Q&A with Klara from Magic Chest

Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a bookish subscription box from Magic Chest to review. If you read my review of that box here, you’ll know that I absolutely loved it. It was such a well put together box, with amazing contents and an incredible sounding book to go with it. Obviously, these incredible bookish subscription boxes don’t fall from the sky; there’s always some hard working individual/s behind them. So today, I’m having a chat with Klara, the brain-power and mastermind behind the Magic Chest box where we talk about what the box entails, inspiration and the inner workings of having your own business!

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Guest Post: Women in Fantasy by Shona Kinsella (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m delighted to welcome Shona Kinsella, author of Ashael Rising onto my blog to discuss women in Fantasy novels with a fascinating guest post. I’ve actually read through this post 3 times because I absolutely adore it and I think Shona sums up gender stereotypes absolutely perfectly – especially in stereotypical novels. You’ll also find all the information about Shona’s book plus a little giveaway at the end of the post!

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I have been reading fantasy novels for as long as I’ve been able to read and in the vast majority of those novels, the protagonist was male. This is actually a pattern that is true for all genres that I read – note that I don’t tend to read romance, which has a much higher occurrence of female protagonists. Continue reading

COVER REVEAL: The Collective by R.S Williams

I’m super duper excited to bring you a gorgeous cover reveal today! This book is by my friend and blogger Rhianne but you probably know her from her blog Little Novelist. I’ve heard about her writing journey and ventures, probably since I first “met” her on Twitter a year or two ago and have always known she was an avid writer and has always been working on something or another! I’m so happy to tell you that the time has come and her first novel is out on 30th January. Pirates? Check. Fantasy? Check. A gorgeous cover? Double check! Are you ready?… Continue reading

Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman 

6699637Format: Paperback, borrowed
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price …

Quentin Coldwater’s life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton he finds his interviewer dead – but a strange envelope bearing Quentin’s name leads him down a very different path to any he’d ever imagined.

The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power and, for a while, it’s a world that seems to answer all Quentin’s desires. But the idyll cannot last – and when it’s finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected … Continue reading

Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK
Blurb: One boy, one boat, one tiger . . .

After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan — and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years. Continue reading

Gina Dickerson’s Dream Movie Cast for Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening (& Giveaway!)

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in a weekend book blitz for Gina Dickerson’s book, ‘Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening’. I’ve read this book and it’s fab – I’d definitely recommend it for fantasy lovers. When I read a book – any book – I always try a picture who would play the characters in a movie. It helps me feel more in touch with the characters, knowing exactly what they look like so I’m hosting a guest post today from Gina and she’s picking her dream cast for her Mortiswood Series!

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Book Review: Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott

21328033Title: Straight to Hell
Author: Michelle Scott
Format: eBook, NetGalley
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads


Blurb: I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be. I was married to someone better looking than your husband, we lived in that house you always wanted. Within a year, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and my job hardly paid the bills. So when I was hit by a car and died, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Boy, was I wrong.

Hell was not the place I imagined. It was worse. During my brief stay, I learned some disturbing truths about my family. Most worryingly my ancestor’s deal with the devil promising him every female descendent as a succubus.

So these were my options: Life on earth as a soul-sucking seductress. Or death and pass the succubus baton to my sweet little daughter. There was no choice. Welcome to hell on earth, Lilith. Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon. Continue reading

Book Review: The Fallen Stars (The Star Child Series #2) by Stephanie Keyes

 

Here is all the information you’ll need about the upcoming tour for The Fallen Stars the second book in Stephanie Keye’s Star Child series.

17293205Title: The Fallen Stars (The Star Child series #2)

Author: Stephanie Keyes

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Blurb: When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

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Locks: Rapunzel Unhinged by Sarah J. Pepper

 

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Gunned down by the hottest killer in the history of the Badass Archives wasn’t exactly Rapunzel’s end-game. But when her reputable extraction skills fail, she uses unorthodox methods to gain her freedom from the Mercenary, whose icy blur eyes have serious panty dropping capabilities. Even though most girls wouldn’t fall for their would-be assassin, Rapunsel isn’t like most dames. Her major girl-boner for the Mercenary is so pathetically intense it verges on cliché.

Regardless, Rapunzel’s hands are tied. Love chooses its victims, not the other way around. She isn’t the stereotypical Damsel in Distress. Her Bad-Boy Prince Charming is a renowned mercenary and her “Happy Ending” plays out like a bad movie. However, she is determined to find her freedom – love be damned – and she’ll do it in a fabulous pair of heels. Continue reading

Movie Review: Hansel and Gretal (2013)

hansel-and-gretel-witch-hunters-poster-imageWhat it’s about: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Rating: 15

Director: Tommy Wirkola

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