Wednesday, 21 June 2017

{Review} Fierce Obsessions (The Phoenix Pack #6) by Suzanne Wright

33283628Posted by Donna
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Finished Date: June 11th, 2017
Publishers: Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult, Paranorml, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 306
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

The Review: I hate to say this but is it me or is this series starting to feel a bit repetitive? Gaah! I adore this series and the authors work but with the release of the last few books I’m starting to find more and more faults with them and I honestly don’t want to. I want to love them all but for me Fierce Obsessions was my least favourite book from the series.

This story started WAY too quickly. There was no suspense, no build up, it was just WHAM and the story had already started before I even knew it. I guess I felt a little cheated. Tao has been always been a favourite character of mine so I was majorly excited when he was getting his own story but something about his and Riley’s story just didn’t click. I’m not sure if the author gave us any hints that the story would involve Tao or Riley (maybe I forgot if she did, I don’t know) but I was a little surprised that Riley was Tao’s love interest. And that’s not because she’s a raven shifter which was pretty cool to read about but, because I never felt any hint or spark between the two characters during previous books. It’s like the story starts and Tao is already so in love with Riley that he’ll do anything for her – it was all just so quick.

I also wasn’t a fan that most (I say most, I mean half) of the book taking placed away from the Phoenix territory. Tao and Riley leave pretty early on to go visit her Raven pack and I wouldn’t have minded but it was so early on that I wasn’t invested in Riley that much as a character to care what happened before she became a lone Raven. I wanted to get to know Riley more before having to get to know all the people from her life before and also I wanted more time to explore Tao and Riley’s relationship before being whisked away from my favourite pack, so yes, I felt it took me away from the story a little.

And Greta – I used to find her funny now she just grates on my nerves. Please do something about her!

The rest of the story was pretty enjoyable to read and I loved being back with my favourite characters. I understand with a series this big that I won’t enjoy every book but I feel like the last few have been a little rushed and I’m hoping the author will slow down a little. I will continue to support the author and this series because I do love them, it’s just a shame I couldn’t enjoy this one more. 

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

Monday, 19 June 2017

{Review} The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

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Posted by Donna
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Finished Date: May 20th, 2017
Publishers: Harper360
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was. 

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

The Review: I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know that Jessi Kirby had a new book coming out until the lovely people at Harper360 emailed me and so of course I jumped at the chance to read The Secret History of Us.

The Secret History of Us is a moving story about a young girl recovering after being in a car accident and dealing with the aftermath of losing her memories from the last four years and finding out who she really is.

I’ve read several stories before with characters that suffer from memory loss and while the story isn’t something new to me, I find I enjoy stories like this because I like to see how the author delivers the story they wish to tell. In this case, I found The Secret History of Us very enjoyable. I loved how the author handles the struggles the character faces and it was definitely eye opening to read about a character that loses so many years of her memories and to see how she deals with it.  The fact that she has to basically rediscover who she is felt very realistic. She was around family that would tell her what she did before and I understand the reasons why Olivia tried to be that person again but I liked it even more when she went with her own gut feelings and did the things people wouldn’t expect her to do.

I really liked all the characters, Olivia of course being my favourite. I did like all the secondary characters as well especially Walker however I do wish he had some more time in the spotlight. He’s introduced early on in the story but we don’t really start to get to know him until closer to the end. I guess I would have liked more.

In all, The Secret History of Us is a great contemporary read that tackles real life issues and gives you a taste of what it could be like for you if you were in Olivia’s situation. It’s also the perfect read for summer so if you haven’t added it to your TBR then I’d highly recommend it. 

Thank you to Harper360 for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

{Feature Post} Bookworm Candles & Crafts: Fairytales & Fables Range

                             
As if it’s June already?! The last few months we have shown you many products by Bookworm Candles and Craft and today we are going to be showing you another new range to their store.

Some of you maybe already have purchased some or you’ve seen them on some of the social media sites but today we’re going to be telling you about Bookworm Candles and Crafts Fairytales and Fables candle range.

I know how many of you love Fairytales and so do I, so I think it’s amazing that we have a new range dedicated to some of our most loved classic stories.


Little Mermaid
This candle is inspired by the little mermaid we all love. Smelling like Mermaid Kisses, Water Mint and Hope. This candle has a gorgeous aquatic floral scents along with notes of cyclamen patels, geranium and cedar wood. It’s a lovely aqua colour and comes with auqa stranded glitter, a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute mermaid charm.

Aladdin
Inspired by our favourite thief, Aladdin. Smelling like Cinnamon Bark, Amber and Wishes. This candle has lovely spicy warm scents with notes of cloves, citrus and pine. It’s a lovely gold coloured candle with gold glitter, a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute genie lamp charm.

Beauty and the Beast
This candle is inspired by our favourite beauty and beast. Smelling like Magical Rose Petals and Faith. This candle has a gorgeous floral scents with notes of wild rose, rose otto and may rose. It’s a lovely red coloured candle with a double wick, red glitter, crochet band and comes with a little rose charm.

The Snow Queen
Inspired by the lovely Snow Queen and smelling like Delicate Snowflakes and Sparkling Ice. This Snow Queen candle has a fresh wintery scent with notes of nutmeg, elderberries and a hint of mint. It comes in a shade of light blue with sprinkles of winter glitter that represents the Snow Queen herself. It also has a double wick, crochet band and a snow charm too.

Rapunzel
This candle is inspired by the long haired Rapunzel and smelling like Golden Strands, Apple Blossom and Longing. This beautiful candle has a fruity floral scent with notes of peach, apple blossom and lily. Coming in a gorgeous shade of purple with yellow glitter, this candle also comes with a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute heart charm.

And lastly Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After smells like Fairytales, Once Upon a Time and Love. This candle has a fruity floral scent with notes of mandarin, strawberries and rose petals. Its comes in a lovely gold colour, it also has a double wick, crochet band and a crown charm.

Take a look Bookworm Candles website. All these fab candles come in two different sizes and range between £3 and £8. 

Don’t forget to use ‘BOOKPFORLIFE10’ to save you 10% on all purchases on bookwormcandlesandcrafts.bigcartel.com

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

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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!