Monday, 24 April 2017

Winner: 2 Bookworm Candles


I'm excited to announce the winner of my latest giveaway today with the help of Rafflecopter.

You've won 2 candles of your choice from Bookworm Candles and Crafts!

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Congratulations Paula! I've sent you an email asking for your address and your choice of candles so as soon as I have the information I can pass it on to my contact at Bookworm Candles and Crafts so they can get your prize in the post for you.

Thanks so much to Bookworm Candles and Crafts for sponsoring this giveaway & thanks to everyone who entered. I'm sorry if you didn't win but I'll have more giveaways coming up soon so make sure you check back for another chance to win prizes.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review: Cat Querkles - Thomas Pavitte

From the creator of the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series comes Cat Querkles, putting an exciting new twist on the classic colour-by-number images that we loved as children. At first, you see nothing but a baffling tangle of circles, but hidden within each puzzle is a whiskery face waiting to be revealed!

Featuring a menagerie of adorable felines from roaring lions to loopy long-hairs, Cat Querkles provides hours of creative colouring fun for artistic minds of all ages. Choose a dramatic colour scheme to make your Querkle truly unique, discover what's hidden in each puzzle, and create a striking kitty portrait that you can easily remove and display.

Querkles Colouring Books:
Animal Querkles
Cat Querkles

Visit Thomas Pavitte's website for more information

Review:
This is my second Querkles colouring book and I love it just as much as the first, they're colour by numbers books unlike anything else you've come across before! The images are made up of hundreds of interlocking circles of various sizes which makes it practically impossible to tell what the image is going to be before you start colouring it in. You can cheat and look at the black and grey thumbnail images at the back of the book if you want to but I find it more fun to watch the image gradually appear as I colour.

This book contains 20 different images and as you can probably tell by the title of this book they're all of cats. The pages are large, A3 in size, and the paper used is good quality and fairly thick card. Each image is on a separate piece of paper and I've been using my sharpie pens to colour them in without any problem with bleed through so that should give you an idea of the quality. If you like to display your pictures after you've finished them then you'll find they have a perforated edge which makes it really easy to remove them from the book too.

Each image is designed to be filled in using 5 different colours. You can use different shades of the same colour or 5 contrasting colours but you'll need to work from dark to light with #1 being the darkest and #5 being the lightest. I find it easiest to fill in one colour at a time until the picture is complete.

These pictures show progress from start to finish as you add each layer of colour:



and here are a few more completed designs in various colour combinations:




I really do love these books and hope the artist brings out more animal versions in the future (he does have a couple of books with iconic people but I'm not really interested in those ones).

Source: Received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Visit the Beauty and the Beast movie website for more information.

New 2017 live action trailer:


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Review:
It's actually been a couple of weeks since I saw the new live action version of Beauty and the Beast so I thought it was about time I talked about it on the blog. I've always been a huge fan of this fairytale, the original animated version is still one of my favourite Disney movies (along with Aladdin, Jungle Book & Lion King to name a few more!) so I was both incredibly excited when I heard they were making a new live action version but also a little nervous that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. I was more hopeful when I found out that Emma Watson had signed up to play Belle though (I can't think of a better actress for the role) and I have to say I think they did an amazing job.

Belle was always my favourite Disney princess, not only does she rescue the Beast and save him from his curse but she's also a fellow bookworm who always has her head stuck in a book so I always found it incredibly easy to relate to her. As a child I dreamed of marrying the Beast just so that he would give me his wonderful library and if I'm honest I'd still marry him now for the exact same reason LOL.

The new movie has captured the atmosphere of the original perfectly, it's added in some more backstory for a lot of the characters and there are some fabulous new songs and characters too. The actors all played their roles brilliantly and the special effects were just stunning. I loved every minute of it and can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again. I've been singing the songs to myself ever since I watched it and I came out of the cinema desperate to watch the original version again too. There are a few things I preferred in the original movie but overall I think they did a wonderful job and I'll definitely be watching both movies many times in the future.


Have you seen the new movie? How did you think it compares to the original?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: Exiled - Amanda Carlson

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s armed only with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren't planning to go down without a fight...

Phoebe Meadows Series:
Struck
Freed
Exiled

Visit Amanda Carlson's website for more information

Review:
At the end of the previous book we saw Phoebe and her friends travelling to Asgard so she can stand trial for helping Baldur escape. The Goddess Frigg blames her for Baldur's death but Phoebe is hoping she'll be given the chance to prove her innocence and make sure the real culprit is punished. Frigg isn't willing to listen to reason though, her son is dead and all she cares about is getting revenge so it looks like Phoebe will receive the ultimate punishment and find herself exiled to Helheim, the real question is whether Fen will be sent with her or if she'll have to face a new realm full of enemies completely alone.

This series really is going from strength to strength. I love the Norse mythology Amanda Carlson has taken inspiration from and I really enjoyed getting the chance to spend time in both Asgard and Helheim in this book. It's great that we get to explore new places in every instalment of this series and the author does a brilliant job of making each realm feel completely different to the ones we've already visited. The story is action packed as Phoebe is set an almost impossible task by Frigg and she has to face her scariest enemies yet if she wants to be able to return from her exile in Helheim.

Phoebe gets the chance to meet more of her family here too which was a lot of fun, not only do we catch up with her adoptive parents in the human realm but we also learn more about the Valkyrie side of her family and she finally gets to meet her father Odin. The romance between her and Fen is still going strong and I continue to love the friendship between Phoebe and her human friend Sam too. Odin and Frigg aren't the only gods in the mix and Loki is causing mischief just like you'd expect but luckily Phoebe has some powerful allies as well as enemies or she'd be in even more trouble.

I've been having so much fun reading this series and I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment to see what adventures Phoebe gets up to next.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Review: The Card Sharp - Laura Lam

Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Card Sharp

“He always mourned that moment, when the high began to fade. It was like he moved from who he wanted to be to having to face the reality of who he was. He’d rather feel supernatural. More than Drystan Hornbeam, a seventeen-year-old-boy who had made a lot of foolish mistakes and didn’t seem to be changing his habits anytime soon.”

Before Drystan became the White Clown of R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, he was a Lerium addict struggling on the streets of Imachara. When a mysterious woman gives him a chance at a new life, he takes it, even if it means falling even deeper into the dark underbelly of the capital of Ellada. Drystan knows that selling Lerium to the powerful men and women who bet at the high stakes card tables is perilous, especially when he still battles his own addictions. Yet when he meets a man who can help him learn to cheat at cards and swindle them out of enough money to start a new life, he dives headfirst into more danger.

Vestigial Tales are stories set in the world of the award-winning Micah Grey series. Step behind the circus ring from Pantomime, the theatre of Shadowplay, and more…

Micha Grey Series:
Pantomime
Shadowplay
Masquerade

Vestigial Tales:
(Series of short stories set in the same world as the Micha Grey series)
The Snake Charm
The Fisherman's Net
The Tarot Reader
The Card Sharp
The Mechanical Minotaur

Visit Laura Lam's website for more information.

Review:
The Card Sharp is the fourth of Laura Lam's Vestigial Tales set in the world of her Micha Grey series. Its technically a prequel as it shows events from before Pantomime but because it features a character not introduced to the series until Shadowplay I think you're better off reading it after that book when it will have more meaning to you.

This is the second chance we've had to delve into Drystan's past but this takes us back to events before The Snake Charm and before Drystan ever became the white clown in Ragona's Circus of Magic. The story starts not long after Drystan ran away from home and takes us through his struggles with his lerium addiction and how his life hit rock bottom. It isn't pretty reading but it does end on a more hopeful note as Drystan works hard to escape the life he fell into and move on with his life.

Obviously if you've read any of the main books in the series you'll already know where life takes him beyond this point but I enjoyed seeing more of his background and learning how he first met Maske. I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point but it's a great addition for fans of the series who want to know more about Drystan.

Source: Received as part of a preorder giveaway from the author

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Winners: Wolf Nip - Vivian Arend


I'm excited to announce the winners of my latest giveaway today with the help of Rafflecopter.

You've all won an ebook copy of Wolf Nip thanks to Vivian Arend!

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Congratulations to you all! I've sent an email to all the winners confirming you've won a prize and I've forwarded your contact information to Vivian's assistant so that she can arrange to send out the ebooks. Please note that the books won't be sent until June when the new version of Wolf Nip is being released.

Thanks so much to Vivian Arend for sponsoring this giveaway & thanks to everyone who entered. I'm sorry if you didn't win this time but I'll have more giveaways coming up soon so make sure you check back for another chance to win prizes.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Review: Razr - Larissa Ione

New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione returns to the Demonica Underworld…

A fallen angel with a secret.

An otherworldly elf with an insatiable hunger she doesn’t understand.

An enchanted gem.

Meet mortal enemies Razr and Jedda…and the priceless diamond that threatens to destroy them both even as it bonds them together with sizzling passion.

Welcome back to the Demonica Underworld, where enemies find love…if they’re strong enough to survive.

The Demonica Series:
Pleasure Unbound
Desire Unchained
Passion Unleashed
Eternity Embraced (Novella)
Ecstasy Unveiled
Sin Undone
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 1)
Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 2)
Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 3)
Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance book 4)
Reaver (Lords of Deliverance book 5)
Azagoth (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 1)
Revenant (Lords of Deliverance book 6)
Hades (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 2)
Base Instincts (Novella)
Z (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 3)
Razr (Novella) (Demonica Underworld book 4)

For more information visit Larissa Ione's website

Review:
Razr isn't quite a fallen angel but he's been banished from heaven as part of his punishment for losing 3 of their most powerful weapons, the gems of Enoch. Razr's team made a huge mistake that cost the lives of the humans bonded to the gems and he's been paying for it ever since. His only chance of earning his way back to heaven is to recover the missing gems but that is easier said than done when he is also tasked with helping Azagoth training the memetim.

Jedda is a gem elf who spends most of her time in the human realm. Her innate ability to sense gems from a distance make her the ideal person to track the gems of Enoch but unfortunately for Razr another fallen angel got to her first and her life is now at risk if she doesn't hand over the gems to his enemy.

Razr is the fourth novella in the Demonica Underworld spin off series, which focuses on characters living in the underworld. The earlier stories focused on characters we'd become familiar with from the main Demonica books but now we're starting to see the series branch off in a different direction and I have to say I'm enjoying seeing where this goes. The addition of gem elves just shows there is a lot more to this world still waiting for us to explore it and I absolutely loved finding out more about Jedda. Gem elves have some really interesting characteristics and abilities so I can't wait to see what else Larissa Ione has in store for us.

As this is a novella the romance between Razr and Jedda develops quite quickly but it didn't feel rushed because of the way events unfolded. I enjoyed spending time with both of the main characters and thought there was a great connection between them. There was a lot of action to go along with the romance so I flew through this story in double time. It was also nice to see a bit more of Azagoth and the other underworld based characters and I'm looking forward to seeing whose story will be up next. I think this series still has a huge amount of potential and its definitely one of my favourites!

Source: Received from author via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review

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