Pine Review

Hi guys!

I am SO excited to talk about this book. I originally heard about it thanks to Darkroom Tours on instagram and just had to get a copy for myself!

If I’m being honest the cover was defiantly the thing that pulled me in first, but then I saw it was set in the Scottish Highlands and is about disappearances and has a spooky seriously spooky vibe!! It just sounded amazing!!!

They are driving home from the search party when they see her. The trees are coarse and tall in the winter light, standing like men. 

Lauren and her father Niall live alone in the Highlands, in a small village surrounded by pine forest. When a woman stumbles out onto the road one Halloween night, Niall drives her back to their house in his pickup. In the morning, she’s gone. 

In a community where daughters rebel, men quietly rage, and drinking is a means of forgetting, mysteries like these are not out of the ordinary. The trapper found hanging with the dead animals for two weeks. Locked doors and stone circles. The disappearance of Lauren’s mother a decade ago.

Lauren looks for answers in her tarot cards, hoping she might one day be able to read her father’s turbulent mind. Neighbours know more than they let on, but when local teenager Ann-Marie goes missing it’s no longer clear who she can trust.

This book starts of a little bit slow, but I think it just helps to set the tone of the small Highland town. How everyone knows everyone else, nothing ever happens and that it’s nearly completely cut off from the rest of the world. You meet quite a lot of people in the first chapter which was a bit overwhelming at first but again, it just made you feel those small town vibes because you pretty much meet everyone very quickly.

Pretty quickly you begin to feel the claustrophobic nature of the town, mainly through Niall as he seems to be constantly not in the mood to chat with anyone or go anywhere. The way the story is written makes you suspicious of nearly everyone to meet and you start to not trust people the same time as Lauren.

Even though Lauren is a child, and a lot of her mannerisms definitely show how young she is, that doesn’t make it feel at all childish or young. Lauren has a lot of independence, and I would say has had to grow up quite quickly in some ways so although she does not behave how an adult would she does deal with things logically and realistically most of the time.

I have to say, I did not see the ending coming and I had so many theories throughout the book but I was so wrong. And I’m glad! I devoured the last couple of chapters of the book SO fast because I simply had to know what happened next! I also really liked how it ended (no spoilers) and it felt really natural and true to how things probably are dealt with in real life.

I am so glad I picked up this book, and I recommend it to anyone that loves and kind of spooky books!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

See you next time!

Elizabeth

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Miss Cordelia- My Bothwell Character✨

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I last posted here and I’m sorry about that! I’ve just been super busy with different projects and things that I haven’t had time to write blog posts!

If you follow my instagram (instagram.com/daintybeth), you will know who Cordelia is. Or at least know what she is.

Cordelia is a character of my creation that I plan on taking to a LARP called Bothwell School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In case you don’t know what a LARP is; it stands for Live Action Role-play and is basically make believe for adults! The Bothwell LARP is inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and is a weekend long event in the South of England where you play a character attending a magical school. You get a lot of free reign when designing your character, but costume wise they have to adhere to the dress code, unless they don’t care about losing house points!

A portrait of Cordelia

The character I have created is called Cordelia. She was born in 1895, and was the first witch in her coven to successfully time travel a long distance forward, only he got stuck and had to start living her life in the 21st century. Her coven did not know this at the time, they thought she died, so they used magic to add her name to the list of people that went down on the titanic.

How ever, just over 100 years after Cordelia ‘travelled’ she suddenly arrives in the 21st century, in the exact same place she started only it looks very different now. There are taller buildings, faster cars, more people, busier streets. It is definitely not the town she remembers. However, Cordelia was prepped for a stranded situation, so she follows the instructions and begins to make the journey down the country to Herstmonceux Castle.

On her journey down, which takes her a long time because she has no money and only her wits and her magic, she learns a lot about this new age. She finds out about the internet, mobile phones, moving pictures WITH sound, airplanes and shorter skirts. She goes into a library to read about the tragedy that she was supposedly a part of and formed a great connection with that ship, feeling awful that everyone else really did die when she was sitting there completely fine.

Some of Cordelia’s possessions

She eventually made her way down the country to the castle, enrols in the school and restarts her magic education, constantly being amazed by the people she’s surrounded by and how much society has changed.

So! That is Cordelia’s story written out in full for pretty much the first time! I hope you love her as much as I do, and I cannot wait to play her! I will post updates (mainly in my instagram) as I develop her, and when I finally get my ticket to attend Bothwell I will document my whole journey and share all my costume pieces etc.!

Costume details

Thank you for reading my long spiel, and I hope to see you around here again soon!

Elizabeth

Where you can find Bothwell:

https://www.bothwellschoolofwitchcraft.com

Accused: British Witches Throughout History Review

Hello!

I have been lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Pen and Sword to read and review!

I absolutely love learning about the witches of history, not only because it is fascinating but because it feels like a piece of my history! I am a witch myself, not in the same way that some of these women are accused, I only light candles and read tarot, but I’m a witch and the women in this book helped pave the way for modern witches like me!

The main reason I was so excited for this book was because of the chapter on Mary Lakeland, also known as ‘The Ipswich Witch’. Ipswich is where I live, so learning about a witch that lived here, and being able to picture all the places mentioned in her story because I have actually been to them, was so amazing!

One of my favourite parts of this book was learning about all the things the women were accused of doing, and how people somehow managed to logically explain that it was witchcraft! Reading about the supposed familiars these women had was also interesting, because it wasn’t just the typical cat, but dogs toads and rats too!

Reading this book has really made me want to try and visit some of the places mentioned, as I just love to visit the places I read about in books! Especially when there is a lot o history connected to it!

The only thing that I found to be a shame (I do with all history books, and it’s obviously no fault of the author!!) is that records aren’t kept for all the details! I find it such a shame that people in history didn’t feel the need to note down small happenings as well as big ones! For instance, in one of the women’s stories we don’t actually know what caused one of the first arguments! It makes me want to start writing everything down just in case it becomes important one day!

I definitely recommend this book if you love witches, history or both!!! I rate this book 4/5 stars!!

See you next time!

Elizabeth