The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box (Mar, Apr, May)

Hey Everyone. I’ve been super slack on writing about these three boxes due to being ill however, the time has come to unleash all of this amazingness to the wonderful internet.

I am a big fan of The Village Witch, not just as a company but as people they are just amazing and so extremely kind hearted. It is such a lovely family run business that I am happy to support in any way that I can.

I have had 4 of these boxes so far since launch and not one of them has been disappointing. You always get far more value that what you pay for and everything is made with love.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what the contents were.

March

March saw the theme of Ostara/Rebirth. These boxes are made to suit both those who are Wiccan and Witch and Witch many crossover elements.

Included in this box was;

  • A Rebirth Spell
  • Eggcup
  • Wood Pencil
  • Daisy Tealight Candle And Glass Holder
  • Charmed Bookmark
  • Treatbag Full Of Various Goodies
  • Handmade Ostara Oil
  • Phoenix Ambient Salt Magic Mix
  • Handmade And Blessed Ostara Incense
  • Ostara Aura Spray
  • Handmade Phoenix Ink

April

April’s theme for the Hocus Pocus Box was Beltane/New Ideas.

Included in this box was;

  • A Treatbag Of Various Goodies
  • Beltane Spell
  • Maypole Kit
  • Greenman Keyring
  • Dream Magnet
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Offering Hands Ornament
  • Black and White Spell Candle
  • Pack Of Charcoal Disks
  • New Ideas Floorwash
  • Handmade and Blessed Green Man Lucky Rice
  • New Ideas Cleansing Salt Mix
  • Handmade Beltane Oil
  • Blessed Beltane Incense
  • New Ideas Magical Bonfire Burning Mix

May

May saw one of only two special themed Market Bazaar Box. Rather than having a specific theme as other boxes have this box was packed full of wonderfully random pieces to help build your stock and to give you some quirky witchy pieces.

May’s box included;

  • Themed Notebook
  • Greetings Card
  • Keyring
  • Witches Wall/Door Plaque
  • Bits and Bobs Tin
  • Incense Holder
  • Moon Scented Incense
  • Helping Hand Aura Spray
  • Protection and Prosperity Floor Wash
  • Handmade Practical Magic Oil
  • House Cleansing and Home Blessing Herb Mix
  • Treatbag Full Of Goodies

As always these boxes are packed with amazing quality items and the handmade ones smell absolutely unreal. If this looks like something that would suit you I would highly recommend subscribing.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer – These boxes were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions stated above are my own and are not influenced.

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Blog Tour: The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May

Hey Everyone.

Today I have a review for you, The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May.

Blurb…

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.
Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.
But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.
Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Review…

Love, love, love this book. I read through it in 2 days and devoured the pages.

Isabella has such a gorgeous writing style, the flow from page to page makes reading such a pure pleasure. When I wasn’t reading The Cocktail Bar I was thinking about it.

The story itself is fantastic, such a great magical twist on story that would be entertaining in it’s own right.

All of Isabella’s characters, from the nice to the naughty are incredibly well written. Even some of the background characters will become your favourite ones, like Hayley.

I really did enjoy this book. I think people of any preferred genre would also love this book.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. In fact get me a Frisky Bison cause I may have to sit down and read it again.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

What Lurks Beneath (Part 1) 

Today I have the first in a two parter that I wrote for Halloween. It originally started as a flash fiction piece but has evolved into much more.

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The heart of Autumn surrounded us now. The leaves rustled in the bitter breeze that stings my cheeks and makes my eyes water.

I thought agreeing to this trip would be a good thing, I’d imagined a cosy cabin, log fires, long walks and early nights. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

First there was no heating save for the log fire, which also was the only source for heating water, the cabin was old and dusty and looked like it had been picked up from some cheesy Halloween film and put in the middle of this forest. I’m glad I wasn’t here alone otherwise I’d have turned and left by now.

There was however, a beautiful lake which on a night like this shone with a moonlit glow. It looked incredible, inviting.

I’m sure I could see things moving underneath it’s surface but it was clear the atmospheric effect of this cabin was playing tricks with my mind.

I could hear the others playing Monopoly in the main room. Louis loudly declaring how much he was kicking everyone’s arse on the property front, Sarah laughing because despite him owning everything he was broke and she wasn’t and then Ryan who just laughed at them both. My Ryan, the diplomatic one, never caused a scene, always the voice of reason and the one I was head over heels in love with.

Ryan and I had been together now for almost 2 years. We had met through random chance at a college fair when we were in our last year of school. This week was my 18th birthday and this trip was meant for me. Ryan knew I didn’t do massive parties or huge celebrations. Coming to a quiet romantic cabin with our best friends was the perfect gift.

At least it should have been. Leaving Louis to find and book a place may not have been the wisest of ideas. His version of comfort was quite different from mine. Despite this place though I was having a nice time, I just didn’t relish showering in the luke warm water or waking up to know I needed to de-frost the kettle before I could have a morning cuppa.

We were booked for a week and this was our 3rd night. I had to admit though this place was growing on me. It was my birthday tomorrow and we were going to have a barbeque if it wasn’t raining. The last few days had been sunny but cold, perfect walking weather. Louis and Sarah decided a barbeque would be a great idea, I have to say it did sound nice.

I excused myself and went up to bed. I wanted an early night so I could get up for a jog in the morning before everyone else awoke. Running through the surrounding forest with just the birds for company was relaxing. I could happily do this everyday rather than at home where I had to navigate roads and cars on my morning route. Living in the middle of a big city meant we didn’t have places so full of nature like out here.

I felt the alarm vibrating under my pillow, I must have slept great because I don’t remember anything from when I got into bed until now. I reached for my thick dressing gown while attempting to stay hidden under the cover. I grabbed it and quickly whipped it on, then slide my feet into my furry slippers.

I snuck out of the room and made my way to the main living room. Now that we had started to make our presence felt I could definitely see the charm in it. The kitchenette stood off the the left, a simple row of cupboards, cooking stove, fridge and other essentials. To the right a massive open fireplace and an arrangement if mismatched chairs, a sofa and some bean bags. There was a gorgeous real wood coffee table that had two tree trunk legs. To either side of the fireplace was wood stacked up to the ceiling as well as smaller piles scattered around the room, Windows sat next to the tall wood piles. The floor was made from wooden floorboards with thick worn rugs in random colours scattered about. In the centre of the back wall was a huge door and coat rack. I could see the moonlight just hitting the trees. It was still pitch black outside.

I walked over to the fire and added more logs, stoking it to bring up the flames. Thankfully the room wasn’t as cold since the embers had burnt through the night. I filled the kettle and switched it on, grabbing one of the mugs and popping in a teabag and some sugar. I walked over to the one of the windows near the fireplace. This view looked directly over the lake, it looked even more stunning than the night before.

I heard the kettle click off and went to make my drink. I shoved on some wellies, put my thick coat over my dressing gown, grabbed my mug and headed towards the lake. I sat on the bench that sat near the waters edge. Despite been dark the moon let off enough light that I could see easily.

I was sat contemplating the day ahead. Finally 18 years old. Old enough to drink and vote. A proper adult now. Due to start university in a weeks time. Life was good.

It was then I heard the whispers. At first I thought it was just me. I’d have put it down to the wind but there wasn’t even a small breeze this morning. It was still and silent. The whispering seemed to get louder, more frequent. I couldn’t make out any words. I looked around me but I couldn’t see anyone. I then got up and started to walk around the lake, staying in the light. I could hear the whispers getting louder now and tried to follow the sound, it led into the woods. I hesitated following, I mean I was still in my pj’s, who knows what else is out here. But still, I followed.

I came to a small clearing surrounded by the most beautiful wildflowers, the moon shone down into the centre. Everything seemed to sparkle.

The whispering had stopped now. There was no sound not even a bird.

“Hello Juliet” a voice said. I turned around, nothing was there. I couldn’t see anyone. Shadows hiding from the moonlight concealing what lurked in the darkness.

“Don’t be afraid Juliet, we’ve waited a long time for you” the voice spoke.

“Who are you? Where are you?” I replied, my voice shook with nerves. My heart was beating so fast I thought it would jump out of my chest. My hands had gone clammy. I was more than half tempted to to run back to the cabin but something compelled me to stay.

“Juliet, we are the people of the forest. You will see us when your eyes allow us to be seen” the voice said.

“What do you mean? My eyes allow you to be seen? What are you ?” I replied.

“Everything will be revealed in time Juliet. The question you should ask is not who are we, but who are you” the menacing voice replied.

“What do you mean? I’m a human of course. What else could I be?” I had no idea what was going on, were the guys playing a trick on me? Not exactly the way I wanted to start my birthday.

“You my dear child are not pure human, there are things in this world that have been kept from you. But now as you celebrate the day of your birth old magic will pump through your veins. When you are ready to know everything come back to this spot. We will be here waiting. You are not ready yet, don’t fight it when you feel it” the voice faded as it finished it’s words, I knew that whatever it was had gone.

I went back inside confused, sitting on the sofa in front of the fire my body started to warm up. What on earth did it all mean. I’ve never felt normal, at least not in the way that people seemed to look. My father has always kept secrets about my mother,  my heritage and what happened to her. Did this have something to do with her?

I jumped as Ryan put his arms around my shoulders, I hadn’t even heard him come out of the bedroom. “Good Morning birthday girl. Happy birthday” he said, kissing my cheek.

To be continued…..

Emma-Louise Smith x

Other bloggers who have written a small Halloween story…

J.E Kennedy – The Sven Lands

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The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle {Review}

​A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Today I bring to you my review of Molly Ringle’s The Goblins of Bellwater.

Blurb…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own. 

Review…

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this via NetGalley and I have to admit when I requested it that initially it was the gorgeous cover that dragged me in. Once I read the blurb I just had to read the book. I seem to have a bit of a thing for books featuring Goblins. I find them really interesting and full of fantasy.

The Goblins of Bellwater proved to be a book full of Magic, Intrigue, Bravery and Sadness. When I say sadness I mean it in the best way. 

Following the story of Skye it’s so easy to feel sorry for her, suck in a situation she cannot control and more importantly cannot discuss. Skye choses actions she knows are wrong but is compelled to do and she feels such sorrow for the situation she puts others in.

Livy is someone who would die for her sister, she’s at a loss now to help but once she finds a way she stops at nothing to break the spell. Facing the biggest challenge of her life and putting all her trust into something unknown she shows courage and bravery.

Kit is a great guy, I instantly liked him and felt bad for him stuck under the curse. Building a life around the complexities of such it’s great to see him let others in and to let himself find love.

Grady is a cool guy who just wants to help. He ends up stuck in a situation which is equally as frustrating as Skye’s. Together they find a way to endure what is happening to them, their reliance on each other ultimately saves them from the prospect of a life of misery. 

I liked how all the characters developed over the duration of the book, each learning about themselves on the way.

The Goblins as much as I dislike them are so fantastically written that you cannot help loving to hate them especially Redring.

I thought the story was magically, and beautifully written in many ways. It completely sucked me in with the vivid details and descriptions. 

Molly’s writing style flows so naturally and she created a world I wanted to be part of. I found it really hard to put the book down as I wanted to keep going and find out what happened. The pacing is perfect, nothing felt too drawn out or equally rushed. I feel like I want to read it again just to get back into the world.

The Goblins of Bellwater has definitely earned a place on my Top 10 of 2017.

5 star all the way.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK and it’s currently under £4 on kindle. An absolute bargain. I’m going to hunt down the rest of her works!

To find out more about Molly and her books you can find her here.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

P.s look at this beautiful cover.

Plan With Me July 17th to 23rd

Hey Everyone, 

Another week and another plan with me.

Again this is in my large ban.do planner.

I used the gorgeous Unicorn kit from TheMixMatchPlanner. This kit was honestly so beautiful. I have got loads left for another spread or 2 as well. 

These stickers are honestly amazing quality and really beautiful. I’d highly recommend them.

Here is a close up of my days:) 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

TSG Book Club Review: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Spoilers)

Today I bring you a review for the monthly TSG bookclub book, Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. 

Blerb…

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Review…

Well let me just start with. I love this book! 

I was so unsure of using this book for the bookclub as the synopsis read a little like the story of Labyrinth and I know that for many it is a love hate situation with it. I however, love Labyrinth and I have never read a book about Goblins so I just had to take the risk and I’m so glad I did.

The story focuses on Liesl (Elisabeth) and her sister Käthe. It took me a good chapter or two to get use to the setting in another country and the whole musical atmosphere but I soon found my step with it.

I really liked Liesl as a character, she didn’t come across as anything other than what she was. 

I really felt for the Goblin King, it was clear he was only doing what was necessary for everyone’s survival including the world above.

The ending was so sad, I really hoped they would find a way to stay together as it was clear they loved each other. I thought that she would die down there if I’m honest so I wasn’t expecting her to end up free.

I also think the first bride that has managed to leave was Liesl’s grandmother Constanze.

I felt such affinity to this book I truly loved it and was so sad when it was over. I enjoyed it so much more than I had expected and I will definitely read this again and again for the sheer magic of it.

If you have read Wintersong I would love to know your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella

Tour banner ASHAEL for JENNY

Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a book tour for Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella.

Blerb…

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe. The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land. Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance. When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

Review…

I really really really really and really enjoyed this book. I loved everything about it. The characters, the world setting, the good/evil divide, just everything.

Ashael is the lead protagonist and we see the majority of the story through her eyes. Ashael is a character that I could instantly take too, she wasn’t over stated or understated and has strength right from the beginning which continues to grow and flourish throughout the book.

There are also aspects of the story told through the eyes of other characters, every single one telling their own version of events which make them hard to dislike.

Even the characters of Meegrum are good to hate and feed into their role perfectly.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has action, adventure, magic, hate, love, despair and everything else you could possibly want.

To get a copy of this amazing book for yourself you can purchase it here on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: The Other Inheritance by Rebecca Jaycox 

*Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge from the publisher via NetGallery. This does not effect the review and all opinions are my own and unbiased. *

Title: The Other Inheritance 

Author: Rebecca Jaycox

Publisher: Aelurus Publishing

Publication Date: 1st Feb 2017

Genre: Fantasy 

Format: Paperback / Kindle

Page Count: 246

Rating: 5

Blerb

One girl. Two worlds. Hunted in both.

Seventeen-year-old Reggie Lang is used to dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies, but fate has thrown her a curve ball.
A biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. As the incidents keep piling up—like bringing a frog back to life in class—Reggie has to confront the mounting evidence that she’s not the normal girl she craves to be.
Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that only he can keep her safe. But if there’s one thing Reggie will learn, nowhere is safe.
Review

I really enjoyed this book, it didn’t take me long to finish as it was quite a page turner. 

The story is told from both Reggie and Asher’s points of view but more so from Reggie. However for me the best character in the book is the changling Brywn, he has such a personality. 

This book really does have a bit of everything from romance to violence and so much more inbetween. It has left me wanting to read the next part.

The descriptions of the Other world were extremely well done, it allows you to truely visualise what it would look like.

I would definitely recommend giving this a read if urban fantasy is your kinda genre 🙂 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Review: Gambit by C.L Denault 

*Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.*

TitleGambit

Author: C.L Denault 

Publisher: REUTS Publications

Publication Date: April 2015

Format: Kindle, Paperback 

Genre: Fantasy 

Pages: 556

Rating:5

Blerb…

In Earth’s battle-ridden future, humans have evolved. Those with extraordinary skills rise to power and fame. Those without live in poverty. 

Sixteen-year-old Willow Kent believed she was normal. But when a genetically-advanced military officer shows up in her village and questions her identity, long-buried secrets begin to emerge. With remarkable skills and a shocking genetic code the Core and its enemies will do anything to obtain, Willow suddenly finds the freedom she craves slipping through her fingers.

Greed, corruption, and genetic tampering threaten every aspect of her existence as she’s thrust, unwilling, into the sophisticated culture of the elite Core city. To ensure peace, she must leave the past behind, marry a man she’s never met, and submit to the authority of a relentless officer with a hidden agenda of his own. Her life has become a dangerous game. How much will she sacrifice in order to win? 

Review…

Honestly, I loved this book. It had me hooked early on and I struggled to put it down. The lead character Willow is loveable and I really felt for her with everything she was having to endure.

Reece the male lead was one if these characters you’re never really sure of. You can see the goodness and badness within him and it’s obvious he is battling an internal conflict. 

The story ended way to soon, I needed to read more and I can’t wait to read the sequel. 

It had everything you want from a good book, romance, action, magic and humour.

I would highly recommend this book.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk

Book Review: Before The Snow by Danielle Paige 

TitleBefore The Snow

Author: Danielle Paige 

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children 

Publication Date: 26th July 2016

Format: Kindle

Pages: 81 

Rating : 4.5

The Blerb…

Enter a world of elemental magic, forbidden romance, and betrayal in this prequel to New York Times bestselling author Danielle Paige’s upcoming Stealing Snow.

Young Nepenthe is half-princess, half-mermaid. Though she longs for the sea, her father wants her to stay on land. But only love can make a mermaid give up the water, and Nepenthe doesn’t love anyone the way her mother loves her human father. She wants to live as a mermaid and become the River Witch, like her mother.

Then Nepenthe meets Prince Lazar, the son of the all-powerful Snow King of Algid, and she can’t help but fall for him. After a horrible tragedy strikes, Nepenthe joins forces with a young fire witch named Ora to save Lazar and protect the kingdom. But it soon becomes clear that Ora loves Lazar just as much as Nepenthe does… And now Nepenthe must decide: inherit the power of the River Witch, or betray her friend to be with the boy she loves.
And Nepenthe’s role in the prophecy is only just beginning. . . In the future, she is destined to cross paths with a girl named Snow, who will have the power to change Algid forever-for better, or for worse.

Review…

In all honesty I actually enjoyed this story more than Stealing Snow which was enjoyable in it’s own right. It was good to read more about Nepanthe and Ora’s history and how Lazar ended up being involved with Ora.

It does intrigue me with the ‘what if’ between Lazar and Nepanthe and whether the future for Algid would have been different should they have chose another path.

I’m looking forward to the 2nd Novella Rising Queen to see what else happens prior to Stealing Snow.

All in all it’s a light, easy and quick read and I would recommend it:)

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Disclaimer: Emma-Louise Smith is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.uk