*I was gifted this book from Macmillian via the Swansea Blogger Collective at Waterstones Swansea*

I am extremely excited to share this book with you guys because it’s a book that I’m in dire need of people to read. You won’t regret it, I promise. Enchantèe is set in a France where Marie Antoinette is still Queen and a revolution is slowly brewing. We follow Camille and her younger sister, Sophie, who are trying to make ends meet in a country where the rich continue to thrive whilst the poor are left to fend for themselves with no support.

Hand on heart, I’m in love with this book. It’s was gorgeously written, full of magic and wonder as well as the scandal of the French court. I’ve never read a book set in France during this time frame but I fell in love with it. Everything from the tiny, creeky house that Camille and Sophie lived it to the Palace. Everything was explained so vividly. I was whisked away by it all.

Camille was a really strong female lead in my opinion. She took hold of her own fate more often than not in the book and I loved reading that. She had flaws which she admitted and apologised for and it made the character feel so much more realistic. There are times when I really struggle to find a main character likable for one reason or another but Camille was someone that I felt that I could get along with in real life. She’s fiercely protective of the people she loves and would put her life on the line for them.

The only issue I had with her and a little bit of the plot was when it came to romance. Her judgment waivered a lot when it comes to her love interest and it was like she forgot all the other issues that she had going on in her life and just focused on the guy. The romance aspect of the book, whilst I loved it, did feel a little heavy-handed a times. But that was my only real issue with the book and even then, I wouldn’t exactly call it an issue.

I would really recommend this book if you’re a lover of magic because it handled this aspect so well. It wasn’t just checked in there as an afterthought, you can tell how much effort had been put into the workings on the magic in this book and all the little details that tie into the plot. And I always appreciate things like that.

This book is definitely towards the top of my favourite books for the year which is why I’m giving it a four-star rating!

Let me know if you guys have read/are planning on reading Enchantèe in the comment or on my twitter @acupofsai. I love having bookish chats with you guys!

Love

Sai xo

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classics bram stoker dracula fiction vampire

I feel like it’s been an absolute age since I’ve sat down with a classic. I’ve just not been in the mood to read one and not had any new ones in my bookshelf. Dracula has been a classic that’s been on my list to read for so long though. So, when I went into Waterstones the other day I couldn’t help but pick it up. View Full Post

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bujo bullet journal february goals

The longest month in the year is finally behind us and I know I’m not the only that’s glad it’s behind us. A new month means setting some new goals and reviewing the ones from January.

Reviewing January

The full list of my January goals are over here if you guys want to have a look. I only set myself four goals because I thought it might ease me into the new year a bit more. Especially since I haven’t set proper monthly goals before. And yet I still only managed to her through half of them. I managed to smash through my goals of reading two books within the month and got through four. Now, that was a bit of a surprise since I had exams but never underestimate the power of procrastination.

I did get around to practicing a bit more self care though. Even though it may not be a whole load but I did make sure to look after myself through exam season: taking regular breaks, finishing up early in the evening and just making time to still do other things that I actually enjoyed. I’m pretty damn proud of that one.

My other two goals pretty much went down the drain though. I really wanted to try and get myself back into the habit of doing yoga again. So, I thought it was pretty manageable to set myself the goal of at least doing one yoga session a week. However, I managed to get one session in for the entire month. So, not exactly what I was going for but I mean, at least I managed to put some effort into it, right?

February Goals

bujo bullet journal diary february goals

I went to town on my goals for this month. I even split them into subcategories and everything! But I’m not going to bore you with all of them so I’m just going to point out a select few.

I really want to try and keep on top of positing some what consistently on here and YouTube. So, I’ve get myself the goals of positing a minimum of four times on my blog and two times on YouTube. I have when I’m inconsistent with posting because it means that I’m not keeping on top of something that I really enjoy doing.

Uni wise the main  thing that I really want to keep on top of are my revision notes. Last semester got a little busy towards the end with my sister going into hospital and I wanted to spend more time with her whilst she was there rather than on uni work. So, insha’allah, as long as everything stays okay with everyone in the house, I should be able to keep on top of everything.

Since third isn’t as far away as I keep telling myself it is, I guess I should start thinking about my dissertation topic. There is a prewritten list that I could pick out of come Summer but I just want to see if there’s anything out there that I might want to propose to my lecturers with if it’s something I’ve got a huge interest in.

Other than that though, I’ve going to try and get through another two book which shouldn’t be too difficult since I’ve already finished one and for some reason I’ve decided that I’m going to try and get eight sessions of yoga in instead on the one that I managed in January.

Those are my main goals for this month, let me know if you have any in the comment.

Sai xo

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blog post writing

Hi hi hi! I’m pretty excited to share this post with you guys since it’s one I had in my head for a while and I finally managed to blurt it out as a blog post so I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. So, here’s the question: Who do you post for? Who’s your blogging audience and why do you write? View Full Post

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are you there god it's me margret book depository review *This post contains affiliate links and does not affect the price you pay.

‘Life isn’t easy for Margret . She’s moved away from her childhood home, she’s starting a new school, finding new friends – and she’s convinced she’s not normal. For a start she hasn’t got a clue if she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she’s a “late developer”. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It’s too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead – and waits for an answer…” 

Hey, lovely people! I’ve got a book review for you lot today on a book that’s actually quite old. It was originally released in 1970 but the issues that the book relates to are still things that young girls deal with all of the time. They’re the problems that most girls face growing up regardless of the decade they are in.

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