Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Review

Essentially, the Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an Escape Room, based around the theme of Harry Potter

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a popular entertainment activity, where small teams of people, 3-5 roughly, are up against the time, in order to complete a mission to escape a room they are trapped in. Puzzles, challenges and clues are to be solved co-operatively to complete the mission successfully.

My Experience

I absolutely love Harry Potter (if you didn’t already know) and was absolutely thrilled to participate in this challenge with my 5 friends.

The location of Enigma Quests was highly accessible, being very close to Liverpool Street Station in Central London. As soon as we entered the site, I could feel my nerves and anticipation creep up.

The team at Enigma Quests were very welcoming and since I’m an early bird, we arrived early and chilled in the lounge – where we played multiple board games and helped ourselves to the refreshments available.

Once we entered the escape room (after our prep) we all desperately ran around attempting to find clues. At first we were all so confused but managed to figure our way around. The escape room was very challenging and required exceptional team effort. The challenge itself was absolutely thrilling and we all had an AMAZING time, especially as our first escape room experience.

I am also very proud to say our team managed to escape the room within the 60 minutes we had. We achieved an outstanding result, with 2 minutes remaining.

This escape room was well worth the £20 I paid for it. And thanks to Enigma Quests, I would happily participate in another escape room.

Hm, for my birthday in April, I’m possibly thinking about going to the ‘Snatch: A Million Pound Heist’ escape room by Enigma Quest, which is opening soon.

Suggestion for improvement

My time with Enigma Quests was brilliant and the only suggestion I can think of is an item of remembrance e.g. a certificate of achievement, to be given which would commemorate the achievement of teams. Or possibly a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter?

Enigma Quests Website: https://enigmaquests.london/about


Our Future

Poetry stopped a long time ago,

But let’s give it another shot,

Because my life has changed,

I guess nothing ever stays the same,

But who is ever to blame?

Me and my stupid mistakes,

But they don’t define me,

Only make me a better being,

So let’s see,

Reach out to a future that may never be,

Dreams can turn into reality,

Only then will I ever be free,

It’s unfortunate the scarcity of hope,

I swear to you we will cope,

End up dope,

And not just puffing smoke,

Newsflash: it’s a warzone,

No matter – we are never alone.

November Book Haul


There’s just soooo many I want and soooo many to buy. Unfortunately, that also means I require tons of money, which I sadly don’t have.

But, I just had to get a couple of books at least so this month I bought 11. That’s an achievement, trust me, I limited myself and held back on my urges.

As to not bore you I’ll keep the description of the books short (the first book in series may only be described) but reviews will slowly follow. And I mean slowly… (blame college).

Note: some prices may differ due to sales etc.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

This set was the first set of books I purchased at only £8 from The Works; a UK based retailer, however they have got an online store. (Link at the end of the page)

This trilogy is essentially about Wolves (duh!) and explores the love between Sam and Grace. Sam isn’t a normal boy – as the cold surfaces, his transformation leads him among a pack of wolves. Shiver (the first story) counts down on what could in actual fact be Sam and Graces’ only summer together.

Note: a fourth stand-alone sequel has been released.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

After reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here and absolutely loving the book entirely, I had to purchase other books from Patrick Ness. From reading one book by him, I can say that his writing is enticing and captivating. The Rest of Us Just Live Here explored real issues and struggles, which I was able to relate to my own life.

Review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here: https://xxjustmywayofthinkingxx.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/the-rest-of-us-just-live-here-by-patrick-ness-review-author-event/

The Chaos Walking trilogy is set in a dystopian world where creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in images, words and sounds called Noise. The first story, The Knife of Never Letting Go, begins with Todd being forced to flee his own country due to discovering a patch of silence.

Bought for £6.99 from The Book People (link at the end of the page).

Legend series by Marie Lu

The Legend series in short words is set in the Republic, a nation at war with its neighbours. Born into an elite family is June and born into the slums is Day. Their paths are crossed when June’s brother, Metias is murdered and Day is the prime suspect. In a turn of events the two uncover what really brought them together and the lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Bought for £4.99 from The Book People.

The Bane Chronicles

The Bane Chronicles is a series of novellas highlighting Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments. The short stories are co-written by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Bought for £4.99 (hardback) from The Book People.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green’s first novel tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter who heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School, and Alaska Young who steals his heart.

After, nothing is the same.

Bought for £3.99 from The Book People.



The Works: http://www.theworks.co.uk/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=B%20%7C%20Brand&utm_term=%2B’the%20%2Bworks

The Book People: http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_home_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100

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The Secret Fire Review + Author Event


Where do I start?

The Secret Fire is an amazingly written, YA dystopia book by two fabulous authors; C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, an award winning French author. The two whom I met at a Hatchards book launch event in London. The two collectively collaborated to produce The Secret Fire. The Secret Fire is a story where Taylor Montclair and Sasha Winters race against time to conquer fate.

Personally, I liked reading the book like I really really enjoyed reading it and I just really wanted to get to the end of the book. Like you do with all books but towards the end of the book I realised something, I just really wanted to know the end. Naturally, like others but this book was different. The problem I realised, when I was ¾ down, was that I didn’t feel as much emotion as I usually do (being a very emotional person). The book hadn’t made me cry yet, it didn’t make me utterly scared or frightened to death about what was to come, yes it made me smile at times but didn’t make me want to hug the book and never let go.

Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting, very, very interesting and I was so very intrigued by the book. Knowledge was my craving, emotion there was a lack of. But I guess I didn’t mind that as I hadn’t realised until I was almost done with the book.

The finality left me helpless. And yearning for more.

Immediately, I tweeted C.J Daugherty asking if there was a sequel and was so grateful for her reply.

“@SiredHybridxx YES.😀 The Secret City comes out next year.”

I am now holding onto hope for The Secret City and I am absolutely excited for the second part.

On a final note, the book launch event was incredible! Meeting both authors was a pleasure and being first in line to get my book signed was a complete delight. I received a Secret Fire tote bag and cake pop which was insanely wonderful, so thank you to the organisers and the authors.

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22911719-the-secret-fire?ac=1&from_search=1

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ by Patrick Ness REVIEW + author event

the rest of us just live here

This book focuses on the ones ‘not chosen’ which intrigued me to pick this book up upon release. The tag line ‘not everyone has to be the chosen one’ automatically gripped my attention and I cannot be happier that I gave this book a chance.

Never before had I read a Patrick Ness book; ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ was my first and certainly won’t be my last. This book made me want to stop every five seconds just to write a quote down that I really liked and proved very inspirational.

The book was such a good read; I have no words to describe how utterly amazing it was to read.

The fact that I also attended the author event for this book and got my book signed by Patrick Ness, made me all the more excited to read the book. It was an absolute joy to meet such an honest, funny and lovable author. For my first author event, it was absolutely brilliant!

The next book I will most likely be picking up from Patrick Ness is ‘More Than This’…

Goodreads link to the book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22910900-the-rest-of-us-just-live-here

Goodreads link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/27118401-siredhybridxx

I rated the story 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

First fanmail success – Sam Claflin

Since you all have probably, already realised I am a major fangirl I thought I’d share some of my fangirlish experiences with you. Have I mention yet that recently I discovered the art of fanmail and how to send it?

Well now I’ll tell you a little about it.

The process is fairly simple as long as you have a valid mail address for the certain celebrity you are a fan of. As long as the celebrity isn’t massively big, it should be easy to find their fanmail address. The most comment site used is fanmail.biz and after thorough research I decided to send fanmail to Sam Claflin as he is known for possibly, actually signing them although, you can never be 100% sure.

However, I must warn you that having a celebrity signing your fanmail isn’t always guaranteed – a lot of fans receive pre-printed autographs, autopens, secretarials etc.

I took a chance and mailed him two pictures which I printed myself, at home. I mailed this with the address I found and sent a self-addressed stamped envelope inside so that he would have no trouble sending the signed pictures back to me.

Surprisingly, I received the fanmail back signed extremely quickly.

Sent on: 13th July

Received on: 5th August

I was immensely ecstatic and could not be happier! Especially since Sam Claflin was the first person I have ever sent fanmail to and it came back successful.

Sam Claflin

Egypt adventure for 7 spectacular days…

Egypt is absolutely stunning. I spent 7 fantastical days at a resort in Sharm El-Sheikh. Although I did go out of the resort a couple of days to the market (at night), I went on a speedboat, quad/buggy biking, road a camel and went on a submarine. The experience was absolutely breath-taking.

Most of my time was spent by the pool in the resort; screaming down waterslides and the like. All in all Egypt is a wonderful place to be, however the heat may be the only reason I would state otherwise.

Pictures of the resort we stayed in and one from the top deck of the submarine (before going down):

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