The Cruelty-Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box – October 2016

The Cruelty-Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box is a subscription box that promises 8 – 10 cruelty-free items valued at $34.95 minimum. The contents of the box are entirely vegan and range from snacks and sweet treats to more substantial food or pantry staples.


Cruelty-Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box
Cost: $34.95
Shipping Costs: $9.95 within Australia only.
Payment Method: Credit Card.
Mailed Out: First Wednesday of each month
**Note: subscriptions auto-renew on the 2nd of each month**

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ARC review – ‘Stealing Snow’ by Danielle Paige

Title: Stealing Snow
Authors: Danielle Paige
Genre: Fantasy/YA
Date of Publication: 20th September, 2016
Page Count: 375 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Well. Sometimes I am blessed with the ARCs I’m approved for and other times, it is basically an ordeal trying to force myself to read them. This happens to be a case of the latter, unfortunately. I hate to be negative, but I’m struggling to think of anything I can praise this book for when it was just so subpar.

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Nerd Block – September 2016

Nerd Block is a monthly pop culture subscription box service designed to appeal to geeks and gamers, and catering to a variety of interests with the Classic Block, Arcade Block, Horror Block, Sci-Fi Block and more. This is a review of September’s Classic Block.


Nerd Block
Cost: $19.99 USD per month.
Shipping Costs: $8.75 to Canada, $9.95 to the US and $12.95 worldwide.
Mailed Out: within 5 business days of the 15th of each month.
Payment Method: Credit Card and Paypal.
**Note:  subscriptions renew automatically for credit cards, but not for Paypal**

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Fairyloot – September 2016: Magic & Mayhem

Fairyloot is a book subscription box that offers you a newly released fantasy Young Adult novel along with 4 – 5 bookish goodies matching a different theme each month.


Cost: £26 monthly.
Shipping Costs£4.30 for the UK or £10.85 for international. (more details here)
Mailed Out: between the 15th – 20th  of each month.
Payment Method: Credit & Debit Cards and Paypal.
**Note:  you can either purchase a single box or you have a choice of a monthly, 3-monthly or 6-monthly auto-renewing subscription**

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ARC Review – ‘Revenger’ by Alastair Reynolds

Title: Revenger
Authors: Alastair Reynolds
Genre: Sci-fi
Date of Publication: 15th September, 2016
Page Count: 432 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


A superb science fiction adventure set in the rubble of a ruined universe, this is a deep space heist story of kidnap, betrayal, alien artifacts and revenge.

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection–and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future–a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance…

Where do I even begin with this book – I enjoyed it, if that’s the right word for something that ripped my heart out and stomped all over it, then poured acid over the battered remains! This was one hell of a read, to say the least.


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Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly – September 2016

Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly provides you with 4 – 7 fandom-inspired designs worth over $40, all matching the month’s chosen fandom. In addition to jewelry, you may also receive other items such as magnets, artwork, lanyards, hair accessories, etc.


Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly
Cost: $19.00 USD
Shipping Costs: $3.50 shipping within the US or worldwide for $13.50
Payment Method: Credit Card.
Mailed Out: Towards the end of the month.
Note: subscriptions auto-renew on the 1st of each month.

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