Subscription Box #Review: #DiversityBear

I love surprises and subscription boxes so I decided to buy a few different ones and then review them for you guys because why not! So you will get to see a few different subscription box reviews over the next few weeks because they all arrived!

Just so everyone knows, I live in Canada, so the prices and such that I am going to talk about are in Canadian Dollars and shipping times are international from the Netherlands to Canada as well.

Disclaimer: I was chosen to be an Instagram representative for DiversityBear and was sent this box for review. I am required to post pictures on Instagram of the contents, but I chose to review it on my blog as well. Receiving the box for free did not impact my opinion of the contents. However, as a perk, you can order a box for yourself using my discount code LADDERS05 to receive a percentage off your order.

The DiversityBear website!

Every Other Month! Right now, it is offered as a single month purchase. The March theme is "Meet Your Destiny" and the May theme will be announced soon!

Each Crate is: €20 plus delivery.

Delivery in the EU is €5, non-EU delivery is €20.

That equates to about $62 Canadian.


#ARCReview: THE DIMINISHED by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson


Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
Series: Untitled Duology #1
Source: Won in a Giveaway
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. 

The singleborn 

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. 

The diminished 

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace. 

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.
Disclaimer: I won a copy of this ARC in a Twitter giveaway. This has no impact on my opinion.

This is a really cool and interesting book. I love the fact that unlike a lot of fantasy novels, we aren't given a whole lot of backstory and history. Instead, we are expected to be fully immersed in the world, the story, and the types of challenges that these characters face on a day to day basis. But it really worked. 


#Discussion: Book Club Guide for THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu

Are you in a book club? There are lots of free resources for book clubs and reading groups but they tend to be for Adult books or bestsellers, so I thought I would test out creating a reading group guide for some YA books! 

I'm going to start with THE YOUNG ELITE by Marie Lu and if people tell me they enjoy this content, I will expand to other books and series as well. So let me know in the comments if you used this, enjoyed this, and want more of this in the future.

In this post you will learn more about THE YOUNG ELITES, see my review of the book, and way down at the bottom you can click on a link to the PDF version of the book club guide I created. As a disclaimer, there is a QR code in the PDF guide that has an affiliate link to Amazon.


Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Source: Purchased at BookOutlet
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
I really enjoyed this one! I loved how dark and twisted Adelina was and that she embraced it to use her magic. I don’t even really now what to say. I was thoroughly satisfied with my reading of this one and would recommend checking this one out because it is the start of what promises to be a stellar series.


#Discussion: Leveraging Your Blog On Your Resume

I know a lot of my readers are in the working world or in college and university so I am going to give you some pointers as to how to discuss things you do on a day-to-day basis on your resume. A little background: I am a designated Human Resources professional and worked as a recruiter for a year so I know about what people look for when they are reading resumes. So here are some easy ways to fix up your resume and use your developing skills to stand out from the rest of the crowd.