclude Bailey’s story in a satisfying manner.  I loved Bailey sense of style- she always modeled her hair after Lana Turner and tended to dress like a retro film star on most days.  She struggles with trust issues after a prior experience has left her reasonably guarded and reading about her journey to letting her walls come down a bit is completely gripping.  I really loved Bailey’s dad and his addiction to Settlers of Catan (a board game that I too share an addiction for).  He’s a really good example of a single parent doing the best job they can raising a teenage girl.  Then there’s Porter who is one of the most swoonworthy book boyfriends.  Porter is half white and half Polynesian and his sun-kissed curls, golden skin, and surfer’s body are often mentioned.  He’s such a sweetheart and his in-person interactions with Bailey are so precious! Alex, Approximately is a hate to love romance at its finest.  I will say that I didn’t totally get why Bailey was so hung up on Alex because their online interactions read much more like a friendship than a romance to me but I was living for their in real life scenes.  Even the way that Alex handles things once Bailey and Porter meet will make your heart swell.  I love that we get a big glimpse into Porter’s life and his situation and he’s not only there to serve as a love interest.  Each protagonist has a very specific set of challenges they’re facing and watching Bailey and Porter learn to trust each other and work through them together is just swoon after swoon after swoon!

Do I Recommend?: YES! I really loved this contemporary romance, even more than I was expecting to.  I already preordered my finished copy!

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Reading Challenge Wrap Up: February 2017

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2017!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the challenges below, you can view my sign-up post!

Goal: 75

Read so far: 22

Books Read: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2), How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #2), Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1), Broken Prince by Erin Watt (The Royals #2), Archie Volume 2 by Mark Waid & Veronica Fish, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Komomo Confiserie vol 4

Favorite read of the month:

DARK MATTER BY BLAKE CROUCH

Goal: 40

Read so far: 3

Favorite Read of the month: Since I consider The Raven Boys to be paranormal, Windwitch wins by default even though I didn’t love it

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 3

Favorite read of the month: How to Love by Katie Cotugno AND Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett are so closely tied

Goal: 1-30

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the month: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 20

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the monthAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 30

Read so far: 14

Favorite Read of the month: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Also I am killing the RockMyTBR challenge, thankyouverymuch

Goal: 51-75 points

Points so far: 12 points

Favorite read of the month: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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Tea & Book Chat: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Personal Thoughts:  So, Katie Cotugno is officially an auto-buy author for me.  The funny thing is, I fell in love with her writing style before ever reading either of her currently published books. I used to so look forward to Katie’s Friday blog posts about 5 good things and I’m sad she hasn’t been keeping up with them (although she is posting much more on twitter which is a plus!).  I read her sophomore novel, 99 Days in the latter half of 2016 and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.  I had been putting off reading How to Love because I’m not usually interested in pregnancy stories but boy am I glad that I trusted my gut and in my love of Katie’s ability to make me love anything.

Plot Summary:  How to Love is the story of Reena and Sawyer since he skipped town and she had his baby.  Reena adjusts to her new life with baby Hannah and the fact that she’ll never go to college and she’ll be stuck in her small Florida hometown forever while Sawyer travels around doing whatever he pleases.  Everything has become routine for Reena until one day, Sawyer resurfaces and declares that he’s there to stay.  Now she has to sort through her feelings both past and present to determine her future.

Critique:  All I can say upon finishing is that my emotions are shredded to pieces.  Katie Cotugno crafted one of the messiest, most complicated contemporary love stories I’ve ever read and I have such strong feelings about these characters! Reena is a very relatable teen.  She’s intelligent, she always does “the right thing” and she has a bright future ahead of her.  I really love the way in which the story was told.  Each chapter shifted from present day to the past during the time of she and Sawyer’s initial story. I loved the juxtaposition of the narratives and the way each scene was relevant to one another.  I found Reena’s anger to be justified and as the story unfolded, I slowly found myself falling more and more in love with Sawyer from the way he treats Reena in the present to how good he is with their child.  Both parties have made major mistakes in their time together and this is by no means a cute and fluffy story.  It’s complicated with a capital C.  I also loved the presence of family and the way religion affected Reena’s dynamic with her father.  Overall, I just love love loved this book.  As I neared the end I even tried to slow down my reading because I wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.

Do I Recommend?: Yes! Katie Cotugno is without a doubt one of my favorite authors at this point and I’m over the moon that her published works are about the double in the coming year because I cannot get enough of her words!

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Tea & Book Chat: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Witchlands #2)

Personal Thoughts: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard was one of my favorite books of 2015 (I was lucky enough to read it early thanks to sprinting to the Tor booth on the first day of BEA) so obviously, I was feeling super hyped about reading Windwitch which is the second book in the Witchlands series.  It was one of my most anticipated releases for 2017 (I feel like I might say this a lot but I swear it’s true! I just get really excited about new books, OKAY) and I love the autumnal cover and the prospect of getting Prince Merik’s perspective.  The stars seemed to be aligned until I started reading and everything I loved about Truthwitch was just… missing.  Talk about a major disappointment.  I’m still interested in finding out where the story is going so I will most definitely be picking up Bloodwitch but this was just not the second installment I was looking for.

Plot Summary:  The events in Windwitch are a continuation of the story we got in Truthwitch.  I’ll be totally honest, it’s really difficult to come up with a coherent plot summary for this book because the story completely changed from the first book.  We’ve got Prince Merik who is on a crusade against his sister Princess Vivia.  He’s determined to prove that she has bad intentions and he’s traveling around under a false identity as everyone believes he died when his ship exploded.  Then we’ve got Safi, traveling around with Empress Vaness after also surviving a shipwreck.  Lastly, we’ve got Iseult and Aeduan (the Threadwitch and the Bloodwitch) on a mission to find Safi but getting into antics of their own.

Critique: Where to start? As an overall critique, I have to say that Windwitch was missing just about everything that I loved about Truthwitch.  One of the reasons I was so drawn to the series and why I became so invested to begin with is because of the friendship between Safi and Iseult.  In Truthwitch, we get to see all of these amazing best friend moments between two powerful ladies and then they’re separated for the entirety of book two.  Next, the story is completely sidelined in Windwitch.  There was so much set up for this epic tale in Truthwitch and not a single story line was continued or explored enough in book two.  This is my main issue.  Book two, it really felt like Book one, take two.  There was so much groundwork laid in Truthwitch that I was expecting a lot more action this time around.  While it wasn’t completely unenjoyable to learn about these new situations, the pacing was much slower than in it’s predecessor and I found myself getting bored.  There are also A LOT of narratives to follow.  Windwitch increases to five separate POVs so if there was a particular story line you aren’t as interested in, it feels like it takes forever to get back to the one where your heart is (cough *Iseult and Aeduan* cough).  There were some important strides made during the course of the story and there was a ton of character growth with the exception of Safi.  I also really wish the relationship between Threadbrothers and Threadsisters would’ve been explored further but I’m expecting that’ll be coming in future installments.  So overall, I liked Windwitch (despite all of the complaining I just did), but I just was expecting so much more out of it.  There’s now a TON of buildup between books one and two and I’m just hoping the payoff in the final two books will live up to my expectations.

Do I Recommend?: If you enjoyed Truthwitch as much I did, I would definitely recommend continuing on with the series but I would warn you that the entire feel of the story changes and to not go into it with high expectations.  Hopefully this will have been a necessary addition to what will be an epic fantasy story.

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#LoveAThon: Wrap Up + Giveaway

I can’t believe that another Love-A-Thon has already come and gone! Time really flies when you’re spreading book love! This was my third year participating and my first year joining as a cohost and I’m so pleased with our overall event! It was so much fun to read everyone’s posts, see their photos and videos and of course, chat in real time on Twitter.  Every single participant did such a wonderful job of showing love and support for everyone in the book community and it really touched my heart.  It makes me proud to be among such wonderful people. And there were so many participants that I’m still making my way through the list!

A huge, major, incredibly large thank you definitely goes to Alexa because she is really the heart of the Love-A-Thon.  All of the hosts worked hard to bring you this event, but Alexa is really the organizer and the brains behind the operation.  Her hard work deserves all the recognition<3  It was wonderful to get the opportunity to collaborate with Mel and Cee as well!  I truly admire each of them and I think we all made a great team!

So now, we’re ending this years event with yet another giveaway! So many publishers generously donated the books and merch going out to our winners (who will be announced shortly!) for each mini challenge so it seems fitting to have an overall wrap up giveaway too!

Prize Pack #1

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper, Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan, I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (ARC), Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (ARC), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon + Dean Hale (ARC), Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (ARC)

Prize Pack #2

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard ,Arabella of Mars paper doll ,Becoming Bonnie newspaper ,The Nerdy + The Dirty by B.T. Gottfred, Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, Updraft by Fran Wilde, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Gauntlet by Holly Jennings (ARC), The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles (ARC), At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (ARC)

Prize Pack #3

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, High Stakes edited by George R.R. Martin, Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly, Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly, Shades of Magic series book hugger, NOVL water bottle + tote bag, Tor Teen, The Dark Talent + Amberlough pins, Game of Shadows tattoo, Game of Shadows postcard, Arabella of Mars paper doll, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, The Infinity of You and Me by J.Q. Coyle, Spindle by E.K. Johnston, Dreamworld by Kit Alloway, Replica by Lauren Oliver, Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff (ARC), The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARC), Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman (ARC)

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #7: Let Me Sing You A Love Song

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Now’s the time to let your musical tastes shine! Dedicate a love song (or two or three) to your favorite book characters, and tell us why. Get as creative as you want, whether you decide to film a video, share a playlist or write out some lyrics and snap a photo.

Since my music tastes tend to be all over the place (seriously, I mainly listen to indie rock, showtunes and Disney music lol I swear I’m an adult), I decided to stick with Disney love songs since the widest range of readers will probably be familiar with them.

Lysandra & Aedion – Tale as Old as Time – This is definitely my favorite pairing of any that I’ve come up with.  Mostly because in their situation, Aedion is the beauty and Lysandra is the beast<3

Nicholas Carter & Etta Spencer – A Whole New World – What could be a newer world than time traveling together and searching for an astrolabe? 

________ – Once Upon a Dream – I’m not going to name my OTP couple here because spoilers but if you’ve read The Raven Cycle, I think you’ll get it :-)

Luna & Fowler – Now I See the Light – Since Reign of Shadows is a Rapunzel retelling, it’s only fitting! But poor Luna who has been locked away in her tower has not been out in the light of day past a very small perimeter near her home until Fowler comes along.

America and Prince Maxon – Love is an Open Door – I think that giant palace parties are what made me correlate Frozen and The Selection series<3

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#LoveAThon: Mini Challenge #6: Valentine’s Day Care Package

This is the third year I’ll be participating in the Book Blogger’s Love-A-Thon and this year, I’m cohosting the event alongside Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.  Sign-ups are still open so there’s time if you want to join in (and you should) and the Love-A-Thon takes place from February 19th – 20th.  It’s the perfect way to meet new book bloggers and make new friends<3

Is there anything more exciting than receiving a surprise care package from one of your best book buddies? Didn’t think so! If you had the opportunity to surprise one or more of your favorite characters with a care package for Valentine’s Day, what would you be sure to include? Have fun virtually shopping for the character(s) you love and let us know via photos, collages, etc., what you would love to send them!

My Character – Lara Jean Song

My Care Package

Lara Jean - Valentine's Day Care Package

 

Lara Jean – Valentine’s Day Care Package by superspacechick featuring Anthropologie

 

1) Heart flip flops – These just seem so cutesy and Lara Jean to me! I picked up a pair of the mint version recently and I immediately thought of them when coming up with my care package – IPANEMA flip flops, $26
2) Pearl headband – This headband is wayyy too expensive to ever purchase but it would be in my hypothetical package.  Lara Jean is all about her pastels! Alexandre de Paris pink headband
3) Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set – This is another thing from the list that I own but I think Lara Jean would also get a kick out of the brushes being marketed as teddy bear hair.  Too Faced Cosmetics toiletry kit
4) Too Faced Blush – This is for Lara Jean to use her teddy bear hair brushes with.  She seems like a minimalistic girl when it comes to makeup so I could see blush being one of the only products used in her morning routine. Sephora Collection blush
5) Pastel teaspoons – Here we go again with the pastels! We all know Lara Jean is a baker and I thought these teaspoons would appeal to her! Anthropologie flatware
6) Measuring cups – See above. Plus they’re rose gold! Anthropologie kitchen gadgets tool
7) Pastel candles – I couldn’t pick just one scent to send Lara Jean’s way.  One is fresh basil, one is grapefruit and one is kiwano melon! Mercato Candle Jar | Anthropologie
8) Rifle Paper Co Print – UM HOW PERFECT IS THIS ALWAYS AND FOREVER HEART PRINT?!?! That’s literally the title to Lara Jean’s next book so I felt like I struck gold when I found it! Always and Forever Art Print by RIFLE PAPER Co. | Made in USA
9) The Curated Closet – Lara Jean is a regular fashionsita so I think this book about defining your style and learning how to shop for what works for you would be really interesting for her to read! The Curated Closet A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style…
10) Rifle Paper Co. Journal – Lara Jean is certainly a writer which is how she got into the mess she did in the first book so I thought a new journal where she could write her thoughts and feelings (and hide it VERY carefully from her family) would be perfect! RIFLE PAPER Co.
11) I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo – First of all, I’m dying to read this book! But I think Lara Jean would love it too because it has a Korean main character who is new to love and learning about romance from K-dramas.  Lara Jean experienced being new to love quite recently so I think she would relate! I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Link Up

 Giveaway

PRIZE PACK ONE (US GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Vassa in the Night, Love and First Sight, A Season for Daring Greatly, Tor Teen pin, The Dark Talent pin, Amberlough pin

PRIZE PACK TWO (INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ONLY):

Passenger, Truthwitch, Seven Days of You (ARC) Radio Silence (ARC), Metaltown tattoo, Tor sticker, Arabella of Mars paper doll, Becoming Bonnie newspaper

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