31 Jul 2018

The Gilded King | Review

Title: The Gilded King
Series: Sovereign #1
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Pages: 292 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

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

The Gilded King tells the story of Julia and Cameron. Julia is stuck in the Blue and needs to work as a server until she meets Lucas. Lucas believes in fairytales and Julia wants to believe in them but she can’t.
Cameron is looking behind the walls of the Blue, the Red, for their lost queen and discovers so many things, including a rising enemy…

The Gilded King is the first book in the Sovereign series, a spin-off series for the Solis Invicti series, and is yet another amazing book written by Josie Jaffrey. I loved reading the Solis Invicti series and I was so excited and happy when Josie asked me if I wanted to read The Gilded King!

I really love that Julia and Cameron don’t really have something in common, but you can still read in both perspectives. You get to know how people live in the Blue and how people live in the Red and how everything changed. I love the relationship between Julia and Lucas, but I don’t really know what to think about Cameron and Felix. I loved them so much but then the last few chapters kind of changed my mind…

I loved The Gilded King and I cannot wait to read the other books in the Sovereign series. I love Josie Jaffrey’s writing, so I know that I’m going to love all the other books!

The Sovereign series is a spin-off series and you don’t have to read the Solis Invicti series, but I do recommend reading it because 1. it’s amazing and 2. you know a lot more about the world Josie Jaffrey has created so it’s easier to read the Sovereign series. The Sovereign series also contains some spoilers for the Solis Invicti series, so I recommend reading the Solis Inviciti series first and then the Sovereign series.

Seeking Sanctuary | Release Day Boost


Title: Seeking Sanctuary
Author: Annie Anderson
Series: Shelter Me #1
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense If you'd like to read my review, click here.


One broken girl. Two brothers. One small town with a big secret.

Planning to escape her controlling boyfriend, Isla’s getaway hits a snag when a pair of pink lines show up on a pregnancy test.

Levi just needs an accountant. Someone smart, dependable, and someone who won't blow town and leave him in the lurch. When a pretty but battered woman falls into his arms, he can't help but offer her the job. If only he can convince her to take it.

As an unexpected death rocks this small Colorado town, Isla can't help but wonder if her past somehow followed her to the one place she's felt like home.

Some sanctuaries aren't as safe as they appear...


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About the author


Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.

In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced romantic thrillers with some serious heat.



30 Jul 2018

July favourites

Because I uploaded my June favourites before June ended, I couldn’t tell you guys how I loved the festival Jera On Air. Jera On Air was such an amazing festival and if you’d like to read more about it, then make sure to check out my festival diary.

Books
  • Saving Grace (A Broken Heart #1) by Vi Carter
Saving Grace is such a beautiful book and I couldn’t stop reading. It was so beautiful and fast paced! Make sure to check out my review by clicking here.
  • Seeking Sanctuary (Shelter Me #1) by Annie Anderson
Seeking Sanctuary was the first book I read by Annie Anderson but was such an amazing and beautiful read. I also wrote a review for this book, so I’m not going to talk too much about it. You can find my review here.
  • Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart by Courtney Peppernell
I love discovering new poetry authors and when I really loved Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart. I’ve never read the first Pillow Thoughts, but now I really want to. Courtney is such a talented poet, and I really enjoyed reading her collection. My review will be up somewhere in August, so definitely keep an eye out for that!
  • Counterfeit Boyfriend by Cindi Madsen
Counterfeit Boyfriend was the second book I’ve read written by Cindi Madsen and this one is definitely my favourite. I really liked that Counterfeit Boyfriend was a New Adult book and I really loved the characters. I’ve written a review that will be published in August!
  • The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey
I’ve read the first series, Solis Invicti, by Josie Jaffrey and I loved it, so when she asked me if I was interested in reviewing her new book, I immediately said yes. I’m so glad I did because The Gilded King is such an amazing book and make sure to check out my blog tomorrow because my review will be up at 7 AM!
  • Wolf Games (The Vampire Games #4) by Caroline Peckham
Wolf Games is the fourth book in the The Vampire Games series and is yet another amazing sequel. I love reading Caroline’s books because they’re so well written and fast paced. My review for Wolf Games will be up this Thursday so keep an eye out for that!
Food & drinks
  • Tastea Sunset Ice Tea
I’ve been trying out this Ice Tea from Tastea and I love it so much! It tastes so good and my review together with a discount code will be up on my blog this Friday!
Movies
  • Wonder Woman
I wanted to see Wonder Woman for such a long time but never actually watched it until this month and wow! I loved this movie so much, and it was such an amazing one. I loved everything about it except X sacrificing himself. I don’t want to spoil anything hence the X, but I had to mention it.

  • Midnight Sun
When I first saw the trailer of Midnight Sun I knew that I had to watch the movie and that I was going to cry. And I did… Midnight Sun is such a beautiful movie and I didn’t expect the movie to end the way it ended. It left me so broken-hearted and I cannot wait to read the book!
  • The Incredibles 2
When I discovered that there was going to be a new Incredibles movie, I had to watch it. My boyfriend and I went to the movies and we both loved The Incredibles 2. I highly recommend watching this one not only because it’s that good but also because it brought back so many childhood memories!
Skincare
  • Lush Eau Roma Water Toner
I wanted to try out one of the Lush toners because I heard so many great things about it and I went for the Eau Roma Water. I really like this toner because it’s made for sensitive skins and helps reduce redness. I really like using this toner after removing my make-up because there still some dirt left and this toner really helps!

27 Jul 2018

Graphic liner inspired by Kayteeellen | Tutorial

I love love love Kayteeellen because she’s so talented with make-up and she’s a huge inspiration for me! When you look at her Instagram, you can find colourful looks as well as graphic liner looks, and I wanted to make a graphic liner look inspired by her.

I hope you guys like this look as much as I do and you can always give me some ideas for other tutorials!

1. Draw how you want your eyeliner to look with a light hand so that you can easily correct mistakes. I used my regular eyeliner but you can always use another type of eyeliner!

2. Make your liner thicker and more precise. This can be a hard step so take your time to avoid making mistakes.

3. Add glitter primer and glitter to your eyelid. This was a bit tricky because the glitter was on the liner and then the liner wasn’t as black as it used to, so I had to go over it with my eyeliner again.

4. Smudge some gel liner on the bottom lashes and make a fine line above your lashes so that it’s easier to apply the false lashes.

5. Apply some mascara and false lashes.


6. Highlight your face with a highlighter that matches your glitter.

7. And the final step is lipstick. I went with a pinkish-purple lipstick because it matched the glitter.

And that’s it! 🖤

26 Jul 2018

Brave Enough | Review

Title: Brave Enough
Author: Kati Gardner
Pages: 280 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Flux
Release date: 21 August 2018
Rating: 

Review

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

Brave Enough tells the story of Cason and Davis. Cason is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory, and was hiding her injury while doing an audition. But after her audition, everything changed… Davis is a cancer survivor, but his drug addiction almost killed him. But his addiction is still taking its toll.

Brave Enough was such a beautiful book about friendship, love, cancer and addictions. I don’t always know whether I’m going to like or hate a book about cancer because my grandma died because of cancer. However, Brave Enough was such an inspiring book and I couldn’t stop reading!

I really wanted to read this book because I’ve always been fascinated by ballet, probably that fascinated because my parents didn’t let me do ballet because of my mum’s physical illnesses she got because of ballet. The doctors thought I was going to inherit them if I would start practising myself. I’ve always been sad about that because I think that ballet is so beautiful (but, of course, also hard work!). Too bad that this book wasn’t really about ballet that much but more about cancer.

The story itself was really good, I kept on reading because I wanted to know how it was going to end. To be honest, the end was a bit abrupt. I expected more chapters than the story had. The characters were also really enjoyable. I really liked Cason and Davis, they’re so cute together and they don’t want to give each other more pain.

I really liked Brave Enough and I cannot wait to discover more books written by Kati Gardner!

25 Jul 2018

Top 5 websites every blogger should use

I love when bloggers make blog posts about websites, apps, programs, … that they really like and help with creating beautiful content for their blogs. I love these helpful blog posts so that’s why I wanted to make one myself. I’ve been using these websites for such a long time that I just can’t live without them. I hope these websites are useful for you guys and let me know if you’ve tried any of these websites!

1. Canva 
Canva is my number one favourite website for creating graphics such as headers and logos. I discovered this website at college and since then I never stopped using it. It’s such a handy website, and you can create everything. You can create business cards, flyers, headers for your blog, …

2. Later
It’s always easier when you can schedule your posts when you go to work or college. When you’re having a break, you don’t always think like ‘oh, I still need to tweet my new blog post’. Later is an amazing website/app that you can use to schedule posts for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

3. Pinterest
I’ve been using Pinterest Business Profile for a little while and it’s a good website to gain more traffic on your blog. With the Business Profile, you can manage your views and see which post does the best. I highly recommend the Business Profile. It may be a bit hard to set up, but you can always ask me some questions about it!

4. Twitter
It may sound obvious, but Twitter is such an important website to gain views! You have a lot of accounts for retweeting blog posts and that’s another way to gain more traffic. Two of my favourite RT accounts are @BloggersTribe and @bloggerclan! You can also create some Twitter chats where you share your latest blog posts and the ones from the chat, give your latest blog post a read and maybe a comment!

5. Planoly
Sometimes I forget to post pictures on Instagram so Planoly is my lifesaver! You can schedule Instagram posts for free, you can check if the pictures match your theme and it counts the number of hashtags you use (you can only use 30 hashtags per post). Planoly is so handy and like I said before: a lifesaver!

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24 Jul 2018

The Truth Hunters | Review

Title: The Truth Hunters
Series: STAR Academy #2
Author: Emilia Zeeland
Pages: 484 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: 

Review

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

The Truth Hunters continues the story of Yalena and her friends. As you may have figured out by the title, Yalena and her friends are trying to find the truth about the Fians and about Yalena’s parents.

The Truth Hunters was such a great sequel and I really enjoyed reading it. There was some good character development and I discovered so many new things about Yalena and her friends and there were so many surprises.

I couldn’t stop reading because it was that interesting and amazing and I had to know how The Truth Hunters was going to end. And boy, how did it end, wow!!! The Truth Hunters is such a fast-paced read and I cannot wait to read the third book!

23 Jul 2018

Seeking Sanctuary | Review

Title: Seeking Sanctuary
Series: Shelter Me #1
Author: Annie Anderson
Pages: 201 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: 

Review

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

Seeking Sanctuary tells the story of Isla and Levi. Isla’s been in an abusive relationship and is determined to run away because she found out she’s pregnant. In a small town, she meets Levi and then everything changes.

When I started reading Seeking Sanctuary, I couldn’t stop, I had to know what was going to happen. I read Seeking Sanctuary in one day and it was such a beautiful book. This is my first book written by Annie Anderson and I just know that I’m going to love all her other books.

Well, I might be a lily, but the most beautiful of water lilies grow from the thickest mud.

Seeking Sanctuary is well written, fast paced and just so beautiful. The introduction got me hooked and the more I read, the more I loved this book.  I love Isla and Levi, they’re so perfect together and I’d love to have a Levi for myself, haha! The story, as well as the characters, is amazing!

 I cannot wait to continue the Shelter Me series and to read more books written by Annie Anderson!

20 Jul 2018

Jera On Air 2018 | Festival diary

This is already the third time that I’m going to this festival and I cannot wait to share my experiences with you! If you haven’t already read my Jera On Air 2017 festival diary, make sure to check it out!

Three weeks ago I went to Jera On Air and it was amazing! I was really looking forward to going to Jera On Air because I had exams in June and this festival was the perfect way to end June. I also want to apologise for uploading this festival diary three weeks after the festival, but the past three weeks have been a little hectic and I was in a writing slump.

This year I was the only girl going together with my boyfriend, his brother, his nephew and his three friends. It was really funny though! I really like spending time with guys because they’re so easy to hang out with, so I didn’t really mind being the only girl. I also already knew all of these guys so that made it even more fun!

Jera On Air is a two-day festival, from Friday ’till Saturday, but you also have a pre-party on Thursday and you can stay until Sunday noon to pack all your stuff and go home. We arrived on Thursday, set up our tents and just chatted and drank some alcohol. It was definitely an amazing start to the weekend. We hadn’t seen each other for a while since it was exam period and some of the guys work, so it was nice to catch up.

The first day of the festival, Friday, we didn’t see a lot of bands because Saturday was the best day in my opinion. On Friday we hung around on the camping site for a while because the first band we wanted to see, played at 4 PM, and we also checked some band merch before we saw some bands. The bands we saw on Friday were Blessthefall, Lionheart, Neck Deep, Bury Tomorrow, Emmure, Enter Shikari and a bit of Billy Talent. My favourite band was definitely Emmure, this is the second time that I’ve seen them live and they were so good!

The second day was the best day because I saw so many bands that are my favourite bands ever! We first started with a band that I’d never heard of but really liked, Crystal Lake, then we saw Adept, Blood Youth, Being As An Ocean, Alazka and Stick To Your Guns. If you’ve read my Top 5 favourite bands, you know that Being As An Ocean and Stick To Your Guns are two of my favourite bands and Alazka is one of them too since the first time I saw them live in 2015.
So it’s obvious when I’m going to tell you guys that I loved Being As An Ocean, Alazka and Stick To Your Guns. Being As An Ocean was so beautiful that I was singing and crying at the same time. Their songs are so beautiful and the way they perform… Definitely one of the best performances ever! And Alazka and Stick To Your Guns were amazing as well and I had so much fun seeing them perform my favourite songs! I also met the band members of Alazka and went on the picture with them for the third time. They are so nice and sweet!

I also bought some merch on Jera On Air, a T-shirt from While She Sleeps and one from Alazka. I’ll give you the links so you can check out the merch for yourself: While She Sleeps and Alazka. Jera On Air 2018 was an amazing edition and I cannot wait for next year!

19 Jul 2018

Saving Grace | Review

Title: Saving Grace
Series: A Broken Heart #1
Author: Vi Carter
Pages: 224 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 28 October 2018
Rating: 

Review

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

Saving Grace tells the story of Grace who’s lost her brother two years ago. She doesn’t want to tell anyone about her past until she meets Derek. Derek seems so perfect, but is he as perfect as he seems?

Saving Grace is such a beautiful book and it was so hard to put down! I wanted to know how the story was going to end and I just had to know Grace’s story. Saving Grace was such a fast-paced read and I couldn’t stop reading.

Grace is such a strong character, she’s been through a lot with her brother and she’s trying to keep all her emotions to herself but once she met Derek, she couldn’t help sharing her story. I think that sharing her story made her even stronger because she finally let someone in and that’s something really brave.

I also like the fact that Vi Carter mentioned in Saving Grace that she wants to give the reader the same emotional ride that she got from reading Colleen Hoover and Jennifer L. Armentrout books. I did get a Colleen Hoover/Jennifer L. Armentrout vibe and those two are my favourite authors, so Vi you did an amazing job!

I really liked Saving Grace and I cannot wait to read the rest of the A Broken Heart Series!

18 Jul 2018

Top 5 favourite poetry collections

I’ve been loving poetry since I first started reading poetry in the summer of 2017. I wanted to spread my love for poetry and give my top 5 favourite poetry collections.

1. The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson
The Chaos of Longing
The Chaos of Longing was my first poetry collection and I loved it. It was such a beautiful collection and I was so in awe because I didn’t know that I was going to like it as much as I did because I'd never read poetry before. The Chaos of Longing is a poetry collection about love, trauma and heartbreak. Click here to read my review!

2. The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza
The Last Time I’ll Write About You was not my second poetry book, but the second poetry book that I loved. This poetry collection is about first love and the break up afterwards. I could really relate to so many poems because we’ve all been through heartbreak. Click here to read my review!

3. the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace
I was hearing so many amazing things about the witch doesn’t burn in this one so I just had to read it. And wow, did I enjoy this poetry collection! This collection is about feminism, being confident, rape and many more inspiring subjects. Click here to read my review.

4. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey
milk and honey is one of the most recent poetry collections I read and I had some high expectations because everyone’s still raving about milk and honey. I love this poetry collection because it’s so inspiring. It’s about survival, the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and feminity. milk and honey was really inspiring and I cannot wait to read the sun and her flowers.

5. Worlds of You by Beau Taplin
The latest poetry collection I read was Worlds of You by Beau Taplin. Worlds of You is a collection of Beau Taplin’s most treasured words and is about love, loss, pain, passion, fear, … So far, this is the best poetry and prose collection written by Beau Taplin and there were so many beautiful and inspiring poems in this collection! Click here to read my review.

Have you read one of these poetry books and what are your favourite poetry collections?

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17 Jul 2018

Seeking Sanctuary | Release Day Blitz


Title: Seeking Sanctuary Author: Annie Anderson
Series: Shelter Me #1
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense


One broken girl. Two brothers. One small town with a big secret.

Planning to escape her controlling boyfriend, Isla’s getaway hits a snag when a pair of pink lines show up on a pregnancy test.

Levi just needs an accountant. Someone smart, dependable, and someone who won't blow town and leave him in the lurch. When a pretty but battered woman falls into his arms, he can't help but offer her the job. If only he can convince her to take it.

As an unexpected death rocks this small Colorado town, Isla can't help but wonder if her past somehow followed her to the one place she's felt like home.

Some sanctuaries aren't as safe as they appear...


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Excerpt:

“You hungry, Sugar?” Levi’s voice broke into my thoughts and stilled my fingers on the keyboard. They had been working on autopilot as my brain ran over last night’s kiss. Every detail, every single sensation, everything – all on a loop, playing over and over again. 

There were a million reasons to talk myself out of a relationship – or whatever this was – with Levi. Possibly a billion if I were being honest. But I was having a hard time making myself give him the ‘that was a mistake’ talk. I didn’t want to have that conversation at all, but the reason part of my brain really wanted to be heard. The emotional – and probably horny – part of my brain was beating reason back with a stick.

But still, the bitch had some good points.

Those points were vast, far-reaching, and possibly devastating for all parties involved. I should totally not go any farther into whatever the hell this was with Levi, but every time I thought I could muster up the courage to talk to him, he’d call me ‘Sugar’ or he’d smile at me, and I’d watch his lips pull in that half grin of his. That same half-grin that made my belly dip, and then the belly dip would take me back to how good his lips felt on mine. How I’d never, ever felt like that before, and then I’d be back where I started. 

Not knowing what the fuck to do.

“Always,” I answered, saving my work and logging out as I yanked my jean jacket from the chair. 

We headed to the diner, Levi’s shoulder brushing mine with every step. I didn’t quite know if he was holding himself back from me, or maybe he was taking baby steps, but I liked that even if he was wary of holding my hand, he still touched me somehow. Levi was decidedly in my space, just like in the kitchen. He stole the air and space in my little bubble, but somehow he gave it back to me too.

I felt greedy for it – the warmth of him being so close to me. But my greed made me feel guilty because it didn’t matter that I was starved for him – he didn’t know who I was. 

Or what I’d done to get free.


About the author


Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.

In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced romantic thrillers with some serious heat.


16 Jul 2018

Magic at Midnight | Review

Title: Magic At Midnight
Authors: Lyssa Chiavari, T. Damon, Dorothy Dreyer, Clare Dugmore, Mary Fan, Leigh Hellman, Clara Kensie, Mark C. King, Karissa Laurel, Melanie McFarlane, Amy McNulty, Selenia Paz, Madeehah Reza, K.M. Robinson, Jane Watson
Pages: 476 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Rating: 

Review

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Snowy Wings Publishing!

Magic at Midnight is a Young Adult fairytale anthology written by 15 authors, so 15 fairytale retellings. The retellings are written in different genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, historical, paranormal, … So there’s definitely a story for everyone!

Retelling 1: Cinderella A.I. by Lyssa Chiavari 4/5
Retelling: Cinderella

Retelling 2: Tresses & Erubescence by Amy McNulty 2/5
Retelling: Rapunzel

Retelling 3: Magic All Around by Jane Watson 4.5/5
Retelling: The Goblin and the Grocer

Retelling 4: Little Rue by T. Damon 3/5
Retelling: Little Red Riding Hood

Retelling 5: The Inventor’s Daughter by Selenia Paz 4/5
Retelling: Beauty and the Beast

Retelling 6: A Brackish Shore by Leigh Hellman 2/5
Retelling: The Little Mermaid

Retelling 7: The Forest of Carterhaugh by Karissa Laurel 3/5
Retelling: The Ballad of Tam Lin

Retelling 8: The Pitiless Prisoner of Hamelin by Mark C. King 2/5
Retelling: The Pied Piper

Retelling 9: The Goose Girl and the Artificial by K.M. Robinson 4/5
Retelling: The Goose Girl

Retelling 10: Dance of Deception by Clara Kensie 4.5/5
Retelling: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Retelling 11: The False Nightingale by Mary Fan 4/5
Retelling: The Nightingale

Retelling 12: Leo 6 by Melanie McFarlane 3/5
Retelling: Rumpelstiltskin 

Retelling 13: Solstice Spell by Clare Dugmore 3/5
Retelling: The Nutcracker Prince

Retelling 14: Morsel by Dorothy Dreyer 3/5
Retelling: Hansel and Gretel

Retelling 15: Wires and Blood by Madeehah Reza 2/5
Retelling: Pinocchio

TOTAL: 48/75 = 3/5

So overall I really enjoyed reading Magic at Midnight, but a lot of stories were about artificial intelligence and it’s not that it isn’t interesting but it just kinda gets boring because it’s always the same. It would’ve been better if some stories were about something else like mermaids, ghosts, … instead of artificial intelligence.

I do think that there were some really interesting retellings and I cannot wait to discover and read more books written by these authors!