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In Reading, Review on
October 23, 2016

OwlCrate Review (Once Upon a Dream Theme)

OwlCrate review - is it with the price?

OwlCrate Review – YA Book Subscription Box

Today I am sharing with you an OwlCrate review (c/o). OwlCrate is a $29.99 young adult book subscription service where each box follows a theme. In each box comes a book and items related to that book or theme. The October box had a Once Upon a Dream theme. Click read more below to see what came in my box and whether or not I think the cost was worth the price of this book subscription.

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In Review, Sponsored on
October 3, 2016

Amazfit Unboxing and Review

Hello Kind Friends, today I’m excited to share with you a sponsored look at the Amazfit step and sleep tracker. I’ve been really into wearable fitness jewelry the past few years, especially since my introduction to the Bellabeat LEAF, since these adorable pieces make me want to wear them and track my daily steps. Check out the Amazfit review below.

The Amazfit Moonbeam and Equator

As a mom to a newborn (He turned one month old yesterday! Wow I’m flipping out.) I have baby weight on the mind, but I know I need to help my body recover before I jump straight into working out again. Keeping track of my steps and making sure I take frequent walks has been the way I’ve been easing into things before I get the okay from my doctor to start running again. My dog Mustache is certainly enjoying all the extra walks! My Pokemon Buddy is enjoying the extra candy too… (Yes, I’m still playing Pokemon GO.)

Check out more details about the Amazfit below and see more in my video review…

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In Reading, Review on
August 21, 2016

Review and Giveaway: The Curse of the Sphinx & Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner

The Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters Giveaway by Raye Wagner

Hi Kind Friends! Today we have a review and giveaway for The Curse of the Sphinx and Demigods and Monsters by Raye Wagner, books 1 and 2 in the Sphinx series. I’ve been noticing a resurgence in mythological based Young Adult books lately. Have you seen it too?

The Sphinx series follows Hope as she first tries to keep hidden from the beings sent to kill her (in book one) and then as she tries to break the curse that has befallen her family for centuries (in book two). This curse forces her to transform into a “monster”, a sphinx, for a few days out of each month. Can she break the curse?

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In Reading, Review on
August 4, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

BookTube Tour and Blog Tour - There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Hello, Kind Friends! Today I’m bringing to you a book review video from the LovingDemBooks BookTubeTour group. This month I’m featuring There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane and it’s one of my favorite reads so far this year. I’m sure you all will love it!

Here is the book synopsis:

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?

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In Review, Sponsored on
June 14, 2016

Simply Heaven Candles Review

Hello there, Kind Friends! Today I have a review of the two products I mentioned in my six-month pregnancy update (it’s actually almost time for my seven-month update, whoa), a lemon-scented candle and a lavender reed diffuser from Simply Heaven Candles.

This review has been sponsored by Simply Heaven Candles, but my opinion has not been swayed by compensation in any way. Check out the pros and cons of each product below.

all-Natural Soy Candle Review

Lemon Drop: Hand Poured Soy Candle Review

I love lemon scents, especially in the kitchen, so I was more than a little pumped to be getting this soy candle for review. With my pregnancy senses going crazy, I can smell pretty much everything, so the kitchen hasn’t been a great place for me to be if I don’t have a candle burning.

The pros of this product are it’s even-burning and long lasting flame. I’ve used this candle fairly frequently and it’s only half burned through, while in other candles I’ve had I believe in this amount of hours I would have already had to buy a new one. Thankfully the wax also burns evenly, so I don’t have any of those awkward wax dips or hollow middles.

The one con I’ve noticed so far with this candle is it’s undertone smokey smell. Chris doesn’t seem to notice this, so maybe it’s just my super senses, but underneath the lemon, I smell something similar to a campfire. It doesn’t take away from the lemon entirely, but I do think it detracts from the overall pleasantness.

Reed Diffuser Review

Lavender: Richly Scented Reed Diffuser Review

I tend to associate lavender scents with relaxation, probably along the rest of the world, so this reed diffuser was made for my bedroom.

The lavender smell itself is wonderful, and I love the presentation of the bottle for this product, but in the end, it doesn’t spread across the room as much as I’d like. I don’t think I have a big bedroom, so that was a little disappointing, however, I noticed the smell fills up my small bathroom well so I moved the product into that smaller space.

Overall, I would definitely purchase these products myself and try more from the candle line. I, in particular, would be interested in seeing how their fragrance oils and oil warmers measure up.

Thank you Simply Heaven for sponsoring this review! I am enjoying the products immensely.

Check out Simply Heaven Candles on Instagram to see more updates on their products and while you are on the platform, follow me as well.

See you all with another pregnancy update soon!

In Reading, Review on
June 5, 2016

Review + Giveaway – Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder by Julie Wetzel

Hello Kind Friends! Today I’m happy to be sharing with you a book review in collaboration with the LovingDemBooks BookTube Tours for Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder by Julie Wetzel.

I received this book in exchange for a review, but this post has not been sponsored and my options are my own.

This story is set in New York City where Vicky gets a job as the personal assistant to the CEO of Ritter Industries. Before she knows it she is thrown into the world vampires and her boss is one of the most admired of them all. There is a light romance in the book, but it looks like the actual vampire romance elements will come more into the picture in book two.

 

Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder Book Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed turning off my brain as I entered into Vicky’s life. The writing style of the author is usually not what I’d chose in a novel, as I prefer more descriptions and comparative language while this story was more straightforward, but as a whole this book entertained me and kept me stress-free on hard days. That’s exactly what I hope to find when I’m reading!

Kindling Flames: Gathering Tinder by Julie Wetzel Book Review

I was pretty much binging this book during my work lunch breaks. I wonder what books baby Jack will enjoy reading?

As for things I think could be improved upon; the main character didn’t seem to have any flaws in the story, which made her come off at times as slightly Mary Sue. As I move through the series I hope to see a little more development of this character. I also had trouble moving past some of the typos in the story, as I felt there were a little more than I’d typically see in a published novel.

On another note, if you actually read the acknowledgements of the first two books, you find out that they were initially combined in one manuscript. The story was written by Julie to help keep her sister entertained while she was deployed and I just love that idea. It made me happy to have that little sneak peek into the origins of this novel.

Enter the International Book Giveaway for Julie Wetzel’s Debut Novel

On Goodreads I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I’m about 20% into the sequel, so make sure to add me on Goodreads to see my review once I finish part two of Kindling Flames.

Don’t forget to also enter the international giveaway to win a swag pack of Kindling Flames. You can also get five additional entries if you purchase the eBook or physical book of Kindling Flames. To get those entries, make sure to email a copy of your receipt to LovingDemBooks@gmail.com. 

You can purchase Kindling Flames on Amazon, Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble. Add it to your Want to Read list on Goodreads and check out reviews here.

What have you been reading lately? Send me your thoughts in the comments!

In Reading, Review on
May 21, 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass Book Review

Who does Eadlyn pick at the end of her Selection?

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass has finally come to a close. I can’t believe it! I’ve been enjoying and re-reading this series over and over again the past three or so years and it’s odd to finally have a conclusion.

If you haven’t heard of The Selection Series, here is a synopsis of book one:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

In the below video I share my book review of The Crown as a whole (with and without spoilers) and how it fits in relation to the series.

 

Overall, I believe that the plot elements of The Heir and The Crown were really interesting, but I felt that they should have been explored with a few additional other scenarios added in more gradually as a three book arc. Eadlyn’s transformation isn’t a surprise to me, but I felt like it should have been more built up over time, especially considering the huge announcement she released to the country on the Capital Report in the last chapter.

As for the husband she ends up choosing, I’m happy with the choice (for spoilers on who wins Eadlyn’s selection, see the above video). However, I feel like the relationship was rushed in the last quarter of the book. There had been a few hints in book four, but it wasn’t what I would consider a gradual love that built up because of the way it was presented.

See more details in my above video and if you haven’t, check out the creative book trailer for The Crown from Epic Reads.

Did you read The Selection series? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

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