Anxiety Journal – Record, Analyse, Manage by Olga Gibbs

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LittleTinkablee Review – Anxiety Journal by Olga Gibbs

Blurb


We experience stress every day. And although some stress is helpful to stimulate our body, left unchecked it can have a damaging effect on our mental health.

Journaling is a highly recommended stress management tool. The benefits of journaling on mental health are well researched and documented.

Using CBT techniques, mindfulness exercises and developed on an “Action-Focused Journaling” technique, this journal with self-analysing and prompts will help you to write yourself out of stress by better understanding your anxiety and its triggers, while shifting your thoughts from anxious and ruminative to empowered and action-oriented, and it will take only a few minutes of your day.


My Review

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Last year I was given this anxiety journal to review for free for an honest opinion.

I won’t lie. When I was approached by this author with this great opportunity I was both delighted and eager to read and record through this new journal. I’ve held off on reviewing it right away as I wanted to really try it out and get a real feel for it before posting my review. Not only that but Olga has to be one of my favorite authors that I got lucky enough to discover back in 2019 when I came across Heavenward and was lucky enough to become a member of the blog tour for Hallow the second installment in Ogla’s Celestial Creatures Series.

Heavenward just so happens to be my very first book review, EVER, on my blog! You can check it out HERE.

If you follow me then you already know that anxiety is a huge obstruction in my life and has been for far too many year and so I’ve started working on helping myself push through the anxiety and I’m ALWAYS looking for other management options for my anxiety.

Writing is a HUGE part of my life. Its how I was taught to best express myself and its how I do best express myself. So an anxiety journal that helps you Record, Analyse, Manage your anxiety? That just sounded like it would fit perfectly into my lifestyle. I have (I still do) use The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet – which you can read my review on this HERE.

Olga Gibbs, anxiety journal gives you an easy clear cut guidance in helping you record, analyse and manage your anxiety.

Has it helped me?

In a few ways, yes. It has helped me.

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My anxiety Journal has arrived!

When it first arrived, I was filled with a lot of optimism for many reason. Again, because my best form of expression is writing but for some reason it never occured to me to write down and record my anxiety. 2nd, because I have already come across and use an anxiety journal, it was exciting to see how these two would differ. Would it help me in the same way? Help me in a different way? I couldn’t be sure, all I could be sure of was that I could give this journal my best attempt in the hopes of being able to help myself further.

I love how this journal doesn’t tell you how your anxiety feels or meant to feel, but rather it lets you explore how your anxiety affects you and ways on how you can manage how it affects you. This journal lets you explore and see from a different point of view what YOUR symptoms towards anxiety is as everyone reacts differently and deals with things differently – the same applies to those suffering from an anxiety disorder.

And with how easy it is to record your moments of anxiety, I’ve been able to look back on the first month I started writing it in my anxiety journal by Olga Gibbs and reflect on the triggers, the reactions and find a different solution or technique to change my reaction to my anxiety.

CBT is a HUGE factor when taking yourself on this journey with Olga’s anxiety journal, as a lot of what you write and a lot of the prompts that you read are there to help direct your thoughts into a different way of thinking.

Soup and writing in my new Anxiety Journal
Homemade Soup and writing in my new Anxiety Journal

This anxiety journal eases you into focusing on the good, on reminding yourself of the positive and to help drag your mind out of that icky inky darkness that swallows you when your anxiety starts to creep up or an attack comes on.

I’m aware this review isn’t very long, and perhaps it may even be a tad short on information but that’s because as I continue to use my anxiety journal I will also be updating this post along side that. My hopes for doing my review this way is that my viewers can better see how writing through this journal changes my way if thinking, my own view on anxiety and how I react to it. If anything, I hope by doing it this way I can give you a better in depth review on this anxiety journal.

With the recent pandemic and placing going back into yet another lockdown I believe this journal could benefit a LOT of people right now and I feel as though anyone who comes across this journal will be able to take something really amazing from it.

So Until Next time, I hope you all stay safe and I can’t wait to have you back for my next post!

Harbinger by Olga Gibbs Blog Tour – Book Review by Littletinkablee

Today is the day!

It’s a day I have been patiently and excitingly anticipating since finishing the second book in the addictive series, Hallow.

It’s the twelfth day of Harbinger’s blog tour, run by the ever amazing Mel, owner of an equally amazing blog Fraserfunhouse.com.

Harbinger is one book I have been dying to get my hands on and now not only can I say I’ve read it, but now I get to share my review with all of my lovely viewers!

About the Author

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Olga Gibbs

Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.

She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

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Synopsis


“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”

The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.

The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.

But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.

She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.

My Review


Harbinger is the third instalment in this addictive and heavenly quadrilogy (a four book series – that means we’re lucky enough to get another incredible read after reading Harbinger!). Heavenward is the first instalment of the Celestial Creatures Series, and the first book that had me instantly hooked onto the Celestial Creatures Series. Why not check out my review of Heavenward?, and don’t forget to check out my review of the second instalment Hallow.


I’ve been left wanting more ONCE again after reading one of Olga Gibbs amazing books…I was left speechless after putting down Heavenward, and left even more speechless after getting to the end of Hallow. And after reading Harbinger, I’m left the same. More speechless than the last.

I’m not sure how Olga has manage to do it yet again but she has left me speechless and hanging on the edge of my seat wanting to read Halo already! And it was a no brain-er to give Harbinger its more than deserved 5 stars.

From page one of Harbinger you are drawn into the chaos that is Ariel’s life, fighting for the life that was thrust upon her, a life she now has to learn to navigate through while saving those close to her. Harbinger is a short but just as action packed and full of surprises as Heavenward and Hallow.


Her return to Uras was less than welcoming for Ariel. With most of her army against her, Rafe seemingly loosing control of his sanity, caring for her younger sister Jess while trying to control her own inner turmoil, it doesn’t look as though Ariel’s life is about to become any less complicated or chaotic.

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Without an army at her side Ariel knows she will never stand a chance in a fight against Baza or Mik’hael and time has never been on her side. How do you win back an army that doesn’t see you as an equal let alone a leader?

Preparing for battling is going to test Ariel in ways she has never been tested before and with her attention split between a torn Rafe and beloved little sister Jess. Gaining her army back is just the first of her battles.

But as always Ariel isn’t one to give up nor is she someone who backs down when life gets tough. Too much is riding on her, she can’t give up just because most of her army has hate for her and for what she once used to be. Figuring out how to convince a bunch of arrogant angels to follow her lead is just the first of her battles.


Whenever I open one of Olga Gibbs books I am instantly sucked in the mind of Ariel and the new world she’s found herself in. Olga manages to capture Ariel’s character and paint her in a certain light while still allowing room to grow and change through each book.

Ariel is a young girl who like many young girl makes a lot of mistakes however Ariel is placed under a lot of stress and responsibility that she’s constantly aware is hanging over her head.

It’s exciting seeing Jess’s character come more to life in Harbinger. fascinating to find out how Rafe’s new change affects his relationship with Ariel.

As in any young woman’s life there are potential love interests, there are everyday problems/emotions that Ariel has to deal with or figure out and fight through. Personally I’m team Rafe (there’s just something about his loyalty that’s attractive about his character) but have to say that Sam’s character is somewhat…arrogant, intense and interesting.

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With a memorising and beautiful cover, you are instantly drawn to Olga Gibb’s book Series ‘The Celestial Creatures’ and once you’ve opened it up, after you’ve flipped over that beautiful book cover and dive into the first chapter you will find yourself instantly addicted to this well-crafted, beautifully written series.

As much as I enjoyed reading Harbinger, as much as I am looking forward to reading the final book to the Celestial Creatures (Halo), I am also very much dreading coming to the end of this phenomenal dark fantasy series full of adventure, emotion, turmoil, danger, challenges and a new world with angels that I am going to be sadden to see the end of. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and we’re lucky enough to be one book behind from the end.

Harbinger is an absorbing, fast-paced, action-packed book that will have you absorbed from the very first page. Olga Gibbs world for Ariel is as dangerous and gruesome as it is magical and beautiful.

Harbinger is a short, well-written fast-paced book that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Olga’s writing style is unique, engrossing and easy-to read, with her unique writing skills she is able to transport her readers into Ariel’s world, allowing us to feel and experience what Ariel is going through. You really feel as though you are apart of her whirl-wind thrilling and intense adventure.

I’d forever recommend the Celestial Series to everyone and anyone I know, as I believe this is one fast-paced, spellbinding, action-packed and Intense series is a series that anyone can get into and enjoy. This is an unforgettable series you don’t want to miss out on!

Thank you so much for reading my review, please don’t forget to check out Mel’s blog ‘ FraserFunHouse.com ,’ Olga Gibb’s links and the link to Harbinger.

And of course whenever I am participating in an incredible blog tour I won’t just ask you to take my word for it, but to also check out the other incredible review’s for Harbinger.

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Purchase the third instalment to the Celestial Creatures Series – Harbinger HERE.

And don’t forget to check out and purchase the first and second instalment to this extraordinary, fast-paced additive series! HEAVENWARD and HALLOW!

If you are wanting me to review one of your novels then please feel free to contact me through my new book/product reviewing email: Littletinkableereviews@gmail.com

Death Bringer by Kelly-Marie Pollock Blog Tour – Book Review by LittleTinkablee

*I’d like to note that this was due for the first day of the blog tour, however my laptop has tapped out on me over the last 3 or so weeks. And so, I couldn’t express just how sorry I am to be posting my review later than agreed.*

I’m so pleased to be able to tell you all that I am part of the ‘Death Bringer’ by Kelly-Marie Pollock, Blog Tour. This is the second instalment of a three part series in the, ‘Chronicles of Nova Morgan Trilogy’, Organised by the amazing Frasersfunhouse.com.

About the Author

Kelly-Marie lives in Dorset with her Husband Mitchell, four young children and menagerie of pets. She’d dreamt of being an Author from a very young age and her late Auntie Julie pushed her to follow her dreams. Kelly-Marie is  a stay at home Mother, full time carer and active Parenting and Mental Health Blogger, you can find her blog over at www.amixedupmummy.blogspot.co.uk Death Bringer is the second novel  in ‘The Chronicles of Nova Morgan’ trilogy and follows the successful publication of her debut book Cherry Nova. She has also released a book of poetry entitled Forever Blue.

Cherry Nova, Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nova Morgan trilogy is rated 5* on both Amazon and Goodreads, available to purchase via Amazon and The Book Depository, free to read for Kindle Unlimited users. (I’ll be posting my review of Cherry in a few days, now that I finally have a functional laptop again).

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Synopsis

Death Bringer is the second book in The Chronicles of Nova Morgan trilogy. 

Nova may have won the fight for her freedom, but she’s far from won the war. Journey beside her, Ruth and Chaplin as they leave the gritty streets of Victorian London behind and immerse themselves in the magical living realm of Hindra. 

In a world where dying isn’t forever and living isn’t easy, they’re about to unearth all manner of secrets and lies. Their mission seems clear, infiltrate the Council Chambers and free the captive, Detective Maximus Steele, bringing down The Righteous Ones as they go, but time is moving fast and as Nova comes to realise, time is running out. 

From street-worker to rebellion leader, is her path one of greatness, or has it simply been paved by someone or something, far greater than her? Like pieces on a chess board, is Nova just a pawn in someone else’s game.

*Content warning – Contains adult themes including; Sex, Drug use, Profanity and Violence.*

Before I get into my review I would like to state that I, along with other participates of this incredible Blog Tour – Death bringer, were gifted a free copy of this novel in return for an honest review. All thoughts and all opinions on this blog tour are our own. (I hope by now that you all know that I would never review a book I didn’t enjoy myself or didn’t believe my viewers would enjoy it either. Nor, would I rate a novel high if I didn’t actually feel that, that’s what it deserves).

My Review

Just like the first one I have to give Death Bringer it’s well deserved 5-stars. Kelly has once again done it, she’s done something few of us can only dream of achieving…Creating another incredible novel, this follow up to Cherry Nova deserves it’s full 5 out 5 start review. Just like in ‘Cherry Nova’ we are instantly drawn into the first page of ‘Death Bringer’, Instantly snatching your attention, until you are lost to the real world and planted into the new world Author Kelly-Marie Pollock has so brilliantly created.

Noah’s gone, Soul is dead, Nova’s memories are back, and the only thing on her mind is revenge.

From being known as ‘Cherry’ – working at Lady Jaine’s Brothel on the streets of Victorian London, to becoming the ‘Lady of Death’ is not something Nova ever intended. Chasing after one of the people who saved her when she needed it most was also not on her ‘to do’ list. But when other beings start to play with your life like a chess piece on a game board, you have no choice but to take the punches to get what you want. After all, they say nothing worth fighting for is easy, love is blind, and hell has no fury like a woman’s scorn…and Nova is one woman who has dealt with more scorn than most could ever take.

Cherry Nova is the first instalment in ‘The chronicles of Nova Morgan Trilogy, set in Victorian London. Death Bringer is the second instalment from ‘The Chronicles of Nova Morgan Trilogy (a three part book series) Where, Kelly takes us from our known Victorian London world and leads us into a whole new realm that holds different rules. Ruled by a council that are as happy to hand out a punishment/banishment as a kid would be receiving candy, Nova knows her mission is no easy task. Things are going to get messy, crazy and overwhelming.

Everything seems more chaotic now, than it ever did before. With Detective Max missing, stolen from them by the monsters who have made their very existence the deadly nightmare that it has become, a new army to lead and her own emotions to manage, life for Nova is about to become a whole lot more hectic and it’s only the beginning.

Taken captive in the Hindra realm, Nova is willing to do whatever it takes to bring back detective Max, even if that means raising an army and walking through the gates of Hindra. With the help from those whose lives were affected by Noah, Nova is able to successfully raise the army she needs with the help of a drug dependence warlock – Chaplin, an old dock worker – Bucky and her trusted banished witch friend – Ruth. Death Bringer is filled with more action, more excitement, suspense and more surprises than what was hiding throughout the first instalment, which I truly didn’t expect or think possible after finishing Cherry Nova.


Reading, Cherry Nova, I was instantly hooked onto this new, exciting and phenomenal series. I was a young teen when the vampire craze started and I can safely say I have read more than my fair share of vampire fiction. I was pretty sure I’ve read it all…until I stumbled across Cherry Nova. Being sucked into Nova’s life as though I’m a front seat passenger, it was fascinating to watch Nova’s struggle, confusion, hardships,and new friendships. It’s been even more fascinating and exciting to be able to watch as Nova’s character continues to grow into a person she could only ever hope of dreaming of being in her old life.


Death Bringer picks up exactly where Cherry Nova left off, instantly thrown into another action packed scene, I knew instantly that Death Bringer was going to have me sitting on the edge of my seat while reading this new thrilling novel. With twists, turns and revelations no one saw coming, this is one vampire book that will leave you reeling while wanting more.

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Death Bringer by Kelly-Maire Pollock

Kelly has an incredible mind, the world in which she has managed to create and express into words is beyond amazing. I wasn’t able to put this book down once I picked it up, spent a whole night awake reading this because I just HAD to find out what happened, page after page. It’s an instant mind gripper.

If you love a little twist on vampire fiction, love a little mystery, love a little romance, action and open-mouthed cliff hangers then I wholly recommend you look up Cherry Nova and Death Bringer by Kelly-Marie Pollock and buy both as once you’ve read one, you’ll be dying to read the next.


PURCHASE LINKS

Cherry NovA:

Cherry Nova- Amazon UK

Cherry Nova – Amazon US

Cherry Nova – Depository

FOREVER BLUE:

Forever Blue – Amazon UK

Death Bringer:

Death Bringer – Kindle Edition

The Watson Letters – Volume 5 – Murder on Mystery Island – Book Review by LittleTinkablee

*This post was originally meant to be out yesterday but due to problems with first my blog and then my laptop it’s come out a day later than anticipated and I do sincerely apologise for that*

I’m so excited to announce that I am taking part in ‘The Watson Letters – Murder on Mystery Island – Volume 5’ Blog Tour. Book written by the incredible Colin Garrow and hosted by the amazing @damppebbles.

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Blurb


Intrepid Investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.

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The Watson Letters Vol 5 Murder on Mystery Island KDP Paperback COVER JULY 2019 EBOOK

When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rt. Sounding deviously similar to the plot of recent novel by celebrated lady author Mrs Christie, Holmes decides to send his inveterate side-kick Watson to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife, Mary, and a well-known Scotland Yard detective. Taking Armstrong’s place, the team determine to find out exactly what’s going on, but before they’ve even left the mainland, one of the guests is murdered.

Adult Humour throughout.

My Review


Despite this being the first book I’ve read in this series I had no problem reading it as a stand-alone story.

I also want to start this off by giving my 5/5 Stars at the beginning of this review.

A group of unrelated guests are all invited to stay on a remote Island. A serious but witty Dr Watson and his equally witty and hilarious wife, Mary, agree to join in the hopes of figuring out what was really going on. They set off on a new adventure to this mystery Island in the hopes of solving the big mystery plaguing everyone. With everyone being a potential suspect tension starts rising high as victims are picked off one by one.

A mix of the classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson mysteries with Agatha Christine, along with Watson’s wife Mary and a whole host of suspicious characters .

This amazing spoof take on the famous Sherlock Holmes, tales is set in a parallel universe with an incredible take on the original characters, weaving a complete new layer onto them with fantastic results.

Murder on Mystery Island is the 5th instalment in ‘ The Watson Letter’s series’ written by author Colin Garrow.

Holmes, Watson and Lestrade all make an appearance along with the humorous Mary Watson and a few other intriguing characters.

‘You do realise,’ said Mary, flicking through a copy of Detective Monthly, ‘We shall be horribly murdered?’

‘I should have thought that horribly was the only way to be murdered,’ I said, giving her a playful wink.

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Murder on Mystery Island races at a breakneck speed with many interesting twists and turns that will leaving your gripping the end of your seat the more you read. This was truly a deliciously funny and suspenseful read, a classic to its core.

My thought’s


This is the first book I have read by this author and in this series and honestly I can’t wait to read the other’s, I’ve already added them to my TBR list!

I absolutely LOVE Sherlock, I think I have seen every film and every TV series to do with the phenomenal Sherlock Holmes, and yet I have never indulged in a Sherlock Holmes novel. Lucky for me though I was present with an incredible opportunity of doing just that through this amazing blog tour!

If you love pure silliness, Adult witty humour, murder, mystery, with modern (ish) pop culture references and you love crime solving and fart-gags with lots of innuendo then this is right up your ally!

Murder on Mystery Island left me laughing from start to finish as well as eager to read the previous books written in this phenomenal series. So what are you waiting for? Why not check it out now!

Purchase Links


Amazon UK ebook

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Amazon US ebook

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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and ebook formats on 7th October 2019.

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About the Author


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Author -Colin Garrow

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate.

Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries.

His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine.

These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review and I hope this has intrigued you enough to buy your own copy, Until next time!

The Anxiety Journal

I have lived and suffered from anxiety for what feels to me, to be my whole life, though realistically I’d say I’ve suffered for a good portion of my life from anxiety

I only really noticed my problem when I was around 13-14 years old and found it incredibly difficult to bring myself to school most days. I would be hit with such a strong and intense sense of dread that I would often skip school just to avoid feel that, though with ditching school came a whole new way of different emotions and anxiety. I found it easier to walk the streets alone on my own than I did to attend school.

Back then I didn’t even know what anxiety was, I hadn’t even heard of it to be perfectly honest with you, it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Anxiety that I even found out what it was. Before that I just felt as though I wasn’t normal, that there was something incredibly wrong with me to be feeling the way I felt. As well as anxiety I was tackling other things at the time too, but I’ll get into them in a later post.

Due to my lack of knowledge and ways to help myself for a long while I suffered in silence, not opening up to a single soul the real thoughts and feeling bursting inside of me. But more than that I have allowed it to over-rule and take over my life to the point where my anxiety dictated every move I made, every decision presented to me, every (platonic) relationship I have ever tried to up hold. The only person my problems haven’t managed to to lose is my boyfriend and really, really close family. Everyone else I tend to lose contact with or fall out of touch with.

In my bid to change my life for the better and healthier, this year I have become almost obsessed with searching/finding self-help techniques, tips and tricks that I can apply to my day to day life. After discovering what anxiety was I had started to do a little research on the topic where I can across a few techniques that can help but not many as that wasn’t my goal for research back then.

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Now that I have been actively searching new and different ways to help me cope and hopefully one day overcome my overwhelming anxiety. In my search for these self-help ‘remedies’ I came across Corinne Sweet’s book called ‘The Anxiety Journal’ that I instantly purchased from Amazon for as little as £6.62 in July 2019.

The Anxiety Journal – My review

I have happily given Corinne Sweet’s Anxiety Journal a 4/5 star review.

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I couldn’t really fault this journal, even if I had wanted to (Which I don’t).

I love the cover design and calming blue colour that it’s decorated in. More than the front cover of this journal I also fell in love with all of the simple yet beautiful, effective illustrations that are accompanied by a few insightful and motivational quotes (and if there’s one thing I love, it’s quotes!) so I was pleasantly surprised and happy when coming across some of these quotes.

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‘You’re anxiety and fears are not you and… They do not have to rule your life.’

JON KABAT-ZINN

Other than the beautiful illustrations and insightful quotes this journal also holds very helpful, hands on exercises/information.

The Anxiety Journal opens up to an introduction page that very easily and quickly explains what to expect from reading this journal and the ways this journal can help you understand more about anxiety and how it affects the human mind AND body.

The Anxiety Journal also holds a lot of information regarding Anxiety, things that could possibly trigger anxiety and goes further into more details as you progress through the book, even going as far as to explaining how anxiety is linked to panic and panic attacks and possible activities you can do when in moments of an anxiety or panic attack. There are even lined pages where you can jot down your own thoughts and answer some of the questions that the journal asks.

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As well as providing useful information and helpful activity exercises, The Anxiety Journal also offers a list of possible symptoms you may experience when experiencing a moment of anxiety and points out the possible triggers that may have kick started your anxiety off.

Corinne explains to use why it is important to accepting what is and the importance of learning to accept what’s to be.

‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.’

by: Seneca

Corrine also ventures into the topic of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which I’ll discuss more on in a future post but I found what she had to say and the information provided to be extremely interesting and set me on a research frenzy.

This was the first book I have picked up, written by Corinne Sweet and I intend on buying and reading her book ‘The mindfulness Journal’ that I’ve heard so many good things about since coming across this author.

The Anxiety Journal has helped me gain a better sense of myself, of the emotions that courses through my body when my anxiety attacks and has helped me find little tips and tricks to help me be more in the present moment and not stuck in the past or hell bent on worry about the future.

This book is incredibly educational, helpful and just full of so many different resources that you can apply to your own daily lives that I find myself going back and forth in the book even to this day. It’s not just a one time read but something that you can open and read through time and time again and see things from a different prospective. I find it incredibly useful to be able to look back and see the little differences in myself since purchasing The Anxiety Journal and applying some of these useful techniques to my day to day life.

Over all, If you suffer from anxiety of any level, no matter how high or low it is then I would 100% recommend this book to you.
If you suffer from panic attacks or have PTSD then I believe that -although this won’t solve all your problems – it can help you through a few difficult moments in your life as anxiety, panic and PTSD are all liked together in some way.

I hope you have enjoyed my long over-due review of Corinne Sweet book ‘The Anxiety Journal’ and if you would like to purchase your very own, then simply CLICK HERE.

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Before I start this post off I would like to give a big thank you to Titan Books for gifting me this beautiful copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

I had actually received this book a while ago but due to my massive and forever growing TBR pile, deadlines, blog stuff, business (what I’m hoping will turn out into a business) stuff and life, it’s been a little difficult to find the time to get around to reading these days.

However, I have finally managed to find the time to pick this beautifully covered book up and…. well let’s just say I give this book an easy 4/5 stars.

Blurb


“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
“Eye of the gods. Give me sight”

Adrienne Young – Author of: The Girl The Sea Gave Back
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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a truthtongue. Her own home and Clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Swell are divided. should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound powers? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

My review


I want to start by saying just how beautiful & memorising the cover of this book is, try as I might, I can’t help but be drawn to a flawlessly elegant covered book!

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Book review by littletinkablee

Truthtongue’s have the ability to cast the rune stones, allowing them to know the future just from reading the stones and Tova just so happens to be the only truthtongue to live among the Svell Clan, a place she has never truly felt at home.

Believing her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and that the sea had carried her to where the Svell Clansmen lived. Quickly releasing her “gift”, the Svell people use Tova’s gift of reading the rune stones to tell them the fate of their loved ones – the fate of their clan.

When there is suddenly threat of war ahead, the Svell leaders turn to Tova and her gift for answers, unknowingly setting in motions that would forever change the fate and outcome of not just her but everyone around her.

With the leaders within the Svell clan begin to divide themselves for the first time in generations – some wish to keep the peace with their allied clans, whilst others are head strong for war.

As the leaders waste precious time debating what is best for their clan, Tova encounters a handsome man who just so happens to belongs to the Nadhir Clan.

For reasons unknown to them, they instantly experience a strong sense of familiarity with one another but as hard as they try, they can’t seem to recall or understand why…

Once, Tova, decides to spare his life she then begins to question herself and her place among the Svell clans people and whether she even wanted to carry out their demands.

“War is easy. His words echoed in my mind.”

Will Tova ever find herself the home she so longingly dreams of? Will she be able to find the strength within herself to be able to change the fate of the clans?

All things you can find out, when you read this phenomenal book for yourself!

My thoughts


The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is the new standalone novel in “The sky in the deep series and is written from the first person perspective of both Halvard and Tova, as well as a few interesting and informative flashback chapters written in the 3rd person perspective.

Tova is an engrossing and layered character who comes off a little emotionally closed off and not just because of her gift of being a truthtongue.

Tova has been through more than most could probably handle, having had such an unsure and rocky upbringing, while trying to fit into a clan who makes their distaste for her very much known.

Tova is more than capable of handling a bow and arrow and truly begins to open herself up and reveal more of who she is after meeting Halvard.

Halvard (I found out) is a character from Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel ‘Sky in the Deep’ who is part of the Nadhir clan and whose character back story I couldn’t say I fully understood due to having read Sky in the Deep (which I have every intention of remedying soon!).

I really enjoyed reading from Tova’s POV because it really allowed me to connect with her character and her story more, however, I don’t believe that it could have worked or would have worked as well without the POV of Halvard, which I too really enjoyed.

I found the flashbacks did help shed a little light on both Tova’s and Halvard’s history before the events of this book took place which I did find to be rather helpful even if it doesn’t really reveal much otherwise and with that in mind as previously stated I plan to read, ‘Sky in the Deep’ in the hopes of understanding, ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ in a different and more informed light.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back does start off as a lightly slow-paced novel that on a few occasions I did find myself almost loosing my interest/attention, however, halfway through the novel the pace did start to puck up/speed up and as it did, I found myself unable to put the book back down!

The Girl the Sea Gave back didn’t hold much action, which I honestly didn’t mind, I didn’t feel as though it took away the magic or thrill of reading through this mystical novel.

I found this standalone novel to be a incredibly intriguing read and I have to say that I loved the magical touch that the runes provided in this captivating novel. I was blown away by the fantastic and gripping writing quality as well as being left hang of my seat during one of the battle scenes. Adrienne Young beautiful writing style and talent for drawing her readers in has me excited for what she has in store for us next!

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As Old As Time, Twisted Tales Book Review

One of my most treasured and favoured Disney films when I was younger, was (still is) Beauty and the Beast. It’s a story that I have always found myself drawn to and I have found myself reading many different versions of this tale.

Today I wanted to share with you my review of ‘As Old As Time’ – Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell.

My star rating for this book is an easy –

5/5 Stars.


What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

Just from reading that one lined sentence had me wanting to buy the book and take a peak at it’s contents. What if Belle’s mother had indeed truly cursed the Beast herself? That would make the Beast’s and Belle’s life already entwined by fate.


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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

As Old As Time is the third instalment in the series of Disney-inspired retelling by an incredible author, Liz Braswell, that takes us further back to where it all began… with the parents.

What would you do if an old beggar woman showed up at your door step? Would you turn her away, or offer the shelter she so desperately seeks in reward for a singular rose?

Like most of us, the prince (also known as the beast) is moulded into a version, created from the more than questionable upbringing from his parents.

Like the prince, Belle, has fallen into a similar pattern. Taking from her parents their courage, kindness, and need to seek out more knowledge.

When secrets are discovered, and more truths come to the surface, Belle and the Beast must find away to save his loyal subjects before it’s all too late.

The other characters in the books are full of secrets and magic, of adventure and danger. With twists and turns lurking around almost every corner, will Belle and the Beast be able to save everyone in the castle before it’s too late? Or will the Beasts angry nature make Belle run for good?

My thoughts?


I honestly loved reading through this book. As a fan of beauty and the beast, I have tried to find many different versions of it and have to say this has to be one of my favourite reads.

From the second I picked up the book I didn’t want to set it back down, I found myself instantly immersed in this retelling of Beauty and the beast.

Belle’s character much like the original has a strong love for books and a passion for knowledge and is as courageous as ever.

The Prince was as uncaring and unflattering in his behaviour as expected but as he noticed the curse taking effect so did his paranoia and hatred.

Reading as Belle and ‘The Beast’ meet each other, discover secrets beyond their comprehension and overcome personal struggles all while learning to trust one another was truly gripping and the author had found away to suck me into the mind of Belle as she went about her new life, taking everything all in strides.

The character’s in this story are much like the ones in the original…just with a little twist and more.

I have also read ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino and I can’t wait to share my review of that with you guys!

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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale and The Beast Within

If you are a fan of Disney, love Beauty and the beast and love a little re-telling…then this could just be the book you’ve been looking for!

Blood Awakens by Jessaca Willis

And so it’s time for me to FINALLY release my review of this spectacular debut book ‘Blood Awakens’ Book 1 in the Awaken quartet by the equally wonderful Jessaca Willis.

True to the title of her book, Blood Awakens follow the stories of a few individuals fighting and trying to survive in a panic-stricken world where everyone runs on anxious thoughts and unexplained fear, where the strong stay strong and the weak get killed. A world where the different are more than feared, they are targeted, targeted by terror-stricken and frightened people.

Blurb


People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.

Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an Empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.

But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.

(Readers Note)
This book is “New adult” fantasy, with moderate violence, and one or two mild curse words, but otherwise appropriate for mature teenagers and older. There is no sex or drugs in this book.

Book Notes/Details


If you are looking for a “New adult” dark fantasy read with mystery, love, loss, lies, heartache, high emotions with a touch of magic and post-apocalyptic drama then this is one book you are going to want to pick up and never put down!

E-book details 
File size - 3210KB
Print length - 328 pages
Publisher - Amazon
Publication date - 26th June 2019
Paper Back Details 
Series - The Awakened (book 1 in the Awakened Quartet)
Paperback - 326
Publisher - Jessaca Willis 27th June 2019
Language - English

Blood Awakens is the first debut novel by the incredible Jessaca Willis, the first instalment of the ‘Awaken Quartet’ series.

About the Author

Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination towards the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.

Growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Jessaca spent her free time heavily immersed in books and shows such as Harry Potter, True Blood, The Sword of Truth/Legend of the Seeker, and Merlin, so much so that at one point she truly believed fantasy worlds were real (maybe she still does). Her passion for the unimaginable and the magnificent grew, leading Jessaca to a career in fantasy writing, with an inclination toward the dark, horror, paranormal, and dystopian/apocalyptic sub-genres.​

Before she realized being an author was more than her own fantasy though, she was a wandering college student who believed in making the world a better place. She studied social work for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and participated in a number of study abroad programs that led her to countries such as Guatemala, Italy, and Bolivia. So that her studies don’t become entirely useless, Jessaca draws heavily from her experiences abroad and from her education in human development, social institutions (race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.), mental health, and family roles, to incorporate into her novels and short stories.​

Jessaca is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She grew up and still lives in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her partner and their fur- and human-babies.

You can check out here website here: https://www.jessacawillis.com/

My thoughts


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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

For me the first chapter of a book is everything, especially as lately I find myself more easily distracted now than I was back in my younger days of reading.

And I have to say that during the first chapter of Jessaca’s debut novel I found myself fully immersed into Sean’s life, hook, line and sinker.

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Blood Awaken By Jessaca Willis

During the first chapter of Blood Awakens we are sucked into the mind and thoughts that is Sean as he makes his way home from being fired under injustice circumstances. He receives a frantic and confusing phone call unaware that that would be the start of bigger changes for him and his brother, life would never be the same for, Sean again. Through his thoughts we are able to imagine the world that he is living in, a world that feel much like the dark ages but with technology, a world where people act irrationally and impulsive. Full of fear and hate for the unknown, we really get to see the injustice world that the “Awakens” have no choice but to endure.

From the start this book had my emotion on the fray! The way that Jessaca was able to use incredible and engaging style of writing that helped draw her readers into her book and into the life of the characters she had built and gave life to.

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

Blood Awakens gives you a very realistic and post-apocalyptic view on what the world around us would be like if people had suddenly started to “awaken” without prompt.

Of course this book isn’t all about Sean and his tragedies in life but also the trials and struggles of other Awakened and non-Awaken (people who haven’t woken into their power) people such as Graciela who is fiercely loyal to the Awakened, even though she is one of the “non-awakened”, though I’m sure that her brother being one of them has had a help in swaying her beliefs in what is right, what is wrong, who is dangerous and who is not.

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

But having to watch her beloved brother live and suffer with his “gift” of being one of the Awakened has taken its own toll on poor Graciela. All she wants is a safe place for her and her brother to live out her days but with the world so caught up in their own terror, a safe place is few and far.

Blood Awakens takes you along on a suspense filled journey, with strong elements of family, loyalty, survival, drama and action, love and loss, magic and wonder that left me wanting more and kept me turning page after page! (or more accurately for me it kept me swiping on my kindle to read more!)

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Blood Awaken by Jessaca Willis

This wasn’t like anything I have read before and I loved it for that reason!

All the characters in this novel are extremely well written and engaging. Giving you a little glimpse each time into their lives, their thoughts and feelings, I truly felt as though I was living in a post-apocalyptic world where anyone could turn on you in a second if you were “Awakened”, where I truly experience the irrational fear to the unknown.

Jessaca’s brilliant word building skills are able to transport you into her book and into the lives of her characters.

For me Blood Awakens gets a 5/5 star rating.

If you would like to find out more about Jessaca’s books or Jessaca herself then feel free to click on one of the links below!

Website

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK

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Nicotine and Napalm – Book Review

I was sent a beautifully covered book by the lovely author Emily Priest to read and review for free. I would like to state before starting my book review, like all my reviews (books or otherwise) I give my full honest opinion and would never suggest something to my readers/viewer that I didn’t fully enjoy myself.

With that being said, free products or books will not change my opinion, good or bad.

Nicotine and Napalm by Emily Priest.

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Nicotine and Napalm by Emily Priest

About Emily Priest

Emily Priest 

Author, Poetess, journalist
Emily Priest

Emily was born in Southampton in 1997 but moved to Portsmouth in 2016 to study creative and media writing at Portsmouth University.

There she refined her writing and developed as a professional -building and extensive portfolio of creativity, journalism, radio and marketing. Emily was also awarded a ‘young journalist’ award in 2017 from unity 101 and then went on to publish her work in 2018 in several publications

Synopsis/Commentary


Emily Priest’s first compilation, Nicotine and Napalm, is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss. This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness.

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by Emily Priest 
Book Review by #littletinkablee

I’ll start off by saying that this wonderful creation of compiled poetry has received a 5/5 start rating from me.

When I had received Emily’s book I was instantly in love with the cover. If you have read my ‘Bookish Confessions’ by the amazing @BethTabler you’ll know that I have been guilty of “judging a book by it’s cover.” I can’t help but appreciate and be drawn to an attractive looking book, I’m only human after all!

Diving into Emily’s series of poems I was instantly captivated by the by the beautifully placed words and although tragic and full of heartache there was a beauty in these words that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

This is the kind of book I would want my sisters and friends to read, something I believe should be placed into high school libraries for young girls to get their hands on and read. There are so many messages and hidden meanings in this amazingly put together poetry book that young girls and women can relate to, messages that young girls need to hear, need to know while learning to grow and love.

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Poetry Book by Emily Priest

Emily has shown that she is nothing but audacious when it comes to her writing, showing and expression in such depth emotion of the love gained and loss through her journey of sexuality and self discovery.

And, she has inspired me to get back into writing my own poetry!

If you love poetry, love, heartbreak, self-discovery, passion, raw emotions… then this is something for you, this is one book you do not want to miss out on reading and enjoying. I’m so honoured to have read and experienced Emily’s emotions through her poetry and I have to admit there were a few line, especially towards the end that had the taps in my eyes running on full.

You can purchase or download your copy of Nicotine and Napalm right here! And don’t for get to check out Emily’s social medias!

Overall this beautifully written poetry book is something I would recommend to everyone of my female friends, family, blogging fam and strangers!

I hope this has inspired you to check out her book and read it for yourself! If there was one book, one piece of poetry that I had to recommend to the world, it would be this poetry book without hesitation.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and as always I appreciate any comments or shares that I receive on all my posts and I wish you all a lovely week!

The Long Road – By Daniel B. Oliver

The long Road is a debut novel written by a brilliantly talented author, Daniel B. Oliver. (5/5 stars -from me)

About the Author

Daniel Oliver has bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and Physician Assistant Studies. In writing his debut novel, THE LONG ROAD, he drew inspiration from his experience as a Physician Assistant in a psychiatry ward and his own struggles with mental illness and hospitalizations.

 Oliver is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys the single life–and the oysters.

Synopsis

Aspiring engineer Hank Galloway wants two things in life: to snag a coveted position working for NASA and to get an accurate diagnosis of his mental illness.

Hank doesn’t realise how serious his disorder is until he’s hospitalised following a mental breakdown near his California college. Medical experts try to give him answers but can’t provide him with the peace or relief he desperately craves. Despite their assurances, his mental health keeps deteriorating.

Hanks struggles don’t just affect him; they also threaten to derail his relationship with his girlfriend. Worse still, Hank’s overbearing father demands that he move back home to Georgia and go on disability. But that would mean giving up on his dream career, and Hank isn’t ready to do that, despite his fears of suffering another breakdown. Will, Hank, achieve his goal of sending ships beyond the stars, or is he destined to remain grounded?

My Review

(Now this isn’t a book I would usually pick up to choose and read however when the Author, Daniel, contacted me about viewing his book I was already instantly drawn to it and agreed to give a full honest review on his book. A few weeks after, his fascinating and simply, yet beautifully covered book came through my door with a lovely message in side).

The long Road is a wonderfully written novel about a young man named Hank, with a dream of working for NASA, Hank values his knowledge and seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders in terms of career.

Hank is struggling to to chase his dream with a linger mental health illness that starts to take over and try to rule his life, in turn killing his dream job. He struggles to find his own identity while battling this unknown illness.

With a domineering and quite frankly in my eyes an abusive father, Hank is still a rather kind, thoughtful and very intelligent who comes from a very wealthy family, but flips into a slightly aggressive and paranoid young man with delusional episodes, like one flips a light switch and struggles to maintain friendships/relationships due to his mental illness and having incorrect diagnosis’s.


As soon as I picked this simple looking yet beautiful book up I was instantly drawn into Hanks mind and into the world he saw. Just reading through the first few pages it is clear that something was going on that had Hank fearing for his life.

The author really has done a fantastic job at drawing his readers into the mind of Hanks and into the mind of a young person struggling with an unknown mental health illness, while still trying to pursue his life long dream of working for NASA.

Daniel Oliver introduces us to Hank in a rather… action-packed, intriguing way. My firsts op on Hank was that he was a little overly paranoid, with his thoughts quickly turning dark and making him believe that people, including his friends were out to harm him in some way. But had a clear dream and goal in mind that he wanted no interruptions from and was ready and willing to accepts the medication prescribe to him in the hopes of helping him.

I found it to be an incredibly amazing, fast and easy read as I was led on Hanks journey to being diagnosed and found myself reading it with in three days (that’s on top of daily life, and extra bits in between) and think I could have easily read this in a day had I started reading it on the weekend!

I’d recommend this book to all my friends, family and views/readers!

This isn’t a book that I would usually typically read but I am so glad that Daniel had reached out to me about his book and sent me a copy for my honest review (I do apologise that it has taken me so long to write this review out, but I spent a good time doing a lot of mental health the past couple of weeks and less on reviews).

And once again I would like to state that I would never recommend a book to you that I didn’t fully and truthfully enjoyed myself. This has been one interesting and intriguing and emotional journey that I’m glad I was able to experience with Hank and know anyone else who picks up this great novel will too!

If you would like to check this book out for yourselves, then just CLICK HERE. (It’s currently free for Kindle Addition!)