Through the Letterbox: Fairyloot October 2017 Villainous Unboxing

So I think that it is fair to say now that I am a huge fan of  FairyLoot. This is a monthly subscription ya book box based in the UK.

 

the box:

In each box you can expect:

  • One recently published Young Adult book,
  • 4-6 goodies often related to the book,
  • promotional items such as posters, bookmarks and a signed bookplate (whenever possible),
  •  a unique hashtag that links you up with one other person receiving a box.

The box is £26 plus shipping at £3.95 (if UK based) bringing it to a grand total of £29.95. I wish that the shipping is including in the price because it is like a hidden extra. But I do think that this box is well worth the price.

the unboxing:

  • Book #forestofathousandlanterns  by Julia Dao with a signed bookplate and letter from the author. This looks like an amazing book and is all about a beautiful Evil Queen retelling set in Eastern Asia!

 

  • Maleficent candle by@merakicandles Which looks and smells so pretty

  • Villain Coaster & TMI inspired Art Print by @eviebookish. The Coaster is inspired by Moriarty and is perfect for any villain in your life. And the print while inspired by TMI is actually a Virgil Aeneid quote so the classist in me died and when to heaven a little bit

 

  • Death Eater Pin by @howstoreofficial which looks amazing and it glows in the dark!

  • Hidden Darkness Mirror by @littleinklingsdesign Which features a quote from The Young Elite by Marie Lu. This is a series that I need to read.

 

  • And finally an exclusive edition of  #thelanguageofthorn by Leigh Bardugo. Which is so gorgeous that I’m afraid to crack it open.

 

  • And then the bonus items were Night of Cake and Puppets Art Print and The Language of Thorns postcards.
LET ME KNOW IF YOU’VE RECEIVED A FAIRYLOOT BOX, I’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM? AND WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU DIDN’T LIKE? 

 

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Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Here We Are Now by Jasmine WargaHere We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on 16th November 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Arc, E-Arc
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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four-stars

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she'd ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense - kinda - because Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father - her grandfather - who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother's trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her 'father' and her family. But Julian isn't the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother's past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

This was a quiet and sweet little story, that while it didn’t have the heart racing, was a heart-warmer of a read and made me want to turn each page as fast as I possibly could. Tal has never met her father, but with some educated guessing it is clearly rock-star Julian. A man she is clearly never going to meet.  Until he shows up on her doorstep.

Therefore, starting on a journey of discovery as Tal discovers more about her father’s family and the man she thought she would never get to know. This is a wonderful book about acceptance, trust and believe that things can change. I loved the family history and the background to this story. It was so much more than a discovery of family. Tal also discovered her parents love story.

The reason that this is not a five star for me is because there is a lot of information and not enough action. While information is good, I did wish that the characters moved a bit faster on that information and stopped dithering about. It would have made the storytelling so much faster.

Also Tal was a bit boring, but as it says in her description she is ‘ordinary’ and throughout the book that clearly shows.I wish that there had been more of Harlow as she was definitely a feisty character and pushed Tal into making the right decisions.

This book  is perfect for the more romantic in us, the ones who need a happy ending and a story that will make you fall in love with it time and again.

four-stars

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Blog Tour: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Blog Tour: Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly MartinChristmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on November 2nd 2017
Genres: Chick-lit, Christmas, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: E-Arc, Paperback
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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five-stars

This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky out soon.

Read what everyone is saying about Holly Martin:

‘This was a fun and fabulous book to curl up with under the blanket and with a fire blazing … And best of all it made me excited for Christmas!’ Escapades of a Bookworm

Full of Christmas romance and just so gorgeous – you will not be able to put this book down!’ Rather Too Fond of Books

‘It captivated me, drew me in, held me under its magical spell and left me feeling as if I'd just stepped out of a winter wonderland, the fairy-tale sort.Becca’s Books

‘When I started this book I felt I should be wrapped up In blanket with a roaring log fire and a mug of hot chocolate … I loved every page of it!The Book Review Café

Totally adorable and very entertaining … In short this is more than an entertaining romance.’ Shelly Back Books

I loved this book, I really did. I literally devoured it in one sitting … absolutely bulging at the seams with feel good factor.’ Voracious Reader

I loved everything about this book … will certainly have you looking forward to one of the most magical days of the year.By the Letter Book Reviews

Made my heart melt just a bit … I could not put the book down.’ Hokkerups Bogblog

A mini Christmas miracle.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

This whole book is just the most perfectly adorable, squishy, fluffy, festive, romantic and wonderful story!Paris Baker's Book Nook

Charming and sweet like a Christmas treat.’ For the Love of Books

‘Holly’s stories are always filled with a little bit of magic and lots and lots of strong relationships that make you all warm and fuzzy inside.

So Holly Martin has done it again. And with less than a hundred sleeps till Christmas it is definitely socially acceptable to get in the Christmas Spirit and read a fabulous christmasy feel book.So there.

Can I ask right now? Please can I move to Christmas Town right now. Pretty please? Because it sounds fabulous. The description of the place sounded idyllic and so perfect I could have just upped and left.

This book has made me looks forward to the cold weather coming in, for blankets and fires to be essential and to have the perfect excuse to read a perfect book. This book had me swooning, heart melting and put a big smile on my face over the cuteness of it all.

I fell in love with Christmas Town, with Gabe and Pip, with the magic of the place, but one person stole my heart and that was 4 year old, Frozen obsessed, Wren.

And to make this book even better in my mind, there is just under a month for the second book in this series *happy dance*

Guys if you like Christmas, if you love romance, and it you are after something cute and will give you all the feels. Then this is the book for you.

five-stars

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Blog Tour: Extract from The Little Christmas Village by Sue Moorcroft

So it is getting to that time of year when Christmas is all around. Today I have a little extract from the brilliant Sue Moorcroft and her wonderfully christmassy book, The Little Christmas Village. 

The Extract:

‘What are we going to do? How can it have happened?’ Jodie wailed.

Alexia felt hot tears ooze from her own eyes. Whether they were for Jodie, Gabe or herself, she couldn’t have said. But, used to Jodie’s emotional reactions, Alexia patted her back while Gabe made hot drinks and fetched tissues. There was nothing to do when Jodie was locked in grief but to allow her to cry it out.

Eventually, when the storm had lessened, Gabe accessed the recent bank account transactions to show them that the money had disappeared in a series of withdrawals – cheques on Friday, when they’d all been preoccupied with preparing for the wrecking party, and the rest via Internet banking either side of midnight Saturday/Sunday.

‘You can see the name of the payees!’ crowed Jodie, hope dawning on her red and blotchy face. ‘Look, this one’s a company called Oatwood 2k Ltd. And this one’s —’

But Gabe was already shaking his head. ‘Don’t get your hopes up. Whoever did this is clever. They’ll have hidden their tracks. It will lead to a dead end.’

‘But how can it?’ Jodie demanded, expression bewil­dered. ‘It’s there, the name of the company—’

Gabe’s lips thinned. ‘If my experience is anything to go by the money will have been transferred out already and will have disappeared into a network of companies and individuals. The addresses of some will be rental proper­ties and the current tenants will never have heard of Oatwood 2k or any of the others. Some will be legitimate entities, often blissfully unaware that their identities have been stolen and used to open bank accounts. Somewhere along the line the money will be drawn out in cash.’ Jumping up, he started to pace around the room. ‘There’s a very practised hand on the tiller during this voyage of deception, let me tell you. They knew precisely which gambles were worth taking. I, for one, was kept very busy on Friday and Saturday and had no reason to check the accounts.’

‘Same,’ said Alexia, picturing Shane ‘marshalling the troops’ as he called it while they’d all helped to get ready for the wrecking party. She curled up on the sofa as Jodie tried over and again to ring Shane. Alexia might not have Gabe’s banking experience but she was shrewd enough to know that whoever took the money must have had an in. ‘Jodie,’ she began gently. ‘Do you have an address for Shane?’

Knuckles whitening around her phone, Jodie began to bluster, brown eyes furious. ‘Honestly, Alexia, I can’t imagine why you’d bring up such a random question now, when we’ve got this to worry about. He lives in Manor Road in Bettsbrough, but I’ve only been a couple of times and I didn’t exactly note down the door number.’

Alexia glanced at Gabe. He gazed gravely back, compas­sion in the depths of his eyes. She tried again. ‘The police want to know. Someone has taken this money. Shane isn’t answering his phone so they need to find him—’

What?’ Jodie physically jumped away from Alexia. ‘Are you accusing my boyfriend? The bank accounts have been hacked. Obviously! It happens all the time. It’s random! Don’t you dare—!’

Gabe interrupted, voice soft. ‘But slates and doors, fire­places and tiles . . . how could a hacker remove those?’

Jodie stared at him dumbly, horror written on her face.

Alexia swallowed painfully. ‘Has Shane had access to your Internet banking app, Jodes?’

With a wail, Jodie leapt up and fled from the room.

Alexia covered her eyes. Could this day get any worse?

 

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Blog Tour/ Review: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James

Blog Tour/ Review: A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey JamesA Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James
Published by HarperCollins UK on September 11th 2017
Genres: Chick-lit, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

A heart-warming romance about hopes and dreams, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley.

A season of second chances...

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones...

But this season is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a feeling she never forgets... watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

This is my first book from Lynsey James and it certainly will not be my last. This was a warm, funny and inspirational read that made me want to turn the page over and over again.

While the bulk of the book was a serious and thought provoking topic, the story was told in a sensitive way. One that managed to be uplifting and heartwarming.

Cleo was such an inspirational character. She managed to overcome so many obstacles and achieve so many goals despite everything. I loved that this was told through the idea of a bucket list. And I was cheering each and ever time a goal was ticked off.

This book is definitely one that I will put in my happy place, as I sit down, unwind and enjoy a great book with a cup of tea.  A Season of Hopes and Dreams is the perfect way to start the weekend.

 

four-stars

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