Review: Dream a Little Christmas Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

“I’m left in no doubt that dreams are powerful devices. Whether we believe that they are our brain’s way of clearing out the debris polluting our brain, our imagination’s way of running free when our brain isn’t in use in our busy lives or a portal to future events – they move us.” – Giovanna Fletcher.

Dream a Little ChristmasEarlier this year I read Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. After enjoying it a lot, I knew I would have to read the Christmas novella set after the events of the book. Due to the book being set at Christmas, I thought that a review on it would be the perfect start to Blogmas this year (yes, I’m doing it again).

Dream a Little Christmas Dream continues several months later from Dream a Little Dream. It is Sarah’s first Christmas with Brett and she’s still having her wild dreams. Her dreams are making her worried, especially when Brett starts behaving in a mysterious manner…

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Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

the hidden oracle“That’s the nice thing about being human. We only have one life, but we can choose what kind of story it’s going to be.” ― Rick Riordan.

I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A couple of months ago the first book in a new series by Rick Riordan was published. Like two of his previous series’ (Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus), this series is based around Greek mythology and includes characters from Riordan’s previous books.

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Review: Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard.

“There is nothing so terrible as a story untold.” – Victoria Aveyard.

queen songThe other day I bought Cruel Crown which consists of two short stories by Aveyard set in the Red Queen universe. Due to the two stories being very different I decided to write up two separate reviews, rather than squashing them both together. These stories take place before the events of Red Queen although it makes sense to read Red Queen and even Glass Sword first. I read both of these quite recently and have reviews for the first book here and second book here.

The first of these stories is Queen Song which focuses on Cal’s mother, Queen Coriane and it basically tells the story of her life before becoming queen up until and shortly after the birth of Cal.

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LUSH: Cupcake Face Mask.

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“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.” – Stanley Fish.

Another face mask has been finished which means another LUSH review. This is my third of their fresh face masks now which means that I am able to compare it more to other face masks rather than going in blindly. In case you missed my previous face mask reviews I wrote about Oatifix here and Catastrophe Cosmetic here.

I selected Cupcake as my next face mask to try out due to it’s popularity on my twitter poll, the fact one of my best friends love it and it’s alluring chocolate scent.

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Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.

“And even though I know that there’s a ton of stuff ahead I’m so terrified about I can’t breathe sometimes, tonight I can’t help but feel like no matter  how hard it gets, everything might just be OK in the end.” – Lisa Williamson.

the art of being normalWow, I don’t know where to begin with this book. I have wanted to read it for a while, but the thing that finally encouraged me to pick it up was the Girl Gang Book Club as this was the book selected. Although I unfortunately didn’t read it in time for the chat over on twitter, I still tried to take part and over the weekend I finally finished it.

The Art of Being Normal is the story of two teens and it switches from each of their points of view about every other chapter. David is transgender; as depicted by the cover, he is a girl stuck in a boys body. Leo is the new kid in school and he’s trying to keep his distance from everyone, he’s trying to avoid making friends because Leo has his own secret he’s trying to hide…

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Beauty and LUSH Haul.

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“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank.

Recently I have been buying quite a few things, so rather than write them all out along with my thoughts on them in an incredibly long post, I decided to throw everything together and make it into a video. This is my first haul video and also my longest ever video, so I hope you all enjoy it:

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Rainbow Inspired Nail Art.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” – Dolly Parton.

The weather always starts to improve a little in Spring and we get a mix of rainy and sunny days, which leads to rainbows. Over the years I have taken to producing rainbow inspired nails fairly often, some designs you can see in previous posts I have created including Sky Inspired Nail Art and Spot Inspired Nail Art, or you can hop over to my Nail Art Gallery to see everything.

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Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

“You have to believe. Otherwise, it will never happen.” – Neil Gaiman.

stardustThis is a book I have been dying to get my hands on for a very long time and not just because I love the cover and how it is consistent with Gaiman’s other works.

Stardust first came to me in the form of the movie, rather than the book and I loved it. Ever since I have wanted to read the book and not too long ago I finally bought it. I couldn’t wait to read it, so unsurprisingly it was bumped up in my TBR pile.

Stardust is a fantasy story full of magic and the world of Faerie. Tristan Thorn travels into the Faerie world on the other side of the wall in search of a star which fell from the sky in order to win the heart of Victoria Forester. Throughout Tristan’s travels through Faerie we learn of this magical world and the danger that lies within it.

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Spring Beauty Essentials | Collab.

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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens.

I can’t believe we have already reached the end of Collab Week! It’s been so lovely creating posts with all these different bloggers; I really hope you have all enjoyed reading them. In case you have missed any posts I will link to all of them at the end of this post.

The final blogger I have collaborated with is Michelle Berry and today we are focussing on beauty by going through our favourite products for this time of year, Spring. Michelle’s favourites will be in a separate post on her own blog so make sure you head on over there too.

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