Illumicrate #7: Unboxing

July 1, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate, Unboxings

Life has been pretty tough lately so I apologise for the lack of posts. I do have some great books to tell you about so hopefully I’ll be back on track again soon. In the meantime, here is my very delayed Illumicrate unboxing. If you want to check out what came in previous boxes just click here.

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We were told in advance on social media that this box would have TWO books – which I actually completely forgot until I opened the box!

I’m not going to bother with a spoiler section as this post is SO late, but obviously, if you don’t want to know what was in the box stop reading now!

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This quarter’s box was packed to the brim. I really love this map bookmark exclusively handmade by Penguin Co.

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It’s actually so pretty that I’m too scared to use it! Plus, I do love a good map. I’m now very tempted by their other designs in their Etsy shop.

I’ve had this keyring on my house keys since the box arrived.

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This Harry Potter themed keychain is from Nutmeg and Arlo and I believe the blue colour is exclusive to Illumicrate.

I instantly fell in love with this door hanger and print from TJ Lubrano which is, again, exclusive to Illumicrate.

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In fact, the print is now framed and on my bedroom wall.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Flickerink candle for a while now so needless to say I was delighted to find this Mermaid Lagoon candle in the box.

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It has a lovely tropical scent, but I haven’t yet tried burning it.

In celebration of Sarah J Maas’ ACOTAR series, Merwild created the Feyre artwork for this mug.

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I love how she has incorporated the colours from all three of the books.

Onto the book – Truth or Dare by Non Pratt.

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In fact, it’s a SIGNED copy…

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…which arrived with a letter from the author!

I said there were two books. Well, the second book was an ARC of The Waking Land by Callie Bates, along with an author letter.

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My post is so delayed that you can, in actual fact, get your hands on the finished article now.

As ever Daphne included some extra goodies in the box.

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What a box, eh?

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I’m so pleased with it and also very happy that there’s now not too long to wait for the next box!

Daphne shared with us that the August box will include an exclusive Illumicrate edition of a book where “girl power reigns in this story of a true icon” AND we will get it pre-publication. I suspect I know what book it is and I AM SO EXCITED!! Make sure you order your August box so you don’t miss out. Check out the Illumicrate website for all of the information.

Did you get this Illumicrate box? What did you think?

Will you be ordering the August box?

Top Ten Tuesday #51: Most Anticipated Releases 2017

May 30, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’d like to participate too, see here.

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This week the topic is…

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half Of 2017

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There are so many books to look forward to in the second half of 2017. Here’s my list of most anticipated releases starting from July.

1

City of Saints and Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Published by Rock The Boat on 6th July 2017

2

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love To Hate Me by various authors, edited by Ameriie

Published by Bloomsbury on 13th July 2017

3

Gather The Daughters

Gather The Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Published 25th July 2017 by Tinder Press

4

All The Wicked Girls

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker

Published 24th August 2017 by Bonnier Zaffre

5

Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Published 29th August 2017

6

Godsgrave

Godsgrave (Nevernight #2) by Jay Kristoff

Published 7th September 2017 by Harper Voyager

(awaiting UK cover)

7

Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Published 5th September 2017 by Bloomsbury

8

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales & Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Published 26th September 2017

9

The Beginning of the World

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

Published 2nd November 2017 by Two Roads

10

Renegades

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Published 7th November 2017

What are your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2017?

Spring Wishlist Giveaway

April 26, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Closed Giveaways

It’s been a while since we ran a giveaway on the blog so I think a wee Spring wishlist giveaway is in order. There have been so many fantastic releases lately with many, many more to come, I thought I’d give you the chance to win a book from your wishlist. Whether it’s a new release this Spring or a book you’ve been meaning to pick up for a while, you could get your hands on a copy.

win a book from your wishlist

Simply enter via the rafflecopter entry form below. There are no mandatory entries, so just do as many or as few as you wish!

The giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY as long as The Book Depository ships to your location (check here). The winner will receive a book of their choice up to the value of £10.

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Good luck!

Bookworm Candles & Crafts March Box

April 11, 2017 in Bookish Candles, Bookish Posts, Unboxings

Back in February. I purchased a couple of bookish candles from Bookworm Candles and Crafts for my sister-in-law’s birthday. As soon as they arrived, I must admit I was pretty jealous and wanted to keep them for myself! Obviously, I gave them to her, but as soon as the opportunity arose I placed an order for myself too!

I was really impressed by Danielle’s attention to detail in the candles I ordered, so when I saw her March box was to be an ACOTAR theme, “I Love You, Thorns And All” needless to say I couldn’t resist.

So, I thought I’d share the box with you. Fair warning though, I couldn’t figure out how to change the settings back on the camera after my husband had been photographing the Aurora Borealis, so these are taken with a phone.

The box came well wrapped and protected. Had this yellow tissue paper been the entire wrapping I’d have been very pleased.
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However, under the tissue paper was I found this!

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Just look at that attention to detail!

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It seemed such a shame to open this box, but open it I did and it was full of goodies ALL handmade by Danielle herself.

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First of all, I unwrapped this stunning Rhysand candle.

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It smells incredible and quite honestly I’m rationing it as I love it so much. With every candle Danielle adds a crocheted touch using wool specially selected to match the scent – once again, that attention to detail!

I wish I had a better photo of this rose lip balm.

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It is lightly topped with glitter and the balm itself is lovely.

Continuing with the rose scent, we received rose bath salts.

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I haven’t used them yet but I’m so excited to, I love bath salts!

This Rhysand quote mirror is a really cute addition to the box.

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As is this charm bracelet (sorry again for the poor quality photo).

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Finally, possibly my favourite item – the Spring Court candle!

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It really does smell like spring flowers, and look at the finish of the candle!

I can’t emphasise enough how impressed I am with Danielle’s work. She goes the extra mile to ensure that all of her items are special.

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Bookworm Candles and Crafts have recently launched their new website. If you pop over you’ll be able to get your hands on the April, May and June boxes – the themes sound fantastic! There are just a few April boxes left though – Hunger Games fans, you might want to check this one out!

I’m so pleased with my box, it was such a special experience – a true treat.

Illumicrate #6: Unboxing

March 23, 2017 in Bookish Posts, Illumicrate, Unboxings

Every three months I squeal with delight as my Illumicrate box lands on my doorstep.

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I’ve been subscribed to Illumicrate from the first box and I love it. You can find unboxings of all of the other boxes here.

So let’s take a look inside the February 2017 box!

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If you are interested in getting your hands on the next Illumicrate (in May) subscriptions are open now! Also, Daphne has revealed that the May box will include a pre-release book and subscribers will be the first to get their hands on it. #excited