Untouchable (Haven Falls series) by Sheridan Anne

Blurb


It’s official…

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Unforgettable – (Haven Falls series) by Sheridan Anne. Book review by Littletinkablee

I’m the biggest loser in Haven Falls… FML!
Things couldn’t possibly get worse from here.
Everyone leaves me. My mom, my friends…
Kaylah. It’s like the curse of Henley Bronx.
Forever alone, and that’s no exaggeration.
I’m all I’ve got in this world. Just me, myself, and I…
and my goldfish, frog.
Who would have thought that throwing a bowl
of spaghetti-Bolognese all over the school bad
boy would change it all? I sure as hell didn’t.
If anything, I was expecting a very different outcome.
Noah Cage. What can I say? He’s the pack leader. He stormed in, tattooed up with muscles for days, desperate to prove he’s not like the rest.
He saved me while sweeping me right off my feet, but really… I think I saved him too.
He wormed his way in and brought love, happiness, and friendship with him and now the thought of losing him tears me apart, but if my track record is anything to go by, he’ll leave me, just like everyone else. It’s inevitable.
I’d give anything for Noah Cage to prove me wrong.

Will ‘Henley Bronx curse’return once again to take away my only happiness or do I finally have what it takes to turn this bad boy my way?

My Review


I want to start this review off with a 3/5 stars.

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Unforgettable – (Haven Falls series) by Sheridan Anne. Book review by littletinkablee

Untouchable is the first instalment in the ‘Haven Falls series’ written by author of Brooklyn Hill High series, Sheridan Anne. This novel is a YA (Young Adult) and New Adult romance filled with a few funny moments, teenage angst and of course lots of drama!

This book has been recommended for mature readers due to curse words and sexual content, however, I believe that this could be read by slightly less mature readers as the ‘sexual content’ in this first book just seems to be a lot of heavy petting and the curse words are no worse than what you hear kids saying these days, I don’t believe they will read anything they don’t already say or known. Although I do have to say the over use of curse words gets a little annoying and frustrating, making the writing come across as a little immature.

This is the first book and series that I have read by Sheridan Anne and I have every intentions of reading her first book series ‘Brooklyn Hill High’ due to the ‘Haven Falls series’ having across over characters from the first series Brooklyn Hill High.

Untouchable is a fast-paced read,

After reading this series I have to say that I am curious to read Sheridan’s first series and slightly disappointed in myself for not having seen and read the Brooklyn Hill high series first. But I hope to remedy that before the end of this year.


Broken. Lost. Forgettable. A loser.

These are just a few words Henley would use to describe herself. Living a life where everyone around her abandons her, it’s hard to believe anything other than that.

Although she has her father whom her mother abandoned her to when she was young -leaving her lost, confused and angry at the world around her as well as with a few abandonment issues. Due to this they have developed a (In, Henley’s words) “efffed up relationship,” that seemed to work. This relationship consists of time home alone while her dad worked away on random job opportunities, only leaving a note and money for her to wake up too

Feeling more lost than ever, betray and broken by her now ex-best friend and her brother, the two people she thought would always have her back she starts to withdraw from the world and becomes a social

Henley –

Henley Bronx is a young girl slowly but surely transitioning into a young woman who longs to leave her hometown and all her past problems behind. Henley goes through life believing not only is she broken inside but that she is all alone in this cruel and unforgiving world.

She is convinced that she has her very own curse that she likes to refer to the ‘Henley Bronx Curse.’ She believe that no matter what good comes into her life, the curse will be sure to rip it away from her without a second thought.

Although she adores her father and loves him dearly, knowing that he does the best that he is capable of while knowing that he isn’t exactly the ‘father type’ or didn’t hold a ‘father’ gene in his body and as despite the time passing it seemed her father just never got hit with the ‘father bug’. So they function on a, (in Henley’s words) “effed up relationship” where he leaves her home alone a lot of the time while he travels away on business – checking in on her with phone calls and leaving her a note and money in the mornings when she wakes to an empty house, leaving her to take care of herself.

“These day’s, I guess it’s fair to say it’s more of a surprise when he’s home rather than waking up to find him gone.” – Henley, Untouchable (Haven Falls series – book 1)

Henley – Unforgettable, Haven Falls Series Book 1

Being left alone at home never used to bother her as much when she had her best friend Kaylah around, however after a massive misunderstand that Kaylah leaves both Kaylah and Henley feeling betrayed for different reasons, she refused to listen to Henley and leaves Haven Falls with her brother, Jackson, without a word to Henley.

Feeling betrayed, confused, heart-break and more lost now than ever before she decides the best thing she could do is close herself off to people, and unintentionally became the school’s social pariah. But she bares it all through gritted teeth and an untouchable attitude.

I have to say that I personally didn’t relate to Henley’s character at all and I found it really hard to connect with her character while reading through this book. At the start it’s made clear that she’s used to looking at herself, that throughout her life there has only been one person who she could relay on… herself. It is clear that the author is going for a head strong, take no BS young woman however I feel as though this gets lost very quickly the instant she comes across Noah. Who we come across through chapter 2.

In seconds it seems as though she goes from needing no one, being strongly independent to needy and relaying on someone else who is near next a stranger to her despite them attending the same school for years. I really expected and wanted more from this character and although you get to see her ‘grow’ somewhat…it does all seem to be a tad…rushed.

Noah –

Noah is instantly introduced as the tattooed up, resident bad boy of Haven Falls and ruler of the school along with his ‘pack’. Tully the ‘silent assassin’ who is introduced to us as Noah’s twin sister and Rivers, Noah’s best friend, who no one seems to know much about, not even his first name.

Henley describes the three of them together as “fucking lethal” and “Unstoppable”.

Noah is the ‘Pack’ leader of the group, always up front and the ‘face’ of the group. Always the centre of attention, he makes it clear he likes it that way. He liked being looked at, being stared at, as he makes clear when he calls Henley out on staring and she points out his tattooed covered body.

Although, Noah, likes to come across as the unstoppable, fearless bad boy of Haven Falls we get to see other sides of him, as he so ever slowly starts to open up we slowly see a little of what made Noah who is today. He is filled with so many dark secrets that it’s a wonder none of them has consumed him whole.

We see why he appears so hardened and closed off from everyone but his ‘pack’ and see that really he is a boy that made bad and rash decisions based on a big heart that cared too much for everyone around him but himself.

With, Noah, holding so many dark secrets close to him, it makes him a hard character to trust even though author has found a way to make you want to trust him, even without knowing all his secrets.

Noah is a very confusing and hardened character much like his friend Rivers who seems more closed off than Noah which I had thought possible until it appeared that even the kids he walked around a school building with for years didn’t know his first name and only refereed to him by his last.

Noah’s motives are questionable from the moment he barges into Henley life and decides that he’s going to ‘adopt’ her into his little ‘pack’ after an incident occurred in school.

This is one of the first books I’ve read by Sheridan Anne,and even though there was a series before this called the Brooklyn Hill High series that has characters make an appearance in Haven Falls series, you don’t have to read the Brooklyn Hill High series to understand the Haven Falls series, although I do have plans to read the Brooklyn Hill High series to better understand Kaylah and Jackson characters as well as the others that made an appearance.

Although this series seems to focus a lot on Henley’s and Noah’s story, we do get little spinets of insight into Tully’s and Rivers life and I hope that the author does a novel that solely focuses on Rivers as I found his character to be the most intriguing.

I think the writing style could use a little more work as the writing does come across as a little immature and though I know this is directed at teenagers this isn’t something I would find being able to keep my interest simply due to the writing style that almost makes me feel as though the author thinks little of her readers.

With all that in mind I do see great potential here for a really amazing series and I’ve already read through most of the novels in this series already. As stated this is a fast-paced read and I found myself finishing the first book in one short sitting.

Untouchable (Haven Falls series - book one) by Sheridan Anne.

A book review by littletinkablee

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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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World Mental Health Day – Suicide Prevention 2019

Today is ‘World Mental health Day’, a day where everyone from across the world has the opportunity to help raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against all the social injustice and stigma that surrounds those who battle with mental health issues.

This day provides us all with the opportunity to join in and add to the wider conversation that is occurring on social media, television, Podcasts and elsewhere.

This is a great time to highlight the incredible work you or others have been doing in the hopes of helping to address the stigmas that surround mental health sufferers.

“Not all wounds are visible.”

This year for 2019 World Mental Health Day, a lot of people will be focusing on Suicide Prevention in the hopes of raising awareness for those suffering with suicidal thoughts, those who have already attempted suicide and those who have been affected by those who have committed suicide.

“But I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”

By Robyn Schneider

Suicide isn’t a widely talked about topic, it can be a very taboo subject to bring up as no one wants to talk about or be reminded of death. Which is understandable, however, ignoring it and not talking about it isn’t going to help those who need help, it won’t help you should you ever find yourself in such a situation and it won’t help anyone in the future. It won’t stop people from believing that is their only way out, that is the only way to fix what they believe can’t be fixed.

I wrote a post called ‘Depression and Suicidal thoughts’ where I open up a little about my long battle with depression and talk a little about suicidal thoughts. On 10th September was ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, a post I wrote on suicide and where I opened up a little more about suicide and try to help join others in the fight to raise awareness.

“I’m not lazy. I’m just exhausted from fighting my way through every single day.”

BY: Mimi Love

Every year close to around 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many, many more people out there who attempt suicide or have suicidal thoughts. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects everyone from families and friends, to the communities that they came from/have joined and has a terrible long-lasting affects on those people left behind.

It is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is also the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-old’s globally.

Today I would like everyone to take a little time out of their busy lives to check in on an old friend/family member/colleague.

Take a little time to research a little about suicide and ways you, yourself can help prevent it or help someone who is thinking about it.

“It’s so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.”

By: Ruby Wax

A total of 6,507 suicides were registered by coroners in the UK – 11.2 per 100,000 people – in 2018, up 11.8% on the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Concerns were raised after an increase in the rates of young people aged from 10 – 24 years old, killing themselves, with the overall rate for that age group reaching a 19 year high and the rate for young females reaching an all-time high.

It is more now than ever crucial for us all to step up and help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention while we can still make an impact and help. We all need a better understanding and more steps need to be put into place to help prevent another person from feeling as though their life means that little that they can snuff it out and rid themselves of this world without another thought, without consequence and without leaving a few people lost and broken.

A message Of Hope

I have had a lot of people around me commit suicide, some have failed…other’s succeeded in their plans. And being surrounded by so much darkness has only made me more determined to help shed a little light wherever I can.

As powerless as suicide likes to make us feel we ALL have the power to help someone, we all have the power to change someone’s bad day and make it a little better and more than anything we have the power to learn, to change and to help.

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!

The Forbidden Forest – A short suspense story

I just wanted to out walk the storm, avoid arriving home in a sopping mess from a unpredictable storm that looked ready to rain hell on everyone in its path at any given moment.

I never wanted to get caught up in his world, I was content living in mine surrounded by my books. But it seemed fate had other plans for me, and I guess I wasn’t going to out walk that storm like planned…

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The forbidden forest

I was walking along the deserted road on a Monday, October evening, lost in thoughts of days pasted and days to come. With the Autumn wind blowing with the promise of an early storm and the rain clouds were looking angrier now than ever.

I left the Library half an hour earlier than I usually did, in the hopes of being able to out walk the storm before it hit and I knew if I kept up my pace, I may just make it before the storm throws down.

Still lost in my thoughts I had just neared the bend when I heard a bloodcurdling scream come from my left…it came from the forbidden forest that was sat there silent and hauntingly at me, almost as if it were mocking me with it’s eerie silence.

It was forbidden to walk through due to all the past animistic attacks, though no one had ever seen the animal in question, that caused the attacks. And some people even thought it was a monster or man turned into a monster that caused those attacks. No one lived through the attacks to tell the tale… so it all remains a mystery to those still living. Nothing for people to do but make up myths and stories in the hopes of keeping children from wandering through

It looked beautiful, but then again, any part of nature untouched by humans usually are breathtaking sights but nothing is as beautiful as the Forbidden Forest when it snows, as every branch and colour is blanketed in white.

A ripple of thunder echoed through the darkening sky making me wrap my arms around myself in the hopes of keep what little body heat I had left enclosed in the small space my body and coat provided.

I was debating on whether or not I should venture into the forest and find the source of that scream or to just ignore it and put it down as my overactive imagination and just go home, when another bloodcurdling scream came again.

Without another thought I changed the direction I had previously been wandering in and stepped foot into the forbidden forest and hoped for the life of me I wasn’t making the wrong decision.

The fallen leaves crackled and crunched beneath my black boots, the only sounds that now greeted my cold tipped ears. The wind seemed to have stopped and the clouds looked ready to rain a storm down on me. I took a deep breath and then jumped as another clap of thunder echoed sounding even louder than before this time accompanied by a quick flash of lightening.

And then…nothing. The sound of crunching leaves where the only things to greet my ears once again. I was starting to question whether I had really heard that scream or if it was actually all in my head. Who would even be out here anyway? And if there was someone here, something bad was/had clearly happened to them, so what could I do? Was I just walking straight into danger? Maybe I should have turned back to the library and phoned the police?

All questions I probably should have asked before walking into the Forbidden Forest alone. Well it was too late for any of that now. Just when I was giving up all hope in finding the cause of that scream I tripped over something, landing hard on my knee’s and spraining one of my wrist as I threw my hands in front of me, trying to brace myself for the impact of the fall.

Clutching my now injured wrist to my chest I sat up and swung my body to look behind me, to find what it was that I had tripped over and froze.

The thing that I had so clumsily fell over while trying to look around at my surroundings looked to be someones limb…a leg to be exact…

It was covered up well with leaves, mud, moss and whatever debris was hidden on the ground that made it hard to tell if that leg had a companion or if it was there solo.

She honestly didn’t want to find out but something in her was pushing her forward, making her move, making her want to find out more and so she slowly started to crawl towards to body with one arm slowly reaching out to touch the leg….

To be continued…..

I hope you all enjoyed this little short expert of completely random and made up on the spot suspense story.

What did you think? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts on my writing and if I should continue this on maybe?

Goodbye Purple Hair

If you follow me on my Facebook page, twitter or Instagram them I’m sure you are all aware of my love for purple and more so my purple hair.

Purple was the first EVER colour I went when I was finally allowed to dye it and I fell in love with it. I never really had a favourite colour I just used to really like black, red, purple, silver and gold at the time, all equally. But then as my love for the other colours faded into the background, my love for purple never.

I have dyed my hair MANY colours over the last 8 or so years and Also find myself going back to purple. I used to try and fall back on red but I’ve decided that’s my bad luck hair colour and I don’t think I will ever go red ever again.

The last couple of months have been tough on me mentally as I’m trying to adjust to a new body change, while still trying to adjust to this new, healthier lifestyle I’ve set for myself and decided a change in colour was needed before I dyed my hair a different purple.

I’ve pretty much have been every colour other than Orange, Yellow and grey/silver and since we are in Autumn I thought I would throw out my fears of what I would look like with orange hair and finally dyed my hair orange!

I won’t lie, I had WAYYYY more confidence when I dyed my hair electric green back when I was in collage than I did when I dyed my hair orange. But the results? I’m pleasantly surprised! I actually really love it and I think I’m going to stay orange for a while (and not just because my hair needs a major break/time to heal).

As nervous as I was, I’m now happy to say, “Goodbye, purple!”

I’m feeling very Autumnal now with my orange hair.

Do you have dyed hair? Or maybe want to dye your hair? Comment below as I’d love to know!

World Smile Day

4th October 2019 is World Smile Day and this October I want to challenge everyone to continue World Smile Day for a WHOLE week!

What is World Smile Day, you ask?


Harvey Ball – WWW.Worldsmileday.com

World Smile Day all began with one man, Harvey Ball. Harvey Ball is known well throughout the world as a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts who then went on to birth the smiley symbol in 1963.

That image went on to become one of the most recognisable symbol of good cheer and faith on the planet. Eventually Harvey become concerned about the over-commercialisation of his symbol, and how it’s original meaning/intent had become lost throughout constant repetition of the marketplace.

With those concerns in mind, he came up with the idea of World Smile Day. His intents were clear… He thought everyone should devote ONE day each year to smiles and acts of kindness throughout the world.

The smiley face holds no hate, no negativity, no animosity, no fear… and Harvey’s idea was that for one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would hence forth be World Smile Day.

What can you do?


Good question. You can wear that amazing smile you keep hiding!

Smiling is simple way to spread happiness and cheer throughout the day. Smiles are contagious and by smiling at others around you, we all can share a positive impact on the world. So what are you waiting for? Start smiling!

Send a positive note or card to a friend/family member.


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Sometimes the best way we can make someone smile is to send them a thoughtful card/ motivational note. Let the reason for someone’s smile be because of your kind words and thoughtful gestures.

Do a good deed.


Part of celebrating World Smile Day is doing something that elicits smiles through our actions. One of the most powerful ways of communication and a great way to spread those smiles is through our actions and doing something nice for others. Consider volunteering your time somewhere or maybe help a friend out with a favour no matter how big or small, or finally schedule some much needed family time! Our actions have always spoken louder than our words.

How will you make someone smile this World Smile Day?

I hope you all enjoyed reading through my post. It’s out on my blog a little later because someone forgot to schedule her finished posts… yup, that someone’s me. So I still have to find a little time to go through them and throw them on a schedule.

Autumn/October Quotes

I don’t know about you but I for one love quotes!

You can find a quote on pretty much anything these days and there are so many amazing, inspiring and captivating quotes that I write down daily in the hopes of applying a little bit of knowledge into my own life.

I have two (almost 3) books FULL to the brim with quotes that I have been collecting since I was 14 and I thought today I would share some of my Autumn/October quotes with you all that I personally loved for one reason or another.

Autumn Quotes

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Autumn Days

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

I love this quote a lot because there have been a lot of things that I have needed to let go of in order to carry out my future the way I want. There have been people I have had to loose, emotions I’ve had to overcome and a lot of negative energy that I had to learn to let go of.

Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.

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A walk in the park

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.

Andrea Gibson

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

Notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.

Friedrich Nietzche

I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.

Dodinsky

The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured it’s treasure upon the leaves.

Charlott Bates

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sun burnt leaves.

Ann Drake

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

No Spring nor Summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne

And All at once, Summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

Dancing of the Autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a Summer’s wave goodbye.

Unkown

The tree’s are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.

Unknown

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

Shira Tamir

Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.

William Wordswoth

Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything burst with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale

Lauren Destefano

Autumn mornings; Sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.

Terri Guillemets

Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colours on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat.

Rusty Fischer

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.

Joe L. Wheeler

Listen! The win is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our Summer evenings, now for October eves.

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn… the year’s last loveliest smile.

William Cullent Bryant

Steam rising underneath a canopy of whispering, changing aspens; Starlight in the clear, dark night, and wondrous beauty in every direction. If only all could feel this way, to be so captured and enthralled with Autumn.

Donna Lynnn Hope

It was a beautiful bright Autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

October Quotes


October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to Winter.

Nova Blair

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

Hal Borland

October had the tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised the world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.

Sara Guillory

October was the least dependable of months… full of ghosts and shadows.

Joy Fielding

Let’s spark up October and make it better than September.

Uknown

The end of Summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October….

A. A. Milne

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.

John Sinor

October is a symphony of permanence and change.

Bonaro W. Overstreet

October is the opal month of the year. It is the mouth of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture month.

Henry Ward Beecher

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of Summer and Winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

I wish every day was Saturday and every month was October.

Charmaine J. Forde

Ah, lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an Autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.

Peggy Toney Horton

It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colours.

Charmaine J. Forde

He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it – the ending and beginning of things.

Jacqueline Woodson, If you come softly

I hope you have enjoyed these quotes and please feel free to add your favourites down in the comments!

Blogtober is here

It’s the 1st October and the start of Blogtober!

All through out September I have been trying my hardest to prepare myself for this years October Blogtober! This will be the first time I am joining in with others across the world in Blogtober and I have to say that I am a mixture of dread and excitement.

I dread finding/coming up with content for this October. I struggle to get a single post out weekly and now I’m partaking in a challenge that requires not only to get my content out EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. but I have to make sure I am able to create content for 31 days. Which considering I usually only get around 6 – 8 posts out everyone month, on a good month it’s a big jump to getting 31 posts out in just one month.

But I am excited to see what I am able to come up with and create under pressure. So this is the only warning I’m going to be giving…, if you think the way I run my blog is messy now…. October is going to be showing a whole new side to unorganised and messy because as hard as I may try to plan things out, nothing every works out in my favour, plans go wrong and the best thing I can do is to just wing it.

I know a lot of people may consider me a little insane for taking up this challenge, but honestly, I’ve never claimed to be sane and there’s nothing I love more than a challenge. If I fail, I’ll celebrate what I have managed to achieve and make notes of things I can improve and If I succeed in finishing this challenge, I can celebrate a full win.

I’ve had quite a few people ask me what is ‘Blogtober’? Which I won’t lie, it baffled me as I assumed this was a big blogger thing (being new to the blogging work, my blog isn’t even a year old yet!) but there are still quite a few people who are unaware of it. So I thought I’d explain a little in this post what Blogtober is.

What Is Blogtober?

Blogtober is where blogger from around the world undertake the challenge of creating and posting out new content in October for the full 31 days. Yes, that does include weekends.

From doing my research there doesn’t seem to be any rules to this other than to just create, create and create! So get as creative and adventures as you like.

*Little note*
There is a Blogtober Facebook group that you can join if you’d like a bit of interaction with other bloggers throughout the challenge. If you’re going it alone on social media, don’t forget to use the hashtags. Each year has it’s own hashtag, last year’s was, ‘#Blogtober18’ this year’s will be, ‘#Blogtober19’ and next year’s will be ‘#Blogtober20’ and so forth.

Over the next following days I will be attempting to post at least one blog post per day onto my blog, some will be Autumn themed, Halloween themed, Mental Health related, book reviews, product reviews, updates, lifestyle, baking, pets and so much more!

As much as I am dreading the stress (Honestly I’ve been stressed about this since I decided to take on the challenge) I’m so super excited to see how create I can be under a little pressure.

I’d love to know if you plan on joining in with Blogtober and remember if you miss a day or two, don’t beat yourself up over it, keep pushing forward and see just what you can achieve when you don’t allow yourself to give up and give in to the temptation of negative thinking. If you can’t complete the full 31 days, give yourself a pat on the back, be proud of the days you were able to do and make notes on what went wrong so you can work towards higher goals.

With that being said, I hope to hear from those taking part in Blogtober and more than anything I hope everyone enjoys their October, and has a wonderful Halloween ahead of them.

Before I go, I want to leave you with a few words…

There’s always a lesson to be learned when things doesn’t seem it’s brightest and has hard as it can be, sometimes you have to be your light. You have to be your sun on a cloudy day.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

Today marks ‘World Suicide Prevention Day.’

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World Suicide Prevention Day

A day where everyone across the world comes together in the hopes of preventing any more suicides from occurring/ helping those who are currently tormented by suicidal thoughts/behaviour.

There are many things as a group or even as individuals that you can do in support of ‘Suicide Prevention Day,’ Such as;

  • You can open up about your own story of surviving suicide
  • You can talk openly about your suicidal thoughts
  • You can open up about your attempts of suicide
  • You can share a family member’s story (with permission of course)
  • Or you can share a story of someone close to you who lost their life to this terrible thing
  • You can host a little get together where you open up, talk and learn more about suicide and ways to stop it in others/prevent it.

This year I have decided to take part in, ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ (WAPD) by joining others across the world in lighting a candle next to my window at 8pm TONIGHT. In honour of those fighting, suffering and in memory of those we have already lost to suicide.

The IASP is preparing “World Suicide Prevention Day Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” e-cards or postcards in various languages so supporters can send these reminders to friends, colleagues and loved ones. Also, these e-cards or postcards can be used by bloggers, writers and others so that they can share information about suicide, suicide prevention and World Suicide Prevention Day. Click here to download e-cards to send to loved ones

WORLD PREVENTION DAY SITE

You can find out more and get involved more by checking out their website ‘World Prevention Day.’

I would ask that all my viewers to join me in lighting a candle at 8pm tonight in support of suicide survivors, in support and acknowledgement of those with suicidal thoughts and in memory of those who have already lost their life to suicide.

And when you light your candle I would love for you to share a picture of it with me on social media! (I’ll be sharing some of them).

You can share you pictures with me here:

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There are many things we can do to help others around us whether that is simply messaging a friend/family/colleague and checking in on them or posting helplines so people know where they can go to for help they don’t feel comfortable talking to someone they know.

Suicide is something close to me. Having my biological father commit suicide was hard but not nearly as hard as having my little brother age 7- 8 (at the time) try to commit suicide due to bullies. Nor was it as hard as having to hear/know that my siblings and mother have either attempted or strongly thought about attempting suicide.

It’s a thought that can get stuck in your head and there have been a few moments in my life where I even thought about ending my own life, moments where I thought I could make the world around me go quiet….

What’s helped me get to my 22nd birthday (an age I honestly never dreamed of even reaching) is my need for helping people, especially my family. My family suffers greatly from mental illnesses and there are a lot of strong negative emotions that circle my family. It seems there is a never ending cycle of bad things occurring.

What has stop me from following through with my own dark thoughts is knowing that my family have the same thoughts if not stronger thoughts than I do, and if I’m not here to help them, to be that person they can talk to, vent to or turn their emotions out on, then who will?

Who will help them when they need it, who will listen to their thoughts when everything becomes too much?

Suicide is no laughing matter, and it certainly isn’t something that should be hidden under a rock. I believe more helps needs to be put into place for people who struggle just Living in such a confusing and critical world.

I believe schools should be forced to do more when it comes to education the young mind of mental health and mental health illnesses.

Schools really aren’t doing enough, or all they can to help protect our children and it really angers me that they are so….dismissive almost of mental health/illnesses.

Some records show that a person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.

  • In 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population; the latest rate is significantly higher than that in 2017 and represents the first increase since 2013.
  • Three-quarters of registered deaths in 2018 were among men (4,903 deaths), which has been the case since the mid-1990s.
  • The UK male suicide rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 represents a significant increase from the rate in 2017; for females, the UK rate was 5.4 deaths per 100,000, consistent with the rates over the past 10 years.

Suicides in the UK

In 2018, a total of 6,507 suicides were registered in the UK, 686 more deaths than in 2017 when there were 5,821 deaths (11.8% increase). This equates to a statistically significant increase in the suicide rate, with 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2018, compared with 10.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2017.

Following several years of decline, the latest UK suicide rate has increased to the level seen when it previously peaked in 2013 (11.1 deaths per 100,000). Suicide rates tend to fluctuate on a year-to-year basis. It is therefore too early to say whether the latest increase represents a change in the recent trend.

The factors behind any increase in suicide rates are complex. However, as detailed in Section 3, Things you need to know about this release, a change in the standard of proof used by coroners may have affected the latest figures. The latest provisional figures for England (2019 registrations for Quarters 1 and 2), which are subject to change and not finalised, show similarly elevated levels of registrations in the first half of 2019.

You can find out more by clicking here.

I understand that suicide can be such a sensitive subject to talk about as it’s almost too terrible to even comprehend that a person could feel so bad that they would even think to take away their life.

But without people speaking up and breaking silence on this very shocking and sensitive subject then we only leave the world to stick to the terrible stigmas that has surrounded suicide and suicidal people.

As disturbing as the thought is there are people out there who use self-harm and suicide attempts to keep people with them or to stop people from leaving them. But this isn’t everyone! It’s a very small group that are like that, most of the time people are just looking for help because they’re just stuck. Stuck in the same cycles, feeling the same emotions over and over (and that’s if you haven’t gone numb by that point).

As previously state, I have had people incredibly close to me attempt suicide and talk openly about wanting to end their own lives. It’s such a horrible sinking feeling knowing that the people keeping you grounded are experiencing these feelings and I feel as though there isn’t anything I can do.

My boyfriend had once been roped into a “friendship” as the person would consistently use self-harm and attempts at suicide to bring him and other people in when the person felt as though people were leaving them out. I myself have been placed in similar situations. It’s not nice.

I now know that just letting them talk and being an open ear is more than enough sometimes. Sometimes we just need to feel as though we are being heard and validated.

I now know that walking away from people who use such a heartbreaking thing against you is the best thing to do and that I am no held responsible for their actions, only mine.

I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this post and I ask that you please share this one around. And if you EVER need an open ear, no judgement, just an listen ear, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Or you can contact one of these suicide prevention hotlines –

Uk Suicide Helpline

Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men
Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day
Visit the webchat page

Papyrus – for people under 35
Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm
Text 07786 209697
Email pat@papyrus-uk.org

Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number won’t show up on your phone bill

USA Suicide Prevention Hotlines:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.It provides Spanish-speaking counsellors, as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. It is only available in the United States 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (ESP) can be reached at 1-888-628-9454

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options) can be reached at 1-800-799-4889

You can also CLICK HERE to be direction to a list of International Suicide Hotlines.