A little something different today. The wonderful people at bakerdays sent me a letterbox cake to review(all opinions are my own)and I also have a giveaway to win one for yourself over on my Twitter!
So, for my cake I got to choose from all of their options on their website. There are so many different ones to choose from, from birthdays, to emojis, to Christmas! They have a cake for every occasion. The letterbox cakes are £14.99 and these are great to send friends and family for their birthdays or anything else as they just fit nicely through your letterbox. You can also personalize the cakes which, is always a nice touch!
I chose the Little Birdies Cake with chocolate chip filling. It only took a few days to get sent to my house and as soon as it came I was so excited.
When I opened the box you could instantly smell the cake and it smelt delicious. It came in this cute tin, which I am going to put my jewelry in...or more cake, and a little package with some balloons, candles etc-plus, some more information about bakerdays and all the other cakes they do(I am going to get their cupcakes next time!)
The cake was just so yummy. It is the perfect size just for yourself or if you want to share, like I did with my boyfriend and he said it was one of the best cakes he has had and I have to agree. The cake was soft and I loved the little extra chocolate chips that where in the cake and the icing was so yummy! Sometimes icing can be quite sickening but this wasn't. It was so fluffy and the great thing is, this cake can last up to 14 days!! But, if you're like me it'll be gone in 2.
I will definitely be ordering these cakes for all my family and friends when it's their birthday. It is a really good price for something that is made to how you want it and you can change little parts of the design and they have just done so well with it! (I need another one soon, it was too good)
So, check out bakerdays website and get yourself one of these! It is also a nice treat for yourself ;) OR try your luck and enter my giveaway on my twitter! You won't regret it, these cakes are just so delicious and the perfect size!
I saw Emmmmabooks do this on her youtube channel and it looked like fun so I decided to do it too!
Today I am talking about book series that I want to start and finish in the summer. Some might happen, some might not since I have a job but, I am hoping to get to a few of them as these series have been on my TBR for ages and I've been wanting to get to them for so long.
I've always wanted to try this series and I've heard amazing things about it. I read Passenger by Alexandra Bracken not too long ago and I really love her writing and I can't wait to start this series.
Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive. For now. A mysterious disease has killed most of America's children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control. Pressured by the government, Ruby's parents sent her to Thurmond, a brutal state 'rehabilitation camp', where she has learned to fear and suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation's only chance for survival?
Okay, so at first this was a cover lust for me as the cover is gorgeous but, a few friends have raved about this book and since the second one is out I really need to pick it up and get stuck in!
Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
I read the first one a good few years ago and for some reason, never carried on. I really need to re-read the first one and carry on with it since the 3rd one is out!
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
This series has been on my radar for years. I've been told they are cute, quick reads and I just know I am going to love them. I need to pick them all up and just binge read them.
Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals...It's the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love. Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others. Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don't know is that America has a secret - one which could throw the whole competition...and change her life forever.
I am a big fan of Zoe Sugg and again, I've heard that her series is cute and fun and I am really in the mood for that at the moment. I cannot wait to pick them up.
I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we're something we're not...But until that day, I'm going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life. Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
Okay so little thing, I haven't read the Percy Jackson series or many Rick Riordan books but, the ones I have I have loved and I read about this series and it just sounds amazing! I really need to pick up all of his books tbh.
How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go ...an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
I'm currently freaking out that it's almost June like, how?!
But, I'm excited since it's getting closer to July and my holiday and possibly YALC!
But, in June we have some wonderful books coming out and here are four that I am super excited about.
When Jyn Erso is eight years old, her mother is murdered and her father taken from her to serve the Empire. Saw Gerrera, a man willing to go to any extremes necessary in order to resist Imperial tyranny, takes her in as his own. But fighting alongside Saw brings danger - and the question of just how far Jyn is willing to go. When she faces an unthinkable betrayal that shatters her world, Jyn will have to decide what she truly believes in...And who she can really trust.
Meet Dimple.Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.Meet Rishi.He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. Louna spends her summers helping brides plan their perfect day and handling every kind of crises: missing brides, scene-stealing bridesmaids and controlling grooms. Not surprising then, that she's deeply cynical about happy-ever-afters, especially since her own first love ended in tragedy. When handsome girl magnet Ambrose enters her life, Louna won't take him seriously. But Ambrose hates not getting what he wants and Louna is the girl he's been waiting for. Maybe it's not too late for a happy ending after all?
Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing - flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with. Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground? Flight of a Starling is a heartbreaking read with an important message.
Hope you are having a lovely week. I didn't buy any books this week but somehow ended up with 12 plus a colouring book. I won two and the rest I either requested or where sent to me because the publisher thinks I might like them(and by the looks of them, I will) and a sampler!
The two books I won where A Court Of Wings And Ruin and the A Court Of Thorns And Roses colouring book from Bloomsbury! I am so ready to colour in Rhysand.
Next are the books I received from publishers. Some are for blog tours, some are finished copies of books that I've received proofs off ages ago and some other ones. They all look really good and I can't wait to get stuck in to them!
A dazzling, high-octane read filled with death-defying acrobatics, circus crowds with an appetite for disaster, and two forbidden teenage lovers trying to escape the shackles of their very different lives. Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land must watch their children be taken by a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.
A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children's laureate Chris Riddell With contributions from Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Neil Gaiman and many more. Did you know that ...government spies can turn on your phone and use the microphone to listen to your conversations? ...that lesbian and gay relationships are illegal in 78 countries and can be punished by death? ...that Amnesty recently recorded the highest number of executions globally for more than 25 years? Through short stories and poetry, twenty-five leading authors and illustrators explore the top human rights issues facing young people today. Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference. Full list of contributors: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Bryan Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.
'Somewhere in Vixenhead, I'm certain the truth lies...' A sudden disappearance...When Roz Outlaw's partner Tom mysteriously vanishes, she knows his life is in danger. Tom has been distracted lately, afraid, as though he is being hunted...A desperate search...With the police showing little interest Roz knows it falls to her to find Tom. But as Tom's secrets are uncovered nothing can prepare Roz for the dark lies and twisted truths she finds. She thought she loved Tom, but quickly realises she has been living with a stranger - a man with murder in his past. A house of evil. The key to unlocking Tom's past lies in his childhood home - Vixenhead. A house of wickedness that keeps its secrets well hidden. Can Roz find Tom before it's too late or will the evil within Vixenhead claim her too...
On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way. And then there's red. Red is rare. A warning. Seventeen years ago the sky turned red just as Osa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover what it means before so many lives are lost again.
Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again! Featuring writing from ...Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a major public breakup with her boyfriend threatens to ruin Avery's plans for a perfect senior prom and Avery starts thinking about all the guys she's dated. How come none of those relationships worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery tracks down her exes and interviews them, compiling a total account of her dating history. She discovers some truths about herself along the way...just in time for prom night!
Imagine a world where dinosaurs have survived and evolved as ... SUPERSAURS. This is the world that Bea Kingsley lives in, a world where humans live side by side with supersaurs, sometimes in peace but often in conflict.
Bea is the daughter of explorer parents who went missing when she was just a baby. So when her grandmother suddenly takes her on a trip to the remote Indonesian islands of Aru, Bea starts asking some big questions. But the more questions Bea asks, the more trouble she and her grandmother find themselves in. Was the journey to the islands a big mistake?
Four best friends with perfect lives. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Who can resist the call of fame and fortune? Liv, Hetty, Jez and Duffy are auditioning for a new reality TV show. Producer Cassandra has warned them the process might be tough, but they are excited and keen to get on with things, confident that they can handle anything. But when Cass produces a photo of a body, everyone realises that they may have something to hide after all...Rachel McIntyre is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Me & Mr J and The Number One Rule for Girls. She was inspired by the timeless themes in J B Priestley's classic play An Inspector Calls, and wanted to make them relevant to contemporary teens, the result of which was This Careless Life.
How far would you travel to find your way home? Jamie Allenby wakes, alone, and realises her fever has broken. But could everyone she knows be dead? Months earlier, Jamie had left her partner Daniel, mourning the miscarriage of their baby. She'd just had to get away, so took a job on a distant planet. Then the virus hit. Jamie survived as it swept through our far-flung colonies. Now she feels desperate and isolated, until she receives a garbled message from Earth. If someone from her past is still alive - perhaps Daniel - she knows she must find a way to return. She meets others seeking Earth, and their ill-matched group will travel across space to achieve their dream. But they'll clash with survivors intent on repeating humanity's past mistakes, threatening their precious fresh start. Jamie will also get a second chance at happiness.
But can she escape her troubled past, to embrace a hopeful future?
Inseparable through university, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. Eager to shrug off the hardships of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work in the City. Benedict stays behind to complete his PhD in Physics and pine for Eva, while siblings Sylvie and Lucien seek a more bohemian life of art, travel and adventure. As their twenties give way to their thirties, the four friends find their paths diverging as they struggle to navigate broken hearts and thwarted dreams. With every summer that passes, they try to remain as close as they once were - but this is far from easy. One friend's triumph coincides with another's disaster, one finds love as another loses it, one comes to their senses as another is changing their mind ...And who knows where any of us will be in twenty summers' time? A warm, wise and witty novel about finding the courage to carry on despite life not always turning out as expected, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world, Invincible Summer is a dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood and the greater forces that shape us.
Don't miss this startling first book in a breathtaking new trilogy from Teri Terry, queen of the teen psychological thriller and author of the bestselling Slated trilogy! URGENT! An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure; and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. The very few of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army. Young runaway Callie survived the disease, but not the so-called treatment. Her brother Kai is still looking for her. And his new friend Shay may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened. From the author of the international sensation Slated comes the first book in a powerful new story of survival and transformation; love and power.
I have been lucky enough to receive early copies of books from some wonderful publishers. I thought I would list a few books coming out in June that you need to pick up! These books made me laugh, cry, gasp and they are just so wonderful. Check out my review page for full reviews of these books but, trust me, you need these books in your life.
On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
One day. Sixteen songs. The soundtrack of a lifetime...Alone in her studio, Cass Wheeler is taking a journey back into her past. After a silence of ten years, the singer-songwriter is picking the sixteen tracks that have defined her - sixteen key moments in her life - for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits album. In the course of this one day, both ordinary and extraordinary, the story of Cass's life emerges - a story of highs and lows, of music, friendship and ambition, of great love and great loss. But what prompted her to retreat all those years ago, and is there a way for her to make peace with her past? Daughter. Mother. Singer. Lover. What are the memories that mean the most?
Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she's scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it's a sign. Surely Alvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back - and how to bring her sister home? Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he's only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces. As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Alvaro's disappearance - and return - their planets start to collide. Linny's life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.
A little something different today. I recently went out and bought some make up and I decided I want to do more make-up/lifestyle post on my blog.
So today I am showing you the make-up I've bought and some that I got for my birthday(because they're beautiful) and some few little bits that I decided to pick up because I have no self control.
I am a big fan of Makeup Revolution and so I had to take advantage of Superdrugs 3for2 offer and I picked up some other little bits as well.
I have a giant eyebrow palette but, I wanted something I could just throw in my makeup bag when I travel and it won't take up a lot of room so, I picked up the Freedom Pro Brow Pomade in the shade ebony and I can't wait to start using it. Only £5 and it's good size to keep in your bag and the colour looks great.
I've never baked before and I've been wanting to try it, so after seeing people rave about the Rimmel London Match Perfection loose powder in the shade transparent I knew I had to pick it up. I've used it a few times and I just love it! So silky and soft and lightweight. For £6.99 it is a very good buy and not too expensive!
I've had my eyes on the Makeup Revolution Eye Shadow Palette Flawless for awhile, so when I nipped into Superdrug I knew I had to get it. I decided to swatch some of the shades and they are gorgeous! My picture doesn't do the justice. So pigmented and beautiful! I'll be doing a look soon on my blog using the palette. I can't wait to start using it and play around with it. For £8 you get 32 shades and you can't go wrong with that!
The shades I swatched where:
I've been wanting a bright palette for ages. Especially with us coming into Summer. I don't normally wear bright colours but, this palette is gorgeous and I can't wait to play around with it and make some colorful looks. The Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette Acid Brights is only £4! What a bargain for some beautiful bright colours!
The most exciting thing I bought was the Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Ice Kiss highlighter.
This thing is massive and comes with a giant mirror and the colour is just stunning! So bright and I've already used it a few times and it's just so lovely. Sits nicely on the skin and for £5 you can't go wrong! You get a giant highlighter in a beautiful case and I just can't wait to get more!!
My mum recently went to New York and when she was there she went to Sephora and picked me up the Give Me Some Nude Lip set! It has 1 lip liner, 1 liquid lipstick, 1 lip cream/gloss and 3 lipsticks. I hardly wear nude/brown lipsticks but these are gorgeous and I'm already in love with them.
In the set you get-
Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche Lipstick - Honeycomb
Too Faced's Melted Matte - Queen B
Buxom Lip Cream - White Russian
Estee Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner - 05 In The Buff
Marc Jacobs Lip Creme - 246 Slow Burn
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick - 1993 Comfort Matte
For my birthday my boyfriends sister, who works at Benefit, got me some goodies! I was just amazed by what she got me! I got a cute Benefit tote bag, makeup bag and some samples plus, the most exciting thing, the Cheek Parade Palette!
The samples I got where-
Benefit KA Brow
The Pore Fessional Pore Minimizing Makeup-Shade 1
Dew The Hoola
The Pore Fessional License To Blot
Got to admit-this was the most exciting thing! I was just so surprised when I got it from my boyfriends sister(so happy and grateful!) When she told me about I knew I had to have the Cheek Parade Palette! You get Hoola, the new shade Hoola Lite which is perfect for people with pale skin, like me, Galifornia, Dadelion and Rockateur. The palette smells amazing and all the shades are beautiful and so pigmented. I've been using some as eyeshadow colours and I just love them!
Happy Sunday everyone!
The weather is lovely today, even if I was in work, I got a new tattoo (Star Wars yaaas) and I also got some books!
I bought two books this week. Well, my sister bought me one that I am super excited for.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords - and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
I received 4 books this week from some wonderful publishers! One I can not tell you about YET. But the other 3 are so exciting and you need to check them out.
The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.
Why would you run scared from a happy home? You're waiting for your beloved husband to get home work. You're making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day. That's the last thing you remember. You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town. The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn't so sure. And even you don't know what to believe...
A gripping psychological thriller for YA readers. Some bonds should never be broken...Bex and Naomi are identical twins. They used to be inseparable and play games pretending that they knew just what the other was thinking. But things have changed as they've got older and the twins aren'tas close as they used to be. Then Naomi goes missing and all of a sudden their childhood games take on a whole new meaning. Bex knows more about what's going on with Naomi than seems possible. No one understands Naomi like she does and now her twin sister needs help.
Hi! I'm Beth, 25 and from the UK. I love, love, love reading. This is a blog to share my love of books and my thoughts on books etc!