Wax Melts

All About My Glade Wax Melts Warmer

October 27, 2016

Hello lovelies,
So I didn't do a "What I Got For Christmas" blog post last year but one of awesome presents that I got was something that I really wanted and would have bought myself, which is the Glade Wax Warmer! Thank you L for getting this for me, you are amazing!


The warmers (also called tart burners or tart melts) make great gifts and they are used as an alternative to candles, (which FREAK me out, so weird I know but that's me). You can buy little wax tarts or melts to put inside of the warmer, turn it on and let them melt to allow a beautiful scent to fill your house. Its also a lot cheaper as the warmer retails for only £6 in most places and a set of wax melts are super affordable, ranging from pennies to about £4, depending on who you are buying from. The wax warmers are also a lot safer than candles as there is no open flame to burn down your home, because that would be awful. Also, when you have a weak scent, the fragrance isn't overpowered by the smell of smoke or burning. They are also great room decor!
I use mine more in the winter months and in cooler evenings because the aroma of the different scents are amazing and I need to be able to appreciate them. I think it fills the whole criteria of a cozy evening with the warm blankets and sweet smells and the English rain outside- I'm totally rambling now lol. The point is that I love them so much!

I was also lucky as one of my other friends, A, (and not "A" from Pretty Little Liars, I don't want to be friends with him/her/them) bought me a few Yankee Candle wax tarts for my birthday back in April too! Thank you!
I also have seen that there is an entire youtube community who is into wax tarts. Unfortunately, the majority is in the USA so I can't get that many recommendations but I noticed that there are some independent wax tart makers who I really want to try out in the future. 



This was more of an introduction, but I am looking to do some more posts on little Wax Tart Hauls, collections and wishlists!
I hope that you enjoyed this post and come back for more.

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How I Do My Daily Quiet Times

October 18, 2016

Hello,


I thought that I would share a more spiritual post today, as I haven't done so in a while.
After having a brilliant and extremely spiritual week away with my church at the start of August, so I thought that maybe I should share a few things that I learnt after that camp with you all!

Today I am going to share about my daily quiet time. Maybe you aren't Christian and don't know what these are, but it is basically where you spend time reading the Bible and meditating on God's Word each day.

I do my quiet times in the morning because they put me in the right mindset for the rest of the day, I feel like they put me in a peaceful little bubble and if I did them in the evening I would forget or fall asleep :D

I start off my listening to some worship music (I will be sharing my playlist of my favourites soon) I do this because it really helps me to focus and blocks out any sounds from outside.
Then I will pray. I tend to write down my prayers. When I pray, it is really just like writing down a list of what I am thankful for, because I find that there are also things to be thankful for and it is easy to do so! I personally find it the stereotypical version of praying very outdated as you can really pray however you like.
After this I will start my bible study. I use the YouVersion app a lot when studying and reading the Bible as it is really helpful and insightful. I usually w
ill spend about 15 minutes doing this and is the main part of my quiet time.
Next, I like to quickly pray and sum up what I have done in the bible study. This prayer is short and is the ending of my quiet time.

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope that you can take ideas from this for your own daily quiet times!

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Blog Tour

Saven Box Set Book Blitz

October 15, 2016

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Hi Everyone!
Today is my stop during the Book Blitz for The Saven Series Box Set by Siobhan Davis. For a very limited time you can read the first three books in this special box set collection for only 0.99!
The normal retail price is $6.99/£4.99. Find out why Saven Deception, book one in this Amazon bestselling series, has been shortlisted for the Best Young Adult Book in the 2016 CAP Awards. Over 50,000 copies downloaded in the ten months since publication. Get your copy of the box set on Amazon!

The book blitz runs from 11 till 18 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule here.

Today I'll share an excerpt from this series, as well as details of each book, and there's a great giveaway. You can enter to win a copy of this box set or a paperback copy of Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Saven Box Set

Saven Box Set (Saven #1, #2 and #2.5)


By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: October 11, 2016

Blurb:
What if you were meant to kill the one you love?

"Recommended to fans of The 5th Wave, Insignia, Across the Universe, and Unwind series." Schuyler Central High School Library
"The Heir to the Lux Series." Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

This box set contains Saven Deception, Saven Disclosure, and Saven Denial.

You can buy the Saven Box Set on Amazon

Books included in this box set:
Saven Deception

Saven Deception (Saven #1)


Blurb:
THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I've fallen hard for an alien, but he's harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?


Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person--herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government's new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn't all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan's true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government's real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

Excerpt From Saven Deception:
"Come, sit," he says, his fingers curling gently around the tips of mine.
I plop down on the beanbag beside him and yelp.
"You are hurt." He frowns. "Let me take a look."
He scrunches the edge of my shirt, but I clamp down on his hand. There's no way I'm admitting that it's my butt that's sore, and no way am I ready to let him inspect that part of my anatomy. Yet.
Get you, my inner devil teases.
"I'm fine." I pin him with a "drop it" look.
"You are so stubborn." Shaking his head, he unscrews the cap from his bottle.
"I'm stubborn?" I level an incredulous look his way. "Have you not looked in the mirror recently, dude?"
He laughs and the sound sends warmth flooding through me.
"You've a lovely laugh," I blurt out. Ohmigod! I can't believe I said something so cheesy.
"I do?" He looks amused.
"Yep." I'm resorting to one-word replies now for fear of what else might inadvertently tumble out of my mouth.
He stares intently at me, his fiery eyes penetrating my soul. The cord buzzes with anticipation. I might've forgotten how to breathe again. "You are beautiful, through and through."
With each passing second, my heart pounds faster and faster. He inclines toward me and I move closer. Butterflies are throwing a mad party in the pit of my stomach. Like magnets, we inch closer and closer still. As my pulse throbs, he zeroes in on my lips and his eyes linger there.
I've imagined this moment so many times without ever really believing I'd get to experience it. Now that I'm here, seconds away from my first real kiss, I'm terrified of the strength of my emotion. I never knew it could be like this. That I could feel such a strong connection to a boy; that my body could tremble with such intense desire. And our lips haven't even met yet.
We are a hairsbreadth from one another. I bridge the final distance and close my eyes. His fingers brush my lips and I'm tingly all over. Reopening my eyes, I see the adoration glistening in his gaze. For me.
"Ala beatra." The words roll seductively and respectfully off his tongue.
I've no idea what it means, or what language he's speaking, but it sounds beautiful.
And like a form of worship.
Though it's possible I'm deluding myself.
He closes his eyes and presses his mouth to mine. His touch is feather soft and it unravels me. I kiss him back equally gently and he moans softly. His lips exert more pressure as he draws me in flush with his solid chest. I've never felt this much emotion before. It's almost too much, but at the same time, not enough.
Gaining in confidence, I encircle my arms around his neck and melt into him, savoring the feel of his body as it presses against mine. Angling his head, he extends the kiss, and it grows in intensity and fire. I'm matching him, kiss for kiss, and my need for him is reaching an all-time high. I can't get enough of him. He is everywhere, and yet I need more.
Saven Disclosure

Saven Disclosure (Saven #2)


By Siobhan Davis

Blurb:
THE TRUTH CAN'T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?


Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.
Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.
Saven Senial

Saven Denial (Saven #2.5)


By Siobhan Davis

Blurb:
THE TRUTH HURTS

My mother was right to fear me.
I’m an abomination.
And the world should be very afraid.


Sadie has been kidnapped by the Tor, the vindictive alien race who destroyed Thalassic City. As her past, present, and future collides, her worst nightmare looks set to become her shocking new reality.

A deliberate pawn in leader Griselda’s vengeful game, Sadie is horrified to learn the truth about her heritage and the destiny that’s already been mapped out for her. Refusing to cooperate, she risks paying the ultimate price for her defiance.

Love for Logan is her only motivation to stay alive. Saving him is the only thing that matters—the fate of the world depends upon it. While he may never forgive her, she’s determined to protect him. Until her dying breath.

SiobhanAbout the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
- Website
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google +
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Newsletter
Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saven Box Set. One winner will receive an e-copy of the Saven Series Boxset by Siobhan Davis and one winner will receive a paperback copy of Lux Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Open internationally.

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Blog Tour

Nemesis by Anna Banks- Book Review

October 04, 2016

Nemesis (Nemesis #1)

Nemesis by Anna Banks


My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I received this book free for review for the promotional blog tour, however this is an unbiased and completely honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Nemesis by Anna Banks is the first book in an Eygptian Fantasy series which follows the main character- Maga Sepora, the Princess of the mountainous lands of Serubel when she escapes her country in favour of asylum in the neighbouring land, which coincidentally in the enemy land of her country.
Here she meets Tarik, the recently crowned King of her enemy, the Theorians. He is adjusting to his new placement at the top of the hierachy as well as face a new plague sweeping Theoria.
She is also a Forger, a member of the royal family and the final forger in Serubel. She can create a liquid element of spectorium which provides energy to create anything.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

I really liked this novel. I found it very enjoyable to read and moved very quickly. The fact that it started after Sepora had fled appealed to me as it meant that we got to learn more about her past as we went on.
The book did lose half a star because at the start I found that there were a few information dumps in the start of the book. I think that if it were 10 pages or so longer, the reader would have understood the plot without the dumps and there would be nothing to catch up on.
I like that Sepora didn't make many silly decisions. I hate it when the MC does silly things but because of Sepora's personality she wasn't a Tris (Tris made some awful decisions in the Divergent trilogy)
I think that my favourite character was Tarik, but I liked Sethos, strangely. At the start I thought he was really a douche, but I really got to liking him towards the end. Maybe not with Sepora though.
Rashidi, ugh, just shut up (that was literally what I thought of him). I feel like in the future he would join an anti-royalty religious cult if no ones careful though. So it might be best to keep him around.

I would definitely recommend this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series! Anna Banks may have to join my list of most anticipated authors as I am so interested in what happens to Sepora and Tarik in the next book in the series.


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