5 Books That Feature Witches

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Today, I’m going to be talking about some of the books I really like that feature witches, was an idea I got from Jenn’s fab list of October-themed prompts. Onto the post!


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The Graces- I read this when it was rainy and stormy outside, and it was the perfect choice of book for that weather. It’s about “River” (which isn’t her real name, hence the quotation) as she becomes involved with the enigmatic Grace siblings, who are rumoured to be witches. It’s so atmospheric and tense and thrilling, and I loved it so much; the narration style of us knowing nothing about River somehow adds even more to the quietly spooky vibe. The last line sent shivers down my spine, and I’m very excited for the sequel the Curses next year. I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever!

The Apprentice Witch/A Witch Alone- these books are about Arianwyn as she’s sent to be the resident witch on the small island of Lull after failing her exam that would allow her to become a fully fledged witch rather than an apprentice who must continually prove herself in her job, and I adore these books. There are so many amazing magical creatures and I love the magic system and old-fashioned feel of the worldbuilding, and Arianwyn is a fantastic character who shows that even incredibly talented and capable people make mistakes. They’re both full of adventure and excitement and a very cosy feeling, and I’m so sad that A Witch Come True will (probably) be the last time I get to see this world. I’m so excited to see what it’s like at Christmas time in this world though!

The Witch’s Kiss trilogy- these are about teenage Merry as she must use her newly discovered powers to stop Jack, who is possessed by a wizard’s curse, from killing people, while also falling in love with him. The later books see her face different magical enemies, and I really enjoyed them all. They’re full of excellent plots with great villains and interesting mysteries that kept me reading on, the second book has a killer cliffhanger, and there’s a lovely sibling relationship between Merry and her older brother. I’m also a big fan of Finn in books 2 and 3 as he really makes me laugh!

The Witches- this, along with Matilda, is my favourite Roald Dahl book. The witches were pretty terrifying to young me, mainly due to their varied ingenious ways of murdering children, especially the Grand High Witch, and I really enjoyed how brave and adventurous the main character was too. I hate the film version with a passion though.

Witch Girl- this was a very recent read, and I liked it a lot. It’s about a girl called Evangeline, who is the apprentice of her haunt huntress grandmother, and together they defeat malevolent spirits. During the book, they must leave their swamp home and go to New Orleans for an unusual case, and it was so interesting watching it unfold in the rather creepy manor they’re staying in, and I loved how all these little clues I hadn’t picked up on were linked together at the end to explain the mystery throughout. The worldbuilding was great too.


Which witchy books would you recommend to me? Are you a fan of any that I’ve mentioned? I’d love to to hear in the comments below!

Amy x

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Recommending Books to the Disney Princesses

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing a post inspired by some blog posts/Booktube videos I’ve seen recently where people recommend books to people based on their Hogwarts house or recommend books to some of the biggest YouTube stars, and I decided I wanted to do something similar for Disney characters. I’m planning for this to be a series, and I’m starting off with the Disney Princesses! Onto the post!


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Characters Disliked in Books I Enjoyed

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Today, I’m going to be talking about some characters I don’t like much at all from books I like quite a bit, which was inspired by a Top Ten Tuesday from a few months ago on the opposite theme. Onto the post!


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Cassie from the Upiside of Unrequited– Cassie was so selfish, and often very mean to Molly, and I just wasn’t a fan. I felt like the minute she was in a relationship she started behaving as though she was better than her sister and didn’t have time for her anymore, and therefore I didn’t have time for Cassie.

Nic from the Blood for Blood trilogy– I liked Nic in book one before the secrets of his family were revealed and Luca started playing a bigger role in book two, but my GOD did he start to annoy me as time went on in books two and three. I found him pretty whiny and petulant, and the way he treated

Mia from All About Mia– I think I only gave this 3.5 stars, but I did enjoy a lot about it and it was only Mia herself that brought down my rating. I couldn’t understand a lot of decisions she made, and I didn’t like the way she treated her family and friends. She did grow on me a little towards the end when she bonded with her sisters more though, in fairness.

Riley from Hope– Riley is the love interest in this book, and I couldn’t get behind him and Hope as a couple at all. He reminded me of people I don’t really like in real life, and as such I couldn’t warm to him at all, and I mainly just found him annoying. I loved the book so much otherwise though, so if you pick up any of these books, please make it this one. Compared to the Upside of Unrequited, which is my other favourite of these, it’s recieved barely any attention and it deserves way more readers than it’s had. And I’d love to know if you share my thoughts on Riley when you do read it!

Hagrid from Harry Potter– I’m aware this will be quite a controversial entry, but I’m not fussed on Hagrid. I don’t think he ever did anything maliciously, I do think his heart was always in the right place, but he made some bizarre decisions that affected a lot of people, and I quite often found him overly dramatic in the way he reacted to things. There are some exceptions, such as Buckbeak’s execution, but other than those it felt like he was making many mountains out of molehills. I also don’t think he should have been allowed to teach; Professor Grubbly-Plank didn’t really get developed as a character much but I did like that she actually taught her class practical things, with the difference being she bore safety in mind. That said, the hippogriff situation was Draco’s fault mainly, so I don’t hold that against him too much!


Which characters are you not keen on from books you enjoyed? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

5 Books Set in Summer Camps

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Today, since it’s a setting I find really fun in books (despite knowing 100% I’d HATE going to one, and that we don’t really have them in the UK), I’m going to be talking about 5 books I’ve really enjoyed that are set in summer camps. Onto the post!


How Hard Can Love Be?- This is the 2nd of the Spinster Club trilogy, which I adore. This one is narrated from Amber’s point of view, and sees her travel to America to stay at her mum and stepdad’s summer camp for the summer. I loved all the different activities and customs of the camp was , Amber was a fun narrator who made me laugh and the scenes we get between the 3 Spinsters were as excellent as ever, Amber’s relationship with her mum (who’s a recovering alchoholic) was really interesting but pretty heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the love interest Kyle and their romance.

Spells and Sleeping Bags– this is the 3rd book inthe All About Rachel series, which I read when I was younger and really loved. They’re about Miri and Rachel, who are teenage witches, and this one sees them head off to summer camp and Rachel face off against Liana, who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. I remember being really shocked when who Liana is was revealed and not much else, but if you like funny books blending magic and contemporary you’d probably enjoy this series.

Babysitters’ Summer Vacation– this is the 2nd Super Special, which means we get chapters from the perspective of each member of the club (and sometimes other characters who are only minor characters in other books) and also that it’s a bit longer than the main series/mysteries. This one takes place as they become summer camp counsellors, and while it’s not one of my favourites, I still enjoyed it. There’s always lots going on as each club member has a different storyline, and so much is packed in. An easy and enjoyable read, just like all the other Babysitters Club books!

Comet and the Champion’s Cup– this isn’t a typical summer camp, but it fits the definition and I love it so I couldn’t resist including it. It’s the 5th in the Pony Club Secrets series and follows Issie and her best friends Stella and Kate as they go to stay at Issie’s aunt’s farm to help run her new riding school. They also compete in a contest, and Issie bonds withthe titular Comet, a cheeky skwebald who instantly became my favourite horse of the series (joint with Angel anyway) when I read this. It also features some lovely romantic moments between Issie and Aidan, and the riding school is really fun.

The Names They Gave Us– first of all, this book has one of THE most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen and I bought it without even reading the description, so learning it featured a summer camp was a nice surprise. It’s about Lucy, who’s sent to be a counsellor at a summer camp for troubled children and teens, mainly due to not wanting to disappoint her mum, who’s just been diagnosed with cancer for a 2nd time. I loved the friendships she forms there, the supporting cast, how positive and lovely the camp was and how much it helped everyone attending, and of course the romance between
Lucy and Jones.


If you’d like to see more of my summery posts, you can read the Summer Book Tag here!


What are your favourite books set in summer camps? Do you agree you’d hate to go to one, or would you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy x

How to Write a Love Story Blog Tour: Katy Cannon’s Top 5 Romance Book

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Today, I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for Katy Cannons new book How to Write a Love Story, which I really enjoyed, as you’ll know already if you read my latest monthly reviews post a few days ago! Onto Katy’s post, all about her top 5 romance books!

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I love reading romance every bit as much as I love writing it. Narrowing down my favourites to just five is almost impossible, but here a few titles that always pop into my head when someone says ‘romance’.

1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen was one of the first great romance writers (if you ignore the Greeks) and for my money, P&P is one of the best romances ever written. It has everything I love – a hero and heroine working towards understanding each other, a great supporting cast, and a blissfully happy ending. (Plus some fantastic one-liners!) That’s why it actually features in How To Write A Love Story at quite a pivotal moment!

2. Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell has that uncanny ability to make me feel eighteen again, exactly as it felt the first time around. I loved this book so much, mostly because I felt like I might have lived it, rather than just read it.

3. In The Hand of the Goddess: Tamora Pierce is famous for her fantasy YA novels, of which this is one of the best. I couldn’t begin to claim that romance is the main focus of this book, but there’s definitely enough romantic scenes for me to count it! More importantly, this was the first book I read as a teenager where I realized that however great the plot, what interested me most in books was the characters, and the friendships, relationships and romances they experienced with others. (Plus I had a total book crush on Prince Jon.)

4. Saint Anything: Sarah Dessen is a writer who draws me into the worlds and families she creates, until by the last page I’m devastated to have to leave them. She also writes incredible teen romances – true and heartbreaking and hopeful. I love all her books, but I think this is my favourite.

5. Shadow of the Moon: M M Kaye wrote sweeping historical fiction with romance at its heart, set in India and Zanzibar. She also wrote fantastic short crime novels (with a romantic subplot) set in many of the countries she’d lived in or visited, set during the forties and fifties. What I love about her books is the period details and political background she includes – as well as the drama and the romance! I was hard pressed to pick a favourite, and almost went for her most famous novel, The Far Pavilions, but Captain Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon will always hold my bookish heart.

Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite romance books? Do you agree with any of Katy’s choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

5 Books Which Feature Exams

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As I write this, my exams are due to start in a few days’ time, and by the time this goes live I’ll have sat my first. Because of this, I thought it would be fun to make a list of books that feature exams taking place, or are referenced. Onto the post!

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Radio Silence– this has to be top of this list. I read it last May, on the day before/day of my last exam, and it’s amazing. It captures the pressure to do well, particularly when you’re seen as clever, so we’ll, and I related to it hugely. It’s also just a REALLY bloody good book. I was gripped, I was invested in the characters, I loved them so much turning the last page was bittersweet. Highly recommended. I have a bit of study leave with no exams after I sit all of mine, and I’m going on holiday, so I plan to read LOADS. I’ve decided to save Alice’s newest I Was Born For This as a treat (though looking at it every day is torture 😂😂), along with some others I think will be extra amazing.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix– the OWLs, the wizarding equivalent to GCSEs or National 5s, take place in this book. Even though they’re fictional, they still show how stressful exams are and lots of other little details I thought were very true, like people trying to show off how much they revise which then panics others and all the teachers bringing it up all the time. This is my favourite Harry Potter book for lots and lots of reasons, and I can’t wait till I have time to reread them all again, hopefully before the end of the year.

Goodbye, Perfect– this is Sara Barnard’s latest book, and it takes place just before, during, and after the GCSE period. It touches on the pressure exams put on people, and they’re mentioned quite a lot throughout. The book is about Eden, the best friend of Bonnie who has run away with a teacher she is in love with, and explores how this affects her, which I thought was a super unique perspective. Eden is quite frankly amazing, as are her sister Valerie and boyfriend Connor, and it’s well worth a read if you’ve not yet picked it up! All of Sara Barnard’s books are, in fact.

Out of the Blue– this takes place in the summer, and is about a magical realism adventure in our world, but a version in which ‘Beings’ have started falling to earth, so it’s not the most obvious choice for this list. However, it does touch a little on the anxiousness before results day, AND it’s set in Scotland and mentions the actual exams I’m currently sitting (Highers), so also earns a place for that reason.

Magic in Manhattan– it’s been a while since I read this book (The 4th and final in the brilliant All About Rachel series), and I don’t think Rachel and Mike’s Samsorta ceremony to make them fully fledged witches is technically an exam, but they do have to take lotsof classes for it and prepare, so I thought it would be good to give it a shout out ! The books are about two sisters, Rachel and Miri, as they discover they’re witches and navigate how that affects their families, friendships and in Rachel’s case, romances. I so wish I knew where my copies were so I could reread!


What books can you think of that feature exams? Are you a fan of any I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx

My Most Anticipated May-June Books

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Today, I’m going to be sharing a list of my most anticipated May-June releases. Though there are (rather a few) more I’m desperate to get my hands on in both months, I’ve narrowed it down to a list of eleven I’m desperate for, that I know are definetly coming out (which are, unusually for me, mainly YA 😱, though there are MGs I’m still excited for). Onto the books!


Note- I have been lucky enough to read some anticipated releases for these months already, so those haven’t been included, and at time of writing I’ve not read any of these (though I have a couple of review copies and I am VERY excited to get to those, hopefully soon).


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Kat Wolfe Investigates– Lauren St John’s other mystery series is one of my favourite series, full stop. It’s one of two I credit with keeping me a reader whenI thought I didn’t love it any more. If I love this new series half as much you’ll probably be hearing me rave lots about them.

Gangster School– A friend of mine has already read this and has told me she thinks I’ll love it, so I’m so excited to read it! It sounds like very classic MG with a bit of a new twist and I can’t wait to try it out.

I Was Born For This– Radio Silence was one of my absolute favourites of my favourite books last year, and I’m so looking forward to diving into Alice’s next novel. I think they strike the perfect balance between being dramatic and funny, and I am very hopeful I love it just as much as Radio Silence! I also need to get to her debut Solitaire at some point because I have heard so many amazing things about it.

Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury– the first book in this series was super sweet and fun, plus I’ve heard this contains a rather adorable hedgehog called Mr Prickles. I’m excited to have more fun with Alex, Jess and their animal friends (very hopeful for a return of Bob the goldfish especially…)

It’s a Wrap– this comes out at the end of May, and though I’m sad the series is ending, it’ll be great to be back in the slightly bonkers world aspiring actress Elektra inhabits, and I’m excited to see the bizarre, brilliant situations that are sure to befall her…

Leah on the Offbeat– as you might know, I’m a MASSIVE fan of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I’m so excited to have a sort of sequel from the POV of his best friend Leah, who is bi but scared to come out, despite Simon being openly gay. I love Simon Vs, I love Upside of Unrequited, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love this book too. It’ll be interesting to see things through Leah’s eyes, not to mention seeing more of Simon and Blue as a couple! I’m unbelievably excited about seeing the Creekwood gang again, can you tell?!

The Last Chance Hotel– This was the winner of the competition the Times/Chicken House run every year, and I’ve really enjoyed some past winners so I’m pretty sure this will be great. It sounds like a blend of fantasy and mystery, both of which I totally love, AND if all this wasn’t enough to make me want to read it a faithful animal companion is mentioned in the blurb and the cover is so pretty.

Bookshop Girl– I love bookshops, I love funny books and I love rallying behind a cause as I read. I’m pretty sure I’ll love this, and I’ve been unbelievably excited to get my hands on it since the very day it was announced!

Boy Meets Hamster– I’ve heard brilliant things so far about this funny romance about two boys and their summer holiday romance, so it sounds like the perfect thing to read one sunny afternoon over the summer if possible!

Lou Out of Luck– Girl Out of Water was such a funny, fantastic debut and it’s been so long since I read it I’m totally dying to get my hands on the sequel.

Noah Could Never- I thoroughly enjoyed Noah Can’t Even last year, and I’m so excited to jump back into Noah’s world and see what will happen next in his relationship with Harry, not to mention seeing what hilarious hijinks he’ll get up to this time.


Thank you so much for reading! What books are you most excited for in these months? Do you agree that the amount of amazing stuff coming out in them is bananas, or is it just me who’ll be buying/borrowing tons? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!

Amy xxx