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Reviewer: Caroline

When I was tagged by Laura, the blue-haired dynamo responsible for Sister Spooky: Book Fangirl , I thought that it was a great way to get to know a little bit more about my fellow bloggers.

The Rules

  • Answer the eleven questions that were asked of you by the person who tagged you.
  • Make up eleven new questions and tag eleven new people to do the meme!
  • Let them know you tagged them!

Laura asked:

What is your favourite dessert?
I’m a fan of all desserts but my most favourite is Key Lime Pie.

What’s the last book you read that completely knocked your socks off?
I hope that you’re not seriously expecting me to pick just one!
I’ve recently finished Department 19 by Will Hill, which was totally gripping and fast paced and I can’t wait to read the sequel Department 19: The Rising.
I Love  all of Maggie Stiefvater’s  work but my favourite of hers has to be The Scorpio Races. My signed, doodled copy is probably my favourite bookish possession.
The book that totally knocked me off my feet, on to the floor, a left me a snot covered wreck was Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

What’s your snack food guilty pleasure?
The most shame full thing that I enjoy eating is Pot Noodles. I don’t have to be drunk or hungover to partake in  reconstituted soya-protein goodness.

When you were little did you have a favourite toy and what was it?
My bike. In the school holidays my siblings and I would be sent off in the mornings, with a packed lunch, expected not to return while it was still light. We would spend all day riding our bikes and exploring the surrounding woods and fields.

Is there any skill or talent you wish you had but just don’t?
I really wish I could speak another language. I learnt German and French at school but I can’t remember any of it now.

What kind of music do you like? Any recommendations?
I like lots of different types of music and will download anything that catches my ear.

What was the last movie you saw at the cinema and what did you think of it?
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. I have to say that I squirmed in discomfort for the first 15mins. What was the cheesy elevator music about? Over all I enjoyed the film and I plan to watch the final instalment.

What is your dream job?
At around eleven or twelve I had to acknowledge that, growing up in the UK with terrible vision and a phobia of physics, a career as an astronaut was perhaps a tad unrealistic!
I’m happy to report that I discovered a new passion and I’m currently working in my dream job as a midwife.

What is your favourite kid’s TV show ( now or when you were a kid)?
I LOVE Pepper Pig, which is a good thing considering it’s a big hit among the smaller members of my household.

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food- YUM YUM YUM!


If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I would visit Thisby, in November to watch the Capailli Uisce race and munch on some November cakes.
If your insisting on an actual place in the real world! I would have to say New Zealand. I’ve never visited and it looks like such an amazingly beautiful country.

My questions:

  1. It’s your round at the pub and I’ve asked you to surprise me. What drink would you buy me and why?
  2. If you had to spend the day as a character in a book who would you be and why?
  3. What was the last thing you read/watched that made you cry?( Real tears, preferably with snot bubbles!)
  4. They say that you learn something new every day. What was the last thing you learnt?
  5. Marmite: Love it? Hate it?
  6. Which Literary love interests would you snog, marry and avoid.

  7. What’s your usual order from Starbucks/Costa?
  8. What is your oldest memory?

  9. Paperback, Hardback or Kindle? Which of these is your favourite reading format and why?

  10. What is your favourite quote/saying?

  11. If you could bring back any TV show for another series what would you pick and why?
I’m Tagging:
Lynsey Newton (Narratively Speaking)
Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
Kirsty( The Overflowing Library)
Grete Evans (Book Thing)
Amie Salmon (Welcome To My World)
Caroline (Portrait Of Woman)
Susan Mann
@Book-Geek-Says (So many books, so little time)
Momo (Books Over Boys)
Chris (Wicked Awesomology)
And last but by no means least Lesley from Here!
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The Scorpio Races: The Brownies

I recently had the opportunity to meet my favourite YA author, Maggie Stiefvater, as she toured the UK promoting her latest book The Scorpio Races.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Read my thoughts on The Scorpio Races: here!

The lovely Sarah at feeling fictional has written a comprehensive report, on the  delicious brunch we shared and the fantastic Foyles event, which you can view HERE.

Maggie described receiving the phone call informing her that the film rights to The Scorpio Races had been optioned (read it HERE), during the course of the phone call she managed to ruin a batch of chocolate ganache covered brownies.
The Brownies captured the rooms attention almost as much as the film news. Ever the obliging author, Maggie posted the recipe over on her facebook page .
You can check out the original recipe HERE .

For the benefit of non-American followers we have translated the recipe in to English. Of course we had to ensure that the translation resulted in edible confection. It was a tough job but somebody had to do it!

The Translation:

The Ingredients

12oz of plain chocolate ( we used 50% coco solids)
5 1/2 oz unsalted Butter
10oz Caster Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2Teaspoons(tsp) Vanilla Extract( the good stuff people not the essence rubbish)
1/4 tsp Salt
5oz Plain flour
100g Bag of Walnuts
180mls Double Cream
Pre-heat oven 180c or Gas mark 4


Roll up your sleeves
Give your hands a wash!


Melting half the chocolate with the butter.
Combining the chocolate/butter mixture with the egg/sugar/salt/vanilla mix


Sifting and folding in the flour
Stirring in the Walnuts
and stir a bit more!
Ready for the oven
Melting the other half of the chocolate in to the warmed cream
Pouring the ganache on to the cooked, cooled brownie
Who wants to lick the spoon?


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