If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? *

This tag line is what instantly drew me to this book and I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I’d seen the title floating around a bit and heard some good things but not too much to make my expectations soar. Which I think is the best way to go into a book – with little to no expectations. But what I did know is that I was intensely interested in the story and what lay beneath the cover because even from the cover alone, I had a feeling this book would be special. 

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

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 “COVER REVEAL: The Collective by R.S Williams”

Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman 

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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: The Magicians by Lev Grossman ”

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 “Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel”

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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