Wednesday, 17 May 2017

{Review} P.S I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) by Jenny Han

20698530Posted by Donna
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Finished Date: May 11th, 2017
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 337
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

The Review: PS I Still Love You is the second book in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and if you honestly haven’t read this series then I highly recommend adding it to your to-be-read pile because it’s amazing!

This is the second time I’ve read PS I Still Love You and it was just as good as the first time. With the release of the third book I wanted to refresh myself with the series and I’m really glad I did because there was so much information that I completely forgot. Not only that but it was great to familiarise myself with these fantastic characters once again. 

After the events in To All Boys I’ve Loved Before you go into the book with hopes that Lara Jean and Peter are together and happy and while that might be true, there is one certain girl that is willing to disrupt the happiness that the loveable couple have found together. So while I was expecting some fluffy romance, I got a heart-breaking story that really pulled on my emotions and it was still fantastic to read because Han has a way of pulling you into the characters story and not letting you leave until you’ve finished it. 

Now I knew from the synopsis that another one of Lara Jean’s boys would also play a role in this story and that was John Ambrose Maclaren. While Lara Jean and Peter are going through their relationship problems, John was really there for her. John is a great character. One that anyone could easily fall for. However my problem was he just wasn’t Peter. If John had come first then maybe things could have been different but for me, I am firmly and will always be a Peter fan. 

I really did enjoy this book. It has a good mixture of happy, sad, funny and emotional times and the story develops enough for you to want to read more. I can’t wait to dive into the third and final book! 

Friday, 5 May 2017

{Feature Post} Bookworm Candles & Crafts: The Feels Candle Range & INT Giveaway

                             
And we’re back with another post today featuring our favourite UK candle and craft company Bookworm Candles and Crafts. 

Today’s post is really going to highlight some of their latest products that are available to sell and if you’ve been keeping an eye on their Instagram, Twitter or Facebook feeds you will already know there has been a lot of new goodness from Danielle the person and brains behind this company. 

I would also like to highlight the fact that Bookworm Candles and Craft do have a brand new website which launched a few weeks ago! They are still on Etsy but the new website has more of a selection products as well as a more choice of different size candles to what you normally see on Etsy. So get ordering people! The new website address is bookwormcandlesandcrafts.bigcartel.com 

So I’m going to start with a new range that has come to Bookworm Candles and Crafts store which is The Feels Candle Range. I bet you’re wondering what The Feels mean? But you all know them stories that give you major feels? Well take a look at some of those feels in candle form! 

Starfall inspired by Sarah J. Mass’ A Court of Mist and Fury
This candle has been available in the store for some time however it’s back with a new look and a slightly new scent which smells like Stars, Surprises and Hope and representing that moment in the book where one night a year when the stars literally fall from the sky in the Night Court. 

Sounds of Cedar inspired by Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday 
This is one of the first new adult romance inspired candles featured in the store. No collection would be complete without a Colleen Hoover inspired candle. Smelling like Cedarwood, Honesty and Heartbreaking Memories and has a woody clean fresh scent. This candle is inspired by the moment where Ridge explains how he came up with the name of his band, it really gives you the feels. 

Always inspired by J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter 
This candle is inspired from Snape talking to Dumbledore and uttering those words ‘Always’ while producing his doe patronus really gave us the feels. Smelling like Devotion, Longing and Lilies, this candle has a true floral scent with notes of star gazer lilies. It’s a perfect addition to any Harry Potter fans collection.

Parabati inspired by Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices

This candle represents everything between Jem and Will’s parabati bond and let’s not forget that famous quote ‘Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee’ between the pair. Smelling like Bonds, Vows, Friendships, and this candle has a gentle musk scent with notes of violet lily and rose and comes in a lovely bright red colour. 

Carranam inspired by Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series
This beautiful candle is inspired by the carranam bond formed between Aelin & Rowan through-out the last few books. Their bond is like no other and the candle represents it’s strength. Smelling like Claiming, Fae Powers and Bonds this candle has a light citrus magical scent with notes of neroli blossom and basil. Perfect for any of fan of this one moment that will definitely give you the feels.

Calanmai inspired by Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses
This candle is inspired by the event Calanmai in the book and a lot of you will relate it to Tamlin and Feyre but Danielle (the maker) made this candle because it reminded her of the moment Feyre & Rhys first met and he says those first words to her ‘There you are. I’ve been looking for you.’ Smelling like floral decadent fragrance with notes of violet, sweet musk and crisp apple. This candle is perfect for you fans of the book and either which team your on.

Imprinting inspired by Stephanie Meyer's Twilight
Everyone loves Twilight so why not have a Twilight inspired candle featuring one of our favourite parts of the book. This candle smells like bonds, ties and gravity and has a mystical scent with notes of plums, rose, myrrh and sandalwood. This exotic fragrance is perfect for any fan!

All of these candles available in three different sizes starting from a sample 20z size, 6oz tin and 10.5oz jar and prices start from as little as £3 and all of them come with their own crochet band and charms are added to the jars to give it that extra sparkle. 

So what do you guys think? They look amazing don’t they? These are the first six candles from the Feels Range and you’ll be sure to bet there will be more along soon! 

Take a look and don’t forget to use ‘BOOKPFORLIFE10’ to save you 10% on all purchases on bookwormcandlesandcrafts.bigcartel.com

Now as is tradition we are offering a small giveaway to you lovely readers/followers/supporters. 
In theme with The Feels Range we are offering 
ONE winner a choice of TWO 2oz sample candles from the range – so you can choose between Starfall, Sounds of Cedar, Always, Parabati, Carranam, Calanmai or Imprinting. 

So good luck everyone and watch this space because another post is coming soon!

Monday, 1 May 2017

{Review} Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

17984481Posted by Donna
Release Date: May 28th, 2013
Finished Date: March 22nd, 2017
Publishers: Kensington
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Pages: 345
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He's learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can't seem to afford any allies.

He's up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there's Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She's not hostile. She's bold. Funny. Hot. But she's got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he'll have to find someone he can trust. . .

The Review: Spirit is book three in the Elemental series and unlike the rest of the series, this book isn’t about a Merrick brother but instead their friend/enemy Hunter Garrick. Hunter like the Merrick brothers has an affinity that he can control to his will, however he is the one of the rarest – the fifth element Spirit, and while I was definitely interested in learning more about the Spirit element, I have to say I wasn’t all that excited to get Hunter’s book so soon – especially seems I was more interested in reading about the brothers. And if I’m honest I wasn’t over keen on Hunter because of his actions from the first two books. However, once I started this book I have to admit it was pretty hard to put down and I quickly started to like Hunter more as a character than I actually thought I would.

Hunter is a hard character to like because you just never know where his actions are going to take him and also if you’re on Team Merrick then it’s hard to like Hunter because he’s pretty untrustworthy sometimes. His actions make him so and I was pleased he kind of redeems himself through-out the book. He actually has a really hard time throughout Spirit and I did really feel for him. He’s hurting and has no-one to turn to – not even Gabriel and I missed the friendship he had with him – even though they don’t admit it, they are friends and seeing them at war with each other only added to Hunter’s problems. He finds trust a big issue and while you can see that the Merrick brothers want to help him, Hunter does not and just finds more reasons to be at war with them.
Being Kate into the story was interesting and very unpredictable – that ending? Seriously? I loved and hated it. I wanted more for Hunter. He was already struggling with so much and then *SPOILER* they don’t even get a happy ending. I was heartbroken. I’m not a fan of those type of endings and even now I don’t see why it needed to happen, but overall the whole story really had me hooked so I still enjoyed it.
In all Spirit took me by surprise and in the end even though some events didn’t happen the way I would of liked, I still enjoyed the story and it was a good addition to the series.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

{Review} Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones + INT Giveaway

24763621Posted by Donna
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Finished Date: April 7th, 2017
Publishers: Titan Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 463
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

The Review: As soon as I heard about Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones I pre-ordered it straight away. If I’m honest that’s not me at all. I very rarely pre-order debut books until I start hearing some hype from bloggers who received advanced copies, however I read the blurb of this story and just knew that I had to read this book. 

Wintersong is about a young girl named Lisel who has to hide her musical talent from her family but yet there is one person who loves to hear Lisel play, someone from her past who she has tried to forget but that person can’t forget her – The Goblin King. Deep in the woods and underground The Goblin King lives and he will do anything to have Lisel – even if that means taking away one of the people she loves most, her sister. Lisel will do anything to get her sister back and away from the goblins and The Goblin King but that means she may have to sacrifice herself. 

You know when you start reading a book and you just don’t want to put it down? That’s how I felt while reading Wintersong. It was impossible to put down and I fell in love with the story from the very start. The story is simply written so beautifully and it’s such a magical read that is mysterious and spell-binding. And the music aspect was such a beautiful touch that made me enjoy it all the more. 

The characters were simply fantastic. They weren’t perfect and had their faults but no-one is perfect and so I forgave them when they made mistakes. I just loved the characters, every minute they were together was nail-biting and nerve-racking but so beautiful too. I loved that they could connect through music when they couldn’t or wouldn’t always put their feelings into words. It just made for a very beautiful read!

I hear the story is being compared to a Hades and Persephone re-telling or a Labyrinth re-telling which doesn’t bother me at all because this book could have been a re-telling of any kind and I still would have looked this book. It is its own book, no matter where the inspiration came from to write it, so before you read try and keep an open mind and I’m sure you’ll love it. 

By the time I’d finished the book my emotions were all over the place. That ending? Talk about a cliff-hanger but I’m so glad the author is writing another book because I wouldn’t have been happy had that been the end of the story. 

In all Wintersong is a fantastic read and dare I say my favourite read of 2017 so far!
Giveaway
Now because I loved this story so much, I have teamed up with Bookworm Candles and Crafts to provide you with a little giveaway. Once I finished this book I immediately went to Danielle and started plowing her with ideas for candles to make. In the end we decided on The Goblin Grove location candle. 

The Goblin Grove is a key feature throughout the book and a fantastic location to get lost in. This candle smells like alder circle, woven music and sweet ripe fruit. This beautiful candle represents everything this magical book has to offer, from the circle of alder trees in The Goblin Grove, to the music being played by the characters and most importantly to that moment that Liesl’s sister eats the juicy ripe peaches that starts the whole story in motion!

This candle has been newly added to Bookworm Candles and Craft store and added to her Location candle range and today we are offering three winners a 2oz sample candle of The Goblin Grove. So if you loved this book or even if it’s new to you, then feel free to enter!  And it's international!

Monday, 10 April 2017

{Review} Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

12977172Posted by Donna
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Finished Date: March 20th, 2017
Publishers: Kensington
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Pages: 345
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. 

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. 

But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. 

Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own... 

The Review: Spark is the second book in Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series and I’m so glad I decided to carry out with this series. It’s been too long since I have been able to dive into a series and not want to put it down.

Each book features a different character and this time it’s another Merrick brother – Gabriel. Gabriel has an affinity to Fire, he can start them but learning control is hard for him. Sometimes his element likes to play but other times it likes to take over and as everyone knows fire is catching so it’s a very dangerous thing to play with.

I really liked getting to know Gabriel more. In Storm he was very much the fun brother who doesn’t hold back what he wants to say, however as you read Spark you start to see that under his tough guy exterior he’s actually struggling with a lot issues – the loss of his parents and the guilt he feels over it, he feels stupid for not being able to pass math without the help of his twin brother Nick and also he actually feels pretty alone. He hasn’t got a lot of close friends nor has he got a girlfriend so when his brother’s start pairing off, he struggles with his loneliness and his guilt for his issues causes him to argue with everyone close to him. Then there is also the fact that someone is starting fires in the neighbourhood and Gabriel is suspect number one. Gabriel’s story is a sad one just because he’s dealing with so much but I still enjoyed every minute of his journey.

The bright spot in this story is Layne who does become Gabriel’s love interest. She is a great character to get to know but she is also dealing with her own issues which vary from parental problems, to having a deaf brother who is being bullied at school and then finally to Lanie being hurt from a young age and dealing with the after effects of that. The author tackles all of these issues very well and as a reader you can see why there are so many obstacles in the characters life – it’s for them to grow and to become stronger characters but it’s also eye opening to readers to some of the real day to day issues some people deal with and as I said, the author tackles this well and it honestly made for great reading.

I love the whole element aspect of the story. Being able to control either fire, water, air or earth has always been interesting to me and I’m enjoying exploring it with this story. I’m honestly not sure which brother or which element I like more! Hopefully I’ll be able to answer that by the end of the series.

As the series progresses you can see trouble brewing for the Merrick brothers and the people attached to them. The story is around someone starting local fires but there is a lot more to it. The Merrick brothers have to keep a low profile to not draw attention to themselves or they could be killed – so yeah, this is definitely one read you’ll burn straight through.
Now the big question for you readers – what element would you like to control?

Friday, 24 March 2017

{Review} Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

13616044Posted by Donna
Release Date: April 21st, 2012
Finished Date: March 18th, 2017
Publishers: Kensington
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Source: Gifted
Format: eBook
Pages: 413
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys-- the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. 

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water--just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death. 

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca. 

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all. 

The storm is coming. . . 

The Review: I read this book back in 2014 and since then it’s always been a book I’ve never forgotten. So I decided to re-read the first book with the intention of finishing the rest of the books in the series.

Exciting, dangerous and very intense, Storm is a fast paced read that brings a whole new meaning to elemental magic.

Our main character Becca doesn’t have many friends except her best friend and she shies away from other students because of the nasty rumours that have been spread about her around school. On night after leaving school, Becca comes across Chris Merrick fighting for his life in the car park. Becca does the only thing she can think of and that’s to help run Chris’s attackers off, however, after rescuing Chris, Becca is pulled into Chris’s dangerous world, especially when she finds out he’s connected to the elements and can control water. Becca’s life has never been as dangerous as it is now, and she needs to figure out who she can trust before it’s too late.

The brothers - Chris, Nick, Gabriel and Michael are completely fabulous! With each of them having a different element, it’s safe to say there is never a dull moment throughout this story. It’s captivating and spell-blinding to watch these super-hot guys experience with their super cool elemental magic. They bring a lot of exciting twists and turns throughout the story and it also makes it very unpredictable – in all, I loved the plot.

With Storm being Chris’s story, I really enjoyed getting to know him and watching his relationship with Becca grow. At times, it’s nearly non-existent that I honestly thought they would just remain friends, but the author focuses more on the story rather than the romance and I liked that. It gave the story a lot of suspense and intense scenes. Both Becca and Chris were really great to get to know. I liked Becca; she grew on me through-out the story, but Chris I liked instantly. I think because there was a lot of mystery surrounding him. And together, they were great!

At the moment, it’s pretty hard to pick a favourite brother. There’s definitely something about Nick that I like, so I’m intrigued to discover more in his story, but I’m also excited to read the other books in the series. But I have to say, I definitely enjoyed this story much more the second time around, especially knowing I have the next book ready and waiting.

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!