Changeling (Order of Darkness #1)by Philippa Gregory

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Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 4/5

Smexy Times?– non

OVERALL – 4/5 STARS

This one was a good surprise. The reviews were mixed, so I expected a 3 star read at most…but It was a solid 4! The story was engaging, the writing was phenomenal and you could easily immerse yourself in the story. I liked Luca and Isolde, and the internal battles they had(and everything they ever knew). I expected magic, like actual magic, but it was mostly about what people at that time thought was “magic”.This would be perfect for like 7/8 grader who is learning about the middle ages as a supplement, and I think it was written with that in mind. Overall great book, can’t wait to read the next one.

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“Mr. Queen”…was WOW-kdrama review

About the drama:

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A male chef (Choi Jin Hyuk) has risen up the ranks to find a job cooking for the country’s top politicians in the South Korean presidential residences, the Blue House.

He is something of a dreamer – but one day finds himself in the body of a young queen from Korea’s past, Kim So Yong (Shin Hye Sun).

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Kim So Yong’s husband is the reigning monarch, King Cheol Jong (Kim Jung Hyun). However, he is only king in name – the late King Sunjo’s Queen, Sun Won (Bae Jong Ok), has taken advantage of Cheol Jong’s better nature, and is ruling the realm in his name.

Queen Sun Won’s brother Kim Jwa Guen (Kim Tae Woo) also has designs on power.

However, Kim So Yong soon discovers that King Cheol Jong harbors secrets, and is not as gentle and meek as he seems…

MY THOUGHTS 

PLOT

4 stars
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When I watched the first episode…I was like…WHAT?!But after the second and third episodes, I was in love. The plot was very well done, very original. As someone who has seen dozens of kdramas, it’s very hard to surprise me…but this drama surprised me a lot! The acting was AMAZING, Shin Hye Sun did a phenomenal job playing a man stuck in a female body. I loved the costumes, the atmosphere, everything about this drama was great.

THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN OUR MAIN COUPLE(S)?

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The chemistry was thru the roof! I loved the love/hate relationship the king and our young queen had, it was fun to watch. And It was believable, and that’s the most important thing in a drama.

HOW IT ENDS

*Mild Spoilers*

This is why it’s not a 5-star drama…THE ENDING. It was…mehhh.Like, it just was so average, of course, I understand it’s hard to do something extraordinary with this story in a very conservative country(that is South Korea), but I expected more.

WATCH IT HERE

VIKI / DRAMACOOL

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Garnier Botanic Therapy Coconut Milk & Makadamia Conditioner- review

About the Product :

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– formulated for dry and damaged hair types;
– has active nourishing and softening properties;
– provides regenerating and smoothing effects;
– contains natural Coconut extract and Macadamia oil;
– easily applies and quickly spreads;
– eliminates static electricity and dryness;
– makes combing and styling easier;
– provides shine and silkiness to the strands;
– heals the hair and improves its appearance;
– does not weigh down and maintains the volume;
– optimal for frequent use;
– has a convenient format.

How to use

Apply to shampooed hair, massage, then rinse. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water

My thoughts :

PACKAGING

Packaging is pretty simple, very “classically” Garnie. Easy to open. I would prefer the packaging to be translucent or at least white, but you can’t have it all.

QUALITY AND MY HAIR AFTER USING IT

The quality (from what I can tell)is good. Very thick consistency, has a pleasant scent…but it’s strong, so not everyone will like it. This is perfect for very dry and dry hair, if you have an oily scalp…it’s not for you. As an oily scalp owner, but as someone who has very dry hairs (I dye my hair a LOT), this helped my hair be more healthy. But…it makes your scalp super oily. Overall, I liked it.

PROS  
  • Affordable
  • Great gift idea
  • Amazing for dry hair
  • Travel friendly
CONS
  • it has a strong scent

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The Nightmare Thief (The Nightmare Thief #1)by Nicole Lesperance- book review

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Maren Partridge loves working in her family’s dream shop where she can hand-craft any dream imaginable. The shop has only one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Maren has no problem with this—until her sister, Hallie, has an accident that leaves her in a coma. Maren’s certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. And when no one is watching, she slips her a flying dream.

But a strange new customer from the shop has been following Maren and knows what she did. Now she’s laid the perfect trap to blackmail Maren into creating custom nightmares for a dark and terrible purpose. As Maren gets drawn further into the sinister scheme, she must make a choice: to protect her family or to protect the town from her family’s magic.

You can find this book here : Amazon / BookDepository

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The story– 4/5

Setting of the book– 2, 5/5

Smexy Times?– non,it’s middle grade

OVERALL – 3/5 STARS

This one was okay…Was it interesting? Yes. Would I read it again? Nope. Magic realism inspired fairytale about family, hope, and dreams. It has strong Lemony Snicket vibes and I loved it. Maren was an interesting main hero, she was a completed one (so not one-dimensional) and that’s amazing. Overall a good book for any middle grader.

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Gliss Schwarzkopf Gliss Supreme Length Shampoo- review

ABOUT THE PRODUCT :

Protection 2-in-1 Treatment

The SUPREME LENGTH range with BIOTIN COMPLEX and PEONY FLOWER specifically designed to serve needs of long hair and removes excess oil at roots and repair damaged hair lengths. Extra Care Hair Care Supreme Length Shampoo is a gentle cleansing shampoo for flowing hair from root to tip. Developed to care for long hair, it is formulated with micro repair lipids, peony essence and keratin serum to repair damage, reduce split ends and strengthen the hair structure, preventing further breakage.

MY THOUGHTS :

I have an oily scalp,but dry ends. So seeing this shampoo I knew I needed to try it. So I did! For a month I tried it and here are my thoughts.

PACKAGING

Pretty simple pink plastic bottle with a black cap. The bottle is translucent,so that’s nice, you can see how much of the product is still left.

QUALITY AND SCENT

It smells amazing! Such a beautiful scent that stays on your hair for hours after washing. The quality is very good.The shampoo is thick and you don’t need a lot of product too really clean your hair(and that’s good).

MY HAIR AFTER MONTH OF USE

My hair feels strong, but not super healthy. It’s a good shampoo, but it’s not my favorite. It did help my scalp with the excess oil. Will I repurchase it? Yes, but only at a discount.

Overall

PROS  
  • long-lasting
  • great for everyday use
  • Affordable
CONS
  • Not a lot of product
  • Packaging is hard to recycle because of the color

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NIV LUMO JESUS Books of the Bible : New Testament (Community Bible Experience)-review

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The Books of the Bible (New Testament) is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a Bible unlike any other available today, but more like the original Scriptures. The Books of the Bible is specially designed to be read from start to finish, as if you were reading a novel. Natural literary breaks have been restored and the books have been rearranged chronologically, rather than by length, leading to a more authentic presentation of the Bible. There is also a helpful introduction to each book that sets the text in context, rather than adding explanation or application. The NIV text is also set in single-column format, rather than in two columns as you usually find in the Bible. This aids reading longer chunks at a time, as you would if you were reading a novel for pleasure.

This edition features colour photos from the LUMO Project films of the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The project has been informed by leading world experts’ latest theological, historical and archaeological research on every aspect of life in first-century Palestine. It was shot on location in Morocco, using the very latest 35mm digital film cameras to ensure picture quality of the very highest standard across a number of platforms – cinema, broadcast, BluRay, DVD, and the web. The voice-over script is taken from the NIV Bible but the films have been shot with the intention of overlaying the Bible text in any language. These multi-language Biblical resources are set to transform the way in which people engage, discover and study the life of Jesus through the Gospels.

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This was the answer to my prayers. I was praying for the right bible for me and I found this one at a very great discount in my local bookstore. As someone who is pretty new to bible reading, this looked AMAZING(and to be honest it is!)

First of all, it has maps to see how the region looked at the time of Jesus. As well as the “Chronology of the Drama” (that’s basically the whole bible story in chronological order).

It doesn’t have the verses numbered on the actual page, but on the corner, and because of that, it’s easier to read, not too intimidating. I love that, but I know that not everyone will like it. The print size is very good, my eyes don’t hurt after reading and that’s amazing. Overall This is a great bible for a new believer or anyone who is new to reading a bible, It’s easy to read and understand. The photos help to fully immerse in the scriptures.

You can find this book on Amazon / Bookdepository

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April Mini Book Haul(NEW BOOKS IN THE HOUSE)

Hello, My Darlings! How are you? How was your April? Did you get any new books? I got some physical books (FINALLY!!!) and I’m so excited. Our bookstores are open, so you can go and buy in person. You can’t even imagine how happy I was to just walk in a bookstore and browse, haven’t done it in a year …and it was AMAZING! So let’s dive into the books.

Captain Ingram’s Inheritance(Rothschild Trilogy #3)by Carola Dunn
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Despite their different backgrounds, Lady Constantia Roworth loses her heart to Captain Frank Ingram, recuperating from his wounds at her father’s estate, and is delighted when a surprise inheritance transforms the penniless soldier into an acceptable suitor.

This was a cover buy! I mean…LOOK AT IT! And it’s a historical romance, I’m a sucker for those. It was a such great deal too, just 2 euros for the book(original it was 4 euros, so 50% off). What I didn’t know and there are no mentions in the actual book that it’s the third in a trilogy. But what I understand you can read those out of order, so that’s good. Can’t wait to read it this month!

Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen’s most captivating and vivid characters. Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organizes the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect.

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I’m so excited for this one! I have seen the old Emma movie and I really liked ,so seeing this one in the bookstore I knew I’m getting it. The price was great too ,around 3 euros.

Stormbringers(Order of Darkness #2)by Philippa Gregory
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Italy, 1453. Luca and Isolde grow more and more attracted to each other as they continue their journey to unravel the mysteries throughout Christendom. But their travels are delayed by the uprising of an intense religious crusade that threatens the balance of the civilized world. Death lingers in the air as war ravages on, but this religious conflict is nothing compared to the arrival of an intense and deadly storm.

Caught in the midst of unimaginable chaos, Luca and Isolde must rely on one another in order to survive.

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This is the second book in the Order of darkness trilogy. I already had the first and third book,so I was very glad to find the second book in our local book outlet store. To be honest I don’t like the covers at all…but the story sounds interesting.

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Little Black Dress Perfume and Roll-On Deodorant  by Avon- review

Little Black Dress by Avon

ABOUT THE PRODUCT :

Complete your outfit with a show-stopping fragrance. Our Little Black Dress Eau de Parfum is a delicate blend of exotic garden notes. This fragrance is a timeless accessory and a finishing touch to any outfit.

• Size: 30ml
• Top note: Honeysuckle
• Middle note: Ylang-ylang
• Base note: Milkwood

MY THOUGHTS :

PACKAGING

I got the 30 ml bottle, so it’s different from the “big” bottle. It came in a cute cardboard box without the plastic wrap(didn’t like that). It’s made from sturdy glass with a plastic cap. Avon has two types of bottles for their 30 ml fragrances, and I can say this type I’m enjoying much more. It’s easier to bring with you.

QUALITY AND SCENT

This is truly a “little black dress” kind of scent! Like…it’s so universal, perfect for every day and any occasion. It’s not too sweet or too strong and can say many people will like it. Was it my favorite? Not really, but I do like it. The quality is great, and it stays on for 4 h straight on your skin.

OVERALL

I got this scent for under 4 euros and that’s an amazing deal! The quality is great and it would make a cute gift for someone(maybe like a Mother’s day gift). Overall I would totally recommend this perfume.

PROS  
  • long-lasting
  • great for everyday use
  • Affordable
  • you can get 30 ml, 50 m, or 100 ml
  • Great gift idea
  • Travel friendly
CONS
  • You can’t buy it in a store, just from a representative

Avon Little Black Dress Roll-On Deodorant for Women

ABOUT THE PRODUCT :

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All of your products in beautiful harmony. Avon Little Black Dress deodorant has the same gorgeous aroma as your fragrance so that they can form a perfect couple.

Characteristics:

  • pair with the fragrance for a wonderful gift
  • enhances the intensity of the fragrance from the same line
  • leaves a long-term feeling of freshness
  • protects against unpleasant odours
  • provides effective protection against perspiration

How to use:
Apply to clean, dry skin under the arms. Repeat at any time during the day

MY THOUGHTS :

I don’t have a lot to say , so I will be very brief. It has the same scent as the perfume, so I thought it was a great add-on to my purchase. Does it do the job?YES! And you smell very nice almost all day. Overall I liked it, but keep in mind…It leaves white marks.

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I watched “I Love Lucy” first season and it was AMAZING!

About the TV-Show

Cbs No GIF by Paramount+ - Find & Share on GIPHYI Love Lucy is an American television sitcom that originally aired on CBS from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning six seasons. The show starred Lucille Ball, 171 I Love Lucy Gifs - Gif Abyssher then real-life husband Desi ArnazVivian Vance, and William Frawley. It followed the life of Lucy Ricardo (Ball), a young middle-class housewife in New York City, who either concocted plans with her best friends Ethel and Fred Mertz (Vance and Frawley) to appear alongside her bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo (Arnaz) in his nightclub, or tried numerous schemes to mingle with, or be a part of show business. New trending GIF tagged eating i love lucy… | Trending GifsAfter the series ended in 1957, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials; it ran from 1957 to 1960. It was first known as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.I Love Lucy became the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and it was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998).

MY THOUGHTS 

Another vintage Tv Show I am putting on my Favorites List! This is such a classic and I haven’t seen it, being that I’m from Europe. So now Thanks to technology I could watch it and It was amazing. I can totally see why it was (and still is) so popular. It’s easy to watch, funny, and has such a lovable cast. My concern with any old ‘classic” is …How racist and sexist it really is? And I can say it wasn’t that bad(just by watching the first season, can’t comment on the others yet). Yes, it has a big emphasis on the “women place” at home and “men’s place” at the workplace. But taking into the account the year and what was “expected” from people and families in particular at that time,I can’t really criticize. So overall I’m very happy with this TV show, it’s perfect for casual watching when you cook or clean. (And my boyfriend’s parrots love the opening)

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue(Montague Siblings #1)by Mackenzi Lee- book review

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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The story– 3/5

Setting of the book– 2,5/5

Smexy Times?– Some

OVERALL – 3/5 STARS

I know I know…everyone has read it like years ago, so I’m a little late to the party. So…What did I think? To be honest, because of the “hype” this book had I expected much more, but…it was just average. The writing style was good, but the plot was lacking. I wanted more of the world-building. But the romance in this book was cute,I liked it. Was it enjoyable? Yes! Will I ever reread it? No!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE BOOK

“Nice to have you along, Felicity.” I clamp the pipe between my teeth and fish about in my pocket for the flint. “Remind me again where we’re permitted to drop you by the side of the road.”

❤

“How is it that we’ve landed the only bear-leader for hire who’s entirely entirely opposed to the true purpose of the Tour?”“Which is . . . remind me.”“Strong spirits and loose women.”“Sounds instead like it’s going to be weak wine with dinner and handling yourself in your bedroom after.”-

❤

“You are the thieves.”“Monty’s the thief,” Felicity says.“No, I am the second thief. Which I think cancels out my thievery.”

❤

They should be throwing gratitude and kindness and cream puffs at us, though I’d settle for just the cream puffs.

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