Lit Cube/Amazon Unboxing! (October 2015)

So I got a few awesome packages in the mail today, and decided to do another unboxing for you all!

First things first: I got an email from Amazon last week with a pretty spectacular deal on a book I’ve been DYING to read for months now.  It was such an epic deal I HAD to get it.  So:

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That’s right, I BOUGHT Illuminae, by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!  And it is absolutely gorgeous, you guys!  I can’t wait to crack it open and be swept away, I’m so excited for this read!


So, the theme for October’s regular Lit Cube subscription was “Supernatural, Idjits!”  (Yes, yes, you read that correctly!)  Take a gander at the awesome things they sent below:

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So the paperback novel we received this round is The Spawn, by Ken Nolan.

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Meet the Malcolms. They’ve just moved in to a home they can’t afford, they’re trying to climb a social ladder that they don’t belong on, and both are chasing careers that are just out of their grasp. They want a child, but every time they try, every attempt they make, fails.

Charles Malcolm, successful bestselling writer of cutting-edge, timely pop-science books finds himself staring at the blank screen. Unable to top himself yet again, he descends into writer’s block, and finds himself taking long walks through Boston’s historic cemeteries, his dog at his side.

Janet Malcolm finds herself chasing partnership at a high-powered law firm while facing her latest medical results — she can’t have children. Desperate, Janet will try anything to have a baby. Charles watches as his wife seems to change before his eyes, spending more time with the mysterious and alluring couple next door. Then, one day a miracle occurs–Janet is pregnant. Charles is elated. Why wouldn’t he be? But…was it a miracle?

Charles realizes that he can’t remember certain periods of time, and has horrifying glimpses of memories–cult members, blood, and some…thing, from the deep ocean, risen, hungry, red-eyed. As his new infant son grows ever larger, he begins to suspect that the boy may not have been conceived naturally.

As Janet slips into madness, Charles begins to doubt everything in his life, from the people around him, from his next door neighbors, to his own wife, and finally—to his infant son.

We ALSO received two free ebooks.  Those are:

Caelum: Olde City Angels (Book 1) by Mandie Stevens

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Eva doesn’t claim to be a good guardian angel, but she tries. After she loses two charges, the Powers That Be begin to doubt her abilities. To redeem herself, Eva sets out to rescue Elsie, granddaughter of the former king of the Fae. A demon has kidnapped Elsie to complete an ancient ritual that will allow him to slip through the veil between Earth and Hell during the Sturgeon moon.

Thomas, an angel liaison, finally lands his first mission. But when he’s paired with the angel responsible for his uncle’s death, he has to put aside their differences to get the job done.
With unlikely friends in tow, Eva and Thomas are in a race against time. Save Elsie, save the world—oh, and save Eva’s job.

AND It’s a Ghoul Thing, by Stephanie Nelson

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Eight paranormal short stories by the fabulous authors of Romantic Edge Books! Supernatural and sizzling, this is one set you don’t want to miss.

Masked (A Gwen Sparks short story) by Stephanie Nelson

Temporal Tango (Miss Series Short) by C.G. Powell
Since Tango’s birth as a human, his mind has been charmed to forget most of his past. What secrets will be reviled when the spell is broken at midnight on the eve of Veronica’s eighteenth birthday? Immortal life as a cat was not all that it was cracked up to be, and somethings are better left forgotten.

Fire&Ice (A Little Flame Short, #7.5) by Melissa Lummis
Fiamette Jurato isn’t your everyday healer, but even she’s never seen this particular problem before. And it doesn’t help that her patient is a stubborn jackass of a troll. Seriously. A real troll. A spoonful of sugar can’t make the medicine go down when the patient would rather die than swallow his pride.

Moon Dust (The Werevamp Diaries-1)
When Magical And Undead Creatures cross paths with humans, sometimes they get hurt. That’s when Rhannon, doctor to the paranormal world, steps into action. What she doesn’t expect is to get an urgent call from her secret crush. Risking her life to grant him a favor might not be the smartest decision she’s ever made, but sometimes love means taking chances.

Unforgettable (A Serendipity/Recipe for Death Short)
When seers at Carruthers Institute sense impending world doom, Cathryn Whitmore sends for her top agents. Their mission could help battle the forces of evil, but it’s also going to sorely test their love for each other–especially when someone from the past makes a surprise appearance.

Curse of the Tolomato Cemetery (Olde City Angels) by Mandie Stevens
Eva and Thomas are used to dealing with things that go bump in the night, but on an unexpected day off, the last thing they expect to encounter are vampire pirates–and Thomas’ old flame.
When the vampires capture that ex-lover, the two must brave a haunted cemetery to stop the quest and save the day.

Disguise (Secrets of the Succubus) by Amanda Latzel
Gisele Green’s lifestyle comes with nice perks–hello, unlimited orgasms–-but on All Hallows’ Eve not even expensive cosmetics can hide the succubus inside. Usually she’d stay hidden from public view, but this year she’s blackmailed into being part of the festivities. With all eyes on her, she must maintain her disguise, or lose the life she loves in the human world.

Knead to Know by Liz Schulte
Maggie Edwards can’t sleep, eat, or die—but, she can bake. However, just before the Halloween grand opening of her bakery, a pesky reporter witnesses an accident in her kitchen and gets a little too close to the truth. If she can’t convince him to keep quiet, not only will she lose her chance at happiness, but they both could lose their lives.

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Also included:

–Supernatural inspired button
–It’s a Ghoul Thing button and Tree of Life pendant
–“Always Keep Fighting” keychain (inspired by a cause actor Jared Padelecki is supporting to bring awareness to mental illness–it features two boxing gloves, a small “jar” of white glitter, and a red-backed “always keep fighting” pendant)
–Books:  My Drug of Choice eReader bag (black w/red lettering)
–three mini bottles of nail polish from Spellbound Nails Supernatural Collection (shown below for detail)

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From left to right on the nail polish:
–Love Me Some Pie — blueberry scented purple glitter-filled polish inspired, of course, by Dean’s love of everything pie
–We’re Going to Heaven, Clarence — glow in the dark green tinted glitter-filled topped inspired by the interactions between Meg and Castiel
–Possession is 9/10’s of the Law — black tinted polish with red, gold, and orange glitter inspired by demons and the fires of Hell

I just… I can’t even!  I’m SO excited for ALL of this!  My keychain is a bit broken (the bottle fell off the hook) but that’s okay, I still like it!

Interested in purchasing your very own Lit-Cube subscription?  Click the button below!  Next month’s theme is “Immortal Kiss,” if you’re curious.

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And that’s it!  What do you guys think–have you read any of these books?  If so, what were your opinions of them?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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