• Book review: Serpent and Dove

    Serpent and Dove – Shelby Mahurin

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1) blurb: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s,…

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    Bookending Autumn: Every Witch Needs a Familiar

    Good evening bookworms! Yes… this is still going!! AND I created a new tab!! (Because I really couldn’t figure out where to put them…) This post is part of Bookending Autumn 2019, which is organized by Sam & Clo! The prompt for today, “Every Witch Needs a Familiar” is hosted by Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams! If you want to do this prompt, please don’t forget to link back to Jamsu’s post! Prompt Explanation: If you were a witch which magical creatures would you want as your familiar? Ooooh, I would totally have a cat…

  • Book review banner: Midnight Beauties

    Midnight Beauties – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 13 August 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies, #2) blurb: Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties – animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece. With her friends now trapped in their animal forms and imprisoned by Prince Rennar, Anouk is forced into a sinister…

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    Mini reviews: The #Reviewathon edition #1

    Good morning bookworms! We are OFFICIALLY just past a third of the way into ARC August, so I am keen to post some of my ARC reviews. Although I’ve been pushing through them so quickly (HUZZAH!) that I actually don’t have enough days to do full reviews for each book… so what’s a gal to do? Well, mini reviews seem like the best idea – and in fact, I might do a couple of these throughout the month! SHE’S GOT GAME – LAURA HEFFERNAN Release date: 13 August 2019Goodreads linkRating…

  • Book review: Darkwood

    Darkwood – Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

    Release date: 13 June 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Darkwood (The Darkwood Series #1) blurb: Magic is forbidden in Myrsina, along with various other abominations, such as girls doing maths. This is bad news for Gretel Mudd, who doesn’t perform magic, but does know a lot of maths. When the sinister masked Huntsmen accuse Gretel of witchcraft, she is forced to flee into the neighbouring Darkwood, where witches and monsters dwell. There, she happens upon Buttercup, a witch who can’t help turning things into gingerbread, Jack Trott, who…

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    Top 5… Gryffindors

    Good morning bookworms! Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘Gryffindor’ (it’ll all make sense in a minute. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! In the words of Shanah, let me explain how this one works: For each week of the month of February, we will be doing a different Hogwarts house! Each Hogwarts house is uniquely different in their traits…

  • Book review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

    A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

    Release date: 29 January 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely, #1) blurb: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed if a girl truly falls for him, and after so many failures, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive the streets of Washington,…

  • Book Review: The Wicked Deep

    The Wicked Deep – Shea Ernshaw

    Release date: 6 March 2018 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating: The Wicked Deep blurb (my copy had two different blurbs… not sure why): The Swan sisters arrived in Sparrow, Oregon, in 1822. Marguerite, the oldest, had long auburn locks, full lips and a sharp jaw. Aurora, the middle sister, boasted soft waves of hair and bright, full-moon eyes. And Hazel, the youngest, was the plainest of the three, with smaller features and hair that twisted into a tumbling braid. Each was beautiful, and each was misunderstood. A year later…

  • Grim Lovelies

    Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd

    Release date: 2 October 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1) blurb: Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the…

  • Book Review: The Price Guide to the Occult

    The Price Guide to the Occult – Leslye Walton

    Release date: 13 March 2018 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link The Price Guide to the Occult blurb: “Disaster can come in all shapes and sizes. It’s best to be prepared.” – Rona Blackburn, witch All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life on the sweet little touristy island she calls home. But then a mysterious book comes out, the island’s flora and fauna raise their hackles, and strangers and acquaintances alike begin sprouting ominous fern tattoos. A storm is coming. And it’s coming for Nor.…

  • Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett

    Release date: 15 January 1987 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link (link is for clothbound editions; pictures above are the versions I own, the paperbacks which I’m not entirely sure you can buy anymore) Equal Rites (Discworld, #3) blurb: The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check…

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    Top 5… characters I want as a best friend

    Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘characters I want as a best friend’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up! *** I cannot start this without Karou and Zuze from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I love them both so much! I love their sarcasm and witty comments, the way they look out for each other (particularly that…

  • Enchantment

    Enchantment – Orson Scott Card

    Release date: 1 January 1999 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ – 10/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Enchantment blurb: The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed.  Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death – while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below. Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return.  He finds the clearing just as he left it.  This time he does not run… Before I get into my review of…

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – JK Rowling with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

    Release date: 31 July 2016 Rating: ★★★ – 3/10 Goodreads link Book Depository link Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) blurb: The eighth story. Nineteen years later… It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.…