Let’s Talk… The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Okay, so this is awkward. Normally, Once Upon a Book Club books are not the same books as Book of the Month, but of course, this time it is. Since I already read the book, I felt like I should at least share the gifts with you guys! So let’s talk… the gifts from my August 2019 OUABC box!

Page 56

Okay, so the drawing was awkwardly faded, but it is the drawing that Rowan finds in the nightstand drawer in her room at Heatherbrae House. The cord is a USB cord with 3 different types of cords so you can charge your phone (whether it is iPhone or Android) or your laptop (at least, it fits my thunder outlet for my Mac?). I’m also sure you can charge multiple items at the same time with the one cord, so it is efficient for traveling.

Page 213

I love this. If I drank coffee often, I would use this all the time, but thankfully my sister-in-law will be putting this to use! It is incredibly beautiful and of higher quality that the other mugs I have gotten from OUABC before!

Page 304

Honestly, I would love this if it were my initial. It is a very beautiful necklace (though a little big), but I probably will never pull it out of the box. So if you want a necklace with a ‘R’ initial, I got you fam.

Page 335

Okay, so I can’t really show you the gift because it essentially tells you the whole plot of the book, BUT it is literally the letter from the last 2 or so pages. This is the present that is literally just a printout for the box, and while it completely fits the book, I still wished that it was something else. But, here we are.

Sorry guys, if I would have known, I would have waited, but I am completely oblivious to everything right now, so I’m just going to leave you guys with a promise to do better! Until then, if you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 9/2/19-9/4/19

An incredibly beautiful cover! Like most of these, I have no idea what this is about. I am guessing based on the wrapping of the gifts that this book is about mermaids. But otherwise, I am going in as blind as usual, so I will see you all at the first gift!

Page 84

My guess was completely wrong! Instead of mermaids, it is snakes! This book starts out with a super creepy story about a girl, named Hulla, who befriended snakes and they then took over her mind and when one of them killed, she felt the aftershocks of it. From there, we meet Milla, a young girl who is separated from other people for fear of catching demons. Her brother, Niklas is at an age where he wants to get married, so he asks his father to bring Iris, who is also the granddaughter of their neighbors, to come live out in the middle of nowhere with them. When Iris begins to hear voices, she tells Milla. But when she runs away, Milla is the only who is able to find her since she could hear Iris in her mind. Iris gets sent away, leaving Milla reeling.

The comb feels wooden and really strong. I hesitate from combs purely because I got the devil’s hair, so I break anything that tries to tame it. With that being said, I will be sure to try this out in the near future!

Page 97

Serves her right! So Milla’s mom, Gitta, is the sister of the woman in that creepy story I was telling you about! Milla’s mom was so mean to her sister, so I’m glad that her daughter is becoming a “demon”. Also, BTW Milla is now growing snakes in her hair. Totally normal things. And Niklas wouldn’t leave Iris at The Place where they take demented girls, so now he’s gone.

The gift is an apron, which I don’t normally use, but I feel like I need to start getting in the habit.

Page 198

Is it sad that I was super excited for this sewing kit? Ah man, I am really an adult!

Milla goes to The Place to find Niklas and Iris. When she gets there, the girls convince her to lock Niklas in a cell in order for them to escape. As Milla gets out of The Place, she gets on a horse which leads her to a house in the middle of nowhere. She gets taken in by the family of Katrina and Otto with their children Kai and Liss.

Page 275

This is super cool, although I am unsure how to burn it? Do I need to put a little dish underneath it? It doesn’t smell like anything, but will it when it is burning? Or is it more of a candle that you leave sitting around and don’t touch, because I am not about that life. So many questions!

This comes at the end of the story so I am going to talk about the whole book as a whole. Milla begins to bring a blight on the family, so she goes to confront Hulla to see why she is punishing her so. Hulla says that since Gitta did not treat her well as a kid, that is why Milla is being punished. Milla then returns home in the idea that apologizing to Hulla will get Hulla to reverse the curse. And that is where I will leave you!

The overall book was okay, but hard to follow at points. I also wasn’t really invested in this story, so it was hard for me to keep with the book. It is a little creepy, but fine for a young audience. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/29/19- 9/2/19

I am literally going in without a clue about what this book is about. Using context clues from the cover, I am assuming that it is about a Muslim woman/girl, and that’s all I got. Also, all the gifts look beautiful, so I don’t know what that means, but I like it.

Page 1

Okay, so I still know nothing, but this is extremely cute. It seems like so many of these OUABC boxes have either a coffee mug or a tea cup, so I’m glad we are staying on brand here. But hopefully by the next gift, I actually can tell you something about the story!

Page 197

Is now the time to tell you all that I have never read Pride and Prejudice? This book is supposed to be essentially the Muslim version of P&P, so I don’t know much going in about what is going to happen. As for the gift, the notebook is incredibly beautiful, and when I need a lined notebook, I will be sure to grab this one!

As for the story: Ayesha is a substitute teacher. Her family has taught her to fall in love rather than depend on the arranged marriage system. Her cousin, Hafsa, had reached the age where she is accepting proposals from eligible men, but she doesn’t really seem to know where her life is headed. Khalid is a very strict Muslim. He wears the robes, has the beard, doesn’t touch women, and performs all his daily prayers. His mother, Farzana, is trying to get him a suitable wife. Khalid is a ecommerce programmer (I think), and his female boss does not like his attire and overall religious actions, so she forces him to work for a lingerie site in an effort to get him flustered and quit, which so far hasn’t worked. In fact, it has seemed to backfire.

When the mosque begins to go under, they begin to organize a Muslims in Action conference to encourage younger members to join their congregation. Ayesha is asked to go, and since Hafsa missed, everyone thought she was Hafsa. Khalid also participates in the planning committee, and he finds himself around “Hafsa” quite a bit. They seem to hit it off in their time together, but when Farzana finds out what is going on, she begins to scheme to get Khalid and the real Hafsa engaged.

Page 272

Ladies and gentlemen, the print-off gift of the box! It is nice to feel like part of the story, but these gifts are my least favorite to get.

The story: Ayesha is heartbroken when the news breaks that Khalid and Hafsa are engaged. Tarek, one of the planners for MIA, has a history with Khalid’s sister, Zareena. Zareena was shipped to India after finding herself in trouble in Canada, so she is a sensitive subject. Khalid is frustrated because he fell in love with Ayesha in their times together, but his responsibility is to marry Hafsa.

Page 306

Ugh this is too cute! It is a little difficult to get the USB stick out, but it is so cute and fun! I love this! I’m not going to share anymore of the story, but I did want to show you all the gift!

Conclusion

This was an incredibly cute story. While she uses Urdu words, all words are quickly translated or has clear context clues as to what they mean. The writing style was easy to read, though there were times, especially at the end of chapters, where I felt like she ended a scene before it was ready. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I would love to read Pride and Prejudice to see the comparisons!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 8/25/19-8/28/19

Guys, we have made it to the 3rd full week of September! This week, I am going to be posting 3 OUABC reviews for you all! This first one was the Adult July 2019 selection, and according to their Instagram, this box required an extra long box to fit all of the gifts, so this one should be exciting! As usual, I don’t know much about what this is about, but I know that it is set in WWII, and I am assuming that it is also about fighter pilots. Otherwise, I am going into this completely blind, so I will see you all in the first gift! (Side note: there was a random feather in my book? So… maybe it is about birds too?)

Page 14

Let’s talk about the book first. So far, we have met Susan and Ollie. Susan is a pigeon caretaker for the war. Her favorite pigeon, named Duchess, has a colorful plume of violet. She is located outside of London during the London Blitz, while Ollie is a farmer in Maine. Ollie is incredibly gifted in the cockpit of a plane, and this gift is a note given to the little girl that watches him do tricks. The pen is a super cool addition, with the feeling of real wood!

Page 156

Firstly, this is dope, and I fully support this gift. Since it is a little difficult to see what it is, the “wrapping” is a water bottle, though it is a little squat, and the gift is a cooling towel. As for what is going on in the story: Ollie finds passage to London so that he could meet the head honcho of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Susan is forced to go to London so that all carrier pigeon caretakers can prepare their pigeons for the mission. When the really creepy Lieutenant tries to hit on her, Ollie runs into them and punches the guy in the face, landing him in military jail. Susan’s grandfather was able to convince the military to release Ollie so that he can work for them for 30 days.

When Ollie begins working, he learns of the history of carrier pigeons and the full mission that has befallen Susan’s pigeons. As Susan and Ollie begin to learn more about each other, they start to care more and more. But when the mission gets moved up, Ollie has to deliver the pigeons to the bomb carrier. One of the airmen is dumb and grabbed Duchess, and when Ollie found out, he tried to grab her out of the bomber. Once he begins, the air raid siren begins to blare, and Ollie gets stuck in the bomber as they make their way to France. His presence ends up killing the gunner, so he has to play a role, and he also has to release all the pigeons, saving Duchess for Susan. As the doors close, he saves the co-pilot of the bomber from leg amputation by pulling him back in. Susan and her grandfather realize that something happened, and they come to the conclusion that all they can do is wait for news of Duchess and/or Ollie.

Page 260

Well, well, well. What have we got here? So for those of you that may be confused, I am pretty sure that you put medicine in this and then carry it around on your keys. I know that they are primarily used for people who need to carry around aspirin for heart problems, but I’m sure they can be used for people who need to carry around anti-panic attack medications, medications to block catastrophic events, carrying around your birth control when you are out (okay, I totally just made that one up), or any other small items that you need on your person. I’m not sure I am at a point in my life where I will use it, but still handy to keep around.

At the point in the last gift, we were right before (? I think…) the bomber crashed in the French countryside. Only Ollie and Lieutenant Boar survive. Ollie dislocated his shoulder, messed up his ankle (although supposedly it’s not fractured), alone with minor injuries. Lieutenant Boar had a huge cut that went through his eye that he had to get surgery for. They hide out at a farm with a woman named Madeline and her pig, Louis. She has promised to keep them until they are well enough for travel out of France. Ollie, worried about Susan, sends Duchess with a letter written in code letting her know that they are in the French countryside and that they are hurt.

After 500 pigeons were released, only a little more than 100 pigeons returned. They must have brought back good intel, because the RAF want to send another 500 pigeons to France. When Duchess returns to Susan, she grabs the note attached to her leg. Duchess then flies back to France and back to Ollie. Ollie, thinking that she just lost the note, sends her off with another note and some of the information he spotted along the way. When Susan realizes that Duchess is literally going back and forth between her and Ollie, they start to take advantage of that information. Her first note to Ollie is what the note in the pill canister is. (Also, her grandfather falls and we learn that his heart is enlarged. Expect that he will die by the end of the story)

Page 345

I would totally rate this gift if the date was different. If they took the time to change the date to 1996, then I would be all for it!

As for the story, we have reached the point where I can’t tell you too much more. I will go ahead and tell you that Ollie goes on a crazy journey, taking refuge in monasteries, to get to the Spanish border since Spain was neutral in the war. Susan is forced to release another 500 pigeons after the success of the first run, causing her flock to be completely diminished. After his fall, her grandfather becomes incredibly sick, but since there are so many bodies coming out of London due to the bombings, they are told not to go to the hospital, and to instead treat it at home.

Page 365

I knew it! I was calling from the beginning that they were going to send me either a tea cup or tea of some kind, purely because they talk about it SO MUCH! And it is super adorable. Now I feel like I need to try drinking tea, which I have literally never done in my entire life. Anywho, can’t tell you anything about what happened, but ya know, you should read the book!

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this book! It was a little jarring when we went from the war to the 90’s, but otherwise, the flow was really good! I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 7/12/19-7/14/19

About a year ago, through Uppercase box (See Let’s Talk… Subscription Boxes for more information about their box. Side note: This subscription box no longer sends out book boxes. At the time of this switch, I was no longer a subscriber, but a quick Internet dig shows that their item store is open, but the subscription system is closed.), I got sent Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. The general premise sounded similar to something I read when I was a young’n (Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass), and I absolutely ended up loving the story. When I saw that Bennett had another book coming out soon, I immediately got the pre-order for Serious Moonlight. And then…. I got sent it. Whoops!

Since I am trying to declutter my mess of a room, I felt like it was finally time to pull out this box and read the book, so here goes nothing. I literally looked at nothing before jumping in, all I know is that reading a Bennett book is like the Hotel California, once you are in, you can’t leave.

Page 221

I am so happy with this book! She has a writing style that makes it hard for me to immediately get into a book. I felt the same way when I read Starry Eyes, and it took me a really long time to read the first 50 pages until my interest was grabbed. With that being said, the next 200 were so easy.

This book is about Birdie, an amateur detective, as she begins her new job at the Cascadia Hotel in downtown Seattle. When she starts, she learns she is working with Daniel, her ex-hookup. Daniel, in an effort to get closer to Birdie, tells her of the mystery of Raymond Darke, a thriller author who has never been pictured, but for whatever reason stays at the hotel every Tuesday night for about an hour. As they begin to investigate, their feelings begin to grow stronger, and the mystery continues to get more and more complex.

As for the gifts: the necklace is really cool. It definitely will be something that I hold on to. As for the nail decals (yes, that is what they are), they are cool, but I doubt I will ever use them. But hey, never say never.

Page 258

So technically, the gift is the “tarot card”, but I think the real gift is the luggage tag. You best believe the next time I have to check luggage, I am going to be whipping this bad boy out! While I understand the aspect of creating a gift that follows the words of the book, these types of gifts are my least favorite. They often feel like a cop out to me.

As for the story. We see Daniel open up more in this section. We also see how more vulnerable Birdie becomes as her feelings for Daniel grow. However, for the sake of keeping some mystery, I won’t be giving away much more plot details unless I know there will be more in the story.

Page 403

I have never read a Miss Marple mystery from Agatha Christie, so I am excited to take the plunge and read one! They did a good job of dressing the gift to fit the storyline of book!

As for the ending, I was surprised! Maybe I’m not a good detective, but I didn’t put all the clues together to discover the final gut-wrenching secret. I enjoyed the ending, but I felt like it was a little cliff-hanging, maybe that’s just me.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 7/28/19-8/4/19

Welcome back to me cleaning out my room! Here is another OUABC for you guys! Similar to how I treat all of these books, I literally know nothing. I am going into this completely blind, so here goes nothing!

Page 44

Hmmmmmmm… okay, so I didn’t even read a synopsis about this book so I LITERALLY went into this with 0 expectations. I was expecting it to be a book that is all about magic, and while I still have a lot of book to go, I am still surprised how heavily historical this book feels. It seems really dense to me, and that may just be due to the writing style, but it took me a seriously long time to get to the first gift.

As for the gift, the picture might be a little bad, but it is a bookmark that has a note saying to read to page 89 to get the second half of the gift. Yes ladies and gentlemen, there is a gift within a gift (side note: that gift is in a shiny gold bag, and my princess of a puppy has stolen it from me 3 times so far, so either it is filled with puppy treats, or my puppy really likes shiny things)! So I will see you all in about 40 pages!

Page 89

Why hello! Another day, another gift. This book still has not aired out for me, and I am finding it difficult to read it. I am still hopeful that the farther I go, the easier it will be to read, but I just am not there yet. This book follows Camille, a young girl from Paris (her age is never given, but I would expect that she is 17/18) who is trying to take care of her sister, Sophie, while dealing with a drunkard as a brother. She meets a boy named, Lazare, who seems to be an inventor/ adventurer, and they are flirting with each other, while neither is sure how the other feels. When Camille realizes that she can use her talent for magie to potentially win rent money after her brother robs them blind, she decides to take her gift to Versailles, with the hope of winning some real money.

As for the gift, I was extremely disappointed to discover that this gift doesn’t attach to the chain from the previous gift. Unless I managed to do that completely wrong. The picture is of a woman holding a baby, and yes, it easily came out. The actual gift is a little locket that has little fake diamonds surrounding it.

Page 180

Man… this book is going to be a rough one for me. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am trying to prep a different book, I probably would be cheating and listening on Audible. I just can’t stay in it, I find myself so easily distracted and it isn’t getting easier for me.

As for the storyline, we have learned that her mother had a magical trunk full of items that can change her appearance to look more noble. She uses that look to get into Versailles, where she meets a young man, Chandon, and his group of friends at a gambling table. Though she loses her first meeting, she gets invited to play again, where she does relatively well thanks to her magie. She learns that Chandon is also magie, and he warns her that she needs to be more careful about using magie to change cards to make it look less obvious. Camille also visits Lazare’s workshop full of his hot air balloon plans, and he promises to show her a secret whenever he is ready, which is a ride on his hot air balloon. We open the gift as she explains her successes at Versailles.

I LOVE THIS GIFT! Oh man, it is so pretty, and grown-up, and sparkly, and I will definitely be using it in my adult life!

Page 360

And we found the cop-out gift of the box! I thought for sure there was more in the package, but I was sadly disappointed. However, there are 4 other gifts in this box, which is higher than usual, so I shouldn’t complain.

As for the story, I FINALLY got to a point where I can read this book for longer than 10 minutes at a time! Still not my favorite book, and it still is really dense, but I am getting things done (after watching the entire new season of Queer Eye because I am not a monster).

Since we last talked, Camille has learned that Seguin, who is one of the noblemen from Versailles, is also magie. He, however, is only interested in producing as much chaos as possible with his magic, which is concerning because he is attaching himself to Sophie. We also learn that Lazare is an aristocrat, who also hangs out with the same group of friends that Camille has met. He seems to have an attraction to Camille when she is hidden by magic, causing her to struggle between whether he likes her or her magical self more. We also learn that Lazare and his other aeronauts are struggling to get the funding they need for their balloon expeditions, which weighs heavy on Camille’s heart.

Page 392

Wow, I have gotten so many shiny things in this box! Since we are incredibly far in this book, I am not going to be telling you plot details, but this gift is a very shiny broach that I probably will never wear!

Conclusion

The last 100-150 pages were fast-paced and easy to read, though some of the French I had to look up. Just wished the first 250-300 pages were the same pace. I probably won’t end up reading the sequel to this book, but hey, to each their own. Based on my own personal preferences, I would rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 7/21/19-7/23/19

Surprise OUABC? I’m still desperately trying to get rid of all the boxes in my room, so these will still (probably) be thrown in with other reviews!

As for this book, I don’t know much, as I normally do when I jump into these OUABC books. I do know that this box is a specialty box for Valentine’s Day, so I am assuming that there will be a romance of some kind. So I figure we’ll just jump in and get it read!

Page 59

I am already feeling like I am going to like this one! It is similar to other books I have read on here (*cough, cough* Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler) and I am excited to keep going! Also, I obviously ordered this months ago and I can’t remember them asking for my size, but it actually is a size I can wear, which normally doesn’t happen, so I’m excited. (P.S. this is a t-shirt, the picture doesn’t really show that) (Side note: after making this post, I had gone onto the OUABC page (for a completely different reason) and saw that they did ask for your t-shirt size)

This book is about Charlotte and Ginny, identical twin sisters who come from a line of pageant queens. Charlotte has 0 intention of being a pageant queen, and is instead an elementary school librarian who is there to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, Ginny gets an allergic reaction, and Charlotte is debating whether she should take place in the preliminary parts of the pageant in order for her sister to qualify for the finals, since this is the last year she could qualify. Also, there’s a cute boy.

Page 173

I was getting real nervous for this one. That was a very small box for an ice bucket, but hey, it all worked out! Also, fun fact, a great way to stop a puppy fight is to try and convince them to put an ice bucket on their heads. Also, they won’t do it.

As for the story, Charlotte takes on the role of contestant for her sister. Turns out that the cute boy who also loves literature (is that even possible?) is also the judge for the pageant. And our girl Charlotte is falling hard. As for the pageant, Charlotte is finding herself making friends and doing well? But sometimes it is hard to distinguish herself from her sister, which could make the fling with Gray (cute boy) a little dicey.

Page 201

Ummmm… I literally do not own anything to go with this headpiece. Also, even if I do, I doubt I could pull this off. But, hey, maybe this could be my calling and I really could pull this off!

As for the story, we just watched the preliminary talent portion, and Charlotte won!

Page 215

Since I started this book, I was sure that I was going to get some type of alcohol, specifically wine. When I got to the point where I opened this gift, I thought that I was a magician because I was sure I was going to get champagne. Sadly, there is no alcohol in this box, but there is a champagne flute, so there is that.

Book wise, we learn that Ginny is going to continue the lie with their parents, and this gift came from Gray. So yea, don’t have much for you!

Completion

I’m going to say meh, and I am pretty sure that the only reason is because I am currently also reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I literally listened to that book all day. Since that book is also about a set of twins and it features a love story, I found myself comparing the two for the last 50 pages. Which I know, isn’t fair. But I did it.

As for the book, it definitely played as a rom com movie. I read it super fast and I really enjoyed reading it.

I would probably give this book 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 7/8/19-

Funny story: About a week or so after I got this box, one of my friends went to BookCon. She ended up picking up this book because not only was she interested, but she thought I would be, too! I am making it a point not to read the back, although I am guessing it is a reimagining of Cinderella. So as always, here goes nothing!

Page 7

GUYS! HOLY POOP STICKS! I NOW OWN A REAL(ish) QUILL! Okay, I think that all of us after reading Harry Potter wanted to own a quill purely because we wanted to feel fancy. Now let’s be real, I seriously doubt I am going to be pulling out my quill to handle my business, but it is for sure going on my shelf to show off. Solid reminder that if I ever have a fancy invitation, this is the pen I am going to be using to sign off on it!

As for the book, it’s different than I was expecting. This gift marked the end of the prologue, and it is very dark and creepy. It actually reminds me of Aladdin (as weird as that sounds) where a creepy dude finds himself in a tower where he infiltrates the people and convinces them to do his deeds. It also reminds me of Spinning Silver, which is a reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin.

Page 144

Don’t mind me strategically taking a picture of a mirror without showing myself. This gift is cool to me for 2 reasons: 1) most of the gifts that OUABC sends are knickknacks and this isn’t, and 2) I have decor to go with it! Man, now I need to really work on my gallery wall!

The book is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Spinning Silver, and this book falls into the same category. Surprisingly, when I do pick up the book, I am enthralled. The biggest issue for me is to pick it up in the first place. And don’t get me wrong, this book is good. It just isn’t a book I would normally read for myself.

We all know the story of Cinderella, but what happens to her “ugly stepsisters” once she gets her happily ever after? This story follows Isabelle (poor choice of naming, although I’m not sure she chose the name, or if the original story did) as she comes to terms with her new reality. Believing that her “ugliness” was her real misfortune, she meets Tanaquill, known as the “fairy godmother” in the popularized version of the story. In order to become pretty, Isabelle must find the broken pieces of her heart.

As Isabelle is trying to figure out where her missing pieces are, Chance and Fate are battling for the girl’s destiny. On one hand, Fate declares that Isabelle will die due to the dictator that is destroying France. But Chance believes that she will be the one that can defeat the dictator and save them all. Discovering Tanaquill has begun to change her destiny, Chance and Fate ask her where the broken pieces are. Once they find out that they lie with Felix (her young love), Nero (a horse), and Ella (her stepsister), it is a race to either help (Chance) or hinder (Fate) the challenge presented.

Page 204

Oof, regretting that close up of my finger, but this has to be the coolest ring box I have ever seen. While I probably would get rid of the stem (especially because I broke it trying to throw it back in the box, whoops), I probably would hold on to the rose ring box. The ring itself is small for me (which doesn’t say much because I have humongous fingers), so I probably won’t wear it much if all, but it is extremely beautiful (the stone is lavender in color, sorry for the poor lighting #bloggeronabudget).

I’m debating in my head about what I want to say about the plot. We are introduced to Nero in this section, and our storyline with Felix has progressed. We also start to see the progression of Isabelle as she becomes more courageous and proud of herself. The overarching feminist theme of the novel is punctuating more as Isabelle begins to solve her problems in order to find her pieces of her heart.

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Don’t mind the spacing, I was struggling to make it work! Okay, so here’s the thing. I got 3 really cool gifts in this box, and I also know that I should not be selfish. But all I got was a piece of paper. A piece of paper related to the story, but a piece of paper nonetheless. Not even a professionally printed paper. I am talking a piece of regular paper with this printed on it. And while I appreciate the thought, I am still really disappointed that this is all I get (millennial problems, am I right?).

As for the story, there isn’t much I feel comfortable telling you guys without giving away the story. What I will say is that Fate is playing super dirty and I am so proud of my girl Isabelle.

Completion

Let’s go! Way to go Isabelle! Dude, I love Isabelle! The overall story is one about the power of the heart, and the emotions that are attached to it. It is very empowering, beautifully written, and fun to read. I recommend it for anyone (and that says a lot because I don’t normally read these types of books). I will say that the Fate/ Chance storyline was a little confusing, especially in the beginning, but it clears up as the story continues.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!