Top Ten Tuesday | Bingeworthy TV Shows

Hey, everyone!

I can’t believe it’s the first week of September. August flew past far too quickly for me. Don’t you agree? And I’m still trying to catch up on liking and commenting on other posts since I was too busy to do so. I feel so neglectful!

For this week’s topic, we get to discuss our favourite binge-worthy TV shows and/or movies we watch when we aren’t busy reading. Surprisingly, I rather enjoyed this topic. So for my picks, I wanted to have a good blend of book-related and non-book-related shows. Not every adaptation will be great. However, some have surpassed its original source. So my choices below are my top eight favourite shows.

I hope you enjoy!

Outlander

I’ve basically given up on the books. I don’t have time to read 700+ books anymore. However, my love for the show hasn’t changed at all. Both Sam and Caitriona are one of the best up-and-coming actors. And I love how they explore the world the author has built. They both bring their own take of the characters and make them their own.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Clearly, this show is an add-on to my list (thank you, Sara, for reminding me 😂). But how can this list be complete without Buffy?! It can’t. This show made me who I am today. It is one of the reasons why I love fantasy and why I keep going back to that genre.

 

Supernatural

How could I forget my favourite show?! We’re currently coming up to season 14, and I still don’t know how long this show has lasted. I’ve seen my four smol cinnamon rolls (Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley) die, and I’m not sure if the new season may give me heart palpitations or not. Supernatural is a show that continues to surprise me even if it’s showed its fans everything.

 

The Strain

I haven’t loved a vampire show in such a long time. By the end, The Vampire Diaries disappointed me. And don’t get me started on The Originals, which had the worst ending I’ve seen in years. But the Strain has stayed consistent throughout its entire three-series run. And it hasn’t lost its gore either. I still get shivers when I see the vampire’s tongue sucker.

 

The Magicians

Probably one of my favourite series is the Magicians. I haven’t read the series yet, and I don’t plan to. However, I’ve never thought I’d love the show this much. The reviews for the series made me hesitant until I binge-watched the first season. Snark, sass, sarcasm, and huge doses of magic will wheel you in from the first episode. I cannot recommend this show enough. I would die for Julia, Margo, and Eliot.

 

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In one sitting, I binge-watched half this series. I couldn’t get enough of watching this action-packed show. Each character brings a new arc that’s interesting. And they come together as a family so they can save lives.

 

How to Get Away with Murder

I don’t know how I still watch this show even when it confuses the hell out of me. And yet, I still come back, screaming for more. I’m a sucker for a great mystery. And the show constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the next season.

 

The Gifted

Did I have any, ANY, faith in a new Marvel show? No. Nuh huh. So I had zero expectations coming into this series. And I hate every second I doubted the show. The first season was short. However, it sucks you in so quickly that you don’t have time to question anything else. I didn’t realize I loved watching The Gifted until the finale came. I will always love the X-Men. But this show may top most of the X-Men movies.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Glad I Didn’t DNF

Hey, everyone!!!

And guess what day it is. I’m excited for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. For this week, we have to talk about books we’ve DNF’d. Let me admit this: I rarely DNF. I don’t know why. Maybe I feel that I can’t do the book justice until I read the entire thing, or perhaps I’m just a stickler for finishing books. So I’ve picked the books I’m glad I didn’t DNF.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

How can I possibly put an Aveyard book on this list?! Well, there’s always a first. I adore the Red Queen series, but I didn’t like the ending of War Storm. And I wonder if I’ll be able to write a review in the near future because I’m so undecided about everything. But the series is over, and I can’t help but still love it regardless of the ending.

 

The Wicked Deep Shea Ernshaw

Sometimes I enjoy a slow burn, and The Wicked Deep proves just that. I fell in love with the design of the book, especially the external design. But I felt like I couldn’t connect with the characters. But I soldiered through, and I didn’t believe I’d read the last page.

 

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman has been in my life long before I can possibly remember. Even though I’m a big Marvel fangirl, Batman owns a good chunk of my nerd heart. So I knew I had to read this book. I honestly thought I’d DNF it though. The pacing may throw you off, but wait until the end.

 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Yes, yes, you all know I’ll read anything ACOTAR. And I thought this book may piggyback onto that fandom. However, Margaret proves the readers wrong by creating a lush, imaginative, and lively faerieland. The fae actually have a weakness, and they aren’t truly human. I thought I’d trash this book, but I was wrong.

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I loved this series. I felt the pace in the first book might have persuaded me to put down the book, but I fell in love with the characters. So I had no chance to put this back in my TBR list. I’m glad I persisted since this series is one of my favourites.

 

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake,

I’m not a fan of characters cheating. I’m also not a fan of women stealing other women’s boyfriends. I hate when authors pull that kind of trope. It spoils the book and the reading experience. I would like nothing more than to see those two characters die a horrible and painful death.

But the overall story and worldbuilding are what save this story for me. And I’m hoping to get to the sequel…soon.

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

I struggled with this week’s topic. I could use all the books from my previous posts, but I don’t want to be repetitive. So for my latest Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve picked my top five choices of worlds I’d never want to live in. Why? I have horrible luck. And knowing to me, I’d get myself shot or blown up. Or worse yet. BOTH. 😅

 

Kerenza in Illuminae

And here’s another sci-fi patiently waiting on my TBR list. Let’s throw in an invasion, teenage heartbreak (because, why not), and a deadly plague. I honestly thought the authors attempted too much in the first book of this series, but I’m dying to get my hands on it.

 

Fjerda in Ruin and Rising

Give it to me to be a Grisha born in Fjerda. I’d have a better chance at being a Heartrender in Ketterdam. The Drüskelle scare me more than anything. And I can only imagine how it’d feel going up against one of those soldiers.

 

Thuvhe in The Fates Divide

Yes, I haven’t read Carve the Mark or its sequel, but I doubt I’d like the planet both Cyra and Akos inhabit. But from some readers, I’ve heard the overall worldbuilding is fantastic though. Even though I was excited to see what Veronica has in store in her latest series, I wasn’t too thrilled with the reviews coming out. What do you think of this Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet?

 

Republic of Gilead in Handmaid’s Tale

Given the fact I’m a woman who likes nothing more than to run her mouth, I doubt I’d be alive in Gilead. But if I somehow were, I wouldn’t want to live there. I have yet to read this series, but I have good reason. The political atmosphere lately has started to remind me of Atwood’s famous piece, and I think watching the show is enough.

 

Wonderland in Heartless

I’m not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. But I’ll give it a read because I’m Marissa trash (God, I need therapy). I’ve always hated the queen, especially her classic “Off with their head” quote. I just hope I don’t gain ten pounds after reading this book. 😂

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Character Names

I think I’m making a repeat performance. I thought I liked my original post, but I’ve trashed it entirely. I don’t know why. I’m picky. So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I’ve chosen my favourite character names.

 

Nova “Nightmare” Artino from Archenemies

Look at this cover. 😍 It’s so pretty. Both her given name and nickname suit her rather well. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d like Nova as a character. I felt she complained too much, but when you read her background, you can’t blame her for it.

Have you heard this duology is now a trilogy?!

 

Aleksander “The Darkling” Morozova from Shadow and Bone

Of course, I’ll probably fall for the ultimate bad guy in this series. I can see it now. I’ve been eyeing this character for years but haven’t gotten around to reading Shadow and Bone yet. The Darkling has a nice ring to it though.

 

Princess Selene from Cinder

I am not obsessed with this series. I repeat. I am not obsessed with this series. Am I surprised the author used the name “moon” for one of her main characters? No. I love the name. And Cinder is, and will always be, one of my favourite characters.

(Yes, I fully admit I’m addicted to the Lunar Chronicles. Please don’t judge me.)

 

Rowan Whitethorn Galathynius from Empire of Storms

Oh, look. Another series I haven’t read but spoiled myself anyways. So I basically know what occurs in almost every book in the TOG series. But I won’t skip reading it. And one reason why is Rowan. I’m hooked on territorial fae males, and he will probably be on the top of my list, especially when he takes his wife’s last name. Cue the sighs.

 

Elias Venturius from An Ember in the Ashes

This boy may just own a big chunk of my heart. Even before I bought Sabaa’s debut novel, I knew Elias was trouble. His character arc in A Torch against the Night still makes me weepy, but I won’t be surprised if he finds a way to get out of his current deal.

 

Eelyn from Sky in the Deep

Doesn’t that name sound beautiful? I love Eelyn. Her storyline creates such a wonderful debut novel. I’m holding out hope that the author will expand this book into a series. I don’t how since this is a standalone. 🙃

Wrap-up: February 2017

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I loved February. I got to read the books I’ve been dying to get my hands on. And my heart, psyche, and well, mind are all in revolt. I can’t count how many times I’ve cried. So here are the reads that kept me up past midnight!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Naturally, my first carnival book is, in fact, my favourite. Yes, Caraval has a insta-love feel to it, but the author makes a nice twist to it. The hype is real, so magically real, and I can’t help but gush about this book.

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A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley’s books are always instant buys and instant reads for me. I’ve read most of her work and probably own well over thirty of her books. I’ll warn you now: this book is dark and may trigger some readers. Kelley has an uncanny talent for writing complex and utterly intriguing characters. I can’t get enough of the series and hope to get my hands on the next instalment.

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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I need a support group, stat. Please. King’s Cage is a vast improvement from Glass Sword. You can feel how much time and effort Victoria put into this book. It’s deliberately slow paced, yet it smacks you with intensely real emotions at the end. The sequrel cannot come soon enough.

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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A poignant tale of a girl falling in love with the Goblin King and finding herself and her music in the Underground. I knew I had to read this story. Don’t expect anything similar to the Labyrinth. Wipe the slate clean and prepare yourself for this gut-wrenching love story. Highly recommended!

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Wrap-up: January 2017

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I’M BACK! Finally, I can blog full-time. 😌 I’ve been trying to catch up on my TBR pile on my shelf so I can be ready for the release of Victoria Aveyard’s King Cage and Kelley Armstrong’s A Darkness Absolute. And I have to throw in a little weirdness to boot.

 

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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I’ve fallen in love with this book. I adore Kelley’s fantasy work, and she’s known for that genre, but this series just brings an exhilarating twist to her repertoire. Her writing shines in City of the Lost. It’s one of her best works in the last few years, and I highly recommend. Kelley has a huge reservoir of stories, and you may feel overwhelmed. But the Rockton Thriller series steps away from previous characters and solely focuses on a solid psychological thriller. If you love her Nadia Stafford series, you’ll love this.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I cannot get enough of this series. Yes, there are some issues with the whole special snowflake syndrome, but, and I mean BUT, Victoria’s storytelling makes up for some of these problems, and she takes a new spin on that trope. Like The Hunger Games, Red Queen inspired me to take more risks with picking up YA books, and I’ll always be grateful for her work.

Reviews for both Red Queen and Glass Sword will be coming soon!

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Glass Sword has an X-Men feel to it with Mare, Cal, and the other newbloods (Reds with Silver abilities) looking to find, well, more of their kind. Mare and Cal try to deal with betrayal they never saw coming in Red Queen. And throughout the book, Mare struggles with herself, fighting an internal tug-of-war. Her transformation is hard to read. THAT ENDING. My feels can’t take it.

#freemare!

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The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne

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So my girl Kat hooked me up with her charming and dark little MG story revolving around a girl after my own heart. It has a dash of Coraline and a sprinkle of Tim Burton’s magic. Kat offers such a refreshing tale. I simply love this book.

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The Oddity by Kat Hawthorne

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This book looks wonderful in person. I read it back in late 2016, but it has always struck a cord with me. What is life? What is death?  The Oddity is one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking stories I’ve ever read.

I will always support small publishers. So if you want to do the same, go directly to the publisher and buy here.

Find my review here.

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Book Haul: December 2016

This month’s haul certainly isn’t big. But I’ve been dying to get my hands on these books. I’m not sure if I should have, since I’ve bought seventeen for Christmas. Did I say seventeen? Yes. And I still can’t fathom the number.

I hope these are great!

 

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Danya @ Fine Print (again!) got me into this series. I was a little hesitant with it, though. And at the time of buying, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But Kelley has travelled down this suspenseful road before with her Nadia Stafford series. I love that she’s set City of the Lost in Canada. Many of her stories take place in the States. But when she weaves in a little Canadiana, I feel right at home. I’m almost done the book, and I definitely love it!

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I look forward to the sister dynamic in Three Dark Crowns. I’m also curious to see how the author plays off that and how it’ll affect each character. And I also love the fantasy part. How does the sisters’ ability change or hinder them?

I took a peek in the book, and I love the design! This book looks gorgeous. 😍

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0062421379Divergent Series Box Set by Veronica Roth

Thank you, Indigo Teen! I won this series through its giveaway. Yes, I haven’t read any of Roth’s work, since someone online decided to ruin the last book, but I’ve been hoping to tackle the series, though.

I’m starting to appreciate box sets more since I don’t have to wait until the next instalment. I hope this series is good!

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Book Haul: November 2016

My poor and already full bookshelf. But I need more books. Scratch that thought. I need a bookshelf, not books. Uh, nope, that thought didn’t last three seconds. I’ll eventually get a new one. I think the suspense of reading these gorgeous books might kill me. Might?! Will. Definitely will.

22299763Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’M NOT READY. I don’t want this series to end so quickly. Why? Why?! I need more people who feel the same way I do for this series so, at least, I can gush, cry over the characters, and not feel like such a possessive and crazily obsessed fan, or hopefully I can find more who think like me (thankfully I have Dana). The first book is just perfection mixed in six masterful POVs.

I can only hope for more stories of my perfect heist gang.

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20053031.jpgThe Witches of New York by Ami McKay

I will buy any book Ami publishes. I’m still waiting for the sequel of The Birth House. But seeing Moth again is such a great surprise! Moth, now named Adelaide Thom, has grown up.

When I found out Ami was publishing a new book, I wasn’t expecting to see Moth again. Now this book has a touch of supernatural, and  I’m always glad to get into that genre. Ami has a way to write an endearing, powerful female characters.

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rex-epub-cov2_origRex by Cody B. Stewart, Adam Rocke, and Mark Rogers

Oh look at it. I’m in love. It’s in my hands. FINALLY. I’ve seen some of the book’s birth through my friend Ellie, who is the publisher of Common Deer Press. And I’m so happy to see this book in the flesh.

You get a taste of E.T., Jurassic Park, and 90s scientific flare. I love how Rex gave me a little piece of my childhood back. You can find my review here.

Please, and I mean please, buy from small, indie publishers. The money made through direct sales will go to the publisher and authors, not a third-party seller!

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It’s so much prettier in person. So much. The Internet and the ARC don’t do it justice.

Kat takes you on a cleverly twisted journey told through eloquent prose. She injects the consequences of right or wrong, fate, and genetic engineering. And just to keep you guessing, she then intertwines tarot card and its lure into the mix.

Check out my review!

Again, buy from indie publishers!

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25143847.jpgThe Boatman by Kat Hawthorne

I’ve been wanting to read this book since the first I heard of it in my Book Design course. So when Common Deer Press sent it with my Rex copy, along with The Oddity (which I wasn’t expecting either), I freaked.

Isabel is a girl after my own heart. This odd child not only sees dead things  but also has a cast of interesting friends: a talking ventriloquist’s dummy and a gentleman in the form of a spider named Monty, who wears a top hat. You had me at dead things, but you sealed the deal with a top hat-wearing spider. But to make things even more creepy, she creates The Boatman, who lures children to a sleeping illness.

I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this book! Thank you, Ellie! ❤️

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Book Haul: October 2016

Well, you see, this month I’ve gone through a bit of a buying splurge. I don’t know why. No, I do, but I’m trying to cushion the blow. I still have books waiting on my shelf, but alas, once I see a great deal, I kind of destroy my bank account. Or my savings, to be exact.

I can’t wait to get my hands on these pretties! BUT WHY DID I BLOODY AGREE TO HAVE THE LAST TWO BOOKS BE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?! What was I thinking? I am a masochist. Through and through. Ahem. Now cue the regularly scheduled squee moment. 😂

16096824.jpgA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve been hearing pretty good reviews of this series, particularly the sequel, so I had to buy the first book. I haven’t gotten into fairy tale retellings, though. I’m a little late on this band wagon, but I can’t pass up on a book that retells Beauty and the Beast and also has faeries in it. I hope it’s great!

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17927395.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Why would I start a series and just not buy the sequel? That excuse is what I’m going with. I’m not that much of a masochistic. Screw that. I still am. But I need more faeries in my life, and I’ll be damned if I’ll wait for an already released sequel.

Some of my blogger friends (oh, hi darlings!) have told me that this instalment makes up for a few issues in the first book.

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23299512.jpgThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Don’t hate me, but This Savage Song will be the first Schwab book I’ve ever read. But her Shades of Magic series has been sitting on my TBR list for a year. I love that there are ZERO love stories in this book. ZERO. ZILCH. But tons of monsters. What more can a woman ask for? MONSTERS. Give me monsters.

…And I’m more twisted than my Mom thinks I am. Wonderful. PHEER ME.

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27969081.jpgLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Ah mah gerd. It’s here. Besides Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, Labyrinth Lost is one of the most gorgeous books I’ve seen this year. And FINALLY I get to see more diversity and LGBTG storylines in books (I have to give Sabaa Tahir more credit here, though).

I also adore how Zoriada has incorporated brujas/brujos and Latin American themes into her book.

A fellow blogger’s post pushed me to buy it. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Danya @ Fine Print!

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Bookish Finds (1)

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Hi, everyone!

I’m starting a new monthly series called Bookish Finds*, which will highlight book-related products. The Book Riot inspired me on this little adventure with its Book Fetish series. (And quite a few book bloggers have followed suit, so I wouldn’t mind throwing in my picks as well.)

I try to find anything bookish, even if my bank account doesn’t agree with me. Some items on Bookish Finds may be conversation pieces, and some may be the most talked-about find. So during my search, I’ll recommend these products. Hopefully, I can find your next bookish gift for someone special or you (admit it: the gift’s for you).

Happy buying!

Siobhan

 

* Please note that all the items I showcase are of my own choosing, and I have not received any payment––monetary or otherwise––to put them in this series. I have linked all products to the designer/maker, and I do not claim them as my own. I have no affiliation with any designer/maker or website(s). And yes, I came up with that name myself. I haven’t snagged it from another blogger.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children T-shirt 

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One of my favourite online stores is Out of Print. It has designed this peculiar t-shirt (heh), which coincides with the upcoming theatrical release of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. If you don’t want a top, you can always buy a tote or a pouch.

 

Pride and Prejudice Book Scarf

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Austen swag? Yes! I’m sold. This Pride and Prejudice book scarf is a great Etsy find from The Ohlala. You will find many a scarf at this unique shop. I’m certainly eyeing this one, the Lord of the Rings, The Marauder’s Map, and the Game of Thrones Map scarves!

 

Outlander-Inspired Scottish Thistle Bracelet
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I’m always looking for anything Outlander. What I love about this Outlander silver bracelet by Serrelynda is that it looks as if it was made in the 18th century. I am in awe of the simplicity and elegance of this piece. You can find other wonderful pieces made by Sara at her Etsy shop.

 

Hogwarts Letter

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Here’s your very own Hogwarts acceptance letter by PraxisStore. Potterheads will be thrilled when they finally receive their letter from Hogwarts. I’m still waiting on mine!

This package contains the original Hogwarts letter with materials and the book list, a Hogwarts Express ticket, and a letter from the Ministry of Magic, which apologizes for not using the traditional owl delivery service (a great touch!).

You can also add a Marauder’s map, a custom wand, a snitch, a chocolate frog (which is not edible), a deathly Hallows pendant, a timeturner, a Hogwarts trunk (15 cm x 12 cm), or a bottle of Felix Felicis pendant. This package is also available in Spanish, English, and Galician.

 

Cainsville Series T-shirts

Kelley Armstrong has delivered on her promise for Cainsville merchandise! She offers a Gabriel’s law firm t-shirt, a gargoyle t-shirt, and a Satan’s Saints t-shirt. All designs are offered in a variety of options. Both the law firm and Satan’s Saints shirts come in another option where you can have the gargoyle design on the back (showed in above photo).