• Greetings from sunny Naples☀️
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Yesterday I got a massage for the first time and I’ve never felt so zen in all my life!
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Today is being spent by the pool with cocktails and a little bit of laptop time.
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Speaking of there’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • A little belated considering I’ve been away for a little while now but my holiday TBR is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Three things: 
I am tanned.
I have read one book so far.
Peach Daiquiris are my new favourite drink🍹
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  • All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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Books Fantasy Reviews

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

April 23, 2019
Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

I couldn't have asked for a better ending. From the moment I picked up the first book in this series The Bear and the Nightingale (review here), it became one of my favourites. Vasya has defied all expectations of everyone around her, smiled death in the face and fought for what she believed in. Her journey was astounding and I am so sad that it's finished.

The entirety of the Winternight trilogy is filled to the brim with magic. From the chyerti to the Gods and everything in between. All of it stemming from Russian folklore which I now just want to learn more about. The setting has always been incredible. I knew very little of Russian history and how they, for a long while, were a people divided.

Intensely entertaining, heartbreaking and informative. What more could you ask for?

A stunning series.

Now for the spoiler-y bits. If you haven't read any of the books I suggest you click out now.

Where do I begin?!

I didn't anticipate Solovey's death. Nor did I imagine it would've been so brutal. That for me was a real turning point in the series, Vasya's first and arguably her only friend ripped from beneath her. It was harrowing to read and every time it was mentioned in the book I got a lump in my throat. Not only that but the minute Father Konstantin appeared I knew it was bad. He's always been a favourite character of mine because of his complexity. He doesn't know who to trust, what to do or if his entire belief is a lie. He's a man with no allegiance and that makes him so dangerous. As shown when he tried to burn Vasya for being a witch.

That led to possibly one of my favourite sequences of the book. Travelling on the road through Midnight. Here Vasya escaped Father Konstantin with the help of her family and friends and went into the unknown. Not before, Medved appeared to her and offered to save her. Morozko had only gone and freed him in exchange for him saving Vasya. Their relationship was brilliant. Morozko did not treat Vasya like a little girl who couldn't defend herself. He saw her as a woman and a warrior. They were equals as much as possible but if he was able to protect her or ease her anguish he would do without question. The scene in the shed as she tries to jog his memory of her was beautiful. So heartfelt and touching.

Honestly, I could go on and on about this book and give you a play by play of it.

I can't pick a favourite moment, character or anything from this book (and series). I truly adored it all. Arden weaved plots masterfully with twists and turns not even the best soothsayer could predict. Her characters are so nuanced and well researched. I had the honour of meeting her at one of her events where she told us that a lot of the characters are based on real historical figures from Russia. The battles are real, though there may not have been a winter god fighting in them.

I'm hopeful that this series isn't going to be the last set in this world.

INFO

Name: The Winter of the Witch

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey

Pages: 354

ISBN:  978-1-78-503971-3

Rating: 5/5

Have you read The Winter of the Witch?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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