29 Jun 2018

June favourites

Books
  • Wilt (The Order Series #2) by Nikki Rae
I’ve been reading Nikki Rae’s books for such a long time and she’s one of my all-time favourite authors! Wilt is the second book in The Order Series and it’s such a good book and I just need the third one!!!
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite authors ever, and I just love the ACOTAR series. When I got my hands on A Court of Frost and Starlight, I was so happy! I really liked this novella and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!


Clothing
  • TitsUp Cherry Flower Titshirt 
I received this Titshirt from TitsUp and the moment I opened my package, I fell in love. It’s such a beautiful tee with such a beautiful cause! My full review will be up July 11th!
Food & drinks
  • Amarti Traditional Chai
My mum visited one of her friends where she drank this tea and she immediately thought of me. She knows I love tea and when she tasted this one, she knew I was going to love it. She asked her friend for one tea bag so I could taste it and I’m glad she did it! I love this tea and I think I discovered a new favourite!

Movies
  • Not Alone
Not Alone was such a beautiful documentary about depression and suicide. It was such an eye-opener, and I could relate to so many things. I was non-stop crying and it was just so beautiful. I highly recommend checking out Not Alone!
  • Love, Simon
Love, Simon was such a beautiful movie. I really liked the book, so I was kinda nervous to see the movie but wow! Love, Simon really touched me, I even cried, and I couldn’t help smiling and laughing throughout the movie. I highly recommend Love, Simon!


Skincare
  • Galloway & White Israeli Dead Sea Mud Masque
I’ve been trying out the Galloway & White Israeli Dead Sea Mud Masque and I really enjoy it! It’s such a weird texture, but in a good way! It makes my skin really soft and I really like the smell of this mask!

Other
  • Lush Twilight Shower Gel
When I fist bought my Sleepy Body Lotion at Lush in Antwerp, Sarah gave me a sample of the Twilight Shower Gel since it’s the same lavender smell. When I used the sample, I was really sad that I emptied it, I just love the lavender smell and I need to buy the Twilight Shower Gel! I also hope that Lush is going to make more products with this smell because it smells so good!

Did you discover some amazing things in June?

28 Jun 2018

Playing Her Secret Crush | Review

Title: Playing Her Secret Crush
Author: Casey Griffin
Pages: 186 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release date: 2 July 2018
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Crush and Netgalley!

Playing Her Secret Crush is about Katie and Alex. They are both in love with each other but they both think that the other isn’t in love with them. Katie and Alex are both trying to find other people to fall in love with so they can forget each other, but it isn’t as easy as they may think…

Playing Her Secret Crush is such a cute and fun read! It’s so adorable to read that these best friends are in love with each other even though they both think the other isn’t. Playing Her Secret Crush is also a fast-paced book and easy to read. It’s such a light read and just perfect when you want to relax and don’t want to think too much!

There were some gaming scenes in this book, which were interesting but sometimes a bit too long. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading Playing Her Secret Crush and I cannot wait to read more books written by Casey Griffin!

27 Jun 2018

College update #5

My exams are finally over and I can share my results with you guys! I’m so happy that my exams are over because they were so exhausting! I have so much difficulty with studying because I get easily distracted and everything else is just more interesting than what I need to study!

My exams itself were difficult too! I had to study so much and it felt like I kept seeing new stuff that I hadn’t studied before. And there were also times that I couldn’t focus on my exams, so I kinda lost some precious time. And then Financial Management was the worst exam ever. During this semester I already knew that this exam was going to be really difficult because I didn’t really understand FM but then when I saw the exam I wanted to cry. It was so difficult!

But I’ll stop rambling about my exams and show you guys my results:

Business English: 12/20
Business French: 11/20
Financial Management: 9/20
Media Management: 11/20
Multilingual communication: 14/20
Professional Skills: 16/20
Office in Practice: 12/20

I’m glad that my exams are over and I’m kinda okay that I have to redo my Financial Management exam. I expected it and I hope I’ll pass this exam in the summer.
I’m really looking forward to blog and read the entire summer. This exam period was really stressful and I need some time to relax! I’m also going to study for my driver’s licence since I still haven’t got it. Wish me luck!

I hope those who still go to school/college/university had some great grades too and feel free to let me know how your exams went!

26 Jun 2018

V Games: Dead Before Dawn | Review

Title: V Games: Dead Before Dawn
Series: The Vampire Games #3
Author: Caroline Peckham
Pages: 326 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham!

V Games: Dead Before Dawn is the third and final book in The Vampire Games Trilogy and continues the story of Selena and Varick. Selena, Varick and their friends escaped from the Helsings and now need to decide whether they are going to run or going to fight. Will they try and live a life they’ve always wanted or are they going to stop the hunter from hosting V Games?

V Games: Dead Before Dawn was another amazing sequel. I think it’s one of my favourite ones because it was really action-packed and there was even a moment that I was crying – if you’ve read the book, then you know what I’m writing about!

I love that The Vampire Games Trilogy always has multiple perspectives. You get to know so much about the characters and it’s just nice to know what they are really thinking and how they are really feeling. Caroline Peckham is such a good author because she can really pull off the multiple perspectives!

And I just cannot express my love for Selena and Varick, and for Cass and Jameson. They are my favourite characters and they are so cute together! And I just love the way this series ended. It’s such a beautiful ending and I couldn’t help smiling while reading the last few chapters!

I would love to end my review by saying that I’m glad that I got the chance to review this trilogy and I cannot wait to read the Wolf Games series!

25 Jun 2018

Terminal 19 | Review

Title: Terminal 19
Author: L.R. Olson
Pages: 295 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: 
*4.5/5*

Review

This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you L.R. Olson and Xpresso Book Tours!

Terminal 19 tells the story of Hope. Even though her name is Hope, she’s lost hope in living for more than a few moments. Hope has cancer and she’s dying. She goes on a trip to Scandinavia to finish her bucket list before she dies. She wants to find a Scandinavian Hottie and lose her virginity, but what about getting feelings for the Scandinavian Hottie? That wasn’t the plan…

Terminal 19 was such a beautiful book about cancer. It reminded me a bit of Before I Die, but in a good way. I couldn’t stop reading because the story was so interesting and I really liked the characters. I wanted to know how the story was going to end and I actually didn’t see it coming…

I really loved Hope and Christian, the Scandinavian Hottie. They were both so amazing and I couldn’t help falling for Christian myself. He has a past and doesn’t really want to talk about it, and that intrigues me even more. I mean, a Scandinavian guy with muscles who is also a bit secretive and romantic? SIGN ME UP!

I’m glad that the ebook ended with a note from the author that there will be two more books, Terminal 20 and Terminal 21, because I really liked L.R. Olson’s writing and I really enjoyed Terminal 19!

22 Jun 2018

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50 | Review

Product: Sunscreen SPF 50
Brand: Altruist
Price: £3.75 for 100 ml
Rating: ★★★★

Review
First of all, I would like to thank Altruist for sending me one of their sunscreens, thank you so much! However, I do want to say that this does not affect my opinion on this product.

Secondly, I wanted to give some information about the Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50:
  • Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Exceeds EU recommendations for UVA protection
  • Clinically tested
  • Easily absorbed, non-sticky and no residue
  • Daily use on face and body
  • Excellent tolerability
  • Fragrance and paraben free
  • Water resistant
All these things sound promising, right? But are they true?

I’ve tried this product for some weeks now and I definitely like it! I love that this sunscreen isn’t sticky at all because it dries really fast. I’ve used it on my body and my face and I didn’t have any skin problems. I can get acne from certain sunscreens, and the Altruist Sunscreen was perfect for my skin. There’s barely any scent, and I really like that too. I haven’t tried swimming with this sunscreen yet since I’ve been studying for my exams (that are now finally over!). I really like this sunscreen, and I keep reaching for this one instead of my other sunscreens.

You can buy the Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen at Amazon.co.uk, Carrefour in Belgium, DA Drogisterij and Trekpleister in The Netherlands.

20 Jun 2018

Top 5 websites for book bloggers

I’ve been a book blogger for such a long time and I recently made a book blogger list. I noticed that there were a lot of book bloggers that didn’t use the websites that I use so that’s why I wanted to make this blog post.

1. Goodreads
I know everyone uses this website but I still wanted to mention it. Goodreads is where it all started for me. There was this one day when I was looking for quotes and I came across Goodreads and I immediately fell in love. I love that you can add all the books that you want to read, have read, … This is also the website where I got my first ever ARC copy!

If you would like to follow/be friends on Goodreads, click here to check out my profile!

Netgalley
2. Netgalley
Netgalley is an amazing website to receive ARC copies. You can read so many ARCs from so many different genres, it’s just amazing! You can read books from small authors and even from big authors like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Michelle Hodkin, … But it’s also possible that you won’t get the ARC. ARCs from big authors need to be requested and the publisher can decline that request. But don’t let that discourage you! I love using Netgalley for discovering new authors and I did discover a lot of amazing authors via Netgalley!

Click here to discover Netgalley.

3. Chapter by Chapter
Chapter by Chapter is the first blog tour service I discovered. I don’t know how I stumbled upon the website, but I immediately signed up. This blog tour service is mainly focused on Young Adult books and Middle Grade books with a variety from fantasy to dystopian to romance.

Click here to discover Chapter by Chapter.

Xpresso Book Tours
4. Xpresso Book Tours
Xpresso BookTours is the second blog tour service I stumbled upon. This book tour service, unlike Chapter by Chapter, is a service for all genres. You can have New Adult, Adult, Young Adult, Thriller, Fantasy, … just everything! There are not only book tours with this service, but also cover reveals, book blitzs and just plain simple review copies.

Click here to discover Xpresso Book Tours

5. Book Reviews 4 You

I recently signed up for Book Reviews 4 You, but I haven’t read any of their books yet. Book Reviews 4 You is a book review service with books from all kinds of genres. This service is not for book tours, it’s only a service for book reviews. I cannot wait to try out their service!

Click here to discover Book Reviews 4 You.

Note that these pictures were taken a month before this blog post is uploaded because I was making a lot of blog posts due to my exams in June. At the moment there are other books on the homepage of these websites.

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Top 5 websites for book bloggers

18 Jun 2018

Fangs & Fins | Review

Title: Fangs & Fins
Series: Blood, Bloom & Water
Author: Amy McNulty
Pages: 332 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: ★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Amy McNulty!

Fangs & Fins is the first book in the Blood, Bloom & Water series and tells the story of Ember and her step-sister Ivy. They are both opposites, but they have one thing in common: having the interest of a vampire and a merman…

Fangs & Fins is such an interesting concept! I really like that there are vampires and mermaids in this book. I’ve never read about these 2 creatures combined in 1 book so that made Fangs & Fins definitely original!

I liked the main characters, Ember and Ivy, because they were both opposites but at the same time they weren’t a bit shallow. It felt like the characters weren’t really persons and I couldn’t connect with them. I had the same feeling with Dean and Calder, they both seemed great but they weren’t that deep.

The story itself was interesting but slow-paced. I had a hard time reading this book because the writing style just wasn’t my thing and I didn’t always like the double perspective. Sometimes I didn’t want to read in Ember’s perspective or sometimes I didn’t want to read in Ivy’s perspective. I just wasn’t feeling the characters.

Besides the negative points, I’m still interested in reading the sequel, Salt & Venom!

15 Jun 2018

Wilt | Cover reveal

Title: Wilt
Series: The Order Series #2
Author: Nikki Rae
Genre: Dark Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release date: 30 June 2018

Synopsis
       When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask.  A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jager will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.
 The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.
 In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her. 


Pre-order link:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DPMK4HQ/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1528909970&sr=8-6&keywords=nikki+rae

Author bio
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

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14 Jun 2018

Renegade | Cover reveal



Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for Renegade, her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases July 3, 2018! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!
On to the reveal!


Title: Renegade
Series: Black Dawn #0.5
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: 3 July 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Format: ebook
Find it: Goodreads

See where Black Dawn Rebellion was born in this prequel!

Title: Black Dawn
Series: Black Dawn #1
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: 14 February 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.


Exclusive Excerpt!

Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture, creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for breaking free of his reign to start his own.”

Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different opinion of him.”

He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are practically family.”

Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest to us that betray us first.”

About Mallory
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops. 




Giveaway 
One lucky winner will receive an ebook of Renegade, International.

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13 Jun 2018

Pride Month rainbow liner | Tutorial

Since it’s Pride Month, I wanted to create something with a rainbow so that’s why I came up with this rainbow liner. It’s by far one of the easiest looks if you are able to create winged liners, but I still wanted to make this liner because I think it’s cute and I’m really grateful for Pride Month because it means so much to me, as a bisexual, to know that people from the LGBTQIAPD are being accepted by the rest of the world! I know that there are still a lot of people that are being bullied or not accepted, but I hope that one day everyone is going to accept each other the way they are!

I hope you guys will like this rainbow liner and will recreate it!🏳️‍🌈

1. Make a winged liner with your concealer. I did this step so that all the colours could stand out more.

2. First, we start with red, I used two colours to make a more beautiful shade of red but you can, of course, use whatever red eyeshadow you have. This counts for all the colours, you don’t need to buy the Nyx palette if you have these colours in another palette!

3. The second colour in the liner is orange.

4. For the third colour, I mixed again two shades of yellow to become a more beautiful shade.

5. After yellow comes green. I used a lighter and a darker green to create the green that I like.

6. The fifth colour is blue.

7. And I ended the wing with purple, and again I used two shades.

8. I wanted to make the liner a bit darker, so I made a small line close to my lashes. I also cleaned up the wing. I just used the black lipstick I was going to use later in this tutorial because it was the closest. I’m not sure if it’s eye-safe so please check before using a lipstick so close to your eyes!

9. After the liner, I applied some mascara and lashes.

10. For highlighter, I used the Jeffree Star Cosmetics one because Jeffree does so much for the LGBT+ community! I also used it on my cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

11. And for my lips, I used a black lipstick because I the eyes were so colourful and I just felt like wearing black lipstick! You can also wear this look with some nude lips if that’s something you feel more comfortable with!

And that’s it!🏳️‍🌈

12 Jun 2018

Dear Amy | Review (Guest post written by Elise)

Title: Dear Amy
Author: Helen Callaghan
Pages: 344 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: ★★★

Review
‘A local schoolgirl has been missing for weeks when Margot Lewis, agony aunt of the Dear Amy advice column, receives a letter.

Dear Amy, I’ve been kidnapped by a strange man. I don’t know where I am.
Please help me, Bethan Avery.

This must be a hoax. Because Bethan Avery is another young girl, who went missing twenty years ago.
As more letters arrive, Margot becomes consumed by finding the sender and- unlike the police- convinced that the girls’ disappearances are connected.

Solving this puzzle could save someone’s life- but could it also cost Margot her own?’

This psychological thriller was an interesting concept, which has the possibility to deliver an incredible story. I liked it. That is about all. I did not see it as a story that would stay with me, or a book I will remember forever. Instead, by halfway through the book I was somewhat forcing myself to finish reading it. For me, it was not fast paced enough. The twists were predictable, and the characters were unlikeable. Something made it just ‘meh’.

Helen’s writing style is fabulous, and I enjoy the way she tells the story. I think it is more the story itself that I did not like. The plot itself was fabulous, original and something that could have worked extremely well. However, for someone that reads quite a lot of crime related stories this really was not up there with the greatest.

It isn’t that I don’t recommend this book, as it was very highly hyped and does have some very interesting moments. However, I don’t know how to explain this book other than sad. Not just the storyline but the whole thing itself. If you are majorly into crime books, you would have seen better that would make this seem terrible. Yet if you just dabble in psychological thrillers, you may find this book works for you!

Thank you so much to Shirley for having me on her blog, it has been a pleasure. You can find me on my social media channels below xo

11 Jun 2018

Sister's Entrance | Review

Title: Sister’s Entrance
Author: Emtithal Mahmoud
Pages: 128 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

Sister’s Entrance is a poetry collection about genocide, diaspora, the guilt of surviving, racism and Islamophobia, the burdens of girlhood, the solace of sisterhood, and the innocence of a first kiss.

Sister’s Entrance was such a raw and honest poetry collection! I requested this book because I wanted to know read more different kinds of poetry and this was one of them. I’ve read about racism, but not really about Islam or genocide, … Sister’s Entrance really confronted me with what it’s like to be a female Muslim and how everyone looks at you.

But today, we’re more than okay,
we are women.
So, take my strength, I’ve got plenty.

Take my hands, I’ve got two.
Take my voice, let it guide you
and if it shakes, ask yourself:

when the earth shakes,
do you think that she’s afraid?

Sister’s Entrance was really interesting because I learnt so much by reading these poems. It was definitely something new for me, but a good new! I cannot wait to discover more poetry written by Emtitha Mahmoud!

8 Jun 2018

It will get better (Guest post written by Carolien)

*Trigger warning: descriptions of or extensive discussion on self-harming behaviour*
‘This is because I don’t want to feel lonely any more. Because I’m tired of telling everyone okay while I’m definitely not. I am tired of feeling like I’m the only one going through this shit. So here’s my story.’

This is what I would have written about a year ago, when I still did feel lonely. When I really thought nobody else was going through what I was suffering from. But now I know that a lot of people are just scared to tell their story. So let me start with mine, and encourage others to tell theirs so we won’t feel lonely any more and you’ll maybe find someone who knows what you’re talking about. Someone who can truly support you. And maybe, everyone will finally understand what it’s like to be in a mental health situation.

It all started when I was seven. Why? I still don’t know. I felt like no one liked me, and if I disappeared no one would even notice. Not one day there was someone who really stood up for me. I felt lonely. No one loves me, so why stay? I could kill myself and all the problems will vanish. But no, I didn’t dare, because I did have one person. My mum.
Only when I turned 12 I started realising that my mum was the only person who did everything to protect me. Before that age, I didn’t understand that when she kept me home from going to school, it was to protect me. She was doing her best to make me feel happy once again. I remember always going to primary school with a frightened heart and turning back home crying. I remember my mum calling to the principal, saying that I was too sick to come to school while actually we were at a shop trying to find me some new jeans. I love how my mum didn’t care what others thought because I should be in class instead of going out with her. She did everything to save me. It’s incredible that, although I never told her about my suicidal thought, she knew what I was thinking about. She just knew it. So she never left me alone because she was scared that I was going to do what she was most afraid of.

The bullying kept going on for years and I have never given up the fight although I never won. Up until I turned 15. It suddenly stopped. The bullies suddenly disappeared out of my life. I finally had the chance to be happy, and I took it with both hands. Right now I’m 20 and I finally feel I can be happy. I’m still not there yet because my memory is full of scars but one day I will be there, feeling happy like I should.

At the moment, I’m seeing a therapist every two weeks to help me change the bad thoughts I still have. I don’t think about suicide any more, I started enjoying life to the fullest. But the bullies have left their scars. At least twice a month I still believe people hate me although they have been friendly since I met them. The therapist helps me change these thoughts into positive ones, she helps me control my breathing so I can handle stressful situations. Going to a therapist was a big step for me but I am so grateful that my good friend Shirley has told me about her.

My tip?
Get away from those toxic people who make you feel negative. It really isn’t about having the most friends, it’s about having a few but very valuable ones. Those friends you can talk about anything with, even your negative feelings. Just find yourself one person you can trust, someone you can share your heart with. You can also take the example of ‘famous’ people who have also been through hell but are still standing.

So what am I actually trying to say?
I got bullied for about 8 or 9 years and I only saw one way out. The wrong way. I never did it though and I am so grateful I got a second chance in life.
Let this be a sparkle of hope for those who are still fighting this battle. Just believe me when I say it does get better. Keep going strong. You CAN handle this!

I would like to end this post with a song. I always came to rest when listening to music or I could totally lose myself in a good song and rage out the emotions I had. (I still do so tbh) Music has always been and still is my escape to a perfect world.
The song is one of the newest album by Florence and the Machine. It’s just very appropriate, and you’ll love it. Florence has also been through a lot of shit and look where she is now! You can do it baby!

You can follow Carolien on Twitter @koyencarolien