Mistress of All Evil (Disney Villain Tales) Book Review

Book four in the Villain Tales series is all about my favourite villain, the Mistress of all Evil herself Maleficent.

Now if you’ve read my other reviews you’d know I’ve been a bit up and down with this series.

This book is the longest tale so far at 316 pages and is by far the best and I’m not being biased because it’s Maleficent. Yes it heavily features Princess Tulip again as well as the Odd Sisters and Snow White but the story does entwine them without taking away from Maleficent’s tale.

There’s quite a few twists in this story as to why Maleficent is the way she is and there’s even some background on her childhood.

This is by far the strongest book of the series and personally I feel this should have been the first one to start it all off.

It is still full of short chapters but the writing is less juvenile than previous books which is a big positive for me.

It does say on Amazon the reading age is 6-9 but with this book I wouldn’t find it appropriate for that she group.

5/5

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Poor Unfortunate Soul (Villain Tales) Book Review

Welcome back to part three of the Villain Tales Book review series.

Poor Unfortunate Soul is all about Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid; I must admit I’m not a big fan of the film so I wasn’t looking forward to this book.

I love all the book covers for this series and whilst I might not be a fan of The Little Mermaid I can appreciate a good villain.

At just 196 pages this is the shortest book yet and the most disappointing… Much of the story was actually focused on the character Princess Tulip Morningstar who is a new original character introduced in The Beast Within.

Whilst Ursula may have made a brief appearance she should have been centre stage so I feel if she is one of your favourite villains then you will be disappointed.

I feel that the book should have been atleast double the length if so much time was to be spent on other characters so unfortunately this is the worst book of the series.

2/5

The Beast Within (Villain Tales) Book Review

Book two in the Villain Tales series is all about how the Prince became cursed and how he transformed into the beast.

I love Beauty & the Beast so I was really looking forward to reading this book, again it’s only short at 215 pages.

Unfortunately I found this one to be a let down, far too long was spent talking about Princess Tulip Morningstar (what kind of juvenile name is that?) Who the Prince tries to use as a diversion to trick the Odd sisters into breaking the curse.

One of the chapters also links in Ursula the Sea Witch who will be book three if you stick to the series. I found this to be a bit unnecessary as the book is short enough let alone going off topic.

There wasn’t actually much on Belle and Beasts relationship or the other lovable characters such as Lumiere and Mrs Potts etc…

It feels like lazy writing when you have to fill in the blanks yourself from the film as too many parts are rushed or skipped completely.

Had this been the first book in the series then I’m not sure I’d carry on but I do have the complete collection to read so maybe it will get better.

I love the book covers and the added additions of the Odd Sisters but I do feel the stories are rushed.

Rated: 2/5

Fairest of All (Villain Tales) Book Review

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all…

Book one of the Villain Tales series by Serena Valentino focuses on the Evil Queen from Snow White and how it was she became so evil.

First of all this is only a short book at 250 pages so made for a fairly quick read. With the introduction of new characters the Odd Sisters you will have to read the series in order which consists of Fairest of All, The Beast Within, Poor Unfortunate Soul, Mistress of All Evil then finally Mother Knows Best.

Whilst I enjoyed the book I think it’s fair to say it did take a while to actually see why the Queen turned evil (over halfway through) and there’s an interesting twist on her relationship with the magic mirror.

The book consists of a lot of short chapters which could be irritating at times and the writing style is quite basic so it could be read by a younger audience. It also felt like the ending was rushed due to the nature of the shorter chapters but if you have seen the film you can fill in the gaps yourself.

I wish it had been more of a darker read but I am 26 so maybe I’m not the target audience.

I’d rate it 3/5, it’s a nice read for Disney fans but it’s not a must have.

DW Home Caramel Apple Cider Candle Review

It’s officially October so time to crank out autumnal scents, all things spooky and relish the dark nights.

Today’s review is all about the DW Home Caramel Apple Cider candle which retails for £7.99 in Homesense.

DW Home Caramel Apple Cider Candle

I’d never used or heard of DW candles before this review but it is beautifully mirrored and spooky blood splatter design which made me want to test it out, plus is smells amazing!

DW Home Caramel Apple Cider Candle

It’s a double wick candle although there was a smaller version which has one wick and retailed for £5.99 I think.

When I got it home it did fill the room without being lit so I was expecting a strong smelling candle straightaway but once lit it wasn’t as strong although it did nicely fill the room eventually.

Although the candle smells good I wouldn’t rate it as highly as Yankee Candle or Makers of Wax Goods.

Have you tried any spooky candles lately? 🎃

Makers of Wax Goods Pumpkin Candle Review

Halloween season is upon us and I love bringing out all my Halloween candles, my latest edition is from Makers of Wax Goods.

I’d never heard of this brand before but it’s an American Company which specialises in handmade goods. Here in the UK you can find their products in Homesense

Makers of Wax Goods Pumpkin Candle

I love the old fashioned labelling as it stands out from other brands. It’s a medium sized candle which crackles and smells amazing!

It’s pumpkin and spices which smells similar to Fireball sweets and within minutes of being lit for the first time I could strongly smell it and the scent lasted without weakening.

Makers of Wax Goods

I have been really into crackling candles lately and this one doesn’t disappoint although it can be a little noisy at times.

If you come across this brand I would definitely recommend giving them a try if you love scented candles as to me this brand could rival Yankee!

Delicious Destinations Jungle Body Mist: Gucci Bamboo Dupe?

If you read my May Favourites post then you’ll know that I’ve been loving the Delicious Destinations body mists. The body mists come in a range of different scents and retail for £3.99 for 100ml (currently £1.98 on offer).

Delicious Destinations Jungle Body Mist Gucci Bamboo Dupe

“Take a walk through the jungle where wild exotic fruit notes are tangled with tropical & enticing oriental floral tones”

For a 30ml of Gucci Bamboo you’re looking at around £49, for a 100ml of Jungle its around £3.99 at most.

Funnily enough there are no notes of kiwi or palm leaf in Gucci Bamboo which I find strange so they may share other notes not mentioned on the Jungle bottle but to me personally they smell so similar and I’d much rather pay £1.98/£3.99 instead of splashing out £50.

A great thing about the body mist is that it does tend to last well on clothes and is small enough to keep in your bag to spritz throughout the day, as it is cheap anyway it does not matter how often it gets used where as I don’t tend to overspray Gucci.

Does anybody else think its a good match?

Let me know any dupes you know of in the comments below! 🙂

*Available at Superdrug

Netflix Insatiable Body Shaming Comedy Controversy

A brand new Netflix dark comedy Insatiable due for an August release has caused outrage with its first trailer. Debbie Ryan plays Patty an overweight teenage girl who over the summer loses a lot of weight due to having her jaw wired shut, she returns to school and seeks revenge of those who bullied her.

First of all are we really doing  high school revenge plot again? that was already done badly in 13 Reasons Why and secondly why is it another cliché she’s a hot popular girl now she’s lost tons of weight (rolls eyes).

Netflix Insatiable Debbie Ryan

This might be described as a satirical or dark comedy but how awful is the body suit for the larger Patty they could have made her body look more realistic and why must it be she can only seek revenge on the bullies when she is thin, why seek revenge at all?

A lot of people feel this show is body shaming and will cause eating disorders amongst viewers who feel that if they are overweight they’ll also be bullied or that the only way to be accepted is to be thin and popular which I can agree with as it is an overly used narrative that you must look a certain way in high school to fit in.

It may not have been the creators intentions but couldn’t it have shown a larger confident girl happy with her weight or only changing her size because she wants to and not because she physically cant eat? Yes people get bullied at school due to their weight or appearance but this is giving audiences the green light to seek revenge, making them no better than the bullies or making people feel their worth is based on their size.

A petition is spreading over the internet to get the programme cancelled before it is even aired which just proves how much of a fail it is and that audiences are not okay with body shaming.

Netflix had the chance to positively represent body image and mental health and again it has fallen short in favour of the stereotypical narrative which needs to be redefined to cater to all audiences.

https://www.change.org/p/netflix-stop-release-of-the-body-shaming-film-produced-by-netflix-insatiable

*image from Google

Uber Sonic Club Toothbrush Review

Hey everyone, the lovely people over at Uber Sonic kindly sent over one of their award winning sonic toothbrushes for me to review.

If you haven’t heard of Uber Sonic before then it is a new dental subscription service that costs £19 to start which sees you receive the sonic toothbrush and a gel whitening kit, then for £9 every other month you receive two new replacement brush heads unless you cancel your subscription.  If you don’t want to commit to a subscription then you can actually purchase it alone and all customers will get a whitening kit.

Uber Sonic Club Toothbrush and Whitening Kit

Firstly I think £19 is a great price to begin with as their are a whole lot of expensive brushes on the market and have you seen the cost of whitening kits? The toothbrush is very slim and the head has soft bristles which might not be everyone’s preference but unfortunately there isn’t an option for medium bristles etc… I personally like the soft bristles and I like the shape of the head as it really gives a good clean, my original electric toothbrush has a standard round head but I much prefer this one.

Uber Sonic Brush Head

Often enough I tend to forget to buy replacement heads until I actually need them so I think its a great idea having them delivered every other month so you can keep them aside until you need them.

Uber Sonic

The toothbrush comes well presented and has a nice stand, it isn’t flimsy cardboard like some toothbrushes come in and feels good quality like Ipad boxing if that makes sense. I have found it to have a great battery life and I haven’t actually had to charge it since receiving mine.

If you need a new electric toothbrush then I would highly recommend you check out Uber Sonic, it is developed with Dentists, German engineered and the first aluminium toothbrush.

For more into you can follow them other on Instagram @ubersonic.club and Twitter @UberSonic Club or visit their website https://ubersonic.co.uk/

Primark meets Disney with Cogsworth Clock (Review)

Primark has been killing it lately with all of the Disney ranges available and one of my favourites is the Beauty and the Beast collection. I have been lucky enough to get Mrs Potts and both Chip mugs. Todays review is all about the Cogsworth Clock.

Cogsworth retails for £10 and is a fully working clock, he looks great and makes a great collectors piece. Although he is an actual clock I haven’t had the best of luck with him, the battery does not fit correctly in the back so he does tend to stop working.

Primark Cogsworth Clock Back

I’m not sure if this problem is a manufacturing issue or if it is just mine that has faults but as I collect Disney pieces anyway I aren’t that bothered by it as I display it with my other Beauty and the Beast items.

Another thing I think could be better is the open back that displays the battery, I think if it was covered it would look like a more expensive piece rather than just having a big cut out in the back of his head.

I just have to get the Lumiere tealight candle holder to complete my collection but I am unsure whether or not it has been discontinued. 

Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more Disney posts from me!