Stuff Those Stockings! | 2015 Holiday Gift Guide #2

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, and what better way to celebrate here on the blog all season long, than by curating my very own (bookish) gift guide for you! Stay tuned for these posts once a week or so until a few weeks before Christmas (which will be here before we know it)! I put prices for every item and all links bring you to the item’s website to purchase. If you don’t like exactly what I have shown, feel free to use these ideas to create your very own personalized gift for that special bookish someone!

Today I’m featuring gifts for…


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  1. Cinderella (2015) DVD ($17.99) — If you like fairy tales, odds are you like Cinderella. I love this new live action version! Starring Lily James and Richard Madden (swoon), it’s such a sweet movie that everyone will enjoy.
  2. Love is the Most Powerful Magic Art Print ($13.75) — A quote from Once Upon A Time, I think this print is the perfect thing to hang up on the wall, whether you watch the show or not. This artist’s Redbubble shop is full of other pretty typography prints, so be sure to check her out there!
  3. Dainty Arrow Necklace ($22.00) — Not only do arrows remind me of fairy tales and badass heroines, but they’re super chic to wear as jewelry now. This particular one is small and delicate, and completely sterling silver.
  4. Enchanted Forest Coloring Book ($10.07) — Adult coloring books are all the rage. This one features beautiful designs to color that are all in the realm of fairy tales. Not only is this a coloring book, but it also features hidden objects and mazes for an added bit of interactiveness!
  5. Funko Pop! Disney Peasant Belle ($9.99) — The perfect bookshelf buddy, these figures are so fun to collect. I’ve already started and am getting addicted to buying and placing them on my shelf. I chose to highlight my favorite Disney princess, Belle, but of course you’re open to any of the other Pop! figures.
  6. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh ($17.99 from publisher) — Possibly a lesser known fairy tale, TWATD is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. I read this one earlier in the year and freaked out because it’s AH-MAZING. Being that it’s a 2015 release, it’s likely the person you’re planning to gift it to hasn’t yet read it (unless they’re super active in the book community)!

Synopsis from publisher:

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

That’s it for my second post in my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide series. Have a specific genre you want me to curate gifts for? Let me know! And be sure to check out my first post, featuring gifts for the FANGIRL in your life!


Review: The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Series: YA Romance Fairy Tales, #5 (no need to read in order)
Genre(s): Fairy Tale, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself ‘Lord Colin’ is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

my rambles Special thanks to Zondervan for providing me with an advance copy for review!

The Princess Spy was a book that I went into completely blind. I hadn’t read any reviews of it prior to reading it, and hadn’t read any of the author’s previous books, so I was totally unsure about the book. What I got was an entertaining and fun fairy tale romance that is sure to delight younger YA readers!

The story is pretty fast-paced. The reader is almost immediately introduced to the conflict, and the main character Margaretha is quick to become the heroine of the story with the help of the handsome English stranger, Colin. While the story to me was extremely predictable, I still found it to be entertaining. Although, I wasn’t emotionally attached to any of the characters. But, I enjoyed the development of the main character Margaretha into a character that could fight for herself and her family.

Margaretha, at eighteen, seemed to be very naïeve and immature. Her constant uncertainty at the obvious feelings of others, and insecurities about herself in the eyes of Colin got on my nerves a little. The emotion between the two of them seemed to be very out in the open, while Margaretha and Colin still seemed in the dark to the mutual feelings between them. Also, it felt like the romance was rushed. Not insta-love rushed, but progressed a little too quickly for my liking.

Overall, The Princess Spy was a fun book that will be enjoyed by younger YA readers who are looking for a sweet, clean romance. I will definitely be looking out for other books by Melanie Dickerson, as I found The Princess Spy to be quite a fun read!

*There are religious themes throughout this book, so keep that in mind while choosing if this book is for you. I am not a particularly religious person, but I still found this book to be very enjoyable.*