book review

Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky

Rating: 5 stars

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Elsie is used to her humdrum life working in her parents’ (self-admitted) tat shop. Having learnt the Customer Service rules (such as be friendly, be helpful, and always pretend the customer is right, even when they’re clearly wrong), she is expert at dealing with all the boring and ordinary customers who frequent the shop (many in need of a listening ear more than spending money). When local witch Magenta Sharp swirls into town (leaving a small trail of chaos and disorganisation in her wake) and asks to put an ad up (hey, even witches need someone to house– I mean, tower-sit for them), Elsie finds herself drawn to the task. Accepting the job, Elsie vows not to meddle with anything to do with magic, and just to relax and read lots of Magenta’s books.

As good intentions go, Elsie’s magic-free vow comes from the right place (meddling with magic is not something she wants to put on her to-do list), and she does manage to stick to her guns… for two days. To be fair, when faced with a spells-worth of magic that Must Be Used Immediately, Elsie didn’t really have much choice. Continue reading “Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky”

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book haul

Book swap!

I recently began to dabble in the (extremely addictive) #booksfortrade tag on twitter, and have been successful in a few swaps so far (thank you to all who have swapped with me!).

Yesterday I visited a friend who had promised me a raid of her shelves in exchange for 6 books. And raid them, I most certainly did. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a Howard Wallace, PI cookie (so TASTY), I gazed at the many books on her shelves (including seeing the UK proof of The Smell of Other People’s Houses, which I hadn’t seen before but is now on my wishlist), and selected some books!

I picked up… Continue reading “Book swap!”

book tag

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Book tags are something that I have always been aware of, but never had the chance or guts to take part in (cue tiny pity violin, please). But, as I am gaining more confidence with my blog and feeling like I’m kinda finding my feet, I’m throwing caution to the wind and am doing a book tag, whether I was tagged in it or not.

This is the rapid fire book tag which I discovered on the wonderful almostamazinggrace‘s blog, and without further ado, let’s dive in.

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