Candles by Dusk Angel

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So, if you read my ‘I took a break’ post you will have seen that I started a candle company! Well, I just wanted to post a little announcement here anyway!

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Yes, I launched a bookish candle company! I currently have 2 general non-book specific candles & 7 Harry Potter themed candles! With 3 more Harry Potter ones on the way, I’ve just received the scents, I just need to test my ideas!!

You can find the Etsy store HERE!!

For updates when new candles are released, sales & giveaways follow @candlesbyduskangel on Instagram!

Non-Bookish

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Apple, Strawberry, Vanilla & Caramel scented

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Currently Reading
Roaring Fire, Coffee & Chocolate Scented

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Harry Potter Candles

House of Courage
Sandalwood, Woodsmoke & Vanilla

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House of Loyalty
By the Fire, Fig & Caramel

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House of Ambition
Fireplace, Mildew & Citrus

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House of Learning
Woodsmoke, Clean Linen & Lilac

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You also have the option to by the full set for a discounted price!

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Honeydukes
Musk, Candy Cane & Strawberry Bonbons

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The Great Hall
Apple, Caramel & Fire

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The Forbidden Forest
Cedar, Oakmoss & Dragon Fire

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I think that is about all you need to know!

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H – The ABC Book Challenge

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For this challenge, every week you make a post talking about the best books you’ve read and the ones you are keen for on your TBR that start with a specific letter.
So this week I will be doing the letter H. I will not be including the word ‘The’ as the first word.

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Half Bad by Sally Green

This is a YA Diver Fantasy and the whole series was really good! I listened to this trilogy on audiobook, which I highly recommend. As I said this series is diverse as it has LGBT Main Character and Characters which is so good!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Do I really need to explain this?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I don’t think I really need to explain this one either, let’s be real! But of course, this is a super important book right now!

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

This is the best end of a trilogy ever. I absolutely adore this series so much! The characters are amazing, the world is super interesting and this book was ridiculous but epic and I absolutely loved it!

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I only actually have one!

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I took a break!

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So, some of you may have noticed that I have been completely absent on my blog & Instagram. Why is that? Well, basically everything was just getting a tad overwhelming.

Firstly, if you didn’t know, I started a youtube channel, which has really affected my blogging as I was spending my spare time filming & editing videos rather than writing blog posts. So I have decided to stop doing reading vlogs except for some ReadAThons. I am also cutting down to less videos, I’m not sure how that is going to work out exactly or when I’m going to post but I will try and figure that out soon.

Next, is my job. If you didn’t know I am a Beauty Therapist and run my own salon as well as working as a seasonal lifeguard. Here in Aus, it has started warming up, so I have been back at work for over a month now. Due to the hours I work, I have less time than in recent months. Also when I do have time, I try and read and end up falling asleep as I’m up at 5 in the morning 5 days a week. So that has been affecting my reading and in consequence, affecting how often I post reviews and other posts relating to recent reading.

Next, I started a candle company! And while we are new and it’s not taking up a tonne of time, it is there and I have been spending some time brainstorming ideas and actually making the candles.

Finally is all my other commitments. I already spoke about YouTube, lifeguarding, candles & beauty therapy but besides that, I am also a Car & Truck Photographer, I am PR for the local Hospital Auxiliary, I run The Ultimate ReadAThon Guide/Calendar, I run the Facebook Group, The YA Book Nerds and I organise an International Book Exchange called, The Book Nerds Book Exchange on Facebook. Outside of that, I’m also in the process of teaching myself how to cut, polish & wax cars. So yeah, I have a lot going on and it’s really been getting a bit much.

I did have a point to this post when I started it I swear!
Anyway, so yeah, I have a lot going on which has affected my blogging. I have made some changes where I can and will hopefully be active again from now! So look forward to me posting again!

This is also for my Bookstagram. I took a break as I just wasn’t feeling like taking photos. Because I was feeling like I had to and the quality was being affected, in my opinion. So I just stopped pushing myself. Hopefully, I will get back into it now, we will see.

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Jackaby by William Ritter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Jackaby
Author: 
William Ritter
Series Name: 
Jackaby
Genre: 
YA Paranormal Mystery
Publication Date: September 16th, 2014
Pages: 294 (Paperback)
Publishers: Algonquin Young Readers
Overall Rating:
5 star

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humour and a dose of the macabre.

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“That the battles are usually in her head does not lessen the bravery of it. The hardest battles always are.”

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I absolutely loved this writing! It was captivating and dragged you into the story very quickly. I got so committed to the plot and characters because of the writing just pulling me in so much! It was also extremely unpredictable which was amazing!

I also love that it delves a little bit further than most paranormal books. In most, you see werewolves, vampires and such but this one goes a bit further into the mythical creature/being side of paranormal. There is a werewolf but we also explore beings such as Redcaps & Banshees which was quite interesting. Outside of Harry Potter, I haven’t really read about them before and this took a different take on those mythical beings compared to how they are represented in Harry Potter, so that was quite interesting to learn about.

Also, I loved the world/setting of the book! This is set in 1892 but an 1892 with paranormal elements which were quite interesting. I don’t very often read books set in this time period as I generally gravitate towards Historical Fiction that is WWII based. While there wasn’t a tonne about the world, you still felt the atmosphere of the era which was nice.

Also, this quote alone made me love the book even more!
“Pockets! I was thrilled. I have never understood the aversion to pockets in ladies’ fashion – as though it has become some great shame to appear as if one might actually need to possess anything.”

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As I said earlier, the plot was extremely unpredictable which I loved! It kept you guessing the entire time! The plot is very fast paced. Most of the book takes place within 2 days I think until the last 2 or 3 chapters which show the aftermath.

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Our main character Abigal is really enjoyable. She defied what it was to be a typical woman in that time period by not following social norms and setting out on her own. She was a strong female character while still being feminine. She is also extremely lovable and I loved her sarcastic/witty nature. It was a delight to read from her POV.

“There were enough voices in my life telling me I couldn’t this, or shouldn’t that, or that I wasn’t up to the task – the last thing I intended to do was start agreeing with them.”

Jackaby was also extremely lovable! He is extremely intelligent but also quirky and fun. He is funny without meaning to and you can’t help but laugh at some of the stuff he comes out with, in full seriousness. It was so amusing just learning about him (note, don’t ever ask him to cook your breakfast if you like your walls hole-free).

“Does this smell like paprika or gunpowder to you?”

Also, I LOVE that there was no romance in this book. There was an attraction between one of the MCs and a side character but that was it. It’s so rare to find YA without romance so I was super happy!

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I absolutely loved this book! It was so fun and mysterious. The characters were amazing and I had so much fun reading about them. The world/setting was amazingly done and the mystery wasn’t predictable which is a plus! Everything about the writing is just excellent. I don’t have a single complaint about this book. It’s just such a fun read!
I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2, Beastly Bones, I’ve already ordered it and will order the rest of the series soon too.

“But that’s Jackaby in a nutshell. Science and magic, beauty and bedlam, things that ought to be at odds – they just don’t follow the same rules when Jackaby’s involved.” 

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MateAThon TBR

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MateAThon is nearly here! For more info check out the announcement HERE!

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Only cook on a ‘Barbie’: Read a book with food on the cover

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F*ck it’s hot: Read a hot recent release

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We all eat Vegemite for breakfast, lunch & dinner: Read a book with black on the cover

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MATE: Read a book that has the letters M, A, T & E somewhere on the cover

Depending on whether I get Mask of Shadows read during Magical ReadAthon – Charms Extra Credit Edition I will either read Mask of Shadows or it’s sequel.

All the native animals want to kill/eat us: Read a book about assassins

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We ride Kangaroos to school: Read a book set in school/uni/college

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Every Aussie can surf: Read a book with an MC that has an interesting hobby

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Every Aussie is tan: Read a book by an Aussie Author

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Magical ReadAThon – Charms Extra Credit Edition TBR

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Yes! Another ReadAThon. By the end of MateAThon I will have been doing ReadAThons for over 4 weeks straight! I’m crazy, I know.

This round of Magical ReadAThon is an addition to the OWLs & NEWTs. Basically, there are 5 prompts and for each prompt you complete you will get an extra day prior to the next round of OWLs to complete the book you choose for that subject. In this case, it is for Charms, so if I completed 3 prompts I would be able to start my charms book 3 days before OWLs starts! She is also planning on doing this for other subjects between now & OWLs.
Also, the OWLs ReadAThon is apparently happening in April I heard.

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Alohamora – Read a book that is first in a series

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Accio – Read a book that is really pulling towards you (book that is top on your TBR)

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Incendio – Flames or Fire (Has the words ‘Flame’ or ‘Fire’ in the title or series name OR has fire on the cover)

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This is the first book in the Firemane Saga!

Rictusempra – Read a book that ‘tickles you the right way’ (exciting trope, theme or genre)

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Lumos – Read a book with a light or white cover (can also include the colour of the naked hardback)

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