We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with Harry Potter right? So here’s some things that they will love this Christmas…

  1. Class Notebooks – £10.00 – Make it feel like work is at Hogwarts with these class based notebooks.
  2. Wand Makeup Brushes – £6.99 – Your makeup has never looked as magical with these brushes.
  3. I Solemnly Swear Mug – £9.95 – Keep marauding with your coffee fix from this mug.
  4. Espresso Patronum Mug – £7.99 – Coffee counts as a happy memory right?
  5. Butterbeer Lip Balm – £4.00 – Sometimes you need some butterbeer after a long and slightly chapped day?
  6. Dressing Gown – £16.00 – Imagine you’re really in Hogwarts robes.
  7. House Coasters – £4.00 – Keeping rings off the table doesn’t have to be by magic.
  8. Socks– £3.00 – Dobby would be proud to own these socks.
  9. Film Based Posters – £9.99+ – An ode to each film would help decorate the living room.
  10. Siriusly Ron Mug – £4.50 – Everyone needs to understand the often out there quotes from Harry Potter
  11. Harry Potter Funko Pop – £9.99 – Harry will be able to chill out next to the Harry Potter box set.
  12. Ron Weasley Funko Pop – £9.99 – Ron will look adorable alongside the rest of the Harry Potter merch.
  13. Hermione Granger Funko Pop – £9.99 – Hermione will Wingardium Leviosa up onto your bookshelf.
  14. Filthy Muggle Jumper – £19.40 – Home Alone merged with Harry Potter allows for festive jumpers.
  15. Tea Infuser – £8.00 – Get on Trelawnys good side and collect some tea leaves along with this adorable tea infuser.
  16. Tea – £12.00 – And here’s the tea… cleverly disguised as potions so no muggles will think to drink it.
  17. Typography poster – £12.00 – Sometimes Harry Potter is just really quotable and you need to hang it up…
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Contemporary

What Remains True

1st December

Roomies

5th December

An Unremarkable Body

14th December

Sci-fi/Fantasy

 

The Realms Beyond (The Reinhold Chronicles #2)

1st December

Vow of Deception (The Ministry of Curiosities #9)

5th December

Canto Bight (Star Wars)

5th December

The Black Tide (Outcast, #3)

5th December

Death's Mistress (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles, #1)

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Empire Games (Empire Games #1)

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Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)

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Persepolis Rising (The Expanse, #7)

7th December

A War in Crimson Embers (The Crimson Empire, #3)

7th December

Brave (A Wicked Saga, #3)

11th December

Odysseus Awakening (Odyssey One, #6)

12th December

Map of Shadows (Mapwalker, #1)

12th December

Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires #1)

13th December

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library, #4)

14th December

Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn, #1)

14th December

 Fade Out

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 The Warmaster

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Clockwork City (Delphic Division, #2)

14th December

Count to Infinity: A Novel of the Eschaton Sequence

26th December

Survival: A novel (Star Quest Trilogy)

26th December

 Station Eleven

31st December

Horror

One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning

5th December

Black Goat Blues (The Mythos War #2)

13th December

Kill All Angels (The Vicious Circuit #3)

26th December

Mystery/Thriller

The Good Samaritan

1st December

The Night of the Moths

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The Vanishing Season

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The Quantum Spy

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Fox Hunter (Charlie Fox, #12)

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Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake, #2)

12th December

The Demon Crown (Sigma Force #13)

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Beau Death (A Detective Peter Diamond Mystery)

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Charlatans

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Save Me

28th December

The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk #2)

28th December

The Innocent Wife

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Inquisition (Jack Howard #10)

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The Missing Girl

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Bloody January

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Historical Fiction

The Silver Music Box

1st December

The Hedge of Thorns

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YA Contemporary

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart

5th December

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love Triangles

19th December

Here, There, Everywhere

19th December

Love, Life, and the List

26th December

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The Stolen Sky (Split City #2)

5th December

The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga #3)

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Ever the Brave (A Clash of Kingdoms #2)

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Cloaked in Shadow (The Dragori, #1)

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Freed by Flame and Storm (Bound by Blood and Sand, #2)

12th December

Whichwood

13th December

Weave a Circle Round

 

13th December

Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #4: Darkest Night

14th December

Firestorm (Worldmaker, #3)

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Djinn City

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Shadow Girl

19th December

YA Thriller

The Truth Beneath the Lies

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The new drug Fix is extremely addictive and is what Pen’s sister was on before she killed herself. As Pen tries to quit the drug, she wants to find out who the mysterious Nate is as she only see’s him in her head, why her sister killed herself and where the missing girls are going.

Fix Me

Fix Me is an extremely short and quick read. I personally feel like more could have been added to the mystery to make the book a bit bulkier, although the length isn’t that problematic. I do think that there was something missing though, which would have made the book a bit more thrilling.

Pen is our (unreliable) narrator due to excessive drug use. Fix is highly addictive, and even more so as she wants to see her imaginary friend Nate. But this means that most of the book you’re really questioning whether something is really happening, and whether it has anything to do with the actual plot. Nate feels more like a paranormal/fantasy boyfriend due to the ghostly appearances, brooding stares and cryptic conversations which felt very different to the missing girls plot line.

 

The antagonist of the book doesn’t appear until quite late into the book which felt off for me. The way they were uncovered as the villain and the conclusion afterwards seemed rushed. All the threads were starting to come together but it just wasn’t as well put together as other mysteries I have read.

Overall, Fix Me wasn’t a bad book but it just didn’t have the excitement that a mystery needs. I received Fix Me* by Lisa M. Cronkhite from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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Winter is upon us and that (for me at least) means dry and irritated skin.  Having a good body polish around is vital to keep skin looking healthy and revitalised. So I tried Joan Collins Time Beauty I AM WOMAN Dry Oil Body Polish to make my skin look summer ready again.

Main ingredients and their benefits

Himalayan Salts is what you usually find as part of bath salts because of it’s ‘rejuvenating’ properties. The main use in this scrub is to exfoliate and soften the skin as well as detoxifying it, allowing your skin to feel clean and prevent breakouts. The salt also works as an antiseptic and so helps with acne and also when used gently can help clear up eczema that is prone to weeping.

Kiwi Seeds act as a large exfoliant in this scrub on top of the oil from these seeds having high concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids. This helps to maintain the moisture in the skin.

Avocado, Olive and Jojoba Oils all help to moisturise the skin. Avocado oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help maintain moisture and keep skin from looking dull. Olive oil contains vitamin A and E and helps with aging skin as well as dry and eczema prone skin. Jojoba oil is naturally similar to human sebum and therefore helps regulate oil production for oilier skin.

 

 

First Thoughts

This body polish comes in a glass jar and has a really lovely design on it. It was also surprisingly heavy, although this was the jar rather than the product. As you can see in the photo above, you get a lot of polish in this. It reaches right to the top, unlike some products which leave a lot of room.

My first thought when opening it was that it looks really dry and like it would feel rough on the skin. My second was that it smells really nice. And the third was I really need to jump in the shower and give it a try.

During Use

You use it on damp skin, so I was using it during my showers for the past couple of weeks. When scooping it out, it does crumble a lot and goes everywhere. I was also worried about too much water getting into the tub while in the shower.

When rubbing it into your skin, it doesn’t feel as rough as I expected from looking at it. It does feel like a scrub though, the salt doesn’t just dissolve into the water. You also don’t need a lot. A few scoops was enough to scrub my legs and arms which is where I get dry patches.

After Use

After the first time of using I wouldn’t say it was a miracle worker. My skin however did feel softer after multiple uses. I was using it every other day and my dry patches ended up clearing up quite a bit. Although with to eczema, it definitely wasn’t a cure, it just alleviated some symptoms.

It’s also good for sensitive skin, and works well before shaving. I didn’t have any kind of bad reaction. This works especially well for me as I’m always worried of shaving rash and eczema flare ups with new products.

Would I Use Again?

Yes I probably would use this again. For £18 the amount you get is a good value for money. With the amount I am using, I think this will last me well into January, but it’s something I would think of purchasing next autumn to alleviate dry skin before it becomes a bigger issue. I probably wouldn’t purchase within the summer months as I wouldn’t use it quite as much.

 

I received I AM WOMAN – Dry Oil Body Polish in return for a review. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life. Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond – and it is Raymond that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged heart.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one of those books that brings out all your emotions. I felt happy, sad, angry, embarrassed and more when reading about Eleanor’s life. I thought this book would be quite difficult to read as we’re reading from Eleanors POV and she struggles in normal social interactions. But often these issues made me laugh or cry rather than feel frustration with the writing. Honeyman’s writing made me want to continue reading. It made me fascinated in what had happened and what will happen to Eleanor.

Eleanor’s development throughout the book is both heartbreaking and wonderful. I really loved that a romance aspect wasn’t brought in to make her recover miraculously. The main focus is on character development and looking at mental illness and trauma. I think Honeyman did both of this really well within the book.

Friendships also play an important part. I love that even though Eleanor struggles with social situations such as at work she manages to make friends. Not only with Raymond, but also with Sammy and his family. The friendships that develop were wonderful throughout. I also enjoyed how Eleanor’s co-workers understand her a lot better and treat her better after she is ill. Understanding and knowing about an illness is one step to being able to help people through it.

I received Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine* by Gail Honeyman from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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