• 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 Children's Fiction Reviews

Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

September 27, 2018

I started reading this series in preparation for an event that has now been postponed...however I'm so happy I read this. It was quite possibly the sweetest little book ever. I adored the illustrations, which Cressida does herself as well as the writing, as if that wasn't already a mammoth task. I always find it a little difficult to review middle grade because a lot of what I usually look for in a book either isn't present or wouldn't be suitable for that age. I love flowery language but it doesn't really work in a middle grade.

However, I absolutely adored the way this was written. Particularly, the narration. I've always found that I've enjoyed books that break the fourth wall and speak directly to the reader. It adds something to the story and really immerses the reader. I can only imagine that a 9-12 year old would love that feeling of truly being a part of the story.

The story reads more like a fairytale at times with the way different creatures are described and with the overall plot. It has a lot of the typical motifs of a fairytale. The evil queen, wicked witches, animal sidekicks etc but at the same time adds an entirely different spin on that classic form of story. The plot doesn't fit within the realms of a fairytale with the evil queen's daughter being one of the heroes and there isn't really a cautionary message. Aside from don't get witch blood on you which I think is a good idea for most people to follow really.

Xar and Wish simply make me smile. They're celebrated by the ones that truly care about them for their differences which I think is a brilliant message to preach. They don't fit in with their homes version os the ideal Wizard or Warrior but they don't particularly care. Their friendship, though tenuous, is also very sweet.

A brilliant book and I look forward to seeing where the series goes.

INFO

Name: Wizards of Once

Author(s): Cressida Cowell

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Pages: 453

ISBN: 978-1-444-93672-8

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read Wizards of Once?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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