Monday, April 24, 2017

Feyre & Rhysand: The Musical

Hi guys ^^ In case you missed my last posts, I'm currently hosting an ACOTAR event throughout April and May to celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

Today, I thought I would go back on Feyre and Rhysand's history together... with music! Of course, if you haven't finished A Court of Mist and Fury yet, you probably don't want to scroll down because I'm about to spoil A LOT... 

Still here? Awesome, let's begin :)

1. Rhysand meets Feyre for the first time at Calanmai


As we eventually learn once Rhysand confesses his feelings to Feyre after she finds out that they are mates, back when he was still Amarantha's prisoner, he began to have visions of her. He would see fleeting images of her dreams and it was through one of those visions that he realized that the woman he had been dreaming about was at the Spring Court. That's why he was at the Calanmai ceremony all the way back in the early chapters of ACOTAR, where he would end up saving Feyre from the three fae that were harassing her.

2. Rhysand binds Feyre to him during Amarantha's trials


As we later find out, it was to protect Feyre without raising the suspicions of Amarantha, Tamlin and the others that Rhysand bothered with the deal and the binding tattoo in the first place. While his intentions were solely to protect Feyre, for the longest time, Feyre only saw him as another of her tormentors.


3. Feyre abandons the Spring Court and joins Rhysand's Inner Circle 


It is only when Feyre finally leaves the Spring Court behind and joins Rhysand at the Night Court, that she slowly starts to heal from the horrors of Under the Mountain. She becomes a member of Rhysand's Inner Circle and under the care and training of her new friends, Feyre begins to grow stronger.

4. Feyre and Rhysand grow closer during Starfall


This is the scene where Feyre really starts to realize that she might actually be getting closer to Rhys than she thought she ever would. With the backdrop of the celebrations of Starfall and the brief moment of happiness for the Inner Circle before the trials that await them, this scene is full of promises and hope.

5. Feyre wakes Rhysand from his nightmare


After seeing Rhysand try his best to save Feyre from the horrors of her past trials, this scene shows that not only has Feyre grown stronger but that she is in fact strong enough to save him in turn from his own inner demons. Plus, Rhysand wearing nothing but his ink and darkness... Come, on XD.

6. Rhysand secretly makes Feyre his High Lady and has her infiltrate the Spring Court 


And that is ship goals people! That ship has finally sailed and I couldn't be happier. Now I can't wait to see Feyre kick some (Tamlin) ass in ACOWAR. And be reunited with Rhysand of course <3 

So that's it for this post guys. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have other music suggestions that you think would fit Feyre and Rhysand, do share them with me in the comments. Look out for more ACOTAR content in the next few days.

Giveaway Reminder

I'm currently also hosting an international giveaway for a Velaris candle, inspired by the magical City of Starlight from ACOMAF. This candle is being offered by Fictional Flames, an Etsy store that I'm currently working with and which sells amazing bookish candles. If you haven't already done so, you can enter to win this beautiful Velaris candle by clicking here.

Until next time, take care and read on 💛

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Giveaway: Enter to win a Velaris candle inspired by the ACOTAR series (Open Internationally!)

Hello guys ^^ Today I have a very exciting post for you. Indeed, today I'm launching a month's long celebration of all things ACOTAR/ACOMAF/ACOWAR! This is to celebrate the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which comes out on May 2nd. Excited yet??

What to expect of my ACOTAR Event

Art by Charlie-Bowater, found here.

Throughout the end of April and the whole month of May, I'm going to put up a bunch of fun posts based on Sarah J. Maas's ACOTAR series, my favorite by hers by the way. I'm also working with several lovely Etsy sellers throughout April and May to bring to you several giveaways and other posts featuring awesome bookish goodies inspired by Maas's books.

And to kick-start the event, today I'm hosting a special giveaway for you ^^ 

Velaris, the City of Starlight & Dreamers


For today's post, I'm working with the lovely Melissa from the Etsy store Fictional Flames. This store offers awesome candles inspired by books and for this giveaway, Melissa has selected for you her beautiful Velaris candle, inspired by the magical city in the Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury. Below you'll find the giveaway which you can enter to win this candle.

Product Description

The candles from Fictional Flames are made from soy wax.  Here are some additional details on the Velaris candle:

Fragrances: Juniper, Jasmin, Citrus, and Starlight

Color: Dark Purple with Silver and Gold Glitter

Burn Time: Approximately 40 hours

Quote on Side: "To the stars who listen & the dreams that are answered.”

For more information about the candle, feel free to check out the Fictional Flames store.

The Giveaway

  • This giveaway is open internationally!
  • This giveaway will last until May 3rd.
  • Once the giveaway ends, I will randomly choose a winner and email them to let them know they have won.

Good luck everyone!

Cover image (left) found here

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Favorite Fairy Tales

Hi guys ^^ Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite fairy tales of all time. Fairy tales, as we know them now, can be very different from the stories our parents used to tell us as children. And more often than not, the original stories are very different from the more popular versions we know from books, movies and Disney. What sets the original stories apart from the more popular versions is often the darker, more tragic nature of those stories. Here are some of my favorite of those stories, beginning with my favorite fairy tale of all time and possibly the saddest too...

The little mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Source: Left & Right

First published in 1837, this story is about a young mermaid who one day wanders to the surface of her father's undersea kingdom, where she meets and falls in love with a human prince. To be with him, she decides to sacrifice her mermaid tail to earn human legs and to do so, she seeks the help of the sea witch who demands her beautiful voice as payment for the spell. What follows is a story as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, as we see the now mute little mermaid reunited with her prince, but not quite in the way she wanted. The original ending is very different, and way more tragic than the Disney one and I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. Read the full story for free here

Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky (Ballet)


The day of Prince Siegfried's birthday, his mother the queen tells him that he is now expected to soon choose a bride. Upset that he cannot marry for love, he cannot participate in the revelry around him. To cheer him up, his friends suggests they go for a hunt. There, chasing a flock of swans, Siegfried is separated from his friends. He finally manages to get an aim at the swans, only to freeze when one of them transforms into a beautiful young woman. This woman presents herself as Odette, the Swan Queen and reveals that she, along with her companions, were cursed to take the form of swans by the evil sorcerer Rothbart. Only true love can now save her. This is a ballet rather than a classic fairy tale, but it is no less beautiful with either a happy ending or a tragic one depending on the performance you are watching.


Source: Left & Right

When a desperate man steals greens from the garden of a witch to bring to his pregnant wife, the witch catches him and agrees to let him take back as much greens as he wants to his wife on the condition that once their baby is born, she will be hers. Indeed, after the girl is born, the witch takes her away and names her Rapunzel, after the plant her father had stolen. The girl is locked away in a tower and over the years, she grows to be a beautiful young woman with impossibly long hair. With no way to enter or leave the tower, it is only by calling to Rapunzel to let down her long hair that the witch can climb to her. One day, as Rapunzel is singing at her window, a prince who was passing by hears her and comes to find her. The prince comes again many times, until he sees the witch using the girl's hair to climb up. The prince, who has begun to fall in love with Rapunzel, then decides to climb to her and help her escape. The ending to this story, which I won't spoil, is a rather bittersweet one. But this was one of the earliest stories my mom used to tell me, which is why it's one of my favorites.

So those were a few of my favorite fairy tales of all time. There are a few more that I love and I might do another post featuring those stories at some point.

Comment down below and let me know what your favorite fairy tale is!

Until next time, take care and read on 💛