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Snowflakes and Christmas Cakes: Book Review

I hate to sound like a grouch, but I’m not one of those people who gets overly excited for Christmas straight after Halloween. In fact, I’m more the sort of person who finds herself in a panic after Halloween because she hasn’t started Christmas shopping, and is constantly reminded of the fact by cute festive adverts and the wintery Costa Coffee cups. (Don’t you just love them this year though?!) Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas and everything that comes with it, I just can’t get excited too early because, y’know, there’s just so much to do. That doesn’t mean…

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Guest Post: My Journey of Inspiration for Fantasy Novels

Today I’m joining in on the Neverland Blog Tour for Barbara Underwood’s fantasy novel: Rhuna – The Star Child.  It’s  thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master. But how does author Barbara Underwood come up with such exciting ideas for her fantasy books. Keep reading to find out, and then why not enter the giveaway at the end of the post…? “A lot of people must wonder where Fantasy authors get their ideas, especially since they have to create worlds, characters, situations and topics that…

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Let’s Talk about That Harry Potter Photoshoot…

I’m sorry if the title of this post leads you to believe I’m going to have some controversial view on the Harry Potter photoshoot going viral, but I’m afraid this post is going to do exactly what it says on the tin. I genuinely do just want to talk about it. Or, rather, I want to share it with my readers and swoon some more. As I was scrolling aimlessly through Facebook just the other day, I noticed a Buzzfeed link nestled in between the numerous foodie photos, soppy statuses and shameless selfies: ‘Stop what you’re doing and look at…

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Guest Post: Brianna and Angelina’s Favourite Not-So-Popular books

This post is a guest post by Brianna from Fable’s Library. 🙂 Firstly, we want to thank Beauty, Books & Babble for letting us guest post 😀 THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS IS SUPER SUPER EXCITING! Angelina and I have a tendency to read not so popular books, well Angelina has this problem a lot more than I do, but she’s not alone, ok?! There are a lot of hyped books that do so well, then there are the other books that come out at the same time and survive on only 500 reviews and ratings! Today’s post is all…

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The book that broke my heart: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

It’s no secret that I adore a book that draws me to tears. There’s something quite magical about words on paper that have the ability to stir such strong emotions, and so when multiple people recommended Me Before You and insisted I would cry my little heart out, I couldn’t resist grabbing myself a copy even though I had no idea what the bloody thing was about. (And in case you’re wondering, they were right – I sobbed into my pillow the entire night after reaching the end.) Me Before You tells the story of quirky and colourful Louisa Clark,…

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Something Old, Something New: Excerpt and Blog Tour

After a long couple of weeks with no posts thanks to ruddy exams (one down, three to go!), I have something fun and exciting for you all. Today marks the start of the blog tour for Darcie Boleyn’s Something Old, Something New, and after reviewing her Wish Upon a Christmas Cake last year, I jumped at the chance to get involved. Sadly, I haven’t time to read the book yet due to the joys of university (#notreallyjoyousatall), and so today I have an excerpt from the book to whet your appetite. I wanted to wear my baggy old joggers but…

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Having a well-deserved #CalmDay

“Calm the mind, change the world.“ It’s no secret that I am stressed. Whilst juggling two part time jobs, a mathematics degree, numerous deadlines, plus blog posts and social media, my mind is constantly working overtime, even when I’m settled in bed ready to sleep. I struggle to find the time to put life on hold, breathe and just relax for a moment. Until, that is, Calm came into the picture. On Tuesday, I received a lovely ‘Keep Calm Package‘* from Penguin Random House (a special thank you to Kayleigh goes here!) to celebrate Michael Acton Smith’s Calm and take…

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Getting Lost in a Good Book: “Four Fictional Worlds I Would Love to Live In”

It’s Fridayyyy, and today I am over the moon to be part of the blog tour promoting A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. This is a sequel to the incredible A Darker Shade of Magic, and I cannot wait to stick my nose into my nice shiny copy. In the mean time, I’ll be finding out which fictional worlds V.E. Schwab would most like to live in, and I’ll be ending the post by telling you how to get your hands on your very own copy! So lets find out was V.E. Schwab had to say… “This is tricky,…

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A Shot of Bourbon: Cover Reveal

Today on Beauty, Books and Babble, I have an exciting cover reveal for you from BookFish Books. Their latest release is a YA contemporary novel called A Shot of Bourbon, and it’s written by A.C. Land. Set in a small American town and filled with love, murder and mystery, this book looks set to be a good one. So, shall we take a look at the cover?   Okay, so there’s a hunk on the cover. That makes me happy before I’ve even started the book! The cover was designed by Anita at Racepoint. Now let’s find out what the…