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Advice for Writers, Writing

Should You Study Creative Writing? 

I know that a lot of writers who want to write for a living wonder if they should study creative writing at university or college. I’m a writer myself, and I decided to take English Literature and Creative Writing when I went to uni as an undergrad. I also considered studying on a creative writing masters, but I decided not…

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Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen Publisher: Bantam Books (UK), HarperCollins (US) Genre/s: Fantasy, dystopia Reading this book was like taking a masterclass in writing a strong fantasy novel. We follow Kelsea, a young woman who was raised in secret after her mother, the Queen of the Tearling, was murdered. Kelsea is destined to inherit the Tearling throne, and on her nineteenth birthday, the Queen’s Guard…

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

Author: Julia Ember Publisher: Harmony Ink Press Genre: YA fantasy, romance, LGBTQ One of the things that really impressed me about Unicorn Tracks was the attention to detail and the world building. Considering the book was short (around 160 pages for my Kindle version) the world really came to life—it really did feel like a place inspired by Africa (or at least somewhere…

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Book Reviews, YA

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Walker Books Genre/s: YA contemporary I’m not sure if I can do this book justice in a review. It was incredibly thought-provoking and I can’t begin to express how much it spoke to me. It was so real, so unafraid to discuss topics that are scarce in YA as far as I’m aware of, like corruption amongst authority figures,…

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Author: Matt Haig Publisher: Canongate Books Genre/s: Non-fiction, mental health I finished reading this for the second time recently, and I honestly don’t remember loving it this much last time. Maybe it’s because it’s more relevant to me at this stage in my life – I’m going through a particularly rough period, so most of Matt Haig’s words resonate with me. One thing I…

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