YA Chronicles January 2019 Unboxing: Up To No Good

I received the box last week, and I didn’t know what was going to be included,so everything was a surprise.

Opening up, I didn’t even try to sneak a peek. I averted my eyes, reached in, and grabbed the first thing I found.

A Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ mug! While I’m not really into this particular aspect of the HP franchise (love HP, FB is another question entirely) I like mugs but I basically never buy them for myself. The foil on this one makes me think it could be damaged if I try to wash it, so instead of going in my cupboard, I’m putting it on my bookcase.

Next was a super pretty, sparkling, lovely smelling candle from The Book Hangover. I’ve said this before, but I’m not really sure why it’s so popular to pair candles with books. Fire + paper = sadface. However, I do like candles, and this one smells really lovely. It’s florals, vanilla, amber, and musk. I tried to take a photo with a flash so you can see the sparklies.

One of the problems with book subscription boxes is that you can receive items for series you don’t know anything about. I don’t know anything about the Grisha series (is that even what it’s called?). I do really want to read it, and I think I might own the spin-off? Not sure, because I don’t really know what it is. I guess if I knew what it was these badges might seem a bit cooler.

Some magnetic bookmarks from The Cruel Prince, which is another book I haven’t read, but I’m not really interested in reading it, so I don’t know who the characters are. I like the idea of magnetic bookmarks though, so I’ll probably use them.

The information card and the bookmark,

I was really pleased to receive The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi in this box, because it’s a book that I’ve been seeing a lot of pre-release hype about, but I hadn’t yet bought it for myself. I almost did, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I keep thinking it’s going to be a fantasy about a village under siege from a pack of magical wolves, but it’s a rag-tag group chasing an artifact instead. I’m looking forward to reading it.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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