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BOOKS | Review: The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

Name:The Paper & Hearts Society
Author:Lucy Powrie
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date published: June 2019
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Pages: 365
Rating: 4/5

Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn't want to go to parties - in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.
It's like she hasn't found her people ...
Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING - especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.
But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it's the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed's fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself ...
Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?
- From Goodreads.
The Paper & Hearts Society was such a sweet and lovely read that I really related to. It made me feel very nostalgic and took me right back to whe…

MOVIES | Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Title:Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Creators: David Yates (director), J.K. Rowling (screenwriter), Warner Brothers and Heyday Films (production companies)
Rating: 12A
Runtime: 134 minutes
Release date: 16th November 2018
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

This review contains spoilers!

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, though he's unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. - From IMDb.
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald was talked about a lot both prior to and during its release, and it created some quite strong opinions, so once I finally watched the film and read the script book, I thought the best way to work through my own thoughts and feelings on the movie would be in a review. I fe…

UNBOXING | Fairyloot: Unlikely Romances - May 2019

It's always great when you love every item in a book box, even if you're not that invested in every book or series that the items are inspired by, and that is exactly what happened for me with FairyLoot's May Unlikely Romances box! I knew I had to get this box because I am such a hopeless romantic and I adored the theme right away, and I am so glad I did, because there are some wonderful items that are from books I really love, and even the items that are inspired by books I haven't read yet are really beautiful and useful! As well as that the book that came in the box sounds so intriguing and I am very excited to read it. It also has pink sprayed edges and I utterly love anything that is soft pastel pink. I've listed each item that came in the box below, along with a link to the designer or shop that created it.

Tahereh Mafi Ignite Me bamboo travel mug, designed by KDP Letters.

Natasha Ngan Girls of Paper and Fire notepad.

Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone pen…

UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate: Your Majesty - April 2019

Royalty and kings is a theme I really enjoy in books, especially fantasy novels, so I knew this Illumicrate box would have some intriguing items for me and I think it certainly lived up to my expectations! Your Majesty is a great theme idea for a box and I really liked every item even if I have not read the book or series it is based on yet. The book that came in the box also sounds very fascinating and I am looking forward to reading it! I have listed each item that came in the box below, along with the shop or designer that created it.

Game of Thrones Iron Throne phone ring designed by Fable and Black.

Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses magnetic coin necklace designed by Monolime.

The Wicked King mug designed by rosiethorns88.

Crown of Power raspberry-scented candle created by Flickerink.

Throne of Glass quotes book tin designed by Moledro Craft Co.

Three Dark Crowns travel posters designed by Alicia Pinapal.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and We Are Blood and Thunder book sample…

BOOKS ¦ Review: A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Name:A Curse So Dark And Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date published: 2019
Rating: 4/5

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper d…

UNBOXING ¦ FairyLoot: Dark Magic - April 2019

Dark Magic is a really fascinating theme, and I am always interested to see it explored in fiction, so I knew this would be an exciting box from FairyLoot, with lots of beautiful items and an intriguing book, and I was definitely not wrong! This was a brilliant box, and I have listed each item below, with the shop or creator that designed it.

The Darkling (from the Grisha trilogy) tote bag, with lettering by KDP Letters and art by morgana0anagrom.

Six of Crows tarot cards by Emmilinne.

Philosopher's Stone soap by Pretty Suds

A Curse So Dark And Lonely pin by Literary Emporium.

Children of Blood and Bone notebook by Stella Bookish Art

Mister Kindly (from Nevernight) tea strainer by FairyLoot.

A Darker Shade of Magic book sleeve by Monolime.

Nocturnaby Maya Motayne, exclusive signed edition with blue sprayed edges, author letter and character art by niru.

Fairyscoop booklet, bookmark and spoiler card with theme art by Taratjah.
I really enjoyed unpacking this box and I think I'll lov…

UNBOXING ¦ Illumicrate Mystery Box

I have always enjoyed the previous Illumicrate boxes that I have purchased so when they announced they were selling mystery boxes I thought it would be a great chance to get some of the wonderful items I had missed from other boxes. I was very pleased with what I got, especially since I was lucky enough not to get any items that I had already received! Below I have listed each item that came in my mystery box, with a link to each designer or shop that created them.

Hamilton quote ceramic mug, designed by Abbie Imagine.

Warcross by Marie Lu quote wooden bookmark, designed by chatty nora.

Protagonist/Antagonist necklace, designed by Down the Rabbit Hole.

Elements metal bookmarks, designed by Another Studio

A Court of Thorns and Roses character cards, designed by Monolime

A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre and Rhysand art print, designed by Kat Adara

Grisha book sleeve, designed by Sparrow + Wolf

Tote bag, designed by KDP Letters.
I was really happy with all of these items, I thought th…