Tales of the World | A Dream Crate

Hey guys! Today’s post is a little different – I thought that it would be fun to put together my very own Loot Crate! The lovely people over at Loot Crate put a project together where fans can highlight what they’d put together for their own ‘Dream Crate’. If you’re unfamiliar with who Loot Crate is, they offer all sorts of geek crates and gifts for fans (and anyone else, really) to enjoy.

The theme I’ve decided to go with is ‘Tales of the World’ – loosely inspired by classic fairy tales and the many, many retellings and adaptations that have been made over the years. So without further ado, here’s some of the things I’d include:

Beauty and the Beast Music Box

There are many different songs I probably could’ve chosen, but I saw this particular music box and had to include it on this list. I love how the two characters are just waltzing around to the iconic song from the movie. It might also have something to do with the fact that I just recently watched the live-film adaption of Beauty and the Beast, but seriously, it’s so good. Continue reading


Roseblood by A.G. Howard: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!


Happy release day to Roseblood – or should I say ROSEBLOOD – by A.G. Howard! I am yet to read this book, but judging from the raving review and synopsis, it seems to be living up to the hype and I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

I’m happy to announce that yes, there is a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and Mask! Unfortuately, this giveaway is only open to residents in the US, so if you happen to live outside the States (like myself), I’m optimistic that there will be other opportunities to win more bookish goodies. However, if you are interested, all the details are further down in this post.

About The Book:


Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: January 10, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. Continue reading

Foodie Fiction

Foodie fiction

Hey everyone! I have something really exciting to share with you today: a guest post from author E.R. Murray! I’m really to be able to share this with you. I’m currently in the midst of reading her YA book, Caramel Hearts, and there will be a review of that very soon! But I’ll stop rambling and hand over to Elizabeth!

Cake and sweet recipes play an integral role in Caramel Hearts; they structure the narrative but also provide Liv with an insight into a mum she barely remembers – a mum before alcohol took over – and presents her with a chance to be good at something, to escape her unhappy life, if only for a while.

I love to see food in books and stories, so here are a few of my favourite food in fiction moments…

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Food that makes you grow and shrink so you can go on adventures – what’s not to love? As for the iconic Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – I still dream up invite lists for my own! Continue reading

TSAR’S GUARD PARADE | Imperial Russia

I’m so honoured to be a part of the Tsar’s Guard Parade! To celebrate The Crown’s Game, I have a compiled a fairly comprehensive infopost about the context of the book, which is set in Russia during the mid to late 1800s. I may have overemphasised on economy and societal reforms, but it’s educational and hopefully informative!

There is also a giveaway so stay tuned!

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Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Imperial Russia: Mid-late Nineteenth Century (an infodump)

• Russia’s population at the time was substantially larger than the other Western nations. The majority of people, however, lived in rural areas and were working in agriculture with outdated technology and techniques. Continue reading