ARC Review – ‘Gilt Hollow’ by Lorie Langdon

Title: Gilt Hollow
Authors: Lorie Langdon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
Date of Publication: 27th September, 2016
Page Count: 304 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

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Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

First of all, how gorgeous is that cover? It looks so haunting and mysterious! I was hoping that was a visual shorthand for the book, because that synopsis makes it sound like the plot revolves around Ashton’s sinister reputation and whether it’s deserved or not, as well as finding the real killer at the center of the murder mystery. But because this is YA, the plot is actually more about the relationship between Willow and Ashton. I was prepared for that possibility, so I wasn’t too disappointed, however, those who are drawn in by the promise of a mystery thriller might want to adjust their expectations accordingly.

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The Story Pack – sample Avengers box!

The Story Pack is a new subscription box service that offers 3+ book and/or fandom related items, which includes at least one piece of jewelry, and the other items will vary between magnets, bookmarks, socks, stationery and more.

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The Story Pack
Cost: $15.00 for the sample packs (normally $17 for the subscription box)
Shipping Costs: $3.00 within Australia only
Payment Method: Paypal

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The Dragon’s Hoard – September 2016: Ties That Bind

The Dragon’s Hoard Box is an Australian-based book subscription box that ships worldwide. Subscribers receive a Fantasy/Sci-fi (occasionally with a dash of YA) paperback book along with 3 – 5 goodies relating to the book and the monthly theme.

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The Dragon’s Hoard
Cost: $30 AUD monthly.
Shipping Costs: $9.50 within Australia or $25 international shipping.
Mailed Out: around the 15th  of each month.
Payment Method: Credit Card

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Once Upon A Fairytale – August 2016

Once Upon a Fairytale sends you ‘treasure boxes’ of themed jewelry and accessories inspired by fairy tales, fables and myths. There are two tiers available for this subscription box: the first category is a Princess box which has 3 – 4 pieces of jewelry plus artwork/bookmark. Or you can upgrade to the Queen box which includes an additional 1 – 3 items. Furthermore, you can pick whether you want your chosen box to be suitable for children or for subscribers 13 years and up. This is a review of the adult Princess box for August, and the theme was ‘Enchanted’!

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Once Upon A Fairytale
Cost: $19.99 USD for the Princess or $29.99 for Queen
Shipping Costs: $2.00 to the Philippines / $10.00 to the rest of the world.
Payment Method: Credit Card.
Mailed Out: first week of the month
**Note: this subscription auto-renews and you are billed on the 30th of each month**

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