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Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

The press email for this release dropped into my inbox with the title Hot Fae Summer, and I knew instantly I was going to be hooked on this book. I love me a read based in faerie and fae folklore, the magic system of the fae makes my blood sing. So a sister stolen by the Unseelie…

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No More Excuses For Football

I’ve woken up this morning filled with an overwhelming, burning shame to be British. Last night’s football game is the perfect example of the deep seated issues England currently faces. I am nothing short of mortified by the behaviour I’ve seen demonstrated by ‘football fans’ in the last 24 hours, but sadly, not surprised. Over…

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Chronic Illness & The Coronavirus Pandemic

When lockdown landed in the UK, I’d been quarantined for three weeks. A surgery at the end of February, a battered immune system and a nervous consultant meant we made the decision to batten down the hatches early. But in reality, I’d been social distancing for the best part of four years already. Most of…

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Books I Read in May & June

I’ll be honest, I’ve not been on it with the reading the last two months. Heavy deadlines at uni and chronic illness flare ups conspired to slow me down but that’s okay, it happens. I also broke my phone in June so lost all my old photos – including the bookish ones I saved for…

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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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