Tuesday, 17 September 2019

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My Love of Art

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My Love of Art

Today, I want to talk to you about art I love. I'm in no way an expert, just a layman who loves what I see, so I can't wax poetic about it or anything. But I do love specific artists and subjects. All images can be clicked to be taken to the website page to learn more.
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Monday, 16 September 2019

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Review: Queen of Fury by Tracy Banghart

Queen of Fury by Tracy Banghart

Queen of Fury by Tracy Banghart

Published: 11th July 2019 | Publisher: Hachette Children's Books | Cover Designer: | Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Tracy Banghart's Website

Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again.

Nomi's sister, Serina, is far away on the prison island of Mount Ruin - but it is in the grip of revolution and Serina leads. The women there have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They will stop at nothing to gain freedom for the entire kingdom. But first they'll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, to build something better in its place.
From Goodreads.

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My other reviews of the Grace & Fury Duology:
Grace & Fury

WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

I received this eProof for by/free from Hachette Children's Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review.

Rep: Secondary dark skinned character, secondary lesbian characters in f/f relationship.

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Saturday, 14 September 2019


Witchcraft Isn't that Strange

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Witchcraft Isn't that Strange

Today I want to talk a little more about witchcraft, and explain some things. I know some people think it's weird, or that it's sinning, or that people who thinks it's nothing and those who practice are off their rocker. I have noticed, on Twitter at least, that since I've started talking about witchcraft, I've lost followers. So today I wanted to tell you something I told my mum to assuage her fears about my practice.
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Friday, 13 September 2019

Snapshot Stories #1

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Snapshot Stories #1

I am not a fiction writer in general. I've tried, but I really don't enjoy it. I don't have the patience for something that takes so long - I get bored very quickly in any endeavour that takes a long time to complete. And all that editing afterwards? Definitely not for me.

However, sometimes I see something out a window while people watching, and think "Who? What? Why?" Or I read a line in a book that is nothing in context of the story, but on it's own, it gets me thinking. I think "What if?" These questions spin in my brain until I create answers for them, and suddenly there's something. A scene or a character. And I can't help writing it down. They're so very short, they can hardly be called short stories, so I call them snapshot stories; just a moment in the life of the characters created. I thought I would share them with you, as and when I write them.
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019

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Being a Migraine Sufferer with Fragrance Sensitivity

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Being a Migraine Sufferer with Fragrance Sensitivity

I have suffered with migraines for almost as long as I can remember. What do migraines look like? They can be slightly different for each person, but mine tend to be extremely bad headaches, and exhaustion with nausea/vomiting, migraine aura (which is a visual disturbance, which for me is like those coloured blobs that appear if you look at a light for too long - except mine grow and get bigger, and end up blocking out everything so I can't see), and, very rarely, tunnel vision. Over the years, there has been so much trial and error with my doctor to find the right medication not only to treat, but to also prevent. Some didn't work, others had side effects - there was one preventative medication that kept me from sleeping, and a treatment medication that made it feel like a had a huge weight on my chest, with the weirdest sensation, and every time I moved, the weight and sensation would be unbearable, so I would have to lie completely still, feeling terrified.
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Monday, 9 September 2019

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Review: Heartstream by Tom Pollock

Heartstream by Tom Pollock

Heartstream by Tom Pollock

Published: 4th July 2019 | Publisher: Walker Books | Cover Designer: Maria Solar Canton | Source: Bought
Tom Pollock on Twitter

I just wanted to see you. Before the end.

A taut psychological thriller about obsession, fame and betrayal, for fans of Black Mirror.

Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can't believe that she's actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can't know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie.

Amy uses Heartstream, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother's degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It's the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable. But on the day of Amy's mother's funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She's rigged herself and the house with explosives - and she's been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want? Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.
From Goodreads.

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Rep: Lesbian MC, male secondary character who wears make-up.

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Saturday, 7 September 2019

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Witchcraft Introductory Books

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Witchcraft Introductory Books

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After yesterday's post on How I Came to Study Witchcraft, today I'm going to share with you some mini reviews of the introductory books to witchcraft I've been reading.
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