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15 Ways I’m Hunting for Summer Magic

This week’s solstice marks the official beginning of summer, even if the weather hasn’t quite gotten the memo yet. It’s no secret that autumn is my favourite season, but I’m a big believer in making the most of every day, even when they come in my least favourite season… It’s not summer’s fault really. I am super…

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How I Balance Reading For School With Reading For Fun

One of the questions I get asked most on Instagram, is how I manage to read so much for fun, when I’m already juggling an extensive reading list for Uni. The short answer is I love reading, so I prioritise it. You can’t really be doing a Creative Writing MA without a love of reading,…

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Books I Read In April

April started as a great reading month then disintegrated into nothingness as deadlines crept closer. It’s okay, they can’t all be killer reading months. A big chunk of my reading time was swallowed by Leigh Bardugo books. I know, I’m very late to this party. Embarassing fact, it was only when Ninth House came out…

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Review: In The Ravenous Dark – A. M. Strickland

Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for an advanced copy of this book! Where to even begin with this book! In The Ravenous Dark is right up my street, a pansexual bloodmage starting a rebellion and overthrowing the evil monarchy? Yes please. It’s a complex dark fantasy and quite uniquely, a standalone. In Thanopolis, magic is rare and runs in the blood of those blessed, or…

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Review: Shadow and Bone on Netflix (No Spoilers)

Six different essays due, and another four pieces of creative writing, but you know I took 24 hours off to watch the new Shadow and Bone Series on Netflix. I’ve had so many Instagram messages since the series launched, asking whether you should read the books first. There’s no simple answer to this, no, you…

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Books I Read in March

Let’s ignore how late I am with this one and dive in, shall we! I started off slow in March and then I read like 7 books in the last week. That’s just how it goes sometimes, peaks and troughs, but there are some gems in this round up! Links are affiliate! Act Your Age Eve Brown…

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A New Vlog! Bookstores reopen & a forest hike

I’m terrible at promoting YouTube videos, I’ll spend a week filming a vlog, two hours editing and then tell no one about it. So I’m trying to rectify that! Last week bookstores reopened and I decided to bankrupt myself by visiting them all. Great plan I know. Anyway this is a slow cosy vlog, expect…

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Review: For The Wolf – Hannah Whitten

Thank you Orbit Books for the Advanced Copy of this book! Okay so a rhetorical question, are you interested in a dark, atmospheric, fairy tale inspired, biting fantasy novel, set in a forest, with a half man half tree love interest? OF COURSE YOU ARE. When I tell you I hoped, prayed and pleaded for an advanced copy of this book, I’m not kidding. I…

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Book Review: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Thank you to Harper Voyager for gifting me an advanced copy of this book – I was under no obligation to share but I loved it so much I couldn’t resist! I have so many thoughts and I’m not entirely sure how to unspool them but let’s give it a go! This book is a contemporary urban fantasy with witchcraft and elements of fairytale & folklore. It’s a tense, slow build to start with, that unravels into a lush read that I found…

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