Book Excerpt: The Goblins of Bellwater

The Goblins of Bellwater Written by Molly Ringle 288 pages Published by Central Avenue Publishing Publication date: 1st October 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a…

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragon Pearl

Dragon Pearl Written by Yoon Ha Lee 304 pages Published by: Rick Riordan Presents (Disney Book Group) Publication date: 15th January 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To…

Author interview: Katie Ward

Author Interview: Katie Ward Today I am delighted to welcome Katie Ward to the blog to talk about her writing process and what you can expect to see from her next – don’t miss my review of her debut novel, The Pretender! About the Author: Katie Ward always knew she wanted to write for a…

Book Review: The Pretender (+ Giveaway!)

The Pretender Written by Katie Ward 224 pages Published by Katie Ward Publication date: 27th August 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): France 2000: Two babies are born on the same day just two hours apart – but to very different lives. Isabella is a Princess and heir to the French throne, while Sophia is born into…

Waiting on Wednesday: Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane Written by Joan He ~400 pages Published by Albert Whitman Publication date: 2nd April 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): “Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.” Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into…

A Letter to My Unpublished Self

Today, I am lucky enough to be joined by Lucy Van Smit, with a letter to herself before she became a published author. Thank you for joining me Lucy! LETTER TO MY UNPUBLISHED SELF   To the teenage Lucy, You’re not as ugly as you think. Pay less attention to others around you. They’re not…

Library Loot: Birds, Cages and Secrets

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time…

Harry Potter – You’re Not Good Enough!

Harry Potter: You’re Not Good Enough! Harry Potter, you’re just not good enough – which character would you choose? I saw this on Kay’s blog, over at Hammock of Books and thought it looked like fun! Rules: Write 30 character names on pieces of paper. Put them in a jar/mug/cup. (I used my Harry Potter…

Waiting on Wednesday: Fierce Fairytales

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul Written by Nikita Gill 176 pages Published by Hachette Books Publication date: 11th September 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women. Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and…

Nerd Poured Candle Crate: Dreaming of Ghibli

NPCC: Dreaming of Ghibli This is the second month that I have ordered this new candle subscription box from Geeky Clean, with three candles, a bookmark and an enamel pin delivered to your door every month. I previously bought the theme for July – For the Love of Books. The website describes the crate like…

Book Review: My First Book of Gymnastics

My First Book of Gymnastics Written and illustrated by Rida Ouerghi 32 pages Published by Quarto Publishing Group Publication date: 4th September 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): My First Book of Gymnastics gets young readers moving with 10 playful exercises, accompanied by step-by-step instructions and illustrated characters kids will love. It’s never too soon to teach the benefits…

Six for Sunday: Favourite Blog Posts

Six for Sunday: Favourite Blog Posts that you have written This is quite a hard prompt to think of answers for… I have been book blogging for a year now, plus have several posts on language learning, teaching, travel and lifestyle. I have been attempting to post every day, with a mixture of book reviews,…