The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey

Genre: Mind, Body & Spirit

Author: Teresa Moorey

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

I brought this book on the authority that it was a good read for the research and study of faeries for occult means. That being said – I was expecting this book to be as amazing and thorougher as it’s title leads you to believe. In short , I was expecting a Bible! A completely detailed and comprehensive book. This book is not that.

Don’t get me wrong, some of the book was really good. The guided meditations and the altar ideas and some of the general Fey information was really interesting. What let the book down massively was the cultural appropriation, mis-told fairy tales and lack therefore of actual guidance. There were chapters on “specific Fey” which basically turned out to be the authors version of a fairytale about said Fey and what she thinks the story means. No actual information on said Fey like offering ideas or what to be aware of. Maybe this was the point of the book and I’d been led to believe it was something else?

I don’t know, whatever this book was meant or not meant to be – it wasn’t what I wanted not expected of it.

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The Private Life of Edward IV by John Ashdown-Hill

Omg!! What do you know !? I’ve actually finished a book! Finally! 


Author: John Ashdown-Hill
Genre: History/nonfiction 
Rating: 4/5 star
I received this book from the publisher, Amberley Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher for the chance. This in no way effects my opinion of the book.


The Private Life of Edward IV is the first book I’ve read that focuses solely on King Edward IV. I’ve come across him via Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins War series and also via history books about his controversial wife Elizabeth Woodville and found his character portrayal interesting and somewhat ahead of his times. It was an interesting experience to learn about him for himself so to speak and noticed that his character portrayal in other books is only slightly exaggerated! 
I really liked the way Ashdown-Hill presented this book. He is honest in his words and states when he doesn’t know something or when the facts are muddled in history and he cannot confirm them. I admire this as so many other history authors and historians simply state opinions or muddled facts as if they’re proven truths. It’s admirable that this author can then be so honest and it really made me enjoy the book all the more. 
I also found the layout of the book really easy to follow and well written. Each chapter appears as a different year or era in Edward’s life so as you read the book is like you’re growing with him from childhood into his adult life. It was a nice surprise to find this as I was expecting the book to be solely about his romantic relationships and affairs and I wasn’t sure if I was entirely interested in that! What I actually found was a book following (as best as the author is able!) The Private Life of Edward IV – as in, his personal and private life away from being a monarch which is both fascinating and insightful. 


I found this book was full of information and tidbits that can keep you interested and engaged in the writing. I read it very quickly as I found it hard to put down – which is bizarre for a nonfiction! So kudos for that! I’d certainly recommend it.

Rat Queens Vol 3&4 by Kurtis J Weibe 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Feminist Fantasy / Graphic Novel

Author: Kurtis J Weibe

Basically, I’m stringing the review for these two volumes together as I read them directly one after the other in one sitting and can’t separate the stories in my head. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that I ADORE the Rat Queens graphic novels. The fierce, funny and witty characters are so diverse (both ethnically and sexually) – The side characters are just as amazing as the MCs and the whole setting and storyline these ladies endure are wild and wonderful. I really couldn’t even imagine a better concept.

In these two volumes things seem to get really dark and gloomy for the Queens and company. In comparison the storylines are much darker and more daunting than the lighthearted quips and epic random battles of volumes 1 and 2. There are a lot of tears in these ones and I feel they’re taking a slightly more serious edge. That being said, they’re still awesome and there’s still a few epic battles. 

One thing that I didn’t like was Violets brother, Barry and his weird group. I won’t post spoilers But that whole thing is gravely annoying and I hope it gets resolved quickly in the coming issues.

Rat Queens Vol 3&4 by Kurtis J Weibe 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Feminist Fantasy / Graphic Novel

Author: Kurtis J Weibe
Basically, I’m stringing the review for these two volumes together as I read them directly one after the other in one sitting and can’t separate the stories in my head. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that I ADORE the Rat Queens graphic novels. The fierce, funny and witty characters are so diverse (both ethnically and sexually) – The side characters are just as amazing as the MCs and the whole setting and storyline these ladies endure are wild and wonderful. I really couldn’t even imagine a better concept.

In these two volumes things seem to get really dark and gloomy for the Queens and company. In comparison the storylines are much darker and more daunting than the lighthearted quips and epic random battles of volumes 1 and 2. There are a lot of tears in these ones and I feel they’re taking a slightly more serious edge. That being said, they’re still awesome and there’s still a few epic battles. 
One thing that I didn’t like was Violets brother, Barry and his weird group. I won’t post spoilers But that whole thing is gravely annoying and I hope it gets resolved quickly in the coming issues.

Rat Queens Vol 3&4 by Kurtis J Weibe 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Feminist Fantasy / Graphic Novel

Author: Kurtis J Weibe
Basically, I’m stringing the review for these two volumes together as I read them directly one after the other in one sitting and can’t separate the stories in my head. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that I ADORE the Rat Queens graphic novels. The fierce, funny and witty characters are so diverse (both ethnically and sexually) – The side characters are just as amazing as the MCs and the whole setting and storyline these ladies endure are wild and wonderful. I really couldn’t even imagine a better concept.

In these two volumes things seem to get really dark and gloomy for the Queens and company. In comparison the storylines are much darker and more daunting than the lighthearted quips and epic random battles of volumes 1 and 2. There are a lot of tears in these ones and I feel they’re taking a slightly more serious edge. That being said, they’re still awesome and there’s still a few epic battles. 
One thing that I didn’t like was Violets brother, Barry and his weird group. I won’t post spoilers But that whole thing is gravely annoying and I hope it gets resolved quickly in the coming issues.

The incredible book slump of September-October 2017

It’s been about three weeks (give or take) since I actually sat down and enjoyed a book! I’ve been in such a vile slump with such a disinterest in books that I actually considered giving the lot up, leaving bookstagram and my blog and becoming a …. *shudders* non-reader! 😮😮😮😮😮😮 Luckily I’ve come to my ever loving senses and I’m back on track and enjoying my current read. 

This is why my blog has been so inactive of late. And also why I’ve had no reviews posted for a while. I do have some wonderful arcs to review for you so look out for those soon and my book collection is getting added to again soon so there’s that too! Hopefully things will get lively again here! 
Xo

History October vol II

Today I’m going to share my thoughts and feelings about History. It’s been a subject that has always fascinated me right from childhood. It was secretly one of my favourite classes as a school child and I reveled in stories about historical figures, folk lore, myths and seemingly old worlds. I had a particular love for the Tudors and Egyptians in those years and even now these are on the top of my list! Though since those days my list has grown considerably. 
These days I find myself exploring the women of my favourite historical times and families. I want to know why we know less about these wonderful, powerful and important women who formed our world. I want to know all about them! The rich and the poor, the queens and the outcasts, the witches and the women accused of being! They are MY history! They’re MY ancestors and they created MY world, as a woman I want to know the history of women! HERstory! 

Some of my favourite historical women are: 

  • Cleopatra
  • Jacquetta of Luxumbourg – Lady Rivers
  • Elizabeth Woodville
  • Boudicca
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Bess of Hardwick
  • Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

I find these women (and all the rest) so fascinating and so important to our history. I’m sure there are many more we know nothing about! 
I study history at university and have goals to go into Museum Curation or Heritage work but I also hope that in being an Historian I will have the chance and tools to dig out and uncover more about history’s women. I want to bring them out. Take off their shackles and tell the women of the world that we had and have power too.