Author: Laura

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

‘The King might be praying for me but it was three years and more since I had last seen him. Three years and more since I had been married and widowed. Three years during which I had rejected the possibility of this union. Yet now I stood on the threshold of a new life.’ As an avid fan of historical fiction, I was really pleased to discover a new historical fiction writer last year: Anne O’Brien. I read two of her books, The King’s Concubine and The Forbidden Queen, and really enjoyed them…. Read more »

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Life Lately #5

Life Lately #5

I’m back with one of my infrequent updates! I can’t believe January is nearly over already! Whilst Christmas now seems like a distant memory, this month has seemed to fly by at the same time, although I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of it. I always find January to be quite a gloomy month, and this one has been no exception. For one thing the weather has been very cold and dreary here in England (more so then usual!), and whilst every year I hope for snow,… Read more »

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#writerproblems

#writerproblems

You simultaneously think you’re an undiscovered literary genius and the worst writer to ever hold a pen. You’re in the midst of a great writing session and your fingers are flying across the keyboard, and you’re thinking to yourself ‘this is pure gold!’ Then you read it back, and your self-esteem and entire self worth as a writer plummets past your feet. Awesome. People keep asking you what your book is about. Do you want the long version or the short version? The short version? Oh, sorry, there isn’t one…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Mini Reviews: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been meaning to review these books for simply ages, but have been struggling to decide how to put into words my absolute adoration of this duology…so prepare for some serious gushing! It actually took me a long time to get round to reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, even though they’ve been on my book radar for some time. I think a large part of the delay was my fear of the hype – a few well hyped series I’ve read haven’t lived up to my expectations (ahem, The Raven Boys, I’m looking at you!), and… Read more »

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Who are your writer idols?

Who are your writer idols?

Everyone has an idol, or hero: perhaps a Hollywood actress, or a talented athlete, or a scientist, or even just a favourite teacher or a family member. We all have that person (or people) who we look up to and admire, and who we aspire to be more like. For bookworms and writers alike, those people are often writers: writers whose books we have loved, whose careers we admire, whose creativity we aspire to, or even just writers who we consider to be wonderful people (maybe they make a lot of time… Read more »

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What’s your preferred length of book?

What’s your preferred length of book?

Recently I was thinking about some of my favourite books and series, and I suddenly realised that most of them are really, really long books! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example is my favourite HP book, and that clocks up to an epic 766 pages! Similarly The Lord of the Rings is several thousands of pages long collectively, George R.R. Martin’s books are generally 800+ pages, and Brandon Sanderson’s first two Stormlight Archive books are 1124 and 1088 pages respectively. So I think it may be fair to say that’s I like big… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

Mini Reviews: The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen

I’ve been meaning to write reviews for these two books for so long that I’ve decided to just condense them into some little mini-reviews, so here goes! The Boleyn Deceit and The Boleyn Reckoning are the second and third books in Laura Andersen’s alternate history trilogy about what would have happened if Anne Boleyn had had a surviving son. I read the first book The Boleyn King a while back and enjoyed it, but didn’t find it to be particularly memorable, so to my surprise I absolutely loved the second and third instalments!… Read more »

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5 Things To Love About New Year

5 Things To Love About New Year

Happy New Year everyone! Despite the festivities that generally accompany the start of a New Year, I personally tend to find it quite a depressing time of year. It signifies yet another year gone by, and often there’s that feeling of ‘how the hell is it that time of year again?’ and ‘where has all that time gone?’ It also doesn’t help that January itself can be a somewhat grim month, with the cold, wintery weather not even being offset by the excitement of Christmas on the horizon. However, there are… Read more »

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Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

Best of 2016 (and my 2017 Resolutions!)

2016 is rapidly drawing to a close, and as a whole, I think the world will breath a huge sigh of relief when 2017 dawns! It’s been a strange and turbulent year, from the huge shocks that were Brexit and Donald Trump becoming President, to the horrible acts of violence you see everyday on the news and a multitude of sad and shocking celebrity deaths. However, all that comes as a strange contrast to me, as on a personal level this has been a pretty good year. There have been ups and… Read more »

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Life Lately #4

Life Lately #4

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these posts! Although I guess I’ve been kind of lazy all round in terms of blogging this month: it’s certainly gone downhill from my super productive November. As I imagine is the case for most people, the lead up to Christmas has been pretty hectic. Despite my best efforts, I ended up leaving a lot of my Christmas shopping a lot later than I would have liked, and as I work on a supermarket delicatessen it gets crazy busy around this… Read more »

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