One White Lie by Leah Konen: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

From the end of July and throughout August I’m going to be participating in a lot of blog tours and I am so excited! I’ve always enjoyed challenging myself through my reading and I’ve achieved this predominantly using prompts for readathons, however, blog tours are a challenge unto themselves. Especially when you’re a famously slow reader with one week exactly to read each subsequent book! However, by going into each book having only read the synopsis and nothing else, whereas I’d have normally heard bloggers raving about them first, I get to explore each read and create my own excitement whilst also ensuring I do review them promptly. This all kicked off with The Puritan Princess last Monday, a roaring success, and today’s blog follows the trend in covering Leah Konen’s One White Lie for my stop on the blog tour as detailed down below.

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The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Non-Spoiler Review

Firstly, this book has continued a trend across my 2020 reading that this year is proving to be a good year for beautifully designed navy and gold covers between Hamnet, The Court of Miracles and The Puritan Princess. Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Puritan Princess which will continue through to Monday 27th of July and I’ve included the banner below so please make sure to check out the other awesome book bloggers also posting reviews.

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You Can Read and Write Anything! Top Five Creative Plays on the Norm

Any writer can attest to the unpredictable nature of ideas and inspiration. Regardless of genre, from the slice of life contemporaries to intricately plotted thrillers, the most mundane aspects of everyday life may spark a thought which is suddenly well on its way to becoming a full-length novel. However, if these everyday aspects of life find their way into the narrative there is enjoyment to be had, for both writer and reader, in creatively twisting the norm. Personally, I’m excited to spot these norm twists in a synopsis and I’m intrigued by an author’s ability to incorporate them regardless of genre.

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Wales Millennium Centre Announces Closure Until January 2021

I don’t typically post news on this blog, nor have I outwardly posted about theatre closures and show cancellations instead choosing to continue to post reviews and keep their word-of-mouth going or taking a small break to take extra marketing courses and improve my future content. I have also been enjoying the theatrical content consistently released during this lockdown including all of the Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, and beyond, from The Show Must Go On, various Leave a Light On concerts from the Theatre Café and Frankenstein, This House, and The Madness of King George III from National Theatre at Home. I’ve even been granted the chance to relive two favourites as A Monster Calls was streamed by Bristol Old Vic just last week and my favourite show The Grinning Man is still to come. As I’ve mentioned, the reason I haven’t been keeping up to date with these releases review wise is that I’m currently taking advantage of a break to think about and improve, the content on this website (in my head) ready for when theatre returns with a bang!

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& Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre): ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

This show has been following me around since I saw the first announcement ahead of its initial run. However, the soundtrack did not immediately convince me to see it as, while the voices were great, I found it difficult to listen to without narrative context. I normally do not mind listening to the soundtrack first and trying to gauge the story from this, but as the individual songs each had their own contexts outside of the show it was exceedingly difficult to get past that. When I went down to London, initially for the week of London Book Fair, at the end of February I was lucky enough to catch & Juliet on my first night using TodayTix for a £15 ticket. Also, in the couple of days between booking and my visit the show was nominated for nine Olivier Awards and many WhatsOnStage Awards so you could say I was expecting a good time!

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