the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

by amanda lovelace.

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Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Length: 210 Pages.

Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #3

Genre: Poetry.

Read as an: eBook


My Thoughts

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a return to form and theme for amanda lovelace. NB. It is killing me not capitalising the titles and author name 😅 Just like her first book, the princess saves herself in this one, tackled some tough issues so too does her third book. Don’t be worried about being surprised by this content as the book itself begins with a trigger warning that outlines the issues that the book explores and advises people that some parts may be difficult.

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My Life in Lists by Nicole Barlettano

My Life in Lists: An Illustrated Journal to Record Your Loves + Goals + Dreams!

by Nicole Barlettano.

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Revolutionise the way you plan, create, and record your day-to-day experiences with My Life in Lists. Here, talented artist Nicole Barlettano has created beautifully illustrated collection pages for you to start filling in your thoughts, dreams, and lists of favourites as you push past planning into the wilder possibilities of a free-form journal.

Catalogue the rodeo of ideas and distractions constantly rattling around in your brain as you fill in these pages, with collections that include exercises in self-discovery and gratitude, but also a place to record important information and track your progress on ongoing projects.

Combining mindfulness with productivity, these thoughtfully designed collections will take you beyond basic journaling to help you manage your life in this crazy world:
Life Goals
Achievements & Milestones
Book Tracker
Music Tracker
Idea Page
Un-Do List
Dear Diary
Movie Tracker
Self Care To-Do List
Acts of Kindness
Travel Bucket List
Then vs. Now
Yearly Check-In/Resolutions
What Worked/What Didn’t

Improve every aspect of your life with this exceptionally useful journal. 

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 7th May, 2019.

Length: 128 pages.

Series: N/A

Genre: Non-fiction. Self-help.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

My Life in Lists is a book that prompts you to pay attention to and to take note of a lot of different aspects of your life. It is also really pretty! Pretty lists: a match made in heaven 😍

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Cooking Corner: The Mermaid Cookbook by Alix Carey

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The Mermaid Cookbook

by Alix Carey.

Format: eBook.

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Blurb: Make a splash and be the mermaid you always wanted to be with this beautiful, magical cookbook. Think Mermania meets Hello Kitty Cupcake!

The mysteries of the deep come to light in this delightful cookbook packed with pearls and sparkles. From a Sandcastle Cake and Turtle Doughnuts to Jam Clams and Treasure Trifle, fulfil all your dreams of becoming a mermaid. Or at least eating like one. 

Colour photographs are paired with easy-to-follow recipes. Besides various desserts (cupcakes, celebration cakes, cookies, and bars and bites), the cookbook also includes party food (i.e. Crispy Starfish Churros), breakfast (i.e. Mermaid Toast), and drinks (i.e. Seaplendid Smoothie) sections. Each recipe also shows the estimated time to make and difficulty rating.


My Thoughts

The Mermaid Cookbook is sweet, cute, and colourful. Initially while I was flipping through the recipes, I found my mouth watering – so many of these recipes just look sooo good!

I will admit I do have a weakness for cute food, and The Mermaid Cookbook delivers. The recipes included are ones that try to emulate and encapsulate mermaids – so expect a lot of greens, blues, and shells. The Mermaid Cookbook is broken up into nine main categories which feature unique recipes. The sections are:

  • What is Your Mermaid Name? (I am a proud ‘Moonshine Tide Dancer’)
  • Cupcakes
  • Celebration Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bars and Bites
  • Party Food
  • Breakfast
  • Desserts and
  • Drinks.

Don’t be turned off by the cover and abundance of sweets, the book does include healthy mermaid friendly options 😉 Also the recipes aren’t just for special occasions, you can spruce up your breakfast and start the day with some mermaid magic.


The cookbook itself

Ease of Use: The recipes are set out in an easy to read layout and do let you know if you need special equipment at the start of the recipes. Each recipes also has it’s own picture, so you can see the whole mermaid effect.

Formatting:

Recipes: The recipes are set out in an easy to read manner and stay on theme by featuring a little blurb about the mermaid-ness of the food. Every recipe that I tried and had an in-depth look at, was really user friendly and easy to follow.

The ingredients are listed in order of usage and the following instructions are very clear and concise on what is needed to be done.

Book: After the introduction, the book includes a ‘What is Your Mermaid Name’ page, which I thought was really cute and engaging for any kids looking through or cooking from the book.

The recipes are separated into the types of food, with the desserts being separated into cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and it’s own section desserts. The recipes included in the ‘dessert’ section feature ones such a mousse, popsicles, and fruit tarts, so ones that are different from the other typical dessert foods featured in the book.

The back of the book also a ‘Conversions and Equivalent’ section, which is always appreciated when cookbooks are published in the United States of America.


Recommendations

I would really recommend this to people who want to cook with or for children (adults who are children at heart also count). The Mermaid Cookbook is not only full of amazing recipes but they look fabulous! I cannot wait to make the ‘Stormy Sea Brownies’ (pg. 64) and ‘Under the Sea Popsicles’ (pg. 119).

Also if you’re thinking about throwing a mermaid themed party – look now further, The Mermaid Cookbook is an excellent resource! Looking at all the fun recipes had me wanting to throw a mermaid theme party 🧜‍♀️


Please note, I received a copy of The Mermaid Cookbook from NetGalley.


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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

by Various (credited below).

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Blurb: As seen on The Daily Dot, Engadget, Pride, i09 and more, the Dream Daddy comics are now collected in a trade paperback! 

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 14 May, 2019

Length: 128 pages.

Issues: Dream Daddy #1-5

Genre: Comic. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you don’t already know, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book is based off a dating simulator game called, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. If you are still unsure, Dream Daddy is a gay dating sim where you play a Dad who finds romance in his new neighbourhood.

If you were ever unsure, yes both the book and game are amazing.

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Play it Again by Aidan Wayne

Play It Again

by Aidan Wayne.

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The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…


When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.

They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 22nd April, 2019

Length: 288 pages.

Series: N/A

Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read as: eBook

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Play It Again can be summed up in three words:

An Absolute Delight.

The word adorable could have been used but that would have been a bit too on the nose 😋

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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Blurb: In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

Release Date: 23rd April, 2019.

Length: 96 pages.

Series: N/A.

Genre: QUILTBAG. Educational.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts:  A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities is a great introduction for people wanting to know more about gender, orientation, and self expression. The book provides definitions of words, histories, and encourages people to treat others with respect.

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Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Heated Rivalry

by Rachel Reid.

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Blurb:  Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardise that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realises he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


Release Date: 25th March, 2019.

Length: 310 pages.

Series: Game Changers #2.

Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Sports.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts:Heated Rivalry is a book that takes place over the course of many years. While technically a sequel to the first Game Changers book (of the same name) Heated Rivalry takes place before and after the events of the first book.

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Common Cents by Earn Spend Live

Common Cents: A Budget Workbook

by Earn Spend Live.

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Blurb: Make the daunting task of managing your personal finances approachable with Common Cents!

Money makes the world go ‘round, but it doesn’t have to make your head spin! This budgeting workbook is packed with easy-to-use worksheets, money-saving tips, advice from financial experts, and prompts to help you set (and achieve) realistic financial goals. Customisable monthly budgets let you record and manage your expenses by category, as well as see the big-picture impact of day-to-day decisions. But setting up a good budget isn’t just about tracking daily spending; it’s about long-term financial health—so Common Cents will also help you start saving, building up an emergency fund, paying off your debts, and learning how to invest in your future.

This financial workbook includes:

• Non-boring breakdowns of financial basics

• Budgeting, purchase-planning, and goal-setting worksheets

• Step-by-step guides to getting out of debt and building your savings

• Tips that will help keep you right on track

Common Cents is designed to help organise your financial life—you’ll learn how to make money work for you.


Release Date: 1st January, 2019.

Length: 188 pages.

Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.

Genre: Self Help. Personal Finance. Non-fiction.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts: Common Cents is a brilliantly simple budget book aimed towards the young adult and ‘new’ adult market. What separates Common Cents from other personal finance and budgeting books is the language and forgiving nature of the content. As someone who has read widely within the personal finance genre, Common Cents is a welcome breath of fresh air.

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She/He/They/Me by Robyn Ryle

She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters

by Robyn Ryle.

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Blurb:  Gender is at the forefront of our cultural landscape today. From pronouns to politics to pop culture, people are finally finding a new freedom in the fluidity of identity. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand, embrace, and intelligently discuss the many sides of gender.


She/He/They/Me is a unique and engagingly creative take on an increasingly complex concept. A nontraditional, nonlinear structure allows readers to choose their own path, from a patriarchal culture to a scenario where sex doesn’t even exist, and beyond.


This method of individual exploration will help readers gain the understanding and confidence they need to engage in meaningful conversations about gender.


Release Date: 5th, March, 2019.

Length: 320 pages.

Series: N/A.

Genre: Non-Fiction. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts: Think of She/He/They/Me as a ‘Choose Your Own Gender Adventure’ book. You start the book off making decisions about your sex, gender, identity, and where you are within human history – from here you explore the world around you and what your life would be like with these factors.

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You Goal, Girl by Earn Spend Live

yougoalgirl_coverYou Goal, Girl: A Goal-Setting Workbook

by Earn Spend Live.

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Blurb: Get your personal and career goals in shape with You Goal, Girl!

There’s no better feeling than when you complete a task and get to check it off your to-do list, right? This goal-setting workbook combines that feeling of productivity with the motivation you need to actually get stuff done. You Goal, Girl is a personal tool kit for making your goals a reality.

With this guided workbook, you will design your own goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Because it’s not enough to simply write down your goals and call it a day, prompts, tips, and worksheets help to determine and then track your goal’s progress every step of the way, in addition to providing plenty of space to capture doodles, notes, and brainstorms. Included in this action-oriented workbook are:

  • Habit-tracking and reflection pages to measure progress
  • Gratitude logs to stay positive
  • Daily and weekly prompts to help you self-assess

You Goal, Girl is designed to help plan, track, and achieve your most important goals– because you absolutely deserve the life you want, you just have to put in the work!


Release Date: 11th December, 2018.

Length: 188 pages.

Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.

Genre: Self Help. Non-Fiction.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts: You Goal, Girl is a really great motivational and inspirational workbook. Set out as a resource to (potentially) last a year, You Goal, Girl, encourages readers to define goals, set plans, maintain your progress, and re-evaluate. What sets this book aside from others of the self-help market is the engaging and approachable way in which the book is written.

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