*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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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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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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book review sue perkins spectaclesTitle: Spectacles
Author: Sue Perkins
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 8th 2015
Pages: 377
Format: Ebook
Service: Bought
Buy: Waterstones

‘When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn’t kept some of it. She had kept all of it – every bus ticket, postcard, school report – from the moment I was born to the moment I had the confidence to turn around and say “Why is our house full of this shit?” 

Sadly, a recycling “incident” destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never see the countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it’s left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself. 

This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as “Is Mary Berry real?”, “Is it true you wear a surgical truss?”, and “Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from the outside observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?”

Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. 

Thank you for reading.’ 

Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a big reader of autobiographies. However, I fell in love with Sue Perkins from the first time that I watched The Great British Bake Off and since then, I have loved every single show that she has presented. So, when I saw that she had written Spectacles there was no doubt in my mind that I was going read it. I was keen to find out about the woman who seemed to make up baking innuendos for a living. Granted it did take me some time to end up buying it but I did! View Full Post

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one day in december romance christmas book review Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Laurie is pretty sure that love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she instantly knows is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away 

Certain their fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and every cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when in matters anyway. Instead the reunite at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken and destinies reconsidered.’

Let’s be honest, Christmas really isn’t that far away and Netgalley gave me the chance to read my first Christmas book of the year. One Day In December follows the story of Laurie who has been pining after a boy she met at a bus stop. The book takes place over ten years and we see how their relationship develops.

I’m going to jump right in with what I thought on the book as a whole. I wasn’t a huge fan. Straight from the off Laurie irritated me. Every single feeling that she felt was heightened so much that it just ended up feeling so unrealistic. Laurie was meant to be a 22-year-old university graduate, instead, I felt that she was acting like a teenager who had a massive crush. It irked me. A lot and it made it really difficult for me to actually like her character.

I felt like I could pretty much predict everything that was going to happen in the story. There was nothing that particularly surprised and shocked me. It just ended up following every romance trope that it could and which didn’t end up making this this book extremely interesting.

However, it is one of those books that is really feel-good. If you’re feeling low or you just want a book where you don’t want to think too much when you’re reading it, then this book is for you. Whilst I don’t rate the plot the highest, the writing was lovely and pretty easy for me to follow.

I wouldn’t exactly market this as a Christmas book to be honest. Even though some of the bigger events do take place around December. It doesn’t scream festive to me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 3 stars

Check out my other book review over here.

** I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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