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July Releases

Hey!

As normal on the second Monday of the month! Dun Dun Dunnnn!! Here are your July releases. I just want to apologise firstly as there isn’t a lot coming out this month, but I want to say Yay! as this means we get to save for next month!!

If anyone finds something I have missed, as usual please message me or comment and I will update. What are you guys looking forward to this month?

 

1st July

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story – Melissa de la Cruz

Song of the Current – Sarah Tolcser

 

6th July 2017

The Savage Dawn – Melissa Grey

The Hawthorn Crown – Helen Falconer

 

11th July

The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2)  – Elise Kova

Ash and Quill  – Rachel Caine

This is How it Happened – Paula Stokes

 

13th July 2017

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy – Ameriie

Nemesis – Brendan Reichs

Rules of the Game (Endgame 3) – James Frey

The Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid

 

18th July

The Library of Fates  – Aditi Khorana

 

25th July

Daughter of the Burning City  – Amanda Foody

 

27th July

Alex, Approximately  – Jenn Bennett

The Disappearances  – Emily Bain Murphy

Kingdom of Sleep – E. K. Johnston

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Hey guys.

I haven’t abandoned you I promise. I’ve been so busy and a little bit ill recently. Also wanting to get a few books out of the way. Though I wanted to finish this book, I did not want it to end. I’m kind of going to be reviewing all of the series so far as I read it a little bit too quickly. I did pause half way through Wings and Ruin as I felt it getting very heavy and I needed something a little lighter temporarily.

So onto the review. I have also got the summery of the first book just for a taster of the series but, boy, does it get good… and sad. I cried. I will be honest. I cried my bloomin’ eyes out. My other half was wondering what had happened. So when reading this last book, please have a box of tissues for the end.

Summery: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

There were seconds in the series that I know were needed, but I felt they were a little slow. As you do, I trudged through them and appreciate them now. When you look back at them you realise how important they are. They don’t feel important at the time but there is a section with Feyre and Helion in the Middle (in Wings and Ruin). You will need the information.

If you have not read this series or even missing one of the books, I recommend it so much. I love this woman, Sarah J Maas, and appreciate her work so much. It makes me sad that I have to wait till 2018 for the next one but it makes me so excited that at least there is going to be another one. Thank you so much Sarah J Maas for showing us your world. You have created 2 incredible world and I, and many others, can only thank you so much for your hard work.

For such an incredible series and world that I feel I can enter any time. 5 stars.

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June TBR

Hey Guys,

So as I confirmed the other week. I will now be doing To Be Read posts. This will explain what my reading list is and also a small summery of them. I’m hoping that will help you guys see what’s out there and are good reads.

Lets start with what I’ll be reading. Starting with Spellslinger, My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen, The Ninth Circle, Geekerella, Captivate and Legend.

Its more than likely I’ll read more so look out for the reviews. I’m thinking that at the end of the month or in this I might confirm what I read last month with the links to my reviews.

What are you guys reading this month?

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Summery: “There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.”

Magic is a con game. Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope

 

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson

Summery: Chris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister Kimberly begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other.

With the help of a new friend, Coco Chanel Jones, Chris learns to be comfortable in his own skin, let himself fall in love and be loved, and discovers that maybe he was wrong about his step-family all along. All it takes is one fairy godmother dressed as Diana Ross to change the course of his life.

 

The Ninth Circle by C.A. Harland

Summery: Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.

Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Summery: When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

 

Captivate (Need 2) by Carrie Jones

Summery: Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did – sort of. The pixie’s are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what’s at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined….

 

Legend by Marie Lu

Summery: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

 

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Review: Descendants 

Hey guys,

I was away for the bank holiday and now back to posting! What have I missed? I can honestly say you guys have missed nothing *lol*. Back at work which means that no extra reading time for me but managed to get it finished.

I have been reading Descendants by Rae Else. This story follows a subject that hasn’t been used very much. The gorgons and Medusa. I can only confirm one other series like it that I know of. Its a good thing and means I have something to compare it to but I wont forget that they are very different.

Summery of Descendants:

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation, known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world she never knew existed; one full of arete: beings with extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from ancient Greece. They do not claim their inheritance comes from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.

At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.

As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred. 

I liked the book and can’t wait for the next one. The only problem that I have with the book is that there were several areas when I did not know where I was. I would get into the flow of reading and it would just stop. I could handle one or two of those moments but not when they keep happening.

One of the moments is towards the end when the car flips and ends at the bottom of a hill. Now I had no idea that there was a hill until it was mentioned later and everyone had run back up it. This lead me to rereading the whole part again to be just as confused as before.

When I was originally taught about “story writing” they would always tell you of “Show not Tell”. I love this. When an author has such a grasp on the story that they can show you everything you need to see without actually writing one descriptive word.

Don’t get me wrong, they story was great and with a little more coxing the plot will really shine thorough. I just feel it needed a little bit more work to smooth out the bumps. Something else that bothered me a little bit was how detached El was from her family. I can understand that she had been lied to and hurt but you wouldn’t just stop caring if they were killed. I felt that I wasn’t attached to the characters that much either.

For all the effort and plot I felt the book could be a very catching story however with the detachment and missing moments I feel that the book need 3 stars.

3-stars

 

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Hey guys!

So I thought I would finish some of the books I have been reading for a while. There is about 7 of them that I need to finish, from Inheritance and Court of Wings and Ruin. I’ve made a point to currently only read books that I have currently reading or from NetGalley.

On to this book. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book is filled with adventure and mystery. The idea is so different to what is in the industry right now. The idea was brilliant but I just didn’t like it. I couldn’t connect with the characters or find the middle ground with this.

There are a few more things that I didn’t like such as it felt really hard to read. Its a really mentally heavy book for me and very dark. I’m normally alright with things like fantasy war and such but this was real world with peculiar people. The photos in it also make it seem really heavy. Even more so when you find that the photos are real.

I may read the next ones in the future but I won’t be reading them for a long while. I’m sorry Ransom Riggs, I loved the idea but it just didn’t work for me. 2 Stars.

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Chocolate & Book: May

Hey Guys!

I have started a new subscription. From the lovely people at Chocolate and Book, they have thought of a wonderful moment in time. What could be better than a book, a nice warm drink and also, a girls best friend, Chocolate. And this has all been put into one box.

They have several different subscriptions and I currently have the YA, as normal, subscription. Though I might update this to the Surprise box… Ooh… Ahh. Yeah I know right. There’s something very nice about not knowing what book you’ll get.

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So, lets start with what I got this month. Now all of you who know me, will know if its not chocolate… then its tea in my tea cups. Choc & Book have found the perfect treat for me. Cookies and Cream Tea!! what could be better than that.

The Chocolate. Now, before you start… No, I haven’t eaten it all already, and I held off. Only just taken a bite. This delicious bar is done by Montezuma’s. Now I hadn’t heard of this company before so I did a little research. They are a British chocolate company and the bar that they have given us is Space Hopper with Orange. Milk chocolate with orange. So good.

And now the book. You guys know I am all YA, however I have not yet heard of this book. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. When I read the blurb, I liked it. It’s not one I would normally pick up as I feel its more contemporary but hey my BFF has been telling me to leave Narnia for a while and come home. I feel this is going to be a great book with a really good twist. And I can’t wait to sink my teeth in.

Summery: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

So I just want to say thank you to the guys at Chocolate and Book one more time as I love this little moment that you create. All links to the suppliers and to the company are included below for your reference and indulgence.

https://www.montezumas.co.uk/

http://www.chocolateandbook.com/

 

 

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May TBR

Hey guys,

I thought I would try something a little different. So along with my reviews for books, FairyLoot and the release lists every month, I’m also going to do a To Be Read list. I’ll probably do 5 books in here where I will give you guys a short summery.

Something I’ll also be doing is a review for Chocolate and Book. This is a different kind of subscription box. You get your book, a drink and some chocolate to go with it. Its the perfect evening in.

I know its a little late but this is just to get the ball rolling on this. Currently this month I have read A Court of Thorns and Roses and Mist and Fury and Ahe’ey.

To read for the rest of the month I have given myself another 4 books. We have

  • Sleeping Giants
  • Waking Gods
  • Descendants
  • Heart Born

The first two of the list are the First and Second in the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel. These are a lot more different to what I thought they would be. I loved the sound of the story but upon opening the book I found it not to be a story as such but case note and experiment logs. I thought I would still give it ago though.

Summery: A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Next on the list we have Descendants by Rae Else. Now the story of this sounds so good.

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Summery: El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation, known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world she never knew existed; one full of arete: beings with extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from ancient Greece. They do not claim their inheritance comes from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.

At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.

As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred.

Lastly we have Heart Born by Terry Maggert.

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Summery: Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

What books have you been reading lately?

Posted in Release Lists

June Releases

Hey Guys!!

There is so much coming out recently. I am in love with a lot of these books and have recently made the very bad decision to ban myself from buying new books as my other half is going to buy me a huge book box for my birthday!! I’m guessing that he actually needs things to put in there.

You have a large mixture of different genres this month as I have included a few contemporary for any of you who my be having a little slump.

1st June

Spectacle (Menagerie, #2)  – Rachel Vincent

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series) – Emily R. King

Show Stopper – Hayley Barker

Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley-Doyle

This Careless Life – Rachel McIntyre

The Hush – Skye Melki-Wegner

Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts

Dramatically Ever After – Isabel Bandeira

The Possible  – Tara Altebrando

13th June

How to Make a Wish  – Ashley Herring Blake

Alpha Goddess – Amalie Howard

Our Dark Duet  by Victoria Schwab

Bad Romance  by Heather Demetrios

Roar by Cora Carmack

Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh

Thief’s Cunning by Sarah Ahiers

 

14th June

How to Disappear Ann Redisch Stampler

20th June 

Twisted Summer – Willo Davis Roberts

27th June 

Now I Rise  by Kiersten White

 

29th June

The Forever Ship (Fire Sermon, Book 3) – Francesca Haig

The Crown’s Fate (Crown’s Game) – Evelyn Skye

Flight of a Starling – Lisa Heathfield

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Review: Ahe’ey

Hey Guys,

I have a lovely treat for you. So you may have noticed my cool little sign. I have recently joined NetGalley to help me to do my reviews and also give you guys some great books. What could go wrong…. Maybe the fact I have downloaded 6 books already. And not like I have another 50 to read anyway… Woops.

Anyway. As you will see I have been recently reading Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay. I have included a short summery.

Morgan, a feminist who travels all over the world, lands in J.F.K for her latest meeting. Little does she know that she has been watched and admired but Gabriel for the last 3 years when he first saw her on the T.V. What she doesn’t know is how much danger she has unintentionally put herself in. Being the feminist that she is and safe guarding girls and women around her in the world she has put a giant bull’s eye on her back. 

Between Gabriel and the CIA can they keep her safe and will she be accepted into Gabriel’s weird and wonderful world.

Wow! I was so blown away by this book as it is so extremely relevant and now. Like literally now. I would ask where she got the ideas from, but I think you would know if you read it. This book is wonderful from the political to the fantasy, and everything in between. If you want something that gives it to you straight then this is the book fro you.

She could not have done any better. Its a long story but when you read it you know why and you understand why it has to be like that. It felt longer to me as I wanted to take my time and immerse myself with the characters. Become part of their world.

You know what is going on, as Jamie makes it obvious but she does this nicely. She tells you that she knows you know. You sympathize with all of the characters because you don’t know what will go wrong next.

Jamie keeps the book real and very down to earth. The fact that dragons and sword fighting has no blow back on the reality side as she blends the two worlds perfectly. Mixing the traditions of the old world of Ahe’ey and its tribes with the technology of our world, the new world.

Also from the ending that has been left, I would be distraught if there was not a second one. It doesn’t need to be a long series of 6 books but I feel that two would be the perfect amount. I am honestly blown away by the views and the personality behind this book. Behind the characters. Such strong belief and love went into this book. If you get a chance please find the time to read this incredible book.

Jamie and Morgan are inspiring. To create this book needed such creativity and understanding of our world and problems. For Morgan to try to solve those problems, yes in a fantasy world, but also through inspiring the people who read about her and understand the intent. I love a book with a good morale and this has one at every turn.

Bravo, Jamie! 5 stars. I am hoping people will read this and feel inspired by your views and belief. Find links to Jamie Le Fay’s website below.

http://www.angeelseries.com/

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Posted in Fairy Loot

Dreams & Wishes

Hey Guys!

So I have received the lovely FairyLoot Create this month! The theme was Dreams and wishes and, man, I can’t wait to read this. All creators of the items included are at the bottom of this post. I have included a link to their sites and shops as well.

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I’m going to start with the little bits that are included in the case. We have a Hunted Postcard and a Spindle Fire postcard with a wonderful quote on this.

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I love what FairyLoot have recently started doing with with the bookmarks of the months artwork. I would love to thank the person who does the artwork monthly as it is always gorgeous. Another thing that we received in the box was a ‘Follow Your Dreams Magnet’ exclusively from FairyLoot.

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We also have 2 gorgeous little prezzies. The first is a Gemstone Notebook form Portico. I am in love with this. From the gold edged pages to the wonderful blue. It really looks better in life as you can’t see the sparkle from the photo. There were 12 different ones sent out and I managed to get the stunning Sapphire.

We also have a House Of Wonderland pin of Dream Jar. Its so unique and cute that you can’t not love this. Again this was exclusively for FairyLoot and also their first pin.

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I finally have an exclusive FairyLoot tote bag!! And who better from than Samantha Shannon, The Mime Order. I cannot wait to read all of this series. This was brought to us all by Miss Phi and is called Little Dreamer Tote. This is gorgeous with its bright colours and fonts.

We also have a another new item! A mug! And with another wonder quote from our much anticipated author Sarah J. Maas. This mug was brought to us by Risa Rodil. Thank you so much. Both of these are already in use.

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MY FAVOURITE! Meraki Candles! If I could meet the person who makes the candles here it would make my year. This is gorgeous. Mint, Marshmallow and Candy Floss, called Reverie. This is so girly and wonderful and I can’t get enough and really don’t want to light this.

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And the book of the month is…

Drum Roll!!

Given To The Sea by Mindy McGinnis. I have been waiting so long for this book. Thank you FairyLoot. I swear you have you little fairy attached to my Want To Read list on Goodreads. Included with this stunning book you have the signed book plate and also a letter from the author. What an incredible box!! Thank you so much to everyone included in the making of this box and also the items in here.

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As included at the top I have a list here for everyone that has included one of their items in this box.

Risa Rodil – https://risarodil.com/  (I want soo much of her stuff!!)

Miss Phi – https://society6.com/missphi

Portico – Unfortunately I have not been able to find their website however if you guys know this please message me or comment with it and I shall update.

Meraki Candles – https://meraki-candles.com/ (Their WordPress)

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MerakiCandles (The Shop, I am in love with this one)

House Of Wonderland (HOW) – http://how-store.com/

FairyLoot – http://www.fairyloot.com/