Self-Awareness: Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem!

Cultivating a healthy self-esteem for your child is key to a lifetime of well-being and happiness. Children with high self-esteem value themselves and have a more realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, while children with an unhealthy self-esteem, often have a hard time fitting in and don’t always have control of their emotions.

Research shows that more and more teenagers are suffering from low self-esteem, this is more prevalent in girls than boys. Statistics suggest that up to 70% of girls in Western countries suffer from low self-esteem especially when it comes to their body image. Girls as young as 10 years old are afraid of being over-weight and often compare themselves to their peers. On the other hand, the number one cause of low self-esteem with boys, is obesity.

Reasons for Low Self -Esteem

When parents are not responsive to the needs of their child, he or she can grow up without any attachment to their parents. Therefore, early nurturing is vital and helps set a child up and make him or her feel good about themselves. Moreover, if a parent is suffering from low self-esteem it tends to affect the child; a parent should never speak negatively or talk down about themselves in front of a child as this causes the child to feel that they too need to change something about themselves in order to be happy.

Way to Boost Self -Esteem

¤ Quality time

Spend quality time with your kids. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

¤ Positive Image

Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

¤ Give Responsibility

When a child see’s that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel they are an important part of the family. For example, when a teen is helping with the dishes, he/she gets a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished.

¤ Being Part of a Team

Children that are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal.  

Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement.

About American Center Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN)

The American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) is a premier medical facility focused on providing patients with the highest quality primary and specialized medical care and health education services. Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, they have since expanded their facilities to Dubai and Sharjah, providing services to over 40,000 patients since its establishment. Thanks to Dr. Candice Render, Educational Psychologist at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology for this informative post.

Dr Candice Render

Dr. Candice Render

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Clinique Beauty Haul!

Hey guys,

This haul is from a while back but I thought I would share my very first Clinique mini haul with you.

Clinique haul

I had run out of an eye cream and that’s when I came across Clinique’s All About Eyes. It’s a light weight eye cream that borders on being a gel/lotion, since it isn’t that thick. It gets easily absorbed, has a velvety texture and leaves the eye area nourished. Even though I take only three tiny dots for each eye, I feel like this little tub won’t last me long. It’s supposed to help with redness, puffiness, fine lines, dark circles & shadows. Frankly I don’t have redness and rarely any puffiness, but still the product looked attractive and that’s why I bought it. You could say it’s an impulse buy, which I don’t recommend any of you to do 😛

Clinique All About Eyes

It’s a nice product, with a light scent to it. My eye area looks better than before. But is it worth the price I paid?. No, it’s not. I really loved Olay’s Total Effects eye cream which lasted me a really long time and cost only about 59 bucks. I actually bought 2 of these eye creams (since I expected it to be fantastic), the other one for my mom.

Price : AED 160 for a glass tub containing 15ml.

After buying these, I got to know that there is a free goodie bag with purchase of AED 400+. So, I checked for something else and came across Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear 5 Pack Set. The colors looked super gorgeous. These lip glosses come in bottles of 2.3ml each and are travel friendly. Some glosses leave your lips super dry but these ones are really moisturizing. They aren’t super sticky too.

Clinique Long Last Glosswear set

It has good staying power. Even though it boasts 8 hours, I have found it lasts for upto 5 hours on my lips, which is still good. The colors, though they appear intensely pigmented in the tubes, are light and sheer on application. Here are the lip swatches :

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Bare Lips

Clinique Cupid's Bow

Cupid’s Bow – Probably the lightest shade of red. My favorite out of the 5. Gorgeous, non-shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Purple Crush

Purple Crush – A pinkish purple, sheer and with a slight shimmer.

Clinique Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight – A light violet color, shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Happy Heart

Happy ♥ – A pinkish peach color, non- shimmer and sheer.

Clinique Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth – Lightest shade of pink, almost on the verge of being white. Kinda makes me look ghastly IRL. My least favorite out of the 5. Non-shimmer and sheer.

Price : AED 147

Though wearable on it’s own, I feel like their performance is enhanced when coupled with lipsticks of the same shades.

Next, here is the goodie bag I received. The bag itself is a keeper, being super gorgeous, multicolored and really good quality. I adore it!.

Clinique makeup bag

Frankly, I am really impressed with the contents of this bag. There were 5 items –

● Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – This is a cream that delivers intense moisture to dry skin. On application, there is a cooling effect which is such relief. Aptly named ‘thirst relief’, this works like how water works for our body!. The sample came in a 7ml glass container. It has a really gentle & pleasant smell. It has a really lightweight appearance and goes on like a serum on the skin, getting absorbed super fast.

Clinique moisture surge

● Clinique High Impact lipstick in the color 13 Flamenco – I literally died seeing a full sized lipstick in this goodie bag!. Like whatt?!. It came in a classic Clinique green colored tube and since High Impact lipsticks come packaged differently, I can only guess the one I got was originally designed as a test product (You know, to be kept on shelves for testing). Anyways, I am super happy to get one ♥

Clinique Flamenco

Flamenco is an ‘orange’ish red lipstick, even though it looks more on the red side, in the tube. It looks super pretty on application. More layers can be added to get an intense, full coverage look. It goes on a like butter on the lips, giving the look of really moisturised lips.

Clinique Flamenco lip swatch

● Clinique High Impact mascara – Never been more disappointed with any mascara like this before. It literally does nothing to my lashes. Wish I could show you a before & after pic, but both looks the same!.

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● Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Cleanser – A thick, white colored foaming cleanser that takes away all impurities, leaving the skin looking well cared for and soft. It came in a 15ml deluxe sample tube and I was able to get several uses out of it since a little goes a long way. Loved this cleanser!

Foaming cleanser

● Clinique Aromatics in White perfume – A very feminine, floral, musky scent that’s definitely charming. It has good lasting power. Loved this sample too. It came in a small glass spray bottle.

Clinique Aromatics in White

Even though I have mentioned light scents for the skincare products, all Clinique products are 100% Fragrance free. Also, they are Allergy tested.

Everything shown above (including that cute little camel toy, which cost AED 29) were purchased at Abu Dhabi Duty Free.

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Short Story #2 – Naina!

Naina lay awake in her bed. It was 4.30 AM.She was not in the least sleepy. How could she sleep on a day like this one?. She slowly moved herself on her bed so that now she was facing the window. She opened the curtain slightly and saw that the glorious sun was just rising, for a new day, to lighten up one more day in the lives of the mankind. The light slowly streaked into her room, as it tentatively left it’s place behind the thick clouds. For a moment, she felt that the sun was playing hide and seek with her. It brought a smile onto her beautiful face. Naina was gorgeous. She was a doe-eyed beauty, dark and had a disarming smile. Her black hair, flowing over her shoulders, had a strange charming effect. Yet, one problem prevailed…

She watched the sun rise and reach it’s apex. Soon, her room was flooded with light. She could now hear the chirping of birds. She soon saw men busy with work, rushing around doing their duties. Ofcourse, it was a busy day. It was her wedding day. Her mother came in, kissed her on her forehead and asked her whether she had had a sound sleep. She just smiled, but her mother knew that she hadn’t had even a wink of sleep. Mother told her to come for breakfast and then left the room. Naina went and brushed her teeth.

She then walked over to her dining room. The dining table seemed to be sparkle as there was such a lot of silver wares placed on it. She sat on a chair with exquisite golden work on it. She drank the hot soup kept in front of her in a beautiful bowl which had birds carved onto it’s sides, with a silver outline. Soon, the swamp of guests and the torrent of their greetings and wishes followed.

The time was nearing. She dressed in a maroon ‘laacha’ exclusively ordered and made for her. It had elaborate work on it. Golden threads were woven intricately into the maroon material and the resulting alluring combination was something that could take anyone’s breath away. The ‘dupatta’ was so heavy with sequences and other shiny stuff, that Naina had some trouble wearing it. Her hair was tied high up above her head and the way it danced around her shoulders, was quite fantastic to see. Her smooth hands were laden with bangles, having a large variety of sophisticated designs on it. Necklaces and chains of all lengths adorned her neck. So many were around her to help her dress up. There were many small girls who looked up at her, wondering how they could ever become as pretty as Naina.

Soon he came. She glanced at him briefly. Rachit was so handsome that he seemed to have features that were carved by angels. When he smiled, a deep dimple appeared occasionally on his left cheek. He was well-built and very strong. Yet, there was a softness that surrounded him. But, of all that he had, it was his kind heart that she loved and admired. When she entered onto the stage, where the wedding was to occur, she saw how Rachit’s eyes lit up on seeing her. She couldn’t help smiling and he reciprocated her smile. Soon the wedding took place, amidst hundreds who showered their blessings on that couple, with a tune of Shahnai playing in the background. Later people dispersed and by the each of the day, Naina was totally exhausted.

When she entered into her new room with Rachit, she saw that it had been decorated with jasmine flowers and orchids were set in beautiful vases near the bed. Paintings of water falls, green fields and blue skies adorned the walls. The last streaks of the pale sunset lit up the room for one last time and then darkness came over the sky. As she sat on the bed, Rachit slowly took her hands in his strong ones. Looking into his eyes, she knew that he was the best person she could ever have and that he would support her till she drew her last breath.

He had loved her and been ready to accept her even though he knew that he could never hear her calling out his name or even speak anything. She could only communicate using sign language. But he didn’t care. For him, if their hearts understood each other, then life was going to be a song, a beautiful one, a melodious one…

Backstory

Naina is a name that I like a lot. So I named the protagonist that. This is a thought that just came to my mind one day, how people love each other overlooking shortcomings / disabilities. Hope you liked reading it.

Disclosure : This is the sole intellectual property of Naznin Azeez and should not be copied.

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Shopping deal – Real Techniques, EcoTools & more!

Hey guys,

Just wanted to inform you about a shopping deal. From now until Sep 28th, Real Techniques, EcoTools, Acure Organics & Now Foods will have a 10% discount on their entire selection of products.

If you wish to stock up on makeup brushes and accessories, click on the images below to head on to the site.

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If you are looking for skincare products and more, check out the below links.

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The site, though US based, do ship worldwide. So definitely don’t miss out 🙂

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Look to the Far East this September with Glambox!

Calling all beauty mavens! If there’s one country that is leading the way with innovative, quirky and pioneering products in the world of cosmetics and skincare right now then we have to point our finger firmly at Korea. Scour Instagram to get sheet mask envy, listen to whispers of eye liners that can withstand any humidity and get curious as to how charcoal can help you cheat your way to gorgeous skin; the Koreans have piqued our interest and now we want in on their secrets!

GlamBox takes pride in keeping its finger firmly on the pulse of beauty, which is why they have decided to dedicate their September Box purely on the Korean beauty phenomenon. The box launched at an exclusive preview event on the 30th August at Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm.

The box will be packed with fabulous products that will take up permanent residency in your make-up bag. Want to know more about the treats that are in store for you? Allow us to tell you more!

Korean Glambox

* Cherry Cherry Lips Modeling Gel Patch by THEFACESHOP
* Melting Colour Lip Creamer by THEFACESHOP
* Charcoal Plant Cleansing Puff by THEFACESHOP
* MISSHA Super Aqua Ice Tear Kit – Toner & Emulsion
* SKIN79 BROW CLASS Colouring Mascara
* SKIN79 WONDER FIX Brush Eyeliner

Be quick to grab your’s, as this beauty box will not be available for long as subscriptions close on September 14th 2016.

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Review : February 2016 Glambox!

Hey guys,

Though late, here are my thoughts on February’s Glambox 🙂

February 2016 Glambox

It contained the following products :

1) Hair & Beauty by Edge Hand-tied False Eye Lashes – Everytime I have received false eyelashes for review or as gift, I have passed it on to others, because I don’t wear it. This time though these lashes looked soo amazing, that I decided to try it on. It felt very foreign on my eyelids but it looked really pretty. These are hand tied lashes and looks high quality. It’s light weight. This is the ‘Rockstar’ variant. It has a natural, fluttery-lashes finish. This pack doesn’t come with a glue though. I had to get one and since I couldn’t get an eyelash glue itself easily, I ended up getting and using a Bindi gum. It worked just fine. I have worn it 3 times so far. The below pic is when I wore it for a special occasion.

Hand tied lashes

False eyelashes

Just in case you are wondering, I’m wearing Fresh Look Color Blends Pure Hazel contact lenses.

After each use, I cleaned the band using a makeup remover so that all traces of glue are gone. Then I stored it in the same packaging that it came in, so that it retains it’s shape and I can reuse it. If you take good care, a set of lashes, particularly one that’s this high quality, can be reused several times. Even though the resulting look is pretty and feminine, I do find the application of false eyelashes quite cumbersome. Lol!. Those who know how to apply it fast and easily, well, lucky them!

2) Derma E Hydrating Night Crème – I was super excited seeing this product in the box, because I had almost bought this online once but then decided not to get it. However, having tried this from the Glambox, I freaking love it, and next time I need a night cream, I am going to get a full sized one.

Derma e Hydrating Night Creme

This is a cream colored, light weight cream. It smells just like bubblegum and is so wonderfully pleasant. It gets absorbed fast into the skin and is really hydrating. This is a crueltyfree, vegan, paraben free and gluten free product.

3 & 4) Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel & Aloe Bha Skin Toner – These are some Asian skincare samples from the brand Benton. The first one is a 5 ml sample of Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, that contains Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice 80% and Propolis Extract 10%. It’s a transparent gel that feels so soothing on the skin. I used it as the final step (as a moisturizer) in my skincare routine. It’s supposed to be unscented however I did find that it had a light, peculiar scent. It has a light and non sticky application.

Benton Aloe

Second one is the Aloe BHA 0.5 Skin toner – This is such a fantastic toner. I got only about 6 uses from the little sample bottle, but even from the very first use I found that even though it’s gentle, it even removes any traces of impurities or makeup that the cleanser might have missed out on. ‘Gentle but pretty powerful’ is how I wish to describe this product. It looks and feels just like water. I disliked it’s smell though. It feels like smelling chemicals. Other than that, it’s an awesome product. Loved it!

5) Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir sample – Oh!. This is probably one of the best Oud perfumes that I have ever tried out. It’s not overpowering at all yet lingers on the skin for a long while. I got 2 samples along with two pretty post cards.

Atelier Oud Cologne

Vouchers

Vouchers

1) A Vaniday gift voucher worth 40% off
2) A gift voucher worth 30% online discount at www.BeautyByEdge.com online store
3) An AED 100 gift voucher to spend at K Lynn Lingerie (on a minimum spend of AED 300).

Overall, I quite liked this box. Be it my first time ever trying Asian skincare or false eyelashes on, I loved my experience with it. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself?.

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Note: This Glambox was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

How to : Heal Nappy Rashes at Home!

When your little one gets a nappy rash, it’s really a testing time for you as a parent. Those harsh cries, painful face expressions… it’s enough to make you lose your sleep. Here are five tried and tested things for you to do at home, so that your baby’s nappy rash heals ultra fast!

● Cloth diapers – Stop using disposable diapers, since the sides of it will only chafe against the rash and make it worse. Use cloth or cloth diapers. These are gentle on the skin. Here are some that I use for my son :

Cloth diaper

This one was a gift from someone.

Cloth diaper

This one was bought from India. It’s by the brand Tinycare & costs Rs 85 (Approx AED 4.63). It has these convenient Velcro straps that can be adjusted according to the size of the baby.

Cloth diaper

This one was a gift from someone. It’s my favorite one. It has lots of press-on buttons on it that can be adjusted according to size of the baby. It’s by the brand GreenFuture.

Diaper panty

These are diaper panties. I got these from BabyShop and are by the brand Juniors. The blue one is really great to use. I haven’t used the white one yet because it’s for upto 12 months and is loose for him now.. The blue one costs AED 15 and the white one AED 12.

● Baby wipes – Stop using baby wipes as soon as you see the formation of rashes. The harmful chemicals in it, especially Propylene Glycol, creates a burning sensation for the babies and it makes them cry harder.

● Diaper rash cream – Using these help towards healing rashes faster. Apply it generously on the nappy area after bathing and after each time you wash it. I am currently using one from an Indian brand called Himalaya Herbals. If you are buying online, based on popular reviews, I recommend you try the Calendula Diaper Rash Cream by Weleda.

diaper rash cream

● Dusting powder -After using diaper rash cream or directly after bathing/washing nappy area, use a dusting powder there. This helps to absorb wetness and to calm down irritated/chafed skin. I am using the brand Abzorb. If you are buying online, based on popular reviews, I recommend you try the Silky Dusting Powder from Nature’s Baby Organics brand, which is a crueltyfree/vegan product.

Abzorb dusting powder

● The magical step – Fifth and final step, this makes the whole difference in the world. Do this just once and then itself you will notice a good difference and in three days time, nappy rash would be completely gone.. 100% guaranteed (in my experience!).

You will need to take couple of handfuls of whole coriander seeds and boil it in some water. No particular measurements here. Just a small pot full. It will have an intense color, since it’s concentrated.

After that, when you are running warm water to bathe your little one, strain the coriander seeds out and add some of the boiled water to it. This will look diluted but still, don’t worry, that’s all you need. Also, when washing the baby after s/he does a poopoo, wash using the coriander water. This works because coriander seeds have antiseptic properties and helps heal rashes and itchy skin.

I really hope these 5 little steps help your little one feel happy and rash free ♥

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Review : GlowRadiance Micellar Water!

I am quite excited about this product that I am reviewing today. It’s GlowRadiance’s Micellar Water (pronounced as my-cellar). It is a light weight, efficient cleansing water that removes impurities and all traces of makeup from your face easily.

GlowRadiance Micellar Water

It looks just like water but is a gentle, yet powerful cleanser. What I love the most is that it’s a non rinse formula!. Super convenient ♡. It’s also alcohol free, oil free and soap free.

This product can be used on eyes and lips too. It does sting a bit if you manage to get it in your eye, like I once did. So, be careful when applying on the eye area. It leaves skin feeling really refreshed, soft and decongested. In order to use it, soak a cotton pad with it and apply on your face. After that, simply follow it up with your toner and then rest of your skincare regimen. I highly recommend you try out this micellar water.

It’s packaged in a tall, pretty, transparent bottle with a golden lid. Most of what’s written on the bottle about the product, is in golden font which just enhances the rich feel of the brand. I have been using this for almost a month now and judging by the amount I have used up, I have a feeling that this bottle will last for about 4 – 5 months, which is really great!.

Price : AED 95 for a bottle containing 200ml.

GlowRadiance is a relatively new brand here in UAE. It is a high-end brand for skin and health supplements, that consists of a collection of lavish treatments for the face and body. All their products are medicated and available in pharmacies and online (www.basharashop.com).

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

OPI- Alice Through the Looking Glass- Movie Collab!

The world’s number one salon nail lacquer brand has gone positively mad!

Alice Through the Looking Glass

OPI is celebrating the release of Disney Alice Through The Looking Glass with a new Brights collection inspired by the film’s mad, crazy, wonderful characters and their latest adventures. The story takes Alice back to the whimsical world of Wonderland, where she time travels to save the Mad Hatter, who is not himself.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

The collection features eight insanely gorgeous limited-edition shades – each available in both lacquer and GelColor formulas, plus a bonus special edition nail lacquer. Everyone is sure to find their cup of tea in these bright, bold colors fit for storybook and real-life heroines alike. There’s strength in mesmerizing blues, nobility in gleaming alabaster and glittering gold, and more than a little madness in saturated hues of lilac, burgundy, red and fuchsia. 

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass

OPI Alice Through the Looking Glass

“We are thrilled at this opportunity to capture even more of Wonderland’s fantasy, adventure, and whimsy. These shades truly say ‘wear me’, and let Alice fans indulge in a little madness of their own.”said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador.

Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice Through the Looking Glass nail art

Price : All OPI nail lacquers at AED 49 

On Counter in : July 2016 

Point of Sale : Wojooh, www.wojooh.com, Sephora and all major nail salons

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Book Review : Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss!

Hey guys,

Today am reviewing a Science Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense, titled Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss. First let’s get to know the author a bit more :

Lee Strauss

Lee Strauss is the international bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery/Thriller), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction with over 775,000 books read. She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss and inspirational romance as Hope Franke.

Book Summary

Gingerbread man

When that cute chick you met online is murdered – but shows up for your next internet meeting anyway.

Marlow’s just a regular geeky college freshman with little to no experience with girls, so when he has a semi-flirtatious chat with a cute girl online, it’s almost more than his nerves can handle.

Then the girl is brutally murdered.

Or is she?

Marlow finds himself teamed up with intelligent and savvy Sage Farrell, a girl so far out of his league he feels blinded in her presence – literally – damned glasses! Together they work to find the identity of @gingerbreadman. Can they stop the killer before he strikes in more worlds than one?

My Review

We are introduced to Teagen, an introvert yet cute girl and Marlow, a geek, both students at Detroit University, who connect over internet and quickly become chat friends. They then try meeting up in person, which somehow doesn’t work, then they try sending pictures to each other which doesn’t get send and finally even video chat doesn’t work out. At first, the story was going on an OK pace and once these things started happening, along with some misunderstandings and such, I kind of started losing interest. I even felt it to be of a 3 star quality. But then things started happening, at a quicker pace and were explained. Alternate worlds, parallel universe, time travel – that’s what’s happening in this book (not really a spoiler).

It quickly got more interesting when Teagen is murdered in one world but is still living in another world. Seems like there are each of a person in each realm. It’s really interesting. Everything that the author writes, even though it seems of no importance at the time, all falls into place like a beautiful jigsaw puzzle. Marlow comes to the rescue of the still living, but missing, Teagen, along with the help of Sage, Teagen’s best friend and room mate. Sage is absolutely gorgeous while Marlow is a geek with no real girlfriend. The moments they share are really cute. Marlow is so modest while Sage knows he is definitely not her type. But still, there are sweet, chaste moments between them.

There are some amazing twists that you never would have even thought of but the mystery of who the rapist/murderer is is solved in a rather intriguing way. This investigation also turns out to be a journey (pun intended) of self discovery for Marlow, as he travels from realm to realm.

Such a freaking fantastic read!. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘really liked’ it.

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source : I got this book as a freebie for being a subscriber to a particular newsletter. All opinions are 100% my own.