Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

‘A queen – a raging and fiery and perhaps more than a little cruel – had found him tonight…Despite the dirt and blood on her, Aelin’s face was tan and flushed with colour, and – different. Older, as if the stillness and power she radiated had honed not just her soul but also the very shape of her.’ Warning: Spoilers When the long-awaited fourth Throne of Glass book was released and the flood of reviews started coming in, it’s fair to say I was a little worried. Despite the Throne of Glass books’ status as a hugely loved series in the… Read more »

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A Trip to Chester Zoo

A Trip to Chester Zoo

On Saturday my boyfriend and I decided to take a little day trip up to Chester Zoo, so I thought I’d do a quick post to share some of my animals snaps! It was a fairly overcast day, so at first a lot of the animals seemed to be hiding (and going to a zoo and seeing no animals is just the worst!), but thankfully by the end of what was a lovely day, we had seen all the animals we wanted to see. Elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, penguins, jaguars, meerkats…you name it we saw it. Unfortunately I didn’t… Read more »

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My Five Desert Island Books

My Five Desert Island Books

Everyone is familiar with the classic question – ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, what (x amount of things) would you want with you?” Now aside from the obvious survival/getting back to civilisation equipment which is commonly regarded as cheating (eg. a boat, food etc.), personally I would want books. After all, once you’d finished exploring the desert island (and hopefully not been eaten by any wild animals), it would probably get boring pretty fast, and without electricity you’re not exactly going to be watching The X Factor and perusing Youtube for hilarious talking dog videos. The more difficult question… Read more »

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Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life…My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’ As someone who reads a lot of fantasy, there is a danger that all the books I read can become a bit samey (eg. a lot of LOTR rip offs). So its been pretty refreshing lately that I’ve not only read the uniquely wonderful Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson but also The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss… Read more »

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What makes a character relatable?

What makes a character relatable?

One thing that can really affect how much you like a character is how relatable you find them, but what does that actually mean, and what exactly is it that makes a character relatable? Personally, I think being relatable is all about how convincing a character is as a person. All people experience emotions like happiness, sadness, love, hate, fear, anger, loneliness, so when we read about a character going through those emotions and it is convincing, then I think we recognise it and therefore relate. For example, a character in a fantasy novel with crazy magical abilities we could… Read more »

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10 Random Facts About Me

10 Random Facts About Me

1. My parents called me Laura after listening to the Jimmy Nail song ‘Laura’ whilst thinking of baby names. I think the song might actually be a cover, but it goes ‘But now I know, Laura, summer is a lonely place. Oh, Laura, I wish I could see your face.’ You really wouldn’t think there would be much of a story behind having such an ordinary name as ‘Laura’ would you? 2. Some of my earliest works of fiction was a story about talking rabbits and a fantasy tale called ‘The Tewkesbury Tales’. The whole rabbit thing came about after I read and became obsessed… Read more »

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Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Review: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

‘“What do you want?” she whispered. You know what I want. You’ve always known. And she did. She had sensed it in the moment when she had touched the thing. Ruin, she called it. It had very simple desires. To see the world come to its end.’ So, I finally did it: I completed Brandon Sanderson’s epic Mistborn trilogy. Before reading this series I had been meaning to read some of Sanderson’s books for ages, and I wasn’t disappointed, as I absolutely loved this! I am now super excited to read some of his other books (I particularly have my… Read more »

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A few blog changes…

A few blog changes…

Recently, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes to my blog, and I was hoping to get some readers’ thoughts. I kind of want this space to feel even more ‘me’ than it does already by incorporating more areas of my life into it, other than just the bookish and writing side. I was thinking of occasionally doing personal/lifestyle type posts, and I had considered adding the odd photography or arty post here and there. The literature part of this blog also seem to have fallen more by the wayside in recent months, so I’d quite like to revive that… Read more »

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How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

How Writing By Hand Cured My Writer’s Block

Writers tend to fall into two categories; those who swear by writing by hand (at least for a first draft) and those who almost never do it. Until last week I would have placed myself firmly in the latter category: as a younger writer I’ve always had access to a computer and word-processing software, and seen as I type faster than I can write I’ve always felt like my handwriting can’t keep up with my train of thought. However, when I found myself a little low on inspiration last week I decided it was time to mix things up. Anything… Read more »

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Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

‘Is today a good day to die? This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up. In third period when I’m trying to keep my eyes open while Mr. Schroeder drones on and on. At the supper table as I’m passing the green beans.’ Warning: Spoilers This is another one of those super-hyped books that it has taken me forever to get round to reading, and whilst I did enjoy it, I do feel like it didn’t quite meet my expectations. All The Bright Places tells the story of two high school students, Theodore Finch and… Read more »

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