GeekyClean Unboxing – May 2017

So today I am going to be unboxing the May 2017 GeekyClean crate. (What follows will contain spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know what is in the box)

Geeky Clean crate is a monthly box containing 5 products pertaining to a theme. The crate will always contain 1 x soap, 1 x bath product, 1 x candle and 2 x mystery items which could be bath or body products or related fandom items.

The theme this month was By the Angel (Shadowhunters). (Spoiler filled post under the cut)


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Review #30 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 

 

Details:
Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: JK Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN 13: 978-0747532699
Synopsis:
 
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher’s Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?
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Fairyloot Unboxing – May 2017

This is the unboxing of the May 2017 FairyLoot box. (What follows will contain spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know what is in the box)

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box mainly focusing on fantasy YA and YA crossovers. Each month you receive a new release book, mostly hardback and 4-6 bookish items which fit in with the theme.

The theme this month was Myths and Legends. (Spoiler filled post under the cut)


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Review #29 – The Bone Season

 

Details:
Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN 13: 978-1408836422
Synopsis:
 
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
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Book Box Club May 2017 Unboxing

In this post I am going to be unboxing the May 2017 Book Box Club box. (What follows will contain spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know what is in the box)

Book Box Club is a monthly book subscription box. Each month you receive a specially selected YA book release and 2-4 hand picked goodies which fit in with the theme. Book Box Club also hosts a members only online book club where subscribers get a chance to chat to each other as well as the author about the book.

The theme this month was Wizards at War. (Spoiler filled post under the cut)





The first thing I saw upon opening the box was the spoiler card which listed everything in the box.

Inside the box was a personalised bath bomb which was in a little black bag with my name on it and the bomb itself had been wrapped in tissue paper. I don’t have a bath but I am looking forward to using this when I next visit a hotel or a friend with a bath.

Then there was a little notebook with a Gandalf-unicorn design on the front of it and two bookish pencils with the following quotes on them – ‘Unashamedly bookish’ and ‘After all this time. Always’

Next up was a Dumbledore pin from The Potter Emporium and A Darker Shade of Magic print by SipandRead. I loved both of these items as I obviously love Harry Potter and most recently I’ve read and adored the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy.

There were 4 tarot cards included which linked to the book in the box and also a map of Sarah J Maas’ Court of Thorns and Roses world. There were also a couple of little adverts one for the etsy shop where the notepad was from and one advertising a new book.

The book this month was Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. Also included was a signed bookplate from the author which I always love.
Synopsis: 
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. 

Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…

This was a brilliant box and I love everything especially the print and the pin. I cannot wait to read the book as it sounds really fun and interesting. This month Book Box Club also ran a photo competition to get an extra item in the box – sadly I didn’t win this time but hopefully there will be more chances like that in the future.

June’s box is called Schoolroom Scandals, I have no idea what the book is though it sounds more contemporary which will be interesting as I tend to read fantasy and science fiction exclusively.

(I did a video of this unboxing which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpL070PDpqQ)

Review #28 – The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

 

Details:
Title: The Mermaid’s Daughter
Author: Ann Claycomb
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 13: 978-0062560681
Synopsis:
 
Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.

Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen’s phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen’s mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.

In Ireland, they discover that the mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death… 
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Review #27 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

Details:

Title:
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN 13: 978-1408857908
Synopsis:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
Review:


I have been anticipating this book ever since finishing A Court of Mist and Fury last year and I was not disappointed. It wasn’t perfect but it was as close as could be. I feel like we got to know the characters even better in this final book of the trilogy as well as sowing seeds for more stories in this world and some of the previous characters we met were brought back which was a welcome addition. 

Personally I felt it was well paced and kept me gripped all the way through. I’m sad it’s over but so very happy I got to read it, it definitely had me experiencing the whole range of emotions including some very ugly crying 😉
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because overall I adored it.

Book and Nook May 2017

So this post is going to be an unboxing of the May 2017 Book & Nook box (What follows will contain spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know what is in the box)

The Book and Nook box is a monthly subscription box which contains 5 4oz tin candles, 1 exclusive bookish item and 1 exclusive bookmark all pertaining to the theme of the month.

The theme for the month of May was To the stars who listen (Spoiler filled post under the cut)



The spoiler card was on top so I put that to one side and focused on what was in the box. 

Firstly I found a lip balm which was called Rhysand’s Kiss which smelt lovely and I have to admit I adored the name.

The candles were as follows; Starfall – Sparkling wine, sea breeze and white musk, City of Starlight – Grapefruit, winter jasmine and dreams, House of Mist – Fireside, snow and amber, Under the Mountain – Sandalwood, fire and myrrh and finally Court of Nightmares – Cranberry, patchouli and vanilla. I especially love Starfall and House of Mist, they have fresh clean smells. While Court of Nightmares and City of Starlight have more fruity strong smells.
The last thing in the box was a bookmark which was simple but beautiful, with a quote from the new book A Court of Wings and Ruin on one side and the Night Court symbol on the other.
I adored this box. Everything was perfect and I am beyond happy I ordered it.
The next box is ‘Netflix Madness’ and will focus on shows such as Riverdale, Gilmore Girls, Stranger Things and Pretty Little Liars. I’ve not seen any of those shows and they aren’t really my kind of thing so I won’t be getting that one but if it sounds like your kind of thing then get yours now by visiting Book & Nook’s etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BookAndNook?ref=l2-shopheader-name)
You can see my video of the unboxing here https://youtu.be/MwBdoJjTxfY 

Fairyloot Unboxing – April 2017

This is my April 2017 FairyLoot unboxing, the box finally got to me after some unexplained delays by the courier. (What follows will contain spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know what is in the box)

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box mainly focusing on fantasy YA and YA crossovers. Each month you receive a new release book, mostly hardback, and 4-6 bookish items which fit in with the theme.

The theme this month was Dreams and Wishes (Spoiler filled post under the cut)



As always the first thing I saw in the box was the spoiler card which I handed to my mum since she always opens it with me (On the reverse is a list of what the items in the box are and where they all came from)

The first item was in a really cute mini Fairyloot box of it’s own and it was a mug with a quote on it from A Court of Mist and Fury which reads ‘To the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered‘ It was designed by Risa Rodil and the bonus is it is both microwave and dishwasher safe. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and as I adore the Court series I plan to use it for the first time when the last book comes out next week.

Next I pulled out a candle called Reverie by Meraki Candles which smells of Mint, Marshmallow and Candy Floss. It is absolutely lovely, very sweet with the mint just in the underlying smells. I am looking forward to lighting the candle very soon.

The next three items were a Gemstone notebook by Portico, there were 12 designs available relating to a different birthstone. I got Diamond which is April, my birth month is June but the design is really pretty so I don’t mind. Then there was a small enamel pin with a jar of dreams on it by House of Wonderland and lastly a magnet by Fairyloot which says Follow your dreams they know the way.

There were two promotional cards included this month which were for Hunted by Meagan Spooner and Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer. Both of these are fairytale retellings which seems to be a theme recently.


The last additional item in the box was a lovely and sturdy tote bag designed by Miss Phi with a quote on it which reads ‘Madness is a matter of perspective little dreamer’ from The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon (The Mime Order is the second in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series)
The book this month was Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis.
Synopsis: 
Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising–and cannot be escaped. 

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy–she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match. 


Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart. 


Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra–fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before–are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille. 


Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land–and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people. 


The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.
Also included was a letter from the author and a signed bookplate.

This was a lovely box and I was happy with everything in it. I liked the return of themed items included and while I adore the mug because it’s one of my favourite series I also loved the tote bag despite not having read the series because it’s a lovely quote.  

All About April 2017

So this is going to be a bit different to my usual kind of posts – I’m going to do a review of April in General and everything I got up to.

So the first couple of things are book related and then we’ll move onto everything else.

April was a pretty fun and busy month.

Firstly on Saturday 8th April I got to spend over an hour being crawled over by and playing with 3 adorable little meerkats.

My best friend and I were gifted a meerkat experience at Thoresby Park by her mum for Christmas and we finally got to use it in April. We had a perfect warm day for it and the actual grounds were beautiful too. Definitely a place we’re going back to.

Then on Tuesday 11th April I got to meet Laini Taylor at a book event in Waterstone’s Birmingham. I love this store as everybody involved in organising the events are always very friendly and helpful. Laini was lovely and hearing her talk about the writing process and her experiences was amazing. She’s such a nice person and I am so glad I was able to meet her and get my books signed.

21st – 23rd April 2017 was convention time, it was a Rogue Events Shadowhunter’s event called Forsaken and it was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Heathrow. 

I enjoyed the convention overall and it was nice to hear from the guests that were there (Jon Cor, Joel Labelle, Maxim Roy and Kaitlyn Leeb) however I found it very lacking in organisation and communication. It felt like the organisers just didn’t really care much about it which I thought was a shame. 
On April 29th 2017 my best friend and I went to see a play called Diminished at the Hampstead Theatre in London, it was intense and amazing and Tamla Kari who was starring in it kindly took a picture with Teddy afterwards. 
In the Month of April I saw 10 films at the cinema:
Ghost in the Shell – 4/5 stars. I liked this film a lot. I love Scarlett Johansson and I found this was enjoyable and the action didn’t lag at all. I know there has been some controversy around it but as a film I just liked it.
Going in Style – 4.5/5 stars. I went to see this film with my dad and wasn’t expecting much but I actually really really liked it. It was funny and touching and very sweet.
Fast and Furious 8 – 4/5 stars. I always love these films and this one was no different. If Vin Diesel and/or Dwayne Johnson are in a film it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will watch it.
Table 19 – 4/5 stars. This was much funnier than I expected it to be and it ended up being a very sweet story. I’d watch it again as a funny chick flick
Boss Baby – 4/5 stars. I took my nephews to see this film and honestly didn’t expect much but it was so funny. Lots of funny jokes aimed at the adults as well as the children. I recommend it as an easy watch comedy.
Power Rangers – 3.5/5 stars. This was good and I enjoyed it a lot. I love Elizabeth Banks and she was a fun villain. I think for me there was just a little something missing that I loved when I watched the series as a child.
Beauty and the Beast – 5/5 stars. This was an almost perfect adaptation. The songs were great, I even loved the added ones. The characters were as I expected and wanted them to be and overall I came out with a happy feeling. 
Their Finest – 5/5 stars. This film was very well acted, it was sweet and funny and sad and just a lovely film to watch. 
A Dogs Purpose – 4/5 stars. I went in knowing this film would make me cry and I was right, I did cry about 5 or 6 times but it was a charming sweet film though the ending did seem somewhat fast. 
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – 3.5/5 stars. It was always going to be hard to top the first Guardians film and while there were aspects of this film I really loved (Baby Groot!) but overall it was a little lacking and I felt some of the characters were sidelined in order to give Chris Pratt more screen time.