A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
Series Name: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 416 (paperback)
Publishers: Bloomsbury Children’s
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.


Yes, I have finally read this book! I don’t own the second book, so I won’t be continuing the serious straight away as I have put myself on a book buying ban still!! So I will have to wait.

This review will have more rambling than normal! Just Saying!

Cover Art:

So the picture above doesn’t 100% show what the book cover looks like. The cover of the book has two different textures to it. It is matte but there is shiny vines with thorns on it, same vines as the silver ones, but they are just clear shiny stuff over the matte red. So you can only see it when the light hits it. Anyway, I love this book cover, but I do not like the matte textured part of the book as even lightly touching it leaves fingerprints and marks all over it that don’t rub away. If you know how to get rid of this, then please tell me..


So this is the first book by Sarah J. Maas that I have read and I’m in love with her writing. It’s so beautiful and detailed and just sucks you in! I always say this to books that it applies to, but I LOVE maps! This book has 2 at the start! The left side is a map of Prythian including Hybern and the right is I do not know.. It looks like it’s just more of the map on the left, but I don’t remember anyone mentioning what was to the East of Prythian, Feyre always mentions the possibility of fleeing to the south, but don’t know what that part of the map is. At first I thought it might be a zoomed in of a part of the other map, but the coast line isn’t the same as the other map, so I have no idea! If someone can explain this to me, then please let me know in the comments!


I really enjoyed the plot of this book. When starting this book I had absolutely NO knowledge of anything about this book, literally nothing! I feel like because it’s so well known that when people talk about it in BookTube videos and on blogs they never explain anything, which was great because I like going into book knowing as little as possible. So going into this book I knew nothing and at the start I was a little confused as to where this was going, but then pretty quickly it jumped straight into the story and I no longer had to wait, which I loved! I do like it sometimes that authors take a second to get the world going, but sometimes I like it when it jumps straight in! It just depends how I’m feeling at the time. But with this book it works jumping straight into it as we find out what Feyre knows early but then learn the rest as she does. Am I rambling? Yes, Yes I am. Moving on.


The bit below in purple is kinda spoilery, so avoid if you want absolutely no spoilers!

So because this book is soo hyped, I may not have known anything about the plot but it is hard not to know about this Feyre & Rysand thing… So when reading this I was so confused and it kinda made it weird to read this book because in this book Feyre falls for Tamlin, so when Rhysand turned up I was waiting and waiting for something to happen between Tamlin and Feyre that makes her ditch him or that Rhysand will do something amazing to make her chnage her mind. So this was kinda annoying. I’m assuming the Feyre & Rhysand bit comes into play in the next book, but it kinda messed with me all through this book.. That was the only thing that I hated, but that’s not the books fault that is the hypes fault.

Anyway, I did enjoy Feyre a lot, sometimes she annoyed me a little, but that’s just because she was so paranoid sometimes and I was just like ‘woman, chill’. But that is just me haha. I really like Tamlin, at the end you find out something that made me kinda question his actions at the start but it didn’t bother me too much, if you’ve read this then you will know what I’m talking about. I really like Lucien, at first I was a bit iffy about him, but in the end I liked him. Rhysand was another one that I didn’t like at the start but grew to enjoy. Then there is Amarantha, bitch, moving on. There is also a couple other characters that I enjoyed that weren’t major characters but still worth mentioning. These three were also characters that were kinda eh in the start and then towards the end turned out to be awesome! Alis was just kinda there until at the end when she helps Feyre, Elain further in was just so happy when things were shitty and I liked that and then Nesta I kinda wanted to push in a creek at the start and then towards the end shows this strong interesting side. I hope we see more of Elain & Nesta in the next book!


I really enjoyed this book! I have been having so many awesome reads lately! Which makes me soo happy! I loved this world, the plot and most of the characters and I’m keen to get to the next book hopefully soon!

I’m glad I’ve finally read this as it’s just so hyped and I’ve felt left out for ages! There is still heaps of series that I feel like everyone else has read, and I hope to get to them soon! I honestly have no idea what I am going to pick up next. And holy shit I actually read all the books that were on my Aprils TBR and it’s only the 10th! So that is exciting as hell!

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
Series Name: Hercule Poirot
Genre: Classic & Mystery
Publication Date: 1934
Pages: 274 (paperback)
Publishers: Harper
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

This title finds the Orient Express stopped in its tracks. The luxurious train set of with a full passenger list but by the morning there was one fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with two solutions to the crime.


I really enjoy Agatha Christie books! True I have only read 2 so far, but I have loved both a lot! I really want to read more but I have currently put a ban on myself for buying books, so it will have to wait for a little while. 

Cover Art:

There are tonnes of covers for this book as it has been out for over 80 years! I do really like the one I own, however I feel like there should be more snow around considering. But overall I really like this cover! 


Agatha Christie’s writing is amazing and I cannot fault it. I really like how mysterious everything is kept right until the end! I do kinda wish that there was a glossary of sorts for translation of some of the words used in the book as even though they were specifically necessary to know the meaning of, I was curious and kept googling things to find out what they meant. That is the only thing I wish this book had, but it’s not necessary. 


Well I won’t speak of the plot much as I don’t want to give anything away as the entirety of the plot leads to the end conclusion. However I do want say that I agree with M. Bouc  & Poirot’s decision at the end. I know alot of people didn’t believe this was right to do, but I do, even though it’s not specifically the law abiding way.


I feel like these books aren’t books that you can really form an opinion of the characters, as besides Poirot himself  you only find out pure facts about the characters and can’t really form a personal opinion on that. So I won’t say much about them, however I really enjoy Poirot and I really wish that I could figure things out like he does! 


I really enjoyed this book! I love reading mysteries even though I don’t read them as much as I do Fantasy. I really want to read more though! I also think that this book is a good starting book for someone starting into Agatha Christie’s works!


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Tomorrow When The War Began (Tomorrow #1) by John Marsden – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Tomorrow When The War Began
John Marsden
Series Name: Tomorrow
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 284 (Paperback)
Publishers: Quercus
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Australia has been invaded and nothing is as it was. Seven teenagers are camping in a remote area of the Bush and when they return home everything has changed: their families are missing and their animals are dead.


So I have actually started this book before. This book was one I was meant to read for English in Highschool, I think it was about Year 10! I’m pretty sure I never actually finished the whole thing. For the assignment we had I really didn’t need to read the whole thing, I read about half I think, that where in the book it started getting unfamiliar, but I have seen the movie, so I still knew what was going on as the movie stays pretty close to accurate for this book!

Cover Art:

Well honestly I have no idea what the bird it for, maybe the innocence that Ellie said they lost on the day they returned from”Hell” I don’t know. But it’s still an alright cover! I actually prefer the Scholastic one, below, it just fits the story better with the jets over the showgrounds scene.



I enjoyed the writing in this book, I liked that it was written from Ellie’s memory rather than it actually happening. It made it interesting as Ellie’s thoughts at the time she was writing it and the thoughts going through her head as the things happened both showed! I really enjoyed that!


I started enjoying the plot the first time I read this and now reading it and finishing it I still really like it. I enjoy reading books related to war, whether it be historical fiction or books like this. So this was right down my alley. There really isn’t an end to this book, this isn’t a book that you can read and not even think about picking up the next book in the series. When finishing this book, you just know there is more and that this isn’t over and you just want to pick up the next one and keep going (but unfortunately I don’t own the other atm or I would read the whole series now)! I also like that this book doesn’t really end on a good note, majority of books end that way and it’s just nice to read one that doesn’t. Like it ends kind of good and then the last chapter it goes to crap again.


I enjoyed all of them except Kevin, I still enjoy him as a character in this book and the part he plays but I honestly think that if I knew him in really life we would argue regularly and it would probably end in a punch in the nose, but oh well. I like Ellie, Corrie & Fi, they are all strong characters in there own way and I love seeing them develop! I also really liked Homer and Lee, I also love seeing them develop, especially Homer! Chris is the only other main one and I still don’t know about him, he hasn’t been there since the start so I still haven’t figured him out except that he is a stoner.


I really enjoyed this book, it was such a quick book and I think I actually finished it in under 24 hours, I just don’t remember exactly what time I started it yesterday to know if that it 100% true or not. I really wish I had the rest of the series as they are such quick and easy reads and I want to know what happens next! I can’t even go watch the movie as they only made the first one and stopped, they made a trailer and that was it, which sucks because I liked that movie!

Well that is all for today! I promise! This is post 4 for today and now I’m going to lay in bed and start Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and then sleep!

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Spring Bookish Bingo Update #1

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So this is my first Spring Bookish Bingo Update! These are all books I have read up to the 2nd of April!


Green Cover: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling)

Paranormal: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Magic: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Dragons: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Spring Releases: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Series Finale: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Purple cover: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Over 500 pages: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Adapted to TV/Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Witches: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Blue Cover: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Well that is all so far! If I find a Non-Fiction book to read and read Three Dark Crowns then I will have 2 bingos! I couldn’t fit Firstlife or Lifeblood into any of the categories, which sucks! next I want to read Murder on the Orient Express and I don’t think it can really fit either!

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March 2017 Haul

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I didn’t purchase too many books this month! But I did recieve a couple!

Physical Copy:




Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – New Edition – eBook & Audiobook Review & Comparison


Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

eBooks Received Through NetGalley

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Subscription Box


The YA Chronicles Unboxing!

Other Bookish Items:

I don’t have a pic with all 4 in it and couldn’t be bothered going to take one now! You can find these HERE though!

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And that is all for this month!

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Wrap Up

March 2017 Wrap-Up

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I listened to a lot of Audiobooks in March! I’m happy with how much I read and listened to in March and I hope I can do just as good this month! And yes I have started listening to the Harry Potter series on Audiobook AGAIN, straight after finishing it. Not even mad!

Books Read

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Firstlife by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Lifeblood by Gena Showalter – SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Also, while listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Audiobook I read along with both the old edition and the new edition of the book so that I could see the changes and write my review about it.

Audiobooks Listened To

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Eddie Redmayne – AUDIOBOOK & NEW EDITION REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling & Narrate by Stephen Fry

TV Shows Watched


Orange is the New Black on Netflix

I started rewatching this on Netflix as I was bored and couldn’t decide what to start watching.

Currently Reading

Well I actually finished reading Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton this morning, so I’m not currently reading anything until I start another book tonight. I’m considering starting Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden though. I read it when i was in Year 9 or 10 in High School, but I don’t remember if I read the entire thing, but I know I really liked it and I want to read the whole series! It’s a pretty short book, so this should only take me a couple days.

Currently Listening

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And that is all! I don’t think I watched any new movies in March.

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April 2017 TBR

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So most of these books will be the same as March’s TBR! I had planned to read all of those books, and then I got approved for 2 eGalley books. So I read them instead and the first book in the Everlife series so that I could actually read Lifeblood and know what was going on. I’m not requesting any eGalleys for a while as quite simply there isn’t anything interesting to request that is available to Australians that I have seen. So I will try and stay on this months TBR!!

Currently Reading


Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Currently Listening


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling & Narrated by Stephen Fry

Yes I am relistening to the Harry Potter Series AGAIN! 

What I Want To Read In April

I did have The Diabolic on last months TBR, but I also want to read more books that can go towards the Beat The Backlist challenge which is to read books that weren’t released this year, so instead I have put A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas instead. 

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tomorrow, When The War Began by John Marsden

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

What I Want To Listen To In April


The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t know if I will get to it this month as I am relistening to the Harry Potter series again, but I might listen to it at some point. 

Well that is all! Now I’m going to go and read more of Traitor To The Throne! It’s been raining for the last 2 days as the leftovers of Cyclone Debbie heads towards South East Queensland. I don’t know if any of my followers are fellow Queenslanders, but if you are I hope everyone is okay and be careful as the flash flooding in Brisbane, Toowoomba, etc is getting pretty dangerous. Thank goodness we live in a small town that is on a hill. Our creek may flood, but it never actually comes into town! Stay safe everyone!

What’s on your TBR for April??

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Goodreads Monday – A Darker Shade of Magic

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I want to read more well known books for a while that I just haven’t been able to get around to yet! So I’m probably going to be showing off some of those books for a while! It will also hopefully get me keen to get to them sooner! 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


My Comments:

So there is a tonne of hype around basically all of V.E Schwab/Victoria Schwab’s books! I’m keen to get to this book soon! The parallel Universes really interest me and especially that the book is based in London, well different versions of london, which I love reading about!

The Book:

Publication Date:  November 1st, 2014
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

And that is all! I love everything about the new theme I have on this blog, except that the Quotes are in a really big font, I don’t get why! So I won’t be putting goodreads synopsis in quote form anymore, just using a different colour font instead, that way it still stands out!

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Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Lifeblood
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Harlequin Teen

4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.


You can find my spoiler free review for Firstlife HERE!

*Thank you to Harlequin Teen & NetGalley – I received an eBook in return for an honest review*

Checkout the book at Harlequin Teens website! Where you can also purchase the ebook or print copies!

Cover Art:

I love that this cover matches the first book so well! They are both gorgeous! I love the hourglass with Troika in the bottom of the glass with I’m assuming the Lifeblood spilling from it! It’s beautiful and fits the books so well.


I had a few issues with the writing in this first book that were better in this book! I really enjoyed the writing in this one! I still love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I didn’t mention this in my review of firstlife, but I love that they add in messages that were sent between characters, set out like IMs! I love the additions of things like this in books, it just adds that bit extra to the story, rather than just reading about the messages in a paragraph like most books do.

I love that the descriptions of each of the places in Troika had enough info to set a basic idea what the places looked like but also allowed for the reader’s imagination to do the rest. I really enjoy that in books!


I love the plot of this one, maybe even a little bit more than the first book! I liked that we got to explore more of Troika in this book! A lot was going on in this book! It was action packed and barely ever slow! Basically the entire book you are confused as to who is actually trustworthy as Ten’s trying to figure it out herself and it definitely keeps you on the edge!


The first 3/4 of the book I was still on the fence about what side Killian was on! It was driving me wild, but in the end, it’s actually clear, I hope! I still really like Ten, I liked seeing her develop as a person in this book! I liked that we got to see Sloan again and that there was a change in her! We met some awesome new characters that I really enjoyed getting to know like Meredith and Levi. There was of course characters that I enjoyed but I didn’t like as people in the story, I won’t say who as I don’t want to slip in any spoilers!


So I gave this book 1/2 more star than Firstlife and that’s because the few little issues I had with the first book were better in this book! I loved the plot and the characters in this book! The cover is gorgeous and the writing was really good! I really have nothing to fault with this book and I hate that I will have to wait around a year for the next book!

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Tag Sunday – The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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So I’m back for another Tag Sunday! I was tagged by Sue’s Reading Corner to do this tag and you can check out her post HERE! I have done this tag before! But I feel like this is one that you could do a tonne of times as it’s not just answering questions! I will just make sure I use different books for this one.

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…
  • Tag some more people to join in the fun

My Books:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


The first person to die: Persephone (The Raven Boys)

The first person you trip to escape the zombies: Gansey (The Raven Boys

Well I guarantee I wouldn’t do that, but alright.

The first person to trip you to escape the zombies: Theron (Snow Like Ashes)

The team idiot: Sir (Snow Like Ashes)

Uhmmm, no.

The Brains of the group: Newt (Fantastic Beasts)

I’m okay with this.

The team medic: Tina (Fantastic Beasts)

Well she is a witch, so this could work!

Weapons expert: Sarai (Strange The Dreamer)

Well I don’t know how much experience she has with weapons, so this could be interesting!

The team brawler: Ruby (Strange The Dreamer)

Wouldn’t want to brawl with her!

The first to turn into a zombie: Clary (City of Bones)

Well she is always putting herself in stupid situations.

The team leader: Jace (City of Bones)

Kind of okay with this!

Well this is a pretty good team, just don’t agree about their roles! But as a whole these people would be pretty good! Ruby can set them on fire! Sir, Theron, Clary & Jace are all trained in combat! Tina & Newt have magic on their side! Only Sarai, Gansey & Persephone don’t really have much going for them in a Zombie Apocalypse!

I Tag:

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

The Scottish Library

And that is all for this weeks Tag Sunday!

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