Guest Post: 8 Magical Questions for World-Building in Fiction, by Sasha Leigh

Magic is common in novels. Fantasy isn’t just for sci-fi fanatics who love quoting Spock anymore. It isn’t just vampires, witches, demons, and gods/goddesses, but whole new worlds. Places where it would be weird if you didn’t see a unicorn walking down the street because the myths we grew up hearing stories of are so believable, they are real to readers. Superheroes, angels, demons . . . anything goes.

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Book Review: The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter, by Kate Winter

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you’re dead.


When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter’s afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

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Blog Tour Book Review: Damsel in Distress? by Kristina O’Grady

A chance meeting that could scandalise the ton!


19th century England. Harriet is running for her life, chased by three men on horseback through Hyde Park. Knocked unconscious, everything goes black…

Philip, Baron Eaglestone, has never seen such a beautiful damsel in distress. And he’s even more intrigued when she opens her eyes, and begins to speak. Because this irresistible woman can only remember her first name, and has no knowledge as to who was trying to kill her… or where she is!

As Philip cares for Harriet, their attraction burns… and neither can shake the feeling that their chance meeting was truly a moment out of time. But if her memory returns, Harriet will be faced with a question. Will she return home or could it be that family is where her heart is – with a Regency rake!

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New Book: Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Lunch time found me wondering around Waterstones (as it so often does) and while picking up a treat for Mr in the shape of the new Patrick Rothfuss book, I got into a conversation with the very lovely lady who works there. (Who’s name I didn’t get, and now feel very rude about!)

After mentioning I was a book blogger and liked to try different things, she recommended Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. Eager as always to experience something new, I promptly bought it, and I have to say, it sounds awesome. I like that it’s something I think both Mr and I will enjoy so we can discuss it after (and yes, that does help me justify buying yet another book!)

Have you read this? Would you like to? I’d love to know what you think!

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Spooky Reads Week Recommendation: The Boy in the Cemetery

the boy in the cemetery

The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory has been a popular choice for Spooky Reads Week.

Candy and Lynsey have been reading it and they both love it, and Librarian Lavender has it lined up! You can read Candy’s review here.

I think it looks great, and will definitely be trying to squeeze it in at the weekend. Either way, it’s right near the top of my TBR list!

The Boy in the Cemetery was released on 29th of October 2014 by Carina UK.


The Blurb:

This is the story of a girl who didn’t want to live…

Carrie Anne is desperately unhappy. Tangled in a web of abuse, she seeks solace in the cemetery that backs onto her garden. But something creeps between the gravestones. Carrie Anne is not alone

…and a boy who cannot die.

The cemetery is home to a boy. He has guarded these forgotten bones since meeting a gruesome end two hundred years ago. Neither dead nor alive, he has been watching for a long time. And now, he finally has the visitor he’s been waiting for…


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Book Review: Grim Crush, by S. L. Bynum

Can love overcome Death?

Grim Crush

1. Do not interfere with someone’s death. 2. Do not become emotionally involved. 3. Do not show yourself to the living.

As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don’t apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn’t the latest teen craze.

Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she’s irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking Rule Two, even while collecting dead souls behind Shilah’s back. It isn’t long before she is caught red-handed by the Angel of Death himself, and then not only is her relationship at risk, but also Shilah’s soul. And this leaves Xia wondering: can love overcome Death?

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Book Review: From Notting Hill with Four Weddings…Actually, by Ali McNamara

Indulge in all your favourite rom-coms at once with this warm, fun tale of what happens when you really live the glitz and the glamour.

From notting hill

Movie addict Scarlett O’Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she’s dreamed of – but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread.

Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, planning her wedding to handsome fiancé, Sean, with best friends Oscar and Maddie – life couldn’t be better.

But then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling, Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamorous. As she begins to experience the other side to being rich and famous, it’s not only Scarlett’s perfect wedding that’s put in jeopardy, but her whole world.

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Book Review: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Who are you? What have we done to each other?

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

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Book Review: A Special Delivery, by Clare Dowling

A family. A dark secret. And a little bundle of joy.

A Special Delivery by Clare Dowling

Aisling Brady is miserable. So is her husband Mossy. The three kids are too. Yet nobody dares say a thing. Instead, the Bradys keep their heads down and grimly look forward to another miserable Christmas in Dublin. What Aisling doesn’t know is that – this year – they will get the most unexpected gift of all. One that will bring joy and heartbreak, hope and a string of sleepless nights. As their world is turned upside down, questions have to be asked. But are the Bradys ready to face the truth about themselves? And what each of them has done?

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