Special kind of post today guys- a subscription box review! Now, late November I ordered an Owlcrate box because I have heard amazing things about the subscription service from mainly booktubers and I thought I should treat myself-like an early Christmas present!
My box actually came in earlier this month but I just didn’t post this review on it weirdly enough. So this is my review written a couple of weeks back being posted now! If you still haven’t received your box (but I’m pretty sure you have) look away now!
Next I saw the reading journal which I think is from Penguin but it doesn’t specificially say as a person could get a different reading journal from Chronicle Books. This is going to be super handy during next year as I’m going to try and keep notes on the books I’ve read in 2016 and it also contains some bookish quotes on random pages which is a nice touch.
Then I got this pretty magnet by Sandra Vargas. To be honest I don’t know what I’m going to do with this- I’m not really into magnets- but as I said it is really pretty.
Look at the cute to do list notepad! It’s from Boy Girl Party and hopefully this keeps me organised. I do love writing to do lists and I normally stick to them.
Now the book. Well firstly more magnets. Apparently this book has a lot of poetry in it, so you can make your own poetry with the magnets, which makes it a little bit more useful than the other one in the box.
Now the book, here’s the synopsis:
Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.
I have to say that I am really looking forward to reading this as I have not read a historical fiction novel in a while. Where to story takes place is pretty interesting too!
And that’s my review! I hope you liked it and Happy New Year!