#aprilowlcrate #dystopia

As I mentioned before, my birthday is coming, in 7 days to be exact and since I am getting older I have found the joy of buying presents I want and not relying on others to do so. Though my mother is very good at listening to my requests as well as Liz and Mel but they understand my wants and needs for ink and paper. Anyways, I promised you a glimpse of what I received and I am happy to report that I will be purchasing more or OwlCrate’s products.

My first appreciation for OwlCrate came with the fact that all packages were shipped the 20th of April. I received it two days later after great anticipation. Yes, two days and the package was on my doorstep. It was coming from Oregon! So I was highly elated.

The next was that it really felt like a present. Ever since you were a kid the idea of a secret gift has brought you such joy. You feel it throughout your body, from your head all the way down to your toes. The fact that I was receiving a secret gift that included a book was all the more welcome. Likewise, when you’re a kid you beg and beg for a hint, a clue for what this gift will be but also, don’t want to know. I like how OwlCrate gives you the theme of the box but that’s it. This makes the recipient waiting with baited breath to discover what Brad Pitt so plainly as what’s in the box?

So over my morning coffee, I opened my present and was not disappointed. It was more than I ever guessed. The clue was: dystopia. So, of course, my mind conjured all the recent dystopic novels that I had read in the past. The most popular being The Hunger Games and Divergent. I was right about one, but the rest I never would have guessed.

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I got a Mockingjay magnet and bracelet (which I wore to work today), a 1984  notebook, a Maze Runner car decal, and a coaster that read I spent my life folded between the pages of a book. The book I got was Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.

You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

I hadn’t heard of this novel before so I was, again, thrilled. Before I was worried that since my favorite teen genre is dystopia I wondered if I already possessed the book, but all for not. I started the book immediately enjoying the rest of my coffee before work and it’s good thus far. I’ve only read a little over 60 pages but it reminds me of The Giver. Look for my review to come!

Overall, I’m already looking forward to another box in May. The hint for this one is steampunk. I haven’t read many steampunk novels but it has always fascinated me. May 20th can’t come soon enough!!

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