Why I love my Kindle


Once upon a time on my old blog, I wrote a post about Kindles VS Physical books. I received a Kindle paper white for Christmas 2015 and that day, I completed my first Kindle book. Having now had my Kindle for a year and a half now and the debate about which is better having died down a lot more, I thought I’d write a couple of points on why I love my Kindle. If you’re contemplating purchasing a Kindle, you may find this helpful!

  1. I can carry around so many more books and they weigh soooo much less
  2. My books don’t have to keep competing for shelf space (well they do but my Kindle lessens it a bit..)
  3. They are cheaper (most of the time..)
  4. It has a helpful ‘minutes left in book’ line in the bottom corner which means that…
  5. I read books a lot faster on my Kindle – I really don’t know how or why, but I do!
  6. You can make notes and highlight lines without damaging the book
  7. I can actually fit this in my bag without having to switch out to another bag to accommodate it, unlike physical books
  8. I can read in bed and I don’t have to get in to an awkward position to try and read both pages because its all on screen
  9. Kindle books/Amazon vouchers make for very easy gifts
  10. Kindle books have exactly the same content that they do in physical books – there’s no difference!

I hope this post has helped you if you’ve been deliberating on whether to get a Kindle. They are super useful and handy, especially if you’re on the go or going away and you just have no idea what books to take!  Of course, I can only comment on my experiences of the Kindle Paperwhite which is super good if you want to read outside or in the dark because it has the lit back screen which is really good! Do you have a Kindle? If not, has this made you think of getting one?

The Changeling’s Journey by Christine Spoors


Title: The Changeling’s Journey

Author: Christine Spoors

Pages: N/A

Publisher: Self-Published

Published: 2017

Source: ARC from Christine (thank you!)

Rating: ★★★★★


Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.


The Changeling’s Journey is a really unique book that one of my bestest friends ever has written. Although she is my friend and I was sent this copy for review, this is no way affects my review. The book is genuinely amazing and that good. I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

The Changeling’s Journey is unique for its use of Scottish culture and folklore. As someone who doesn’t know much folklore, particularly Scottish folklore, I found this to be interesting but I also did actually find myself linking things in the book to things that I had heard of. I really liked the incorporation of these tales into this book. This book was also really well written and I am super proud of Christine for writing and creating this wonderful story.

This book also had a few different PoVs which made the story interesting as it meant that we got to see many more parts of the world that the story is set in. The story really follows Morven, the last Changeling in her village, who goes off on an adventure to the Fairy Kingdoms in search of a ‘cure’. It’s not really a cure as such, it’s more of a way around it. I felt really invested in this book because I liked Morven and I really enjoyed seeing her journey across the land and really just seeing her grow with her experiences. I also liked Glen as I thought that he was a funny and cute character.

Something that I really loved was that there was such a strong friendship between Morven and Glen. I love books that don’t just feature romance, but also strong friendships and this book ticked that box for me. So although this book does have different PoVs, I felt that this was mainly Morven’s story, which it is. My favourite character in this book probably was Morven or Euna. I thought that they were both interesting in their own ways and I’d love to hear more about what they get up to following the events of this book.

The journey was interesting because I felt that there were a lot of things that Morven discovered on her travels. There were new towns and villages with new experiences and things to try. There were new characters that came up throughout the book. It wasn’t sunny all the time, which made it more realistic because as this is based on Scottish folklore, the weather should also be authentic and as most of you know, it is mostly always raining in Scotland and in the U.K. in general! I loved how the story began to come together so nicely and I felt so excited whenever I saw it happen. The journey was just really interesting and I really felt like I learnt some new things about Scotland and its tales, which is a bonus as I love fantasy and I love learning things and this book did both!

The ending was surprising but really good. I felt like it wrapped up nicely and any loose ends were tied up, however I did ask Christine about a certain character in the book because I wanted to know what their future would be like!

There were so many different elements to this story that really came together to make my experience of reading it amazing. I really enjoyed The Changeling’s Journey for its blend of Scottish tales thus creating this fantastic story. It definitely took me on a wild ride and I totally devoured it. I would most definitely recommend it, and for those of you who are giant fans of folklore, tales, fairies and/or adventure, this is a must read!


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Flights of Fantasy: Introduction and Update

Flights of Fantasy is hosted by AlexaLovesBooks and HelloChelly. I’ve participated the last 2 or 3 years now in my efforts to read more Fantasy, and since starting a challenge that encourages you to read more fantasy books, I have ended up falling in love with them. So much so, that a load of my contemporary books that I’d bought around 2 years are still sat on my shelves unread (although that’s not exactly surprising, given the amount of unread books I have..).

I am linked up to the original post through my twitter I believe, but now that I have my own blog (hurrah!), I can post updates on here! So, my Goodreads goal for the year is 20 books, so my original goal for this challenge was 5 books. I know it’s a small amount, however I had to take into consideration that I was finishing my final year of university this year and that I am going travelling in Europe for 6 weeks over Summer (actually I am away right now as this is posted!). As it turns out, I’ve now completed my 2017 Goodreads goal and I’ve gone over my original Fantasy books goal of 5 books, so I’m going to bump up my goal to 10 books.

Fantasy books read so far:

1. Frostblood

2. The Star Touched Queen

3. Caraval

4. A Court of Mist and Fury

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin

6. The Changeling’s Journey

Fantasy books on my ’30 books to read this year’ list:

  • The Crown’s Game
  • A Gathering of Shadows
  • Glass Sword
  • Snow Like Ashes
  • Crooked Kingdom
  • The Winner’s Curse
  • Nevernight
  • And I Darken
  • Truthwitch
  • Rebel of the Sands
  • The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Cruel Beauty
  • Frostfire
  • Uprooted
  • The Forbidden Wish

So that’s 15 books in total to read, half of my list! Hopefully I can read all of these books by the end of the year but we shall see! I’ll be aiming to add this onto my Wrap-Up posts from now on, starting with the June/July wrap up! How many fantasy books have you read so far?

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

 

Title: The Song Rising

Author: Samantha Shannon

Pages: 348

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 2017

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★


Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. 

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. 

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…


The Song Rising is the highly anticipated third book in The Bone Season series. If you haven’t read any of these books, look away now! I have read all three of the books currently out in this series this year so I am feeling pretty happy with myself as I usually start a series and then don’t end up finishing it for ages. The first two books have been pretty chunky books, so I was surprised when I received my copy of TSR as it weighs in at 348 pages which is comparatively less.

I did enjoy this book however I had to stop half way through it as I had my busiest month of University coming up with a few assignments and exams. This pause was about a month and a half to two months long which I think affected my experience of the book as I liked it but didn’t love it.

This book really ramped up with the action and I felt that as it was shorter, it had a better flow and the momentum was kept up by this. It was set in various locations in the Mime Order’s goal to track down a certain tool that might threaten the existence of voyants everywhere. There were some distressing scenes towards the end involving a form of torture that I feel was necessary to include as it didn’t skirt around it and really showed the book to be realistic. It relates to the real world and doesn’t leave anything out, making it a realistic novel. I think this made the book feel slightly more authentic. It also demonstrated more of the rise of the Rephaim in Scion London and Scion England as a whole. The use of Paige’s experiences and past were also utilised in this book, showing how this book almost comes a full circle a bit in some respects.

We have a lot of the same characters in this book with not many news ones. Some characters that we’ve had a glimpse of in the previous books have come to the forefront in The Song Rising. For example, we still have Nick and Eliza out of many other characters. We also see the return of a certain character in this book who was not present much for the majority of it which I think really added to the story, especially towards the ending as it made it a little more interesting. There are two characters however that were in the previous two books that were mentioned but not actually in The Song Rising so I’m really intrigued to know where they are hiding out. Hopefully the next book will answer this.

Warden and Paige’s relationship is a complicated one, as they are both different species and there are certain restrictions or opinions on relationships that Rephaim hold with humans. I feel like their relationship does change and grow in this book, but its still held back by both of their responsibilities. I hope that in one of the future books, they do end up together as they seem to go together well.

The ending in this book was not what I was expecting at all and came as a shock to me. I have developed a theory for possible answers to questions that came up from the ending and I’m really interested to see this series expand and where it will lead too.

One of the things that I always comment on with Samantha Shannon’s books are the long chapters. I am not a fan of long chapters in books and I felt like in this book, they were extra long. I feel like there’s a lot of information to take in with these books and so the long chapters don’t exactly help for me, especially when I want or need to put the book down as I prefer to finish a chapter rather than stopping in the middle of the book. I’m looking forward to the next book but I would not say it’s in my Top 5 anticipated reads for 2018 just yet.

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Meraki Candles: April Anime Box

This box is the very first anime inspired box by Meraki Candles, with theme being Studio Ghibili! As someone who has not watched much of Anime, or any really at all for that matter, I was excited to see how Heather would create this box and I was not disappointed! Although I was a rep when I received this box, I will be giving you my honest opinion of these candles (although, I can’t help that I love both of them!).

So first all, the box included two candles, as pictured above and below, as well as a few goodies which you can see in the picture above. The goodies were: 

  • Notepad
  • Postcard
  • Pin badge
  • Yubaba’s Soap
  • Arreitty print

I love all these goodies, particularly the notepad and the soap! I obviously am not so clued up on Anime, so I wasn’t really sure about the print or pin badge however still think they’re super cute.

And now for the candles! Included was:

  • Howl’s Castle
  • Totoro

I’m going to go into detail about these two candles with their scents and what I think but aren’t they pretty? Wait till you see the colour of them and hear how they smell!

Howls Castle | Inspired by: The Mortal Instruments | Scents: Something, Jasmine and Rose

This candle is super, super pretty. I absolutely love the violet colour of it and the label matches the month’s card art! It’s super fresh and the rose comes through really well, but it’s quite subtle and not overly strong which is great, as sometimes I think rose scents can be quite overpowering. I also definitely get a whiff of the Jasmine which is lovely. Overall, this is a really nice candle that is just fresh and florally, but not too overpowering, plus bonus points because it’s purple.

Totoro | Inspired by: Totoro | Scents: Sweet Pea

As you can slightly see, this candle is a honey-like brown. It smells so lovely, and is a little bit stronger than Howls Castle. Totoro has one scent which is sweet pea. Again, this is quite florally, and although stronger, it doesn’t smell sickeningly so. I personally think it smells really lovely and fresh.

I think out of the two candles, my favourite is probably Howls Castle. I love the colour, the scent, just everything about it!

Now for the other items that came in this box! I’ve grouped them all together as usually my unboxing posts end up being really long!

The print is super cute, and is my first from tjlubrano, who I have seen around quite a bit in the bookstagram community. Her artwork is super cute and I have wanted to buy something from her for a while now. Although I haven’t watched Arrietty, I think this print is lovely. I would definitely love to get more prints designed by her!

The soap smells really good and is designed by Behind The Pages. I now have a few soaps from this shop and I also have two lip balms. I really like her products and although I am yet to use my soaps, I can confirm that they do smell super good, Yubaba’s Bathhouse especially smells good, with scents of Water, Satin and Sage – it really reminds me of the sort of scents my Grandparents have in their bathroom. It’s almost like a rose sort of scent!

The pin is cute, although I don’t watch anime so wasn’t sure where it was from. Hannah Hitchman created different Ghibli pins so not everyone has the same pin which is a fab idea! As you can see, I received this little fireball called Calcifer!

The notebook is super handy and was created by House of Wonderland, with little Soot Sprites on it. I love the blue colour and again, even though I haven’t watched Anime, I really like this notebook. It will be useful for writing any story ideas, plotting or just anything really!

 

So that is my April Meraki Anime unboxing. I hope you liked it, and if you received this box, what was your favourite candle and item? If you didn’t, which do you think you’d like the most?

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

 

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 513

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published: 2012

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★


Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.


Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. And its snap split the world in two.

Days of Blood and Starlight picks up almost immediately where Daughter of Smoke and Bone finished.

One of my first observations when reading this book was that there were more PoVs than the previous book, which is fine, but I mainly just wanted to read from Karou’s PoV. I felt like this book was a great addition to the series because as said, there were more PoVs, but we also got to see a lot more of Eretz. I found this to be interesting as it gave us a chance to learn more about where Akiva and Karou are from, although we get to see a lot more of Akiva’s homeland. We also learn more about Akiva, his father, family and also about his mother and magic. I found the addition of Akiva’s magic to be good and I would like to see how this will be incorporated into the last book because it just has to be. I also feel that there is more of Eretz to be discovered or read about so I’d like to see the last book do this.

We also get to see a bit more of Karou as the ressurectionist and about an upcoming battle which is exciting and I’m looking forward to reading about that in the last book. I am also looking forward to seeing everything come together and to seeing how things between Karou and Akiva are. I also would like to see where Karou ends up – in Eretz, or the mortal world. As just mentioned, Karou takes on Brimstone’s role in this book as the ressurectionist of the Chimaera which I think is a vital part to Karou’s character as it gives her a way to connect with him. Karou really throws herself into this role and into helping build the Chimaera forces up, however the other Chimaera soldiers really aren’t fond of her following her history. Although some began to warm towards her, I wish that the soldiers had given her credit and forgiven her as what she had fought for previously was a solid cause.

When I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it got to about half way/three quarters of the way through and I felt like it started to get very descriptive. This was similar, although I think I almost preferred this book to the first one. In this book, Karou fully remembers her past and becomes increasingly more involved with the war effort on her side of the battle. I thought that this was good as we got to see a little bit more of Karou, how she interacted with the other Chimaera and how the events of her previous life and most recent events have affected her character. I felt like Karou has taken a lot on so I was interested to see how she would cope with this.

Then there is the topic of Akiva. Maaaaan, I love Akiva! He is so into Karou and I want nothing more than for her to forgive him, although what he did is a pretty big thing to just forgive and forget. I feel like his character really progressed in this book and became someone who was much more than just a soldier. He did some pretty big things and took on a pretty big loss, and because of the events throughout this book, I really think he has grown as a character. Other characters that I liked were  Zuzana, Mik and Ziri.

The ending to this book was good but it, of course, left things loose as we have one more book after this novel. I enjoyed this book, but again, it became a little slow for me somewhere in the middle.  I am looking forward to Dreams of Gods and Monsters and how this story will conclude the series. I remember when it came out as I had just joined the book community and there was a huge hype about it so I am finally getting to it, 4 years later..

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Meraki Candles: April Box

The April box was Far Away Lands! This is my third Meraki Candles box and I was so excited for this box because of the places featured. I hadn’t heard of two of them, but I had heard of the other two featured lands. Although I am a rep, I will be giving you my honest opinion of these candles, although I make no apologies for loving all the candles because they’re so gorgeous!

So first all, the box included four candles as well as a few goodies which you can see in the picture above.

The goodies were:

  • A bookmark by Till & Dill
  • Tote bag by Bookworm Boutique
  • Camp Half-Blood badge
  • The info card bookmark

I loved all these goodies, especially the bookmarks and badges! I also loved the bag!

And now for the candles! Included was:

  • Elendel
  • Essos
  • Narnia
  • Rivendell

I can’t wait to share with you what I thought of each of them!

Elendel | Inspired by: Mistborn | Scents: Jasmine, Amber and Musk

Wow, I don’t really know how to describe this one. It smells really lovely and reminds me a little of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. I feel like it’s quite a unique scent. I can definitely smell the musk scent and I can pick up another scent which is the jasmine. To be honest, these 3 scents together have made a really lovely candle.

Essos | Inspired by: Game of Thrones | Scents: Lemon, Orange and Aromatic Woods

This one is a little different to the other candles. Its scent is perhaps a little more tangy because of the lemon and orange. I think the orange does overpower the lemon ever so slightly, but I think the lemon comes through as more of an after smell. The aromatic woods are definitely there. It’s like a tangy wood smell, to sum it up!

Rivendell | Inspired by: The Lord of the Rings  | Scents: Wildflower and Cashmere Woods

Rivendell is a really fresh scent and smells exactly like it says on the tin! The cashmere woods comes through when sniffing this candle and reminds me almost of pine trees when I inhale a lot of it (that sounds odd, but if you take a really long sniff of it, more scents come through). I think this is definitely my favourite out of these three as it smells so fresh with a hint of flowers.

Narnia | Inspired by:  | Scents: Menthol, Lavender and Pine

Narnia is possibly my favourite out of the four candles. All 3 scents listed for this candle come through to make a really gorgeous candle. I can definitely smell the lavender and pine. The menthol is also definitely there which I think makes the pine stand out a little more and gives it a little bit of a minty scent.

In all honesty it’s hard to choose my favourite, but I think it has to either be Rivendell or Narnia!

Now onto a closer look at the extra items!

Here is the pretty design inspired by Lord of the Rings, created by Bookworm Boutique. I have never owned an item by Bookworm Boutique before, but I’ve always wanted something so this is perfect!

 

We received some Camp Half-Blood pins, which you can see above. I was lucky enough to receive two, however decided to send them to another bookstagrammer who was interested in one of them! I’ve only read the first two Percy Jackson books but have really enjoyed them!

On the left, there’s a closer look at the bookmark that Till & Dill designed. I really love this design as it’s so pretty and I love the blue/white colouring! This is my second Till & Dill bookmark which I super love and I am hoping to buy more as the designs are so gorgeous!

 

So that’s the April Meraki box and I really loved it. I think my favourite candle is probably Rivendell, but it’s a really tough choice! It smells really fresh and woodsy, but also has florally hints to it which I like. If you received this box, which candle was your favourite?