Meraki Candles: Anime Quarterly #1

I am obsessed with Meraki Candles, so I totally freaked out when I saw that Heather (The owner of Meraki Candles) created a quarterly anime subscription box BECAUSE I LOVE ANIME, CANDLES AND ANIME MERCH ♥️

The theme for the very first anime quarterly box was ..

🌿 Studio Ghibli 🌿

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The box was packed full with amazing and useful goodies ✨

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The first two items are:

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I love the details of the notebook in the inside, also having blank pages is very useful for drawing and designing 🖌️ I am really happy that I got this postcard because it matches the notebook 💙

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  • A gorgeous Calcifer pin from Hannah Hitchman 🔥 There were several pins sent out, which one did you get?

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  • A Beautiful Arietty print by @Tjlubrano ☕

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  • Yubaba’s Bath House soap from BehindthePages and the scent of this soap is AMAZING 🛀

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  • The box also included a gorgeous unboxing guide and a fun leaflet with recommendations and fun facts

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THE CANDLES 🕯️ The first candle is Totoro and it has a sweet pea scent that is delicious.

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The second candle is Howl’s Castle From Howl’s Moving Castle. This candle has a floral scent; a mixture of kumpquat, rose, jasmine and patchouli that transports you to a magical place 🌼

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this box and I am looking forward to the SECOND anime quarterly box which ships on July and the theme is going to be .. Yuri On Ice ❄️ The box will go on sale on the 27th at 12pm British time so watch out and DON’T forget to use my code HAYA10 to get 10% off your order ‼️

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Latest Obsessions Based on Senses

My summer vacation has begun and I am here now … and hopefully, I will be updating my blog more frequently now 💪  I want to share with you some of my latest (Mid April-May) obsessions based on the 5 senses and hopefully we will obsess over them together!

✋🏼 Touch ✋🏼

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I love this PJ top it is so soft, summery and cute!! 💕 I also bought the matching shorts and they have ruffles on them, which is adorable. However, it is really hard to take a picture of shorts if they are not laid flatly 😅

👃🏼 Smell👃🏼

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I am so in love with this candle by Meraki Candles. It was included in the Fairyloot box, so sadly, it is not for sale 😭. The scent of sweet candy floss and marshmallow is well balanced by the mint scent so it is not sickly sweet and the mint is not overwhelming at all. I totally recommend you check out Meraki Candles shop and you can use my code HAYA10 to get 10% off your order‼️

👀 Sight 👀

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So I have been in a huge reading slump lately and if you are wondering why? It is because of this TV show. I was craving a solid GOOD tv show and I tried different TV shows, Anime and Korean Dramas but nothing was good enough till I started Cesur ve Güzel which is a Turkish TV drama (It is the first time I properly watch a Turkish TV show) and it is so good 😍 The romance in it is .. perfect, and that is coming from a person who watched/read a lot of romance movies/books. It is not ALL about romance though, like there is an actual interesting plot that is packed with action, the subplots are also very interesting! Overall I totally recommend that you check out the first episode (Although the beginning is slightly cheesy but keeeeep on watching) 📺. Plus the main actor is the definition of a Turkish Delight ♥️

👅 Taste 👅

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I love Earl Grey tea and that is a fact ☕️ and I’m really getting into green tea a lot lately, so I knew instantly the moment that I saw this tea that I need to get it and get it I did. It is from Marks and Spencer and I can’t find a link to it, I am so sorry 💔 . It tastes SO good, I am so hooked! And I had to show off my Moriar Tea mug from Temporary Places.

👂🏼 Sound👂🏼

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I love to have a certain song for each summer and this summer Drift by Alina Baraz & Galimatias is a current favorite 🎼 I just like listening to it at the beach 🌊

That’s folks, I really hope you enjoyed this brief post. If you do end up obsessing with any of the things that are mentioned above, then hit me up on Instagram so we could gush about everything for hours 💓

Comment the things that you are currently obsessed with!! I seriously would love to know

💌 Laptop Stickers 💌

MISS ME? It’s been a while, I know. Life can get the upper hand sometimes and you just do what you have to do because, in the end, it is what it is. I’M ON A ROLL TODAY 😂 You are amazing if you got all of the references 🏆 Okay okay I am not going to make this draggy and long, we all know why you are here and that it is certainly not to hear me blabber.

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Let’s start with the stickers from the right side to the left:

  • At the top, I have my favorite soot! If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli then you might appreciate this sticker.
  • Underneath it is the fancy 221B door sticker which I got in a medium size and it turned out bigger than expected, but it is gorgeous so I don’t mind.
  • FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 🎀 because girls are fierce and awesome!
  • At the bottom, I have this very cute long sticker with different types of coffees on it.
  • YER A WIZARD” Still waiting desperately to hear those words 😥.
  • A very delicious, mouthwatering waffle because why not?
  • My baby Newt Scamander
  • Felix Felicous was actually included in a Fairyloot box. However, you can still get this design although it is a bit different from Bookotter’s (Liza!) Society6 shop.
  • I am big on tea so I had to get this CUTE TEA BAG ☕.
  • This Hogwarts sticker is also from a subscription box and it is called Nerdy Post. Don’t worry if you missed it, each theme has a different sticker in the box so you might actually get something you will love more!
  • I love the moon, especially the magic of moon phases so I got this sticker that could fit even in the tiniest spaces 🌕.

If you thought that I am done then you are VERY wrong! I still have more stickers in other places on my laptop and some that I couldn’t find a space to put them on.

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🎶 Here’s to the ones
who dream
Foolish, as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts
that ache
Here’s to the mess
we make 🎶 (That is what I call the stickers that did not fit on my laptop)

Making choices is a very hard thing to do, especially if it concerns stickers .. so I very foolishly bought more than my laptop can handle. Don’t do that, it’s heartbreaking and stupid.

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  • Stars Hollow sign because it is the cutest!
  • Another Sherlock sticker because I am obsessed 🚬.
  • Fruit Basket which I have already talked about on my favorite anime post.
  • Luke’s Dinner and that is where I want to spend the rest of my life ☕.
  • I don’t know why I got this heart sticker but it is cute and I could probably use it as a photo prop.
  • I got a Caaaaaaaaaaarl sticker so when my laptop starts glitching I will have a reason to scream CAAAAAAAARL.
  • Card Captor Sakura is a childhood favorite so I am really sad I don’t have a place on my laptop to stick it on.
  • The most relaxing sticker ever, I really wish that I could LIVE in this sticker 😍.
  • As a young girl Princess Peach was my favorite princess and I really love the artist, his paintings are mind blowing! I totally recommend that you check them out.
  • Lastly, cacti sticker because it’s so prickly adorable!

This is it, folks. I hope that I was able to shed some sticker light on your life 💕 Which one is your FAVORITE sticker?

The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 💢

5/5 🌟’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads:”Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.”
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This is one of (if not THE) best books I’ve read this year!! ❤️ It was absolutely fun and hilarious and throughout the whole book I felt myself being more cheerful and happy .. It’s been a while since a book have done that to me and I’m very grateful because it reminded of why I enjoy reading so much
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Everything about this book is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing about it and I’ve nothing to dislike or complain about ✨ The characters are amazing and getting to know them is an amazing experience .. I really, truly loved everything ❤️ I really don’t want to say spoil anything BUT YOU HAVE TO GET A COPY AND START READING IT! I can’t wait for Sally Thorne to release another book! I’ve a feeling that she’ll be one of my favorite authors EVER!
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The Season

The Season by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa 💄

4.5/5 ⭐️’s

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. When Megan’s attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, she’s got a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she’ll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it’s at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn’t have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend, Megan thinks, being a deb might not be so bad after all. But that’s before she humiliates herself in front of a room full of ten-year-olds, becomes embroiled in a media-frenzy scandal, and gets punched in the face by another girl.

The season has officially begun…but the drama is just getting started.”
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This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I didn’t know that till I was halfway through the book!! The whole time I was like THIS CHARACTER REMINDS ME OF MR.DARCY! And this whole situation reminds me of P&P .. I guess that’s the whole point of a retelling 😂

It was absolutely fun and delightful to read 💖 I really needed a fun, pick me up book that I could read in one sitting and this book definitely delivered that it’s not just fun it also deliverers a couple of important messages about family, love and society. It talks about some serious social problems and I honestly wasn’t expecting that from this book because fun books like that tend to avoid talking about serious problems but not this book
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The characters are a bit older than the usual YA books. Their age range starts from 21 and up, that’s the only thing that I found odd. I wouldn’t say it’s a NA book or a YA book .. It’s RIGHT there in between both 🤔 at least that’s what I think 😅

Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 👑

5/5 🌟’s

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Book description: “In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose . . . it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.”
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We have books that are meant to be read and then we have books that are meant to be devoured and this is one of them 📖 Three Dark Crowns is a unique YA book that you won’t be able to put down. This book is dark, emotional and definitely not what you’re expecting.

The story is being told from different POVs, mainly the three sisters. It’s a bit hard to grasp “who’s who” and “what’s happening” at the beginning but once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to enjoy the book ❤️ The three sisters were raised together till the age of 6 and they got separated and raised by different families in different cities so it’s really interesting to see how that plays in their personalities and their living conditions 🌏 Since it’s the first book in the series the world building was intelligent and I really enjoyed it ✨

I didn’t have any sort of trouble with this book in fact I really enjoyed reading it and the ending was AMAZING!

Distruption

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington 🔦

5/5 🌟’s

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This is the first book in a new YA duology that will be released on October 4, 2016. It’s a mixture of sci-fic, dystopian and romance ✨basically all of the good stuff!! And it was packed with action that put you at the edge of your seat. Trust me, you really need to pick up your copy once it gets released. I LOVED this book, I loved the characters, I loved the plot twist .. I loved everything about it and I seriously had a hard time putting this book down.
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Synopsis: “What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love? Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life with their pheromone technology. But instead—they have come to control it. Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as her own father was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready to fight back. And Quentin Mercer—the very heir to the M-Corp empire—has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.”
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This book was interesting right from the beginning and it never stopped being interesting throughout the whole book. The main heroine Maggie is probably one of my favorite characters because she’s a badass that you will instantly adore.
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Roman Crazy

  • Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci 🇮🇹

    4.5/5 ⭐️’s

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    Synopsis from Goodreads:”Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

    Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

    Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?”
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    This book is like a perfect dish of pasta 🍝 it’s a mixture of everything good and organic 🌿 it’s hot and satisfying and you simply can’t help but enjoy it ❤️ and the reason why I said pasta is because I AM INSANELY CRAVING ITALIAN FOOD NOW
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    It was absolutely fun and delightful and I really enjoyed reading it ✨ i loved the attention to details in describing the food, art and the people .. Everything is just so heart warming and beautiful ❤️ and now I really need to go to Italy ✈️ If you’re looking for a fun, pick me up romantic book then this is the perfect one
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    The release date of this book is September 13th so mark that date 🗓 Thanks to@authoraliceclayton @ninapolitan &@gallerybooks for sending me an ARC! And I actually received TWO copies so I’m givingaway the second copy soon ✨

Nevernight Review + GIVEAWAY!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 🌌

5/5 🌟’s.

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?”

As soon as I got this book I felt the need to start it because the cover looked so gorgeous and I had a feeling that it was going to be a good book and I was right. Nevernight is right up there on top of my favorites list with TOG series and TFK series ❤️

I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I got into it without knowing anything and that worked as a perk for me because had I read the synopsis of the book I wouldn’t have been as surprised and I would have tried to predict everything .. And frankly I think that would make the book less interesting.

The world building in this book is very descriptive and phenomenal and I was gripped by throat from the very first page ✨ The characters, oh boy the characters are just AMAZING .. I honestly was interested in every single character that was mentioned in this book even the animals 🐴 and Mia is just the perfect antihero kickass girl 💪🏼 I hated her and loved her at the same time but the love ruled out the hate and to see her grow and develop throughout the book is just heartwarming and entertaining.

So if you know me you probably know that I freakin hate flashbacks, I just do. The beginning of the book had a couple of flashbacks and I was like “Oh no…” but as I kept on reading I fell in love with the author’s way of writing and I also fell in love with this book’s flashbacks. The way the author played with the flashbacks is just amazing and I was insanely hooked! It took me longer than usual to read this book and that’s because there are so many informations in this book (especially the footnotes) and I honestly didn’t want to miss out on anything and I wanted to fully comprehend and digest everything. I also was busy with my best friend’s wedding and I really wanted to take the book with me to the wedding (IT MATCHED MY DRESS!) but yeah they had to snatch out of my hands just so I wouldn’t look weird 💁🏻 anyway as I was saying it took me about a week to finish it (I usually finish a book within 2-3 days) but I didn’t get this “ugh I’m bored I wish I could be reading something els” feeling which I usually get when I read a book for more than 3-4 days and that says a lot.

I know many people are not impressed with the author’s way of writing this book but I certainly was. I loved everything about this book and I honestly wouldn’t want a thing to change 📖 I’m a reader not a critic, the book was written for us to enjoy not to complain about (I totally don’t understand why anyone would complain). I loved it soooo much and I can’t wait for the next book to be released!! Do you have a favorite character? I really love Mia and I was also a bit obsessed with Cassius I mean they call him The Lord of Blades so that’s something ⚔

GIVEAWAY!

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I’m givingaway a UK hardcover copy of Nevernight with a poster, bookmark and a signed book plate! The winner will also receive a Luna Lovegood Funko pop figure, Infernal devices ring and ofc AN EMPIRE OF STORMS MAGNETIC BOOKMARK BECAUSE THE BOOK IS OUT SOON!!

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TO ENTER:

  • Repost this picture once on Instagram (No need to spam people!) using the tag #HAYASNEVERNIGHTGIVEAWAY
  • Mention me in your caption but don’t tag me please ❤️.
  • Must Follow @Hayaisreading.
  • The giveaway is open internationally 🌏.
  • If you’re under the age of 18, please ask your parents (or a guardian) for a permission to give out you address.
  • Mention 3 of your friends who you think are interested in this giveaway in the Instagram comment section.
  • one entry each person 👤 No giveaway accounts and accounts must be public!

 

The Giveaway will end on the 10th of September Good luck to you all ❤️

The Nerdy Bookworm August Box 💙

The Nerdy Bookworm Box is a monthly UK based bookish subscription box that ships internationally 🌏 Inside the box you will find a new Fantasy or Sci-fi novel, their monthly mini-magazine and 4-6 (mostly) exclusive bookish items and goodies!! What’s so special about this subscription box is that the novels they send are awesome pick-me up books and sometimes they send some books even before the release date (HOW COOL IS THAT?). Beside that, the items they send are AMAZING and like i said before they’re usually exclusive and they’re from incredible shops. If you thought that i was done then you’re wrong. They also gift-wrap every book they send out so beautifully ✨ Their boxes are truly and utterly beautiful.

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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate this quote on the box 💙

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The theme for the August box was …

🔱 DYSTOPIAN 🔱

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If you’re a fan of The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and Divergent then this box was a gift from heaven to you.

 

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The first item we’ve got here is this gorgeous HUNGER GAMES themed mug that was designed exclusively by the awesome Nerdy Bookworm Box 🔥 I will be using that a lot for my late night hot cup of tea.

 

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This Arrows & Anarchy coffee goes perfectly with the “Fire is catching” mug. This coffee sachet was created by Cracked Blank Inc. I feel like this is the perfect coffee to drink during Autumn because there’s some pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and many other delicious spices 🎃.

 

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Next, we have those awesome wax melts 🕯 This warm/outdoorsy scent was made exclusively for this box by Owlchemy. I love the color of the ribbon and wax melts together .. it just looks and smells so good!! I’m definitely going to melt those tarts next time i watch The Maze Runner 🍃.

 

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How cool is this keychain that was designed by Fable and Black? I LOVE IT ✨

 

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From New Leaf created these cute Factions magnetic bookmarks! They sent out different ones, so which one did you get? I got Candor and Abnegation!

 

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THERE IS A POSTER, I REPEAT THERE IS A POSTER! AND IT’S GORGEOUS. This tiny owl lent me a helping .. body? to showcase this beautiful poster that was designed by Nerdy Bookworm Box.
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LOOK AT THE WAY THE BOOK IS WRAPPED UP!!!

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Every single detail counts.

The blue string? YES.

The “Happy Reading” blue sticker? YES.

THE FREAKIN ARROW CHARM? HECK YEAH!!!!!!!

 

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And the book of the month is … UNPLUGGED BY DONNA FREITAS. This a YA dystopian novel and it’s the perfect book for fans of The UGLIES series ✨

 

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I saved the best for last .. so one of my favorite things about this subscription box is that they send out a mini-magazine instead of a card and it’s just so entertaining and creative.

 

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Inside this month’s mini-magazine is an interview with the author, dystopian quiz, featured bookworms and many other awesome things ✨ I am seriously looking forward to those mini magazines!!

 

Here’s a full unboxing:

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That was one of my favorite boxes that i have ever received and I’m looking forward to the September “Queens” box 👑 It’s sold out already BUT the October “Dopplegangers” box is going to be live soon so make sure to use my code HAYA10 when you’re subscribing so you could get 10% the full price!