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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September Reviews 2018

Hello everybody! Today, I`m going to be sharing my reviews for the books I read in September. Onto the post!


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The Fall Time, Cosy Time Tag

Hello everybody! Today, since it’s starting to feel really autumnal to me now it’s October, I’ve decided to do the Fall Time, Cosy Time Tag, which I’ve wanted to do ever since I first saw it on Laura’s booktube. Onto the post!


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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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The Superlatives Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Superlatives Book Tag, which I was tagged for by Cora. Onto the post!


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Most Likely To Be In The Movies: The Book That Would Make The Best Movie

The Defender of the Realm books are super cinematic (which isn’t that surprising as they’re written by screenwriters), so I think they’d make fantastic films.

Biggest Drama Queen/King: The Most (Overly) Dramatic Book Or Character

As I said in my post the other day about characters I’m not keen on, I find Hagrid to be overdramatic a lot of the time.

Best Dressed: The Book With The Best Cover

My favourite cover ever is probably Julian de Narvaez’s for In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll, but as I’ve mentioned that in other tags I’ll alao say the Wild Folk’s cover, because I’d totally have bought it just for the cover if I hadn’t already been excited for it.

Most Creative: The Book With The Most Unique Plot, Characters, & Structure

As anyone I’ve seen do this has said Floored, which would probably have been my answer otherwise, I’ll go for Ketchup Clouds. It’s written in the form of letters to a prisoner on death row from a girl who has a dark secret that she can’t tell anyone.

Most Popular: The Book With The Most Ratings On Goodreads

From this year, it’s Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. I did like some aspects of it a lot, but I struggled with the writing style and pacing so only gave it 3 stars.

Most Likely To Succeed: The Book That Is Going To Be Appreciated For Many Years To Come

I always find questions like this really hard, so I’ll answer this with a series I hope are seen as classics in a hundred years time, which is the Murder Most Unladylike series. I’d love for those to be seen as books you have to read if you love mysteries, like I did with Enid Blyton when I was younger.

Class Clown: The Book That Made You Laugh Out Loud

Most recently, Friendship Fails of Emma Nash. I really enjoyed seeing Emma and her friends again.

Most Improved: The Book That Started Off Slow, But Really Picked Up

Again, a recent one that fits this for me is the Missing Barbegazi. I found it slightly slow until the main characters meet and team up to save the barbegazis from the threat facing them.

Cutest Couple: Cutest Couple In A Book

Harriet and Nick from Geek Girl, which I say in every tag because they just are.

Biggest Heartbreaker: The Book That Broke Your Heart

Ways to Live Forever made me more emotional than anything I’ve ever read, though Boy in the Tower is a close second.


I tag Charlotte and Laura.


What are your thoughts on the books books I’ve mentioned? Are you planning to pick any of them up? Let me know in the comments!

Amy x

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

My Most Anticipated September-October Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about the books I’m most excited for in September and October, even though I’ve made a little bit of a mess of my scheduling and the September releases will all be out already 🙈. Onto the books!


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