Sunday, July 20, 2014

Melted - Beezy Tarts / Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake - 'Yummy cake with a hint of watermelon.
What says summer like watermelon?  And since I seemed to be grabbing all the cake scents in the limited Beezy stock when I ordered, watermelon cake seemed perfect.  This was a nice sweet cake scent, with an addition helping of sweetness from the light watermelon note.  This was more of a bright and fun cake scent, instead of some of the warmer, cozy cake scents you'll find.  At times it even seemed almost like strawberry instead of watermelon.
I melted half of this scent shot in my tea light warmer was bummed to find this was a much lighter scent than previous Beezy tarts that I've melted.  It was still a healthy medium strength scent, but was noticeably lighter than the banana and orange-caramel ones I recently had.  A bit of a bummer there but still a great scent.

Melted - Beezy Tarts / Banana Walnut Cake

Banana Walnut Cake - 'A true banana walnut cake. You can almost taste the brown sugar, fresh bananas, and freshly crushed walnuts.'


Another yum-tastic scent from Beezy.  At first I just kept thinking this was a really nice banana nut bread scent but when I would stop and focus a bit more, the cake note was indeed there.  This was a warm, comforting bakery scent.  The banana was there right away but it was not candy-like, and was not a summery fruity type scent.  The warm sweetness of the brown sugar mixed with the cake note, and the touch of nuttiness made this such a nice homey scent.  There even seemed to be just the teeniest hint of spice every once in a while.

I melted half of this scent shot in my tea light warmer and had nice strong scent.

Read - City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire
by Cassandra Clare
2014
725 pages

'Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?
'

*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***

This is the sixth and final book in the Mortal Instrument series, and ohhhh what a journey it's been.  I'd had sort of a love/hate relationship with the series.  I was definitely looking forward to the end, to reading this book, to see how things would be wrapped up.  I was not thrilled to see that this was a beast of a book, over 700 pages long.  I couldn't decide if that was good because there was a lot of story to tell, or bad because it was going to be dragged out with filler or side stories that didn't need to be added at this point.  Turns out it was a bit of both.

I'm a bit surprised at how much I liked this book.  It wasn't to the point of me loving it and not being able to put it down, but it was an improvement over how I felt about some of the others.  The author seemed to reel things back in and keep on track better this time.  The previous book seemed to venture so far out into more and more side stories, and into such farfetched plot lines that I had a huge fear this finale was going to be some completely horrid over the top mess.  What a pleasant surprise that it wasn't!

There were some things that didn't seem to really need to be there, like pretty much the whole werewolf storyline.  I realize she had to wrap up their part of the story but it just seemed weak and pointless.  I found myself skimming over a lot of that.  Also skimmed over some of the longer descriptive parts or the longer sappy parts.  At 725 pages, you get tired of reading and want to get to the end!  And the author did spend quite a chunk of this book setting up her next series, which I was a bit bummed about.  This book could have been a more manageable size without so much time laying the foundation for a new series.  (I'm not sure yet if I'll even read that series.)

I think things fit together nicely in this book.  There was the occasional 'Really?' *eye roll* moment along the way but overall I think most things kept on track and all roads led to the final battle.  I was glad to see that even that big climax was quite well done, quite tame actually.  Let's face it, we all knew Sebastian was going to die and that Clary would save the world.  It was just a matter of how.

And then the emotions came.  The last 100 pages or so . . . wow . . . I think I was in some form of sniffling or sobbing all the way to the end.  This was all the tying up loose ends, wrapping up story lines.  There were reunions, and coming to terms with things, and separations.  Alec and Magnus clinging to each other when it looked like their only hope was for Magnus to sacrifice himself.  Jocelyn crying as a cleansed Sebastian died.  Clary finally allowing herself to cry for everything.  And Simon.  O - M - G, how cruel is Cassandra Clare to do that to Simon and all who loved him?  That was heartbreaking, yet strangely awesome, somehow harder to deal with than death.  Although I'm somewhat happy with how his story eventually ended, it seemed like a muddy middle ground.  I was hoping it would have ended with just a glimmer of recognition, or maybe him being able to see Clary, Izzy, and Magnus standing there when they were glamoured.  Ya know?  End it with the reader wondering.

I was hugely disappointed that we still don't know what the deal is with Church, the cat?!

In the end, I think this was probably one of the better books in the series.  I'm both sad and relieved to see it end.  And I tell ya, it really makes me want to go back and watch the City of Bones movie again!

Have you read this book/series?  What did you think?  Will you read the next series?

Melted - Beezy Tarts / Orange Caramel Cake

Orange Caramel Cake - 'White cake with a dash of orange oil, covered in sweet whipped buttercream, drizzled with caramel sauce.

LOVED this one.  There was a definite, delicious cake note in this, maybe more like a pound cake in that it was not overly sweet.  The caramel note enhanced that cake note, both warmed and sweetened it.  And then the bit of orange brightened it all up a bit.  The orange was never really distinct enough on its own, but did lend itself nicely to the scent overall.  Ohhh, this was good.

I melted half of this scent shot in my tea light warmer and had nice strong scent with decent throw.

If I ever order from Beezy again, I hope this is available!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Melted - Beezy Tarts / Strawberry White Cake

Strawberry White Cake - [no scent description]

I got this as a freebie in my order and was excited to see it at first.  Once I sniffed it though, I was a little uncertain.  It seemed way more candy-like that I would have expected, with almost a powdery note.  I thought maybe the cake note would come through once it was melted, and sort of warm things up, but it didn't.  This was a very sweet strawberry scent, with some note that I can't quite pinpoint that sort of killed this for me.  I keep wanting to say it was like a 'sour' note, but I know that's not right.  I keep wondering if it's something like a cream cheese note?  I don't know but I don't really get any cake note, barely any type of bakery note at all.  This is much more a candy or maybe even jam type strawberry, verrrry sweet.

I melted this 1.2 oz. donut tart in my tea light warmer and had strong scent and throw.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Melted - BH&G / Brownie Pecan Pie

Brownie Pecan Pie - [no scent description]

Loved this on cold sniff, so rich and gooey and sweet, but once warmed I didn't care for it nearly as much.  I think maybe more of the chocolate scent came out, and I'm iffy on chocolate scents in home fragrance.  There is a deep, rich sweetness and the nutty note does come through.  It's very much a dessert-y scent. 
 
I melted two cubes of this in my tea light warmer and had strong scent.  Maybe it was a bit too rich to be so strong and that's why I didn't like it as much.  This is nice in small doses.  You have been warned.  lol

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Melted - Mainstays / Hazelnut Cream

Hazelnut Cream - [no scent description]

Way back when I first got into tarts, many years ago, before the wax world exploded in popularity, the first tart I had was hazelnut cream.  I wasn't quite sure what to make of these newfangled wickless candles but I knew I was frustrated with poorly performing candles and was willing to give that curious little piece of wax a try.  I was blown away by it, and have been hooked ever since.  I can't say for sure whether that tart was a Mainstays brand hunk of wax, but I do remember I'd found it at either Walmart or Kmart and it was a 'no name' type item.

Jump up to present time and Walmart's Mainstays brand introduced their own clamshell tarts earlier this year.  When I saw Hazelnut Cream scent, I knew that was the one I wanted to try first, for sentimental reasons if nothing else.  I automatically assume that hazelnut cream is a coffee scent.  The big ol' mug of coffee on the cover reinforces that assumption.  My brain is automatically telling me there is coffee in this scent.  But is there?  This is very heavy on the nuttiness of the hazelnut.  Could my brain be inserting coffee into that?  There is also a thick creaminess that adds warmth and a touch of sweetness.

I melted two cubes of this in my tea light warmer and was happy to have strong scent and throw.  Some time later I decided to melt the remaining four cubes in my Glade 20 watt hot plate warmer and let me tell you, I think there really is something to be said for 'less is more.'  I only seemed to get a medium scent that time, with lesser throw.  Still, this has given me a bit of confidence in this Mainstays line and I will feel free to try other scents now that I know they're probably not weak.

But will someone tell me if there really is coffee in this scent?  LOL