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Cross Her Heart | Review

Title: Cross Her Heart

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Sep 18 – 27 Sep 18

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

Description:

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Harper Collins and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Cross Her Heart | Review”

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The Alchemist | Review

Title: The Alchemist

Author: Paolo Coelho

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 23 Apr 18 – 13 May 18

Publication date: 01 May 1993 in English (orig. 1998)

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Classic, Philosophy

Description:

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. Continue reading “The Alchemist | Review”

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Strictly Saturdays: Week 7

Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to another edition of Strictly Saturdays. After last week‘s Halloween Spooktacular, we’re back to normal proceedings, no scary make-up and extravagant costumes, nope, it’s all about the dancing. I was pretty sad to see Seann and Katya leave last week, but it was probably time, so I need a new favourite to support. This year’s crop is that good that I am struggling to choose! Once again, I am on holiday which means that I have only managed to watch the Youtube Live Feed and not the full show so this will be a little lighter than a usual post, but I hope you enjoy the dancing! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 7”

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October: It’s a Wrap

Ahoy there mateys! It is I back to fight and read another day with a summary of October’s (less than stellar) reading performance. Now,m straight up I am going to say that I haven’t read that much. I am happy with what I read, but Florida is a big holiday both packing and preparing before, and then when you’re there. I bought some books with me to read and they haven’t been touched once they were removed from my bag, so the list is a lot shorter than it should be and is only as long as it is due to Charms Extra Credit Readathon being held this month. I have cracked another couple off the Book Riot Read harder challenge list this month too which has been nice as they’re getting harder now we’re through to the end of the year.

I’m actually in a bit of a book reading slump. You’ll see I’ve read a few things this month so you’re probably thinking that a slump isn’t the right thing to call it, but what I actually mean is reading physical books. You see all the reads this month are either graphic novels/comics, or audiobooks. I don’t know why it is but they’re the only thing appealing to me at the moment. I am really struggling to pick up an actual book and read it. Hopefully that will chance, and soon.

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Shadowblack | Review

Title: Shadowblack

Author: Sebastian de Castell

Rating: 2 Stars

Dates read: 22 Aug 18 – 20 Sep 18

Publication date: 27 Oct 17

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genre(s): Young Adult; Fantasy

Description:

SORCERY IS A SCAM . . .

Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he’s an even worse outlaw than he was mage. It doesn’t help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and whose secrets get them caught up in a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder. Now Kellen must find the mage responsible before the entire frontier falls victim to the mystical plague known as the shadowblack.

*I received an e-ARC of this book courtesy of Hot Key Books and Net Galley in return for a fair and honest review* Continue reading “Shadowblack | Review”

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Strictly Saturdays: Week 6 Spooktacular

Good evening ghouls and witches and welcome to 2018’s Strictly Spooktacular. Straight up honesty here, I haven’t seen the full show because they don’t broadcast it in the USA, but I don’t want to miss out so I’ve watched the new live stream they add on YouTube and checked out everyone’s dances and costumes and it all looked stunning. It’s nice watching it that way, all of the filler is cut and you can condense the show down to 20mins, but it means I didn’t get to see the pro dance at the beginning and didn’t get to see the training footage that is always fun in Hallowe’en week. So yes, this week will be a lot shorter than usual, but I’m still here and reviewing, yay! Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 6 Spooktacular”

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Strictly Saturdays: Week 5

Welcome one, welcome all to another Strictly Saturdays post. I don’t want to be the one who says this all the time, but, can you believe how fast this series is already going? Last week we said a very sad goodbye to some of my favourites Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez, they were the third pair to say goodbye to Strictly this year! I’m really excited about tonight’s show, I have done a lot of things to get ready for my upcoming holiday today and I have completely sorted a room in the house and begun tidying and cleaning my room ready for the trip, so I am looking forward to relaxing with some good dancing. I don’t want to have criticise everyone last week, but it was a little pedestrian for me, no-one shone and no-one nose-dived and it was a week that passed me by. Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays: Week 5”