• Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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  • #throwback to a lovely meal out at @common_bar with @felfiramoondesigns and @coffeeeyesandblankstares 💕
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I could eat this again today🤤
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  • Off into Manchester once again to meet one of my favourite people for some lunch🍕
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And to pick up a final few holiday bits! Not long now 💕
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There’s a review of Good Omens up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Myself and @sam_g_oldham binge watched the show too and my god it’s good!
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#qotd - what is your go to Pizza?
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  • Mild radio silence for a few days...I was so caught up in Dark Age!
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Well I’ve now finished it and I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself now...😭
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Tonight I’m off to see my favourite person and watch more Mindhunter! We’re rewatching the first season atm💕
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There’s also a raft of new posts up on my blog including a little look at some of my random holiday purchases.
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#qotd: what book gave you the biggest hangover?
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  • I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #blogger #blogtour #achainacrossthedawn #drewwilliams #scifi #bookshelf #booknerdigans
  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #bookish #blogger #bookreview #manga #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #seraphoftheend #viz #vizmedia #bookobsessed
  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling

July 26, 2018

I have always been drawn to books that feature witches and witchcraft. Living in the North West of England we have a lot of history involving witchcraft, primarily around a place called Pendle Hill. One of my favourite series, The Wardstone Chronicles is set in an alternate version of Lancashire, but still has a Pendle Hill. I loved the sound of Witch Born when I first picked it up. It had everything I wanted, witches, lore, history and political intrigue.

Though I enjoyed it, and when I put my mind to it managed to read it within a few days I found myself a little disappointed. I was hoping for more magic and witchcraft but there was hardly any. The book focused on Alyce whose mother is killed by Witchfinders and as a result she ends up on the run. She has magic but doesn't know how to use or control it. If anything she acts more as an apothecary than a witch. Alyce after narrowly escaping these Witchfinders ends up in the care of a tavern owner and one of her regular patrons and the story continues from there into spoiler territory.

Whilst I wish there was more references to hexes and spells its impossible to deny that this book has a brilliant plot, for the most part. I found the ending had a little to be desired and also rather vague, it felt like a start to a series rather than a stand alone. However, the way parts of history had been utilised and manipulated in this story was fantastic. The rivalry between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots has been well documented and used in this novel wonderfully, with added extras. There were plenty of twists I didn't see coming and was always entertained.

I didn't feel all that connected with Alyce as a character. We never really got to see into her mind in the sense of her likes and dislikes. How she felt about things. She was simply a very driven character. She had a goal and that was all we as the reader were able to see.

An entertaining read.

INFO

Name: Witch Born

Author(s): Nicholas Bowling

Publisher: Chicken House

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-1-911077-25-1

Rating: 3.5/5

Have you read Witch Born?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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