Bookish Candle Review: Cosmic Moon

6B543E20-6819-458A-8B44-5A0F964EC273Happy Friday – who’s pumped for the weekend??? I know I am but that’s not all I’m excited about today… I’ve just unboxed a set of lovely bookish goodies from Cosmic Moon and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

There comes a time in a book-nerd’s life when she must add bookish candles – that is, candles inspired by her favorite book series or character to her hallowed shelves. There is no better way to express your love for your favorite reads or to treat your book shelf. Sadly, coming across bookish items at affordable prices is not always easy. If you live in Australia you know exactly what I’m talking about. We don’t have the abundance of Etsy or webstores located down under as you lucky people do in say the UK or the USA. As much as I utterly adore some of the candles available paying the shipping charge is a nightmare. THEN I SAW THE LIGHT! I found Sarah’s store Cosmic Moon located in Tasmania Aus and not only are her candles stunning but they are super affordable as well! 🙂

Cosmic Moon:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cosmicxomoon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cosmicmoon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cosmicmoonxo

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Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

15796906 ‘”People never like me and I never like people,” Mary thought.’

When Mary Lennox is sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody says she is the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It is true, too. Mary is pale, spoilt and quite contrary. But she is also horribly lonely. Then one day she hears about a garden in the grounds of the Manor that has been kept locked and hidden for years. And when a friendly robin helps Mary find the key, she discovers the most magical place anyone could imagine…

 

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This or That Book Tag

Related imageWhile I struggle through my reading slump and take a bit of a break from reviewing I thought I’d light the spark of inspiration by doing a fun book tag. Today I bring you the This or That book tag. But beware – the spark of inspiration exploded into a roaring, uncontrolled flame and I got a little carried away… This is a bit of a long one – no one sentence answers to be found here. I hope that’s okay but I had a lot of fun and wanted to share some of my opinions with you guys. #sorrynotsorry. So let’s get to know each other, and don’t forget to discuss your own answers with me in the comments below!

 

So, without further ado – lets get into it! Strap in and pour yourself a cup of tea…

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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

27883214Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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The Literary Dinner Party Book Tag

Related imageDo you ever find yourself wondering what it would be like to sit down and have a meal with some of your favorite literary characters?

Okay, imagine you’re hosting an elegant dinner party and you can invite anyone you’d like – just as long as they are indeed fictional. Can you picture the drama that would unfold as the colorful quests begin arriving and the party commences as the first round of delectable cuisine comes out? Imagine the conversation as the characters mingle, the secrets that would ultimately be exposed. Imagine the laughs, the crazy stories, the arguments!

Today we are going to enjoy some tea and chocolate because you, my friend, are invited to join me as I complete the Literary Dinner Party Book Tag.

This creative book tag was originally invented by Renee over at NEHOMAS2 but I was actually inspired by Jess and Teagan at Fictionnochaser.

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Review: Loved by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Loved (House of Night Other World #1) It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?

Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.

With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart? When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?

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2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

07E98138-C5B7-422F-B015-0BD4720904A0It’s that time of year again. We are officially half way through 2018 and that means it’s time to look back and reflect on my reading year so far. First, I’d love to send a big shout out to the girls, Jess and Teagan over at Fiction No Chaser for tagging me <3. You should definitely check out their post too.

2018 so far has been a bit of a meh reading year for me. I’ve had a lot of 4 star and 3 star reads and only a rare few solid 5 stars. That’s okay though – I have so many amazing books sitting on my TBR for the second half of the year. My year started off with a bang but soon I found myself in a reading slump. (Ewww!). I ended up picking up some of my guilty pleasure series the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer and the House of Night by P.C. and Kristin Cast (It was about time I finished this 12 book series). These old favorites finally pulled me out of my slump and they inspired my return to blogging after a long hiatus. So basically, 2018 so far as been filled for the most part with re-reads and a good dose of nostalgia.

But, fluffy, nostalgic books (and the dreaded slump) aside, I still managed to get on top of my goodreads challenge. As of July 1st I had read 40 of 75 books (57% complete) which I was pretty proud of considering that for a while I was nine books behind schedule. 🙂

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