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Review: Brushstrokes

Where I was expecting an interesting historical fiction novel about late 1800's France in the time of the artistic revolution... Well, this isn't what I would consider interesting. Unfortunately, what starts out as an engaging narrative, voiced by a real-life portrait artist (who I had never heard of before requesting this novel), ends up in odd, semi-erotic accounts of a man's creepy love-at-first-sight obsession with a beautiful young woman, who is somehow in love with him within seconds, too.

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Updates: aka, why I disappeared

If I could sum up the last quarter of my 2018 in one word it would be 'crazy'. When I started this blog back in 2016, I'd just completed my GCSEs, just started dating my first (and only) serious boyfriend, and hadn't fully experienced the perilous joys of a night filled with apple sourz and… Continue reading Updates: aka, why I disappeared

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Review: Goodbye, Perfect

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard Date read: 9th July 2018 - 10th July 2018 Page count: 300 Genre: Young adult Format: Paperback (from local library) Rating: 4/5 I've read all three of Sara Barnard's books now, the first of which is reviewed here. I enjoyed her second quite a bit, but this book got enough going in me to warrant… Continue reading Review: Goodbye, Perfect

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Review: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne Date read: 13th July 2018 - 13th July 2018 Page Count: 348 Genre: Young Adult Format: Proof copy (borrowed from my sister, who got it from her school librarian) Rating: 4/5 I have also reviewed What’s A Girl Gotta Do? on this blog - another book by Holly Bourne. Go check… Continue reading Review: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

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Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer Date read: 10th July 2018 - 14th July 2018 Page Count: 341 Genre: Sci-fi/Horror Format: Hardcover (from local library) Rating: 3/5 I reviewed 'Annihilation' by Jeff VanderMeer here. This review will contain spoilers for that book, so make sure you've looked over that review first, or read the book! Or, you know, you just don't care and… Continue reading Review: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer


What I’m Going To Read This Summer

My exams are over, my fate is sealed. Now, to distract me from the every burning pain of waiting for my A-level results, I'm hoping to read quite a few books over the upcoming few months. Summer always tends to be the time of year when I end up barely reading anything, despite the massive… Continue reading What I’m Going To Read This Summer

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Review: The Ghost Engine by Theresa Fuller

The Ghost Engine by Theresa Fuller Date read: 7th June 2018 - 11th June 2018 Page count: 350 Genre: Steampunk (Science Fiction/Historical Fiction) Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley) Rating: 5/5 I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love a good Steampunk - especially a new good steampunk, and the market is unfortunately rather sparse… Continue reading Review: The Ghost Engine by Theresa Fuller

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Review: Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien

Queen of the North by Anne O'Brien Date read: 21st May 2018 - 25th May 2018 Page count: 512 Genre: Historical Fiction Format: Kindle Edition (arc from NetGalley) Rating: 5/5 I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Queen of the North is just as interesting, awe-inspiring and clever as I anticipated it to be.… Continue reading Review: Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien

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So I (kind of) Met My Favourite Author Of All Time…

Possibly the only good thing that comes out of living in a small town in the Welsh marches is the Hay Festival, a book festival in Hay-on-Wye, which is only just over an hour's drive from my home. I've gone pretty much every year since I was about eight (and probably before then too), and… Continue reading So I (kind of) Met My Favourite Author Of All Time…

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OPINION: Monarchy Schmonarchy

Welcome to Britain - a country renowned for its fish and chips, colonialism, football hooliganism, and, of course, our monarchy. As a long-term resident of this tiny little island, I have a lot of opinions on the things that have been going on recently here (don't get me started on the Brexit vote...), and I like… Continue reading OPINION: Monarchy Schmonarchy