Worry Times – Let’s Talk About Mental Health

IMG_3219.JPGHey guys – If you saw my last review, I mentioned that lately I’ve had an influx or poor mental health. While there are a few factors impacting my life at the moment, I’ve found that there hasn’t been any real reason why I’ve been so down. I’ve just been feeling all-round blue.

And you know what?

I’ve since come to the realization that being blue, well, that’s okay.

Today I would like to share with you why it’s okay to feel down and what I do to try to stay positive. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments too. This, right here is a safe place where we can share our experiences, maybe recommend some comfort books or something else to ease those pesky worry times. Let’s light a candle, spread the love and support each other.

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Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

13564634 True love is usually the most inconvenient kind

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the
life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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100 Thoughts I Had Whilst Reading Kingdom of Ash [Spoilers]

33590260First off – In the off chance that you some how missed the title of this post: If you haven’t yet finished Kingdom of Ash then what are you even doing here??? This post is so not for you. Unless you want to have all the spoils spoiled.

This is a wine induced [Yes – I am over the age of twenty one] post packed to the rafters with spoilers, snark and even a few profanities. These are my honest to God thoughts while experiencing Kingdom of Ash for the first time. (I literally had a note book with me so I could rant and rave with you guys after the fact.). Nothing will be off the table so if you haven’t read Kingdom of Ash and need the motivation, you are welcome to check out my spoiler free post and more coherent review here.

Everyone else, let’s talk about the mess of pain and feels that was Kingdom of Ash. Feel free to let me know you’re own opinions – both popular and unpopular – in the comments below. Let’s get into the snark:

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A Pirate’s Life For Me – Swashbuckling Adventures For Summer

Avast ye matey! Image result for pirate mapsAs we kick off November ‘Down Under’, spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner I figured what better way to kick off the warmer weather with some summary book recommendations? And I’m not talking about everyone’s go-to summer reads. Yes, sun kissed contemporaries are perfect for lazing in the surf or curling up on a hot summer night but when you need something with a little more substance and high stakes shenanigans what could be better than an adventure on the high seas? So, after my Pirate bender this year and discovering lots of new books, I’ll be sharing with you some of my all time favorite tales of pirates, adventures, scoundrels and swashbucklers alike to help you cool off during the harsh Australian summer heat. Or, if you live up in the North, something you remind you of the sun as you descend into the winter months. Savvy?

But beware – for here there be dragons, witty banter and swoon-worthy rouges. Tread lightly, me hearty.

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Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas [Spoiler Free]

33590260The final battle is here. 

Aelin Galathynius has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked in an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must use all her fiery will to endure the torture inflicted upon her. If she yields to Maeve she will doom everyone she loves, but her resolve is beginning to unravel…

With Aelin imprisoned, her friends must go on without her. Some bonds will deepen, while others will be severed forever. But as destinies weave together at last, all must unite as Aelin fights to save herself – and the promise of a better world.

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YA Playlist Book Tag

07E98138-C5B7-422F-B015-0BD4720904A0Hey lovelies!

I was tagged by the lovely and hilariously snarky ladies Jess and Teagan over at Fictionnochaser to do the awesome Tag they created themselves; The YA Playlist Tag. Now I have to say – this is actually one of the very best tags ever conceived. I mean, who here can honestly say they’ve never heard a song and thought “hey – this sounds like it was written for *insert character name here*!”. Right. Just as I thought. No one ever. Anyway, I was so excited to do this Tag because without even thinking most of these songs and characters came waltzing straight into my mind. I’m always making playlists for my favorite book characters and series so this is literally perfect for me. So thank you so much Jess and Teagan for creating such a fun tag and thank you again for tagging me to take part in said tag!

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Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

31450852A glorious empire. A desperate quest. An ancient secret. 

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shinning city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose; to seek healing at the legendary Torre Cesme for the wounds that Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help a young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need – and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries darkness from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize it could engulf them both.

And deep in the shadows of distant mountains, where warriors soar on mighty ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival – or doom them all.

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