Wednesday, 22 March 2017

{Feature Post} Bookworm Candles and Crafts + INT giveaway!

                             
Can you believe it’s nearly the end of March already? We can’t and we can’t believe we’re already to show you the next feature post featuring Bookworm Candles and Craft. Now if you’ve missed the few first posts then don’t worry you can go back and view them by clicking this linkBookworm Candles and Crafts Previous Posts.


Today we’re going to be highlighting their February Monthly Box and the theme was: One True Pairing – a box inspired by some of our favourite couples! 

So here’s a quick rundown on the items that were featured in this box:
*Moriel – Mor & Aziel love blended candle smelling like Illyrian wings, lily & dreams and its also has a double wick
*Karou & Avika Wishbone Moment Room Spray smelling like climbing ivy, jasmine and vetiver
*Starfall inspired soap 
*Clary and Jace wax melts. Clary smells like cinnamon, coffee and creativity. Jace smells like fighting gear, mangoes and wit
*Three quote badges 
*The Hunger Games quote pendant necklace 
Donna's Thoughts: For me this months’s monthly box is fantastic. I love it because not only did it feature one of my favourite OTP couples but several favourites. All of them in fact. I also love the variety that comes with the box which isn’t just candles but room sprays and wax melts and I know I’ll use every one of these items. Well done Danielle! 

Now March's box is already sold out but you can purchase April's box which is May the Odds be Ever in your Favour which is of course inspired by The Hunger Games! 
You pre-order April's box here: Bookworm Candles Etsy Store and use BOOKPFORLIFE10 to save 10% on all purchases!
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Next to show you today is more from Bookworm Candles and Crafts Blended Range. We’ve already showed you Romione and Belward, this time we have some more of your favourite couples. 

A Court of Mist and Fury Inspired Love Blended Candles - Feysand - Feyre & Rhysand. 
This candle is inspired by this gorgeous couple that we’ve all come to know and love and their unique blend has been created to turn two amazing characters into one candle. 
Feysand smells like mates, jasmine and peach and is a fruity floral accord along with an added rainbow to the top. 

Each lovely candle comes with a gorgeous push on lid and comes with Bookworm Candles and Crafts signature touches including a crochet band and a F & R charm along with a two toned wax to represent this beautiful couple!

The Infernal Devices Inspired Love Blended Candles - Jessa - Jem & Tessa
This candle is inspired by this lovable couple and smells like notes of time, burnt sugar and honey this candle has a sweet, gourmand scent. 

Each lovely candle comes with a gorgeous push on lid and comes with Bookworm Candles and Crafts signature touches including a crochet band and a J & J charm along with a two toned wax to represent this beautiful couple!

Mortal Instruments Inspired Love Blended Candles - Malec - Magnus & Alec
This candle is inspired by Magnus and Alec smelling like notes of shadows, ylang ylang and iris. The fragrance has a deep floral accord and even has a glitter top. 

Each lovely candle comes with a gorgeous push on lid and comes with Bookworm Candles and Crafts signature touches including a crochet band and a M & A charm along with a two toned wax to represent this beautiful couple!

Now each candle jar is big and holds 300ml of wax. If the big sized candle isn’t to your liking or if you want to try a smaller version you can also purchase it in a normal 4oz tin. Either way, you don’t want to miss out on these amazing blended candles! Prices are either £6.00 for the tin or £14.50 for the large jar. 

You can take a look at the selection of blended candles here: Bookworm Candles Etsy Store and use BOOKPFORLIFE10 to save 10% on all purchases!
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Next to show you a product that Bookworm Candles and Craft are rebranding and that’s their wax melts! Now I know there is a lot of confusion when it comes to wax melts, people don’t know what they do or how they’re used. Wax melts are pieces of scented wax that you melt in a burner. The wax melts are placed on the top of part of your burner and a little tea light goes underneath to melt the wax. There you have it! Your home will be scented through-out. You can purchase wax burners from companies like Amazon, Argos and even some of your local shops. 

So now you know a little bit about wax melts and their burners, here is the first new release from Bookworm Candles and Craft and it’s one of our favourite characters of the Throne of Glass series – Aelin! 

These wax melts are inspired by the Queen of Terrasen herself and they smell like jasmine, lemon verbena and embers. Each piece of wax should last around a week but it’s completely depends on how strong you want the fragrance flowing through your home. You can burn two pieces at a time for a stronger scent if you like. 

Each package comes with six wax melts and have a crochet band. 

You can purchase it for £3.00 or you can buy 3 for £7.50. Bookworm Candles and Craft will be releasing more soon so keep your eyes peeled. They will be available to purchase from the store soon!
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Now it's time for our monthly giveaway and this time it's perfect for you A Court of Mist and Fury fans. 

This time we're giving away a mini tin of Feyre and Starfall. If you've read the books then i'd definitely recommend you being excited over these candles and if that doesnt sway you let me tell you about each candle: 
Feyre smells like oakmoss, daisies & rainbows and 
Starfall smells like stars, surprises & hope. 
As you can see pictured to your right that these candles look amazing! 

To enter complete the entry form below and good luck!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

{Blog Tour} Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) 
by Holly Smale
Release Date: March 9th, 2017
Publishers: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…


32288152Holly Smale’s Soundtrack to the Geek Girl series 

Music is enormously important to me, and fundamental to my imagination: I can’t write at all without it. But I did tend to pick similar tracks while I was working on Geek Girl, which meant a lot of instrumental, Icelandic artists and piano or violin. Anything that I both loved and also felt like Harriet: optimistic, delicate and thoughtful, with a few fun and uplifting tracks thrown in for good measure. Although frankly I hadn’t realised until I made this list quite how many animals, insects and birds were involved. Perhaps Harriet’s impact on my subconscious was even stronger than I thought! 

When I was writing the final third of Forever Geek I played Jonsi, We Bought a Zoo, on loop, so it’s kind of secretly woven silently into the book. It’s amazing how powerful that connection is now for me. I can’t hear it without feeling both incredibly proud and incredibly sad at the same time: it feels like it sums up Harriet’s entire journey through Geek Girl, in one track, so whenever I miss her I’ll just need to play it really loudly. 

Dissolve Me - Alt-J
The Planets (Jupiter) - Holst
Fireflies - Owl City
Carried Away - Passion Pit
Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi
The Lark Ascending - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
Metamorphosis II - Philip Glass
Arrival of the birds - London Metropolitan Orchestra
Where’s My Love - Syml
We Bought a Zoo - Jonsi

AUTHOR BIO:  

Holly is the Number One bestselling, multi-award winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. She fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. 
A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India. 
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

{Review} Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

32288152Posted by Donna
Release Date: March 9th, 2017
Finished Date: March 10th, 2017
Publishers: HarperCollins 
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: For Review
Format: Hardcover 
Pages: 400
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

The FINAL book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series is here!

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists.
The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else.
Statistically you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

The Review: It’s over! Forever Geek is the final book in Holly Smale’s geektastic and loveable Geek Girl series and I for one am so sad this is the end for Harriet and the gang but I’m also very happy with how the series ended. It was just perfect! 

This time around we see Harriet take on a new modelling job – or so she thinks – but this time she’s going to Australia. The timing is a little off seems as Harriet has just started a little romance with Jasper but they’re not quite at the boyfriend-girlfriend stage just yet. So Harriet jets off with her Gran and best friend and tries not to think about whose country she’s actually travelling to – her ex Lion Boy. But as well all know Harriet, her trips/modelling jobs are never simple and easy and soon Harriet finds herself trying to take charge of her own live but can she make the right choices? 

I’m so glad I started this series. It was always a series I wasn’t sure if I was going to like because although it’s YA, Harriet is quiet a young character but once I started it’s been impossible to forget her. She’s such a loveable character – one with so many interesting, quirky and strange facts. She’s literally like a walking encyclopaedia that knows so much stuff that no other person her age would know. Tell a lie – I’m 31 and I don’t even know half the stuff she knows, so as a reader it’s really interesting to see what facts she’ll tell us. 

As the series has progress Harriet has grown up, she’s made mistakes and learned from them and even in Forever Geek she’s constantly learning new things about herself and how to be a better person. I love that. We’ve seen her change through-out each book and apart of myself is sad to now part ways with her and with all the secondary characters too. Now I’m a romance girl through and through and one of the reason’s I fell in love with Harriett’s story was because of her relationship with Nick aka Lion Boy and it’s the one thing I wanted to see wrapped up in this book. And Holly Smale didn’t disappoint. I don’t want to say too much but I loved the way it ended. It was just what I wanted.

In all, Forever Geek is the perfect end to a series that I’m sad to leave behind. But I’m hoping the author will re-visit Harriett in the near future. 

Thank you to HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

{Review} #Famous by Jilly Gagnon

25116429Posted by Donna
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
Finished Date: November 16th, 2016
Publishers: Harper 360 
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary 
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Debut author Jilly Gagnon bursts onto the scene with a story equal parts bite and romance, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith, about falling for someone in front of everyone. 

In this modern day love story: Girl likes boy. Girl snaps photo and posts it online. Boy becomes insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent photo turns into a whirlwind adventure that forces them both to question whether fame—and love—are worth the price…and changes both of their lives forever.

Told from alternating points of view, #famous captures the sometimes-crazy thrill ride of social media and the equally messy but wonderful moments of liking someone in real life.

The Review: Famous is a story about Rachel who finds Kyle attractive and so she takes a picture of him and posts it online and overnight Kyle becomes famous. It’s a YA contemporary read that is perfect for any fan of the genre. It’s fun, flirty and although it touches on some serious issues, it’s definitely a great read - one that you know you can read in one sitting and have a good time reading it. As a reader it gives you the chance to explore the back lash that sometimes comes from social media website – if you’re not already aware, but it could also be an eye opener to the younger readers who aren’t that familiar with social media.  

Told from dual perspectives this story offers both characters points of view which if you’re like me, you love. I love it in books because it means I can connect to both characters and with this story it fits so well. And Rachel and Kyle are really fun characters to read about. 

The story was fun to read even somewhat predictable but that didn’t stop me enjoying the story. It was just the right type of book I needed a the time and the happy ending was a perfect end to the story.

Thank you to Harper 360 for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

{Review} Defiance (The Courier's Daughter Trilogy #1) by C.J. Redwine

Defiance (Defiance, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date:  September 6th, 2012
Finished Date: February 26th, 2017 
Publishers: Atom 
Source: Bought 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 403 
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

Rachel’s world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.

When Rachel’s father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.

Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father’s apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel’s father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.

The Review: Rachel lives in a city where everything is confined. She's not allowed to wander on her own without a protector and nor is she able to show people her true nature. Her true nature is all thanks to her father - Jared Adams, who instead of allowing her to become a helpless women, trains her into becoming a deadly warrior. But when Rachel's father doesn't return home from a mission, everyone assumes he is dead and therefore Rachel is appointed a new protector and guardian - her father's apprentice, Logan. As much as Rachel hates Logan, deep down they have a connection that they keep hidden but, she knows he's the only one she can trust to help get her father back. But with the Commander taking interest in Rachel and The Cursed Ones who destroy everything in their wake making more appearances, can Rachel and Logan really take on this big a task of going into the Wasteland and rescue Jared Adams?

Defiance is one of them books that once you start reading, you don't want to stop. It captures you from start to finish and even when you're finished, you want more. Author C.J Redwine did a brilliant job creating a very unique and enthralling read, one that will have you melting at the brilliantly written point of views. Defiance is told from both Rachel and Logan's points of view. I find it very rare to have both male and female points of views in a book like this. Usually it's more in YA contemporary books but for me this is why this book is so special because you get both two very, very awesome characters points of views, both who take two very different journeys. And I absolutely loved it!

Now talking of the characters, they were great. Rachel and Logan have some many lovable qualities, it's hard not to love them. Both of them are strong, stubborn and determined - both very good warriors and fighters, and both care about their loved one's more than anything. I think this is why they have such a good relationship because they can rely on one another and not only that but, they can see affection and love from the other.

I really loved this book in total, it's a breath-taking read, one that is full of heart-pounding and exhilarating scenes and definitely an unforgettable journey and even the second time – yes I’ve just re-read it so I can continue with the remainder of the series – it was just as good!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

{Feature Post} Bookworm Candles and Crafts + INT Giveaway

                               
As promised we are back today with another feature post showing you some of Bookworm Candles and Craft’s latest releases and trust me, you’re going to want to keep reading! 

Now if you’ve missed the few first posts then don’t worry you can go back and view them by clicking this link: Bookworm Candles and Crafts Previous Posts. 
It will give you an idea as to what we’re trying to achieve by doing these feature posts and ultimately its to let you know that companies like Danielle’s do exist and they are doing their best to bring all your favourite books to life through candles, soaps, jewellery and other craft pieces.  

Firstly I’m going to be showing you their January Monthly Box and the theme was: Only One Girl Can Win the Crown – a box inspired by The Selection by Kiera Cass. I know how many of you love this series and the owner, Danielle did a fabulous job creating so many amazing pieces. 

This box included seven beautiful handmade items and they were:
Bookworm Candles and Crafts brand new one true pairing candle set, comprising of two candles both in heart shaped tins. Now the most amazing thing is one is Maxon scented and the other America. Maxon smells of honey, summer and my dears, and America smells of garden walks, musical notes and pennies. 
Bookworm Candles and Crafts exclusive foaming bath whip which is princess themed with aloe vera and glitter which is used like soap and foams up in water. 
America’s songbird necklace that her Dad gave to her in silver.
A pink velvet ribbon bookmark with a crown charm and beads.
May’s strawberry tart lip balm which smells like delicious strawberries. 
Bookworm Candles and Craft brand new quote compact mirror with the sweet ear tugging quote on.

Doesn’t it all look amazing? Now unfortunately you can no longer purchase this full box for sale but you can purchase a few of the items from Danielle’s store such as May’s strawberry lip balm, the compact quote mirror and the Maxon & America heart candles. 

Don’t forget if you plan on making any purchases from Bookworm Candles and Crafts store, save yourself 10% by using my code: BOOKPFORLIFE10

March's themed box is: I LOVE YOU THORNS AND ALL! Yes, it's A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas themed. You can buy it here: Monthly Box

And also don't forget if you order a monthly box from Danielle, one lucky person each month will be picked to win a free box! Who ever finds the golden ticket needs to claim their prize which is pictured to the right! So keep checking those boxes.

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Now I'm going to tell you about some of Bookworm Candles & Crafts newest releases.
The first is a new range of candles which I know you guys are going to go crazy for! How many times have you wanted a candle in not only your favourite character's smell but your favourite couple? Yes, you heard it right. The new range is a blended range of some of your favourite couples where two characters have been combined into one candle to make one unique smell.

There will be several to be released however the first one is Romione - so Ron Weasley Granger and Hermione from Harry Potter. Romione smells like ginger and sweet Orange and made a fruity floral blend unique and just for them.

And the second one is Belward - so Edward Cullen & Bella Swan from Twilight. The candle smells like sparkles, dewberry and lilac which has made a fruity floral blend. The candle is blended with the chocolate brown of Bella's eye with lilac. 

Introducing them in Bookworm and Candles brand new jars these make an amazing gift. With a gorgeous push on lid and the cutest crochet and charm too. They also have a two tone wax to represent the two characters.

This candle jar is big and holds 300ml of wax. The blended candles range also comes in a 4oz candle tin too. Price ranging from £6.00 to £14.50. 

You can purchase Romione & Belward here: Buy on Etsy
and for 10% off all orders use the code: BOOKPFORLIFE10

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The next newest release from Bookworm Candles and Crafts is these amazing room sprays. So far this collection of room sprays come in four different scents but more will be coming along shortly as well as some location room sprays. 

The ones available for now are as followed: 
Rowan from the Throne of Glass series: This Fae warrior smells like ice, green vines and pine
Hermione from the Harry Potter series: Smells like peppermint, parchment and intellect.
Percy from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The son of Poseidon smells like seaweed, lime and blue food
Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses series: This high lord smells like rain, salt and sunrise. 

Each of the bottles comes in 100ml amber glass bottle and all have Bookworm Candles and Crafts signature touches. 
You can purchase each room spray for £5 each or you can buy three room sprays for £12.00

You can purchase the room sprays here: Buy on Etsy
and for 10% off all orders use the code: BOOKPFORLIFE10

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Next up today are these cute moment inspired tea lights. 

In this set you will receive six tea lights featuring three different moments: Katsa & Po Campfire Discover (Red), America and Maxon Dancing in the Rain (Grey) and Lia and Rafe’s Blackberry Collecting (Purple). 

If you’re looking to sample some of Bookworm Candles and Crafts newest moment candles then this is the perfect choice for you. Or even as a gift to a family member or friend. 

These are priced at £5.00 and as you can see they come in the cutest packaging! 

You can purchase the moment tea lights here: Buy on Etsy
and for 10% off all orders use the code: BOOKPFORLIFE10

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This one is perfect for you Harry Potter fans as this time we are giving away a tin of Harry Potter inspired soy wax melts as well as a Dumbledore mini candle tin as you can see pictured below! 
So all you need to do is enter on the below form. 
Good luck! 

Entry-Form

Bookworm Candles & Crafts Contact details: 
Etsy Store: www.bookwormcandlescraft.etsy.com
Instagram: Bookwormcandles 

Monday, 6 February 2017

{Review} Hunted by Meagan Spooner

24485589Posted by Donna
Release Date: March 17th, 2017
Finished Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publishers: HarperTeen 
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Re-Telling
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

The Review: As soon as I heard about Hunted by Meagan Spooner I just knew I wanted to read it. As soon as I know a story is based on one of my favourite Disney books/films, I immediately have high expectations for it. The story is a Beauty and the Beast retelling but with its own unique twists to the story we all know and love. Meagan Spooner adds in the Russian folk tale about the Firebird - which if you’ve not heard of it before is definitely an added bonus to the story and for you as a reader, however, if like me you’ve read it several times before unfortunately it’s nothing new. 

Hunted is a story that I believe many will absolutely love. For me, I’m kind of stuck in the middle. There were parts I enjoyed and others I didn’t. For the most part I just found the whole story absolutely slow. Too slow to the point of when the story did eventually pick up and get better, I’d lost most of the interest I once held for this book. Which is a shame because I felt like the story had a lot of potential but just fell short in parts. I was at that point where I was going to give up and take my first read of 2017 and file it under my DNF finish reads, however, I was convinced to carry on reading and see this story through. 

So did it get better? The story did get better but as I said before, by that point I’d lost most interest of the story. I was simply reading to see what happens next and to be able to rate and review the book. I always find when a story is slow that I slowly become detached from the characters. In Hunted, I was never attached to the characters to care for them. So unfortunately by the time I had reached the end, I just felt it was all so unsatisfying and didn’t live up to the expectations I had. 

When I read a Beauty and the Beast retelling I want to be able fall in love with the beast and it’s just not possible to that when you read this book. I applaud Meagan Spooner for her efforts but unfortunately I just don’t think this one was for me. 

Thank you to HarperTeen for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.