The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Sub Box {August}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you an unveiling of the Hocus Pocus Sub Box from The Village Witch. I would like to thank The TVW team for providing me this box for review.

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This month’s theme was self-reflection and road opening and as always included ingredients to perform a spell, or in this case 2 spells.

Unfortunately I haven’t managed to do these yet, the summer holidays have meant I’ve had no time to myself to be able to get into the headspace and I really want to make the most of it as these spells are so perfect for this point in my life.

So here is what the sub box contained;

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Treat Bag

Road Opener Aura Spray

Unlock Your Potentional Oil

Be Brave Incense

Florida Water

Self Reflection Powder

Mojo Bag Herb Mix

Red Velvet Bag

White Candle

Skull and Rose Compact Mirror

Make Your Own Crystal Necklace Kit

As Always these items are all handmade with love and care over at TVW. The Aura Spray smells like lemon polo mints (that’s if you are old enough to remember them).

This box is a great box, the theme is perfect. Heading into the colder months, children back at school and it makes for a great time to renew and refresh ourselves ready for the hectic Winter months that are approaching. September is the perfect time for fresh starts.

You can purchase the sub box here for £30 including p&p. While this is a Traditional Witch shop, the TVW Team work hard to include things in the box suitable for those who are Wiccan.

I would love to know if you subscribe to these boxes. Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Autumnal Inspiration: My Current Writing Project

The leaves around me are starting to turn as Autumn is starting to make it’s presence felt. 

Until recently I have been working on a Psychological Thriller but I needed a break from it while I figure out it’s direction. While I take this break I got started on a little paranormal story I’ve been thinking about for a while.

It goes in perfectly to this time of year as I wanted to set it at the start of Autumn. Today I sat scribbling away enjoying the last of the late summer Sun, there was a chilly bite in the air that came from a subtle breeze and I felt inspired. 

My new story follows a Witch by the name of Freya who is hiding from her Coven. Freya is only young and has a lot to learn but she is incredibly gifted. 

We journey with her through many ups and downs as she adjusts to a new life in a sleepy town where not everything is as it seems.

I am really enjoying writing this and doing research as I want it to be as authentic as possible to the Wiccan religion.

It’s also been really nice to work on something that isn’t as dark as my psych thriller.

Hopefully I will be able to share something with you all soon.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

TSG Book Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children

Publication Date: 6th October 2016

Format: Paperback, Kindle

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Blerb:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all. 

The Review:

I had looked forward to reading this book for what felt like eternity. Before I’d even read the blerb I had been enticed by it’s beautiful cover.

I was really excited to include this in my Winter Wonderland book box and I got reading it straight away.

I always worry about reading a book I’ve been anticipating simply because I want it to be as good as I have imagined. 

I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one. 

I really enjoyed it right from the first chapter which started with Snow stuck in an insane asylum for an accident she barely remembers. The first part of the book focuses on her life there, her loves,  her hates and her friends. This is where we also meet Bane,  Snow’s focus and affection.

Without spoiling it for others, as things develop within the story we learn there is a lot more to Snow than meets the eye. As her life is unravelled in front of her we also see it unfold and we some huge character development for her with the changes that are thrown upon her.

We also meet Jagger who becomes a big character later in the book and he turned out to be one of my favourite characters. 

For those who love a good fairytale this book would really suit you. The way it is written feels more like a traditional fairytale than any I have read for a while.

The only reason it lost half a star in my review was that when I finished I need feel that ‘need’ for a sequel the way I had when I finished other books like Six Of Crows (you can see my review for that here). 

Stealing Snow is a magical fantasy, perfect as a winter read and suitable for all ages.

The Favourite Quotes:

Page 14,”I was never sure if it was better to hold it in or let it out. Fighting against ir felt like holding my breath.” 

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“We breathe out the lies, we stutter the truth”…An old Robber proverb, “he said, smiling wider.” it means that it’s easier to lie than not to.”

If Stealing Snow sounds like a book you’d be interested in you can purchase it from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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