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Sunday, February 18, 2018

When Calls the Heart: Episode 5x02 "Hearts and Minds" / "This Season On" Promo (HD)

Here's a promo for next week's episode, episode 5x02 "Hearts and Minds", and the season as a whole.

Homeland: Episode 7x03 "Standoff" Promo (HD)

Here's a promo for next week's episode, episode 7x03 "Standoff".

Timeless: "New Mission" Season 2 Trailer (HD)

Here's the "New Mission" trailer for season 2 of Timeless.

Timeless: "Save History" Season 2 Promo (HD)

Here's the "Save History" promo for season 2 of Timeless.

This Is Us: Episode 2x16 Promo #2 (HD)

Here's a new promo for the next episode, episode 2x16.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

OwlCrate Unboxing: February 2018 (Hidden Worlds)

Here's what I got in my February 2018 OwlCrate box, which came in the mail today. The theme for February's box is "Hidden Worlds".




My February @owlcrate box came today, and I love it! @melissaalbertauthor’s book, The Hazel Wood, is definitely a book that I’ve been very excited about, so I’m thrilled that it’s the February book of the month. I also love the OwlCrate exclusive cover for the book. 😀 I’m probably going to start reading it when I get home from work tonight. 😀 As for my thoughts on the items in this month’s box, my favorite item is without a doubt the tapestry. I’ve been an OwlCrate subscriber for a little over two years now, and the tapestry is quite possibly the coolest item that I’ve ever received in an OwlCrate box. I’m planning to hang it up in my lounge room where I read, watch TV, and work on my blog. Given the fact that tapestry is so big, I wasn’t able to give a good view of it in this picture along with everything else that came in this month’s box, so I’m going to try and post a better picture of it once I’ve hung it up. 😀 Even though I’m not all that familiar with story of Coraline, the Coraline inspired necklace is definitely my second favorite item in this month’s box. All in all, this is definitely a really awesome box from OwlCrate. 😀 #bookstagram #owlcrate #thehazelwood #melissaalbert #coraline #aliceinwonderland #bookhaul #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookmail #bookworm #bookblogger #bookblog
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Subscription plans start at $29.99, plus shipping. The people who run OwlCrate are all very nice, and they’re really great at answering any questions that people may have about OwlCrate on TwitterInstagram, or via email. I highly recommend subscribing to OwlCrate, especially if you’re a fan of YA books. If you’re interested in learning more about OwlCrate, or subscribing to it, you can check out their website here. For the record, I wasn’t asked by the people who run OwlCrate to promote their business on my blog; I’m only mentioning OwlCrate here because I really love OwlCrate a lot, especially now that I’m reviewing books for my blog instead of TV shows. 

Finally, in case you’re unaware, I've reviewed Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King, which was OwlCrate’s book of the month for March of last year when the theme was "Writer’s Block". I've also reviewed P.S. I Like You by Kasie Westwhich was the book of the month for August of last year when the theme was "Fast Times at Y.A. High"; as well Audrey Coulthurst's book, Of Fire and Stars, which was the December 2016 book of the month when the theme was "Epic".

Here are links to all of the other previous OwlCrate unboxings that I've posted on my blog. However, I have a lot more OwlCrate unboxings that I've posted on my Instagram page in case anybody is interested in checking those out.














Book Review: Royally Matched (Book #2 in the Royally series) by Emma Chase


Right off the bat, I have to say that as much as I loved Royally Screwed, I honestly loved Royally Matched a little bit more than Royally Screwed. Having listened to Royally Matched on audiobook two times, I have to admit that I actually loved this book even more than I originally did after listening to it on audiobook a second time. The main reason I would say that I liked Royally Matched a little bit more than Royally Screwed is because as much as I love Nicholas and Olivia as a couple, I honestly found myself liking Henry and Sarah as a couple even more than I liked Nicholas and Olivia as a couple in Royally Screwed; which I’ll talk about in much more detail later on in this review.

When it comes to the overall plot of Royally Matched, the tone of the book as a whole definitely felt a little bit lighter and less angst-ridden than Royally Screwed often did, which is something that I really liked about this book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really have too many problems with the overall tone of Royally Screwed; I simply thought that the tone of Royally Matched felt very different compared to the overall tone of Royally Screwed. Regardless of whether or not Emma Chase was consciously trying to write Royally Matched in such a way that the overall tone of the book felt much lighter compared to the more angst-filled tone of Royally Screwed; I personally like that they felt very different in tone, because I feel like it’s a great way to set Royally Screwed and Royally Matched apart from each other, while still having them be a part of the same series. After noticing a difference in the overall tone for Royally Screwed and Royally Matched, I’m definitely really interested and excited now to see how the third book, Royally Endowed, turns out from a tonality standpoint.

It was definitely interesting to see Henry struggling with adjusting to his new role as the heir to the family throne at the beginning of the book, especially since it was a role that he had never expected that he would have to fill. While I understand that Royally Matched and the Royally series as a whole is supposed to first and foremost be about the love lives of a royal family, something that I felt Emma Chase should have explored in this book more than she did, was Henry carrying out his new responsibilities as the heir to the throne, and his struggles with adapting to his new role in his family. Ultimately, the fact that Chase didn’t explore that aspect of Henry’s life very much in this book wasn’t really detrimental to my overall enjoyment of Royally Matched; but I still wish that she had done more with that aspect of who Henry is as a character now, especially considering the way he was written in Royally Screwed.