The Perfect Tear | A Pictorial Review

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Okay, since when is it ‘pictorial’ and not ‘pictoral’? Nobody informed me of this! (My excuse for misspelling it in the PICTORIAL review below. I was lucky enough to receive an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the author and YA Bound Book Tours.

No, just kind of confused!

So yeah, you can blame school if you can’t read anything on there- but pictures say a bit (or a lot). But seeing as that is a bit more… abstract than my usual reviews, here is a synopsis from Goodreads:

Eleanor, a timid orphan with an extraordinary musical gift has just turned sixteen. She has no clue to her real purpose, but she refuses to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her best friend Audrey begs her to run away with her but where would they go? The world outside the Abbey is barren and dangerous. Eleanor finally decides to take her chances and in the act of running away, meets her destiny.

The girls find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers where they are met by an ethereal creature, Tsera, who gives Eleanor a choice. Go home to Edward, the boy she loves, never to sing again and wait until her world dies or, risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction of her world.
As always, YA Bound Book Tours come with a GIVEAWAY, this time for an ebook of The Perfect Tear plus some digital artwork! I definitely recommend either entering or purchasing a copy of this book if science + music sounds interesting and you enjoy thinking of a world controlled by others in which sentient beings live (and yes, I am incredibly horrible at describing things). I gave this book 3 stars, leaning towards 3.25 (the second half easily got 3.5- and to me that’s really good).

Happy reading, Keira x.

Coming Back | WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

I skipped a couple of weeks. And that’s okay; the beginning of this month has been a bit of a reading lull for me so I have been focusing on other things (like watching The Breakfast Club for the first time and realising why people love it). But today I am doing it (albeit at about 11pm). WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words.

#1: What have you recently finished reading?

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Heart of A Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney is the third book in the Connor Clan series and whilst not as good as the previous books (in appearance AND content), it was still enjoyable and I gave it 3 stars. The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg was slightly (largely) less NA and tomorrow I am releasing a pictorial review for it! I ended up giving that book 3 stars as well.

#2: What are you currently reading?

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At the moment I am reading Rubinrot (Ruby Red in English) by Kerstin Gier for my German class (my tutor is only 2 years older than me and she likes romance, so when it turned out I owned this book and it was one of her favourites, we decided to read it! I am about 10% into this book.

#3: What are you going to read next?

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Isabella’s Last Request by Laura Lawrence and Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne are both on my TBR this month- Future Leaders of Nowhere is the next book I need to review. It is unlikely that I will wait to finish the book I am currently reading to read these two- more likely I will take a break and then go back to it.

What have you been reading this week? Happy Wednesday, Keira x.

“I Love Spring!” Book Tag


It’s been awhile (oops). I’ve been really busy and, especially this past week, haven’t been reading. I say I’ve been busy, but really I’ve been binge-watching a lot of TV. I have a lot of tests over the next few weeks and really I should be studying biology or EPS right now, but I decided to write this before school anyway.

#1: How is spring where you live?

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I’ve not actually lived through a spring where I live currently, but I used to live in the general area when I was younger and we would always go to the bluebell woods, which were incredible. Also, if you look up ‘Cambridge in spring’ on Google you get lots of tulips and daffodils.

#2: What is your most anticipated book release this spring?

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A Court of Wings and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is definitely my most anticipate release this spring, but it is also the next book in a series, so that gives it an unfair advantage. Therefore, my most anticipated release that is not a sequel, is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sanhya Menon.

#3: Pick a book cover that reminds you of spring.

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#4: Where are you going to read this spring?

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I would like to be able to say outside, but I don’t do well with bugs and spiders (especially spiders), so it will remain in my bed. Perhaps the occasional foray downstairs to the sofa.

#5: Find a cover with the sun on it.

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#6: What are your favourite spring reads?

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My most read genre all year round is fantasy, but as the warmer weather comes I do start reading more contemporary books again as well.

#7: Find a book with many different colours on it.

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#8: Who do you tag?

This is a pretty old tag, so I’m just going to tag anyone who feels like doing it!

Spring is my favourite season. What’s yours? Happy reading, Keira x.

Five Things That Surprised Me About Home by Eleni McKnight


Doing normal reviews gets boring and tedious and most people don’t enjoy reading them anyway. Instead, here are 5 things that surprised or interested me about Home by Eleni McKnight. Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. How religious it was. I’m generally a bit uncomfortable reviewing very religious books as I don’t feel qualified to comment on whether they are respecting the religion and/or actually representing the religion properly, so I typically wouldn’t request a highly religious book to review.
  2. How much I enjoyed the religious aspects. Despite what I just said and perhaps because of the way religion is treated and some of the conversations the characters have about it, I actually think the religious aspects of this book added a lot of depth, were very significant to the story and dealt with very well. Reading the Author’s Note you could also tell that this came from something quite personal to them, which is also nice to know.
  3. How much it reminded me of Seed by Lisa Heathfield. These books are not the same or even really very alike, so this isn’t a negative thing at all. Rather, they are both set in some kind of religious cult with a warped, evil religious leader and severe gender inequality. They have a lot of similar themes, which is quite terrifying as Seed is a contemporary novel and Home is a dystopian.
  4. How disturbing I found the gender inequality. Typically, although I am definitely a feminist, I really enjoy reading social dynamics like that of the 1800s where there is some gender inequality, because I like seeing how two separated groups of people interact and I think it highlights the author’s views of how women and men are (or the views of the time period about which they are writing at the very least). In fact, I actively seek out books with this segregation as the interactions between men and women as two separate groups rather than on an individual basis greatly interest me. However, in this book, there was no kindness or respect behind the gender inequality, there was violence and fear-mongering and untimely deaths. And worst of all, the main character truly believed that she deserved to be treated like that. This does not dampen my love of books with a gender split, but it definitely makes me think about what happens when it is taken to extremes and how easily people can be manipulated into accepting horrible things happening to them or others around them.
  5. How much I liked it although it was different to how I thought it would be. This is a book where I read something off the summary, assumed one thing and then the book was entirely different, but I ended up really liking it. I love Silas and the Doctor and their whole family and I hate a lot of the other characters. I like the romance, the self-discovery and the character development. Overall, this book was a great read and I definitely recommend it if you like dystopian societies with warped ideas of Christianity (that are challenged by some) and strong, interesting characters with great character development. I gave this book 4 stars.

Enter a giveaway courtesy of the author and YA Bound Book Tours and win a signed copy of home plus $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She’s also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter’s Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It’s never quite left her over the years

These days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.

Author Links: | Goodreads | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Happy reading, Keira x.

Just a few Highlanders…

WWW Wednesday

Well, I almost didn’t do this this week, but I figured I really didn’t want to get in the habit of only doing it biweekly so here I am at 21:30 doing it 🙂 I’m proud of myself (although I did procrastinate for like 6 hours first).

#1: What book(s) have you recently finished?


Firstly, I finally finished Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, which I only really enjoyed for the Bree x Roger scenes and could basically have been solved with one adult conversation; I ended up giving it 3 stars, but almost 2.5.

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Then, because Outlander started a dangerous obsession, I read two MORE romances with Scottish Highlanders in them. Defiant by Pamela Clare is the 3rd and final book in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series which I started in February, so I’m very proud of myself for finishing that series. That one is just straight up Historical Fiction Romance, but Awaken the Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney has time travel (like Outlander) and magical Warriors, Angels and Demons (not like Outlander). Both of which were good and I gave 4 stars! Awaken the Highlander is the first book in the Connor Clan series.

#3 (or well, #2): What do you plan on reading next?

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I skipped #2 (what are you currently reading) because I only just finished Awaken the Highland Warrior so I’m not actually reading anything. I need to start slowly reading Das peinlichste Jahre meines Lebens by Mark Lowery for my German class and apart from that I need to read Home by Eleni McKnight in order to review it, but who knows what I will actually read! Maybe I’ll read the next Connor Clan book first…

What was your favourite book you read this week? Happy reading, Keira x.

March TBR


Okay, so March’s TBR is a fair bit bigger than February (especially when I ended up getting rid of two books on February’s TBR and only having 1 to read) and has some books that will be harder to finish- aka, the German one. One book may get unofficially added to this list if I get approved for a review copy. But officially, I am staying with my goal of having no more than 6 books on my TBR and only books I have to read.


  • Das peinlicshte Jahr meines Lebens von Mark Lowery. Translated by Thomas Dunkel. This is a book that I have to read for my German class (I have private tutoring so that I can do Language A German at IB Level without doing any GCSE German etc.) My tutor is a sixth former (11th grader for those outside the UK) and she really enjoyed this book. From what I can tell of the synopsis it should be really funny contemporary.
  • Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne. This is a review copy kindly provided to me via YA Bound Book Tours. It’s also a Contemporary. It is set in a summer camp and although I’m not a massive fan of book set in places like that generally speaking, the last one I read was quite good so I’m coming round to it. This also has a lesbian romance in it, so I’m hoping it is good! I will be reviewing this book on the 14th of March, so it’s definitely one I need to read sooner rather than later.
  • Home by Eleni McKnight. This is also a review copy kindly provided to me via YA Bound Book Tours, but this one is a kind of Dystopian Sci-Fi type of thing. It has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tale and although I have not read the book, the societies do seem to share some similarities in common. I love reading books where you really get to see the interaction between to groups of people completely split genetically and socially, one example of which is gender, and the way they interact, so books which amplify this are great (I keep meaning to do a post about this, so I’m going to pencil it- type it- into my calendar after I write this).


  • The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh. This book is my 2017 Challenge pick for the category a book set in a country you have never been to’. It is an Adult Historical Fiction set in 19th Century South Africa following an English girl. I have quite a few historical fictions lying on my shelves in wait of being read, so it will be good to finally get to one of them!
  • The Black Lotus by Claire Warner. This is a review copy kindly provided to me via YA Bound Book Tours. It is a Historical Paranormal Romance type of thing with (I believe) vampires, so probably a sort of ‘guilty pleasure read’- not that I am particularly guilty about it. I received the second book as well, but as I am plan on publishing my review for this on the 2nd of April and the next one a couple of weeks after that, only this one needs to be on this list.
  • Isabella’s Last Request by Laura Lawrence. This is a NA Contemporary novel off my ‘Books to Reread in 2017’ list. I remember finding it funny and sad the first time through, but that was a couple of years ago, so I’m interested to see what I think about it now!

What do you plan on reading this month? Happy reading, Keira x.

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag 3.0


Hello everyone! Welcome to the THIRD installment of my unpopular opinions. The first one I did in October of 2015, but the second one was posted on the 28th February last year (which was totally unplanned- I just decided to switch this and my Wrap Up around to give me more time) so it has been exactly a year since I did this tag! I have my previous two tags open in another tab, so hopefully these should be all new answers! I won’t be tagging anyone, but if you would like to do it, feel free to do so and give me a link so I can check it out!

a popular book or series that everyone loved except for you.


Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. So many people loved this book as children, including my mum, but I just never liked it!

a popular book or series everybody hates except for you.


This was actually really hard. In the end, I’m going to go with Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, except I no longer love it. Like a lot of people, I really enjoyed it when I was younger and although there aspects I still like, Bella’s one dimensional and constant requests to become a vampire really irritate me. Like, what’s so bad about being human! Plus it was annoying. However, in the 10th Anniversary Edition, Meyer rewrote the first book (Twilight) with nearly all of the characters in the opposite gender and it was written as a stand-alone, which worked SO MUCH BETTER and I actually really, really enjoyed.

an OTP you don’t like.


It’s not to much that I don’t like this OTP as I do, but I do prefer the other one in this book and that is Will + Tessa from The Infernal Devices. Now, I liked it, but I was always rooting for Jem that tiny bit more.

a popular book genre you hardly reach for.


Horror. I just really don’t like to be scared and as soon as bugs are introduced I have to get the hell out. There are a lot of (and I mean a lot of) spiders in horror.

a popular or beloved character you don’t like.


I think I’m going to go with Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I don’t hate her or anything, but I don’t really like her either. She annoys me a bit occasionally, but mostly I am emotionless towards her. I’m much more invested in Christina than her (although I’m not particularly invested in any of the character’s stories).

a popular author you can’t seem to get into.


Charles Dickens. Sorry, nope. You know one reason his writing is so full and has so many unnecessarily long paragraphs and descriptions? He wrote for a magazine and got paid my word count. Yeah.

a popular book trope you’re tired of seeing.


A character being black or gay or disabled or whatever simply to make a point about that. I mean sure, books that raise awareness of the issues these people face are good, but can’t we have some books where the main character is black just because they happen to have a higher level of melanin in the skin. Gay because they happen to find the same gender attractive. Muslim because they want to be. We’re at the stage in a lot of society where we don’t need to learn more, we need to normalise as well. These are regular people as much as white, cisgender, straight people are.

a popular series you have no interest in reading.


Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Beyond what people have said about it being problematic, I just really don’t particularly care and don’t feel the urge to pick up the book.

a movie/TV show you like more than the book?

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Shadowhunters Season 2. I’m not a massive fan of the The Mortal Instruments series apart from the first book and whilst the first season isn’t great, I do like the second one more than the books. Neither is amazing though. Much prefer the Infernal Devices… now that is something I want a TV show for! From the pictures you can also probably see my Malec bias.

What are your unpopular opinions? Please remember that this isn’t trying to offend anyone- if you love anything I didn’t then that’s great and I’m so glad someone enjoyed it! Happy reading, Keira x.

February Wrap Up


Hello everyone! Today I will be talking about all of my reading in the month of February! Last month I didn’t talk about my progress on my New Years Resolutions, but I do want to briefly do that this month, so that is something that will be happening first!


Okay, so this segment could get pretty long; if you want to skip it, I totally understand- it’s more of a way for me to keep in check than anything else!

Starting with my non-blogging/reading goals… there is basically no point me writing these down as I was not consistent with sticking to them and mostly failed. Although my room was tidy during my holiday. I guess that could count for something.

Now for the blogging goals:

  1. Mark half stars down. It occasionally pains me to do this, but I have been doing so and it’s satisfying to see a slightly more accurate breakdown of my book enjoyment in my Goodreads shelf stats.
  2. Schedule more posts and post 3+ times per week. I didn’t do this well for most of the month, but the past week and a half or so I have posted basically every day, so hopefully I can keep that up!
  3. Do more discussions and reviews.
  4. Make reviews more about Goodreads and enjoy writing them more. I definitely dread writing reviews a lot less and a not-so-mini review (which I do on Goodreads and in Wrap Ups for all books) got a really massive compliment from the author, which made me feel very special.
  5. Be a more active member in the community. Like the posting thing, I didn’t do this particularly well the whole month, but I did over the past week and a bit.
  6. Make my TBRs truly the books I have to read. I have accomplished the past few months and I’m really liking it!

And finally, the reading goals:

  1. My Goodreads goal of 120 books.  21 books ahead of schedule!
  2. My two yearly TBRs (2017 Challenge and Books I Want to Reread). Ahead with these as well!
  3. Finish reading books before starting new ones. I’ve done pretty well with this one!
  4. Read every book I pre-order. I read one of two pre-orders this month, which isn’t bad, but there are still like 9 to read because of last month too…
  5. Get my TBR under control. Yeah, no. Hopefully I buy less books next month and I need to stop requesting so many 😀 I keep saying I will and then I never do.


My TBR for this month was incredibly short (it started out as three books but something came up so I had to cancel some review copies). The Ashes and the Sparks was also a review copy, however I DNF’d that book just before something came up so I didn’t review it. It wasn’t a bad book, I was just very confused and probably in a bad mindset to be reading it. However, I wasn’t not enjoying it, so I recommend checking out this promo post I did if you want to know more!

  • Pull by Anne Riley
  • The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson


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  • Pull by Anne Riley. This was my February book for the 2017 Challenge- ‘Pick a book without the letter ‘e’ in the title.’ I ended up really enjoying it and giving it 4 stars- I just wish I got more of the story or what would happen next because it is quite short and a stand-alone.
  • On the Edge by Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews is probably my favourite adult/NA paranormal romance author- their books are just so wonderful and fast-paced! I stayed up until 1 ‘o’ clock to finish this book and I’m not complaining at all. This is the first book in the Edge series and I gave it 4.5 stars.
  • Surrender by Pamela Clare. I do love myself some good historical romance especially steamy ones about Scottish Highlanders (thank you Outlander, for starting that particular interest). There were some things that didn’t add up or I felt could have been more developed, but the romance itself was excellent and I really liked all of the characters. This is the first book in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series. I ended up giving this 4 out of 5 stars.


  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Wow. Just wow. This is book 1 in the YA Fantasy duology Six of Crows. (Please, no spoilers for the Grisha trilogy as I haven’t read it yet). Nina and Matthias are my favourite people ever. Just perfection. And whoever said there wasn’t romance in this book was lying. Just saying. 5 stars. This completed the 2017 Challenge category ‘a book recommended to you by someone in the book club’.
  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. This was a reread for me and I actually loved the book even more this time around, although the ending left me slightly less destroyed. 5 massive, huge stars. This was on my re-read TBR for the year.
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. Fun and romantic with enough action to balance it out! A great new ‘guilty pleasure’ series (the quotation marks are necessary because I’m not actually guilty about them, but they still serve the purpose of giving me a break from harder, more time-consuming and draining books). This book 1 in the Adult Fantasy/Romance series Alpha and Omega. 4 stars.


  • Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer & Doug Holgate. 4.5 stars. I loved it! I’m so glad we get to be back in this world again, although I will say that Wolf and Kai don’t really look how I imagined! This is Book 1 in the Wires and Nerve series of Graphic Novels, a sequel series to the Lunar Chronicles.
  • DarkIsle: The Final Battle by D. A. Nelson. 3.5 stars. This is the final book in the DarkIsle trilogy. Some things were confusing and Morag seemed much older than I remembered her, but it also seemed like not much time had passed since the second book in the series. That being said, it was magical, fun and very exciting!
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe. 5 stars. This is one of those books where you don’t feel. You just read. You devour the words until they hardly mean anything to you and you’re no longer really reading. You turn pages and black letters squirm in front of your eyes and then you finish it. You turn the last side. Close the book. And start to cry. No matter that you couldn’t tell someone what the last sentence was or what any sentence was- you didn’t just read that book, you lived that book. And the numbness with which you read it breaks and you’re a mess. Maybe not externally, just a few tears. But your brain hurts and weeps and struggles with life and you’re in love. The book where you have to read the acknowledgements because you need to know something about the author of this brilliant story- about the creator of this life you just lead for a few hours. Now that my gushing is slightly over- the friendships, the realness, the family, the love, the writing; everything about this book was perfect. So perfect, so heart-breaking so morally uplifting and tragic. There are not words to describe it. But everyone- everyone- should read this book. I think, although it has only been 5 minutes since I turned that last page, that this book has changed my life. I normally don’t paste the entirety of what I wrote on Goodreads into my Wrap Ups, but I needed to say this. This is a stand-alone YA Contemporary novel and an absolute masterpiece.


  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 4.5 stars. I had a great time rereading this epic adventure! This was on my reread TBR for the year.
  • Untamed by Pamela Clare. 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading more about the MacKinnon brothers and I may even have enjoyed this book a tad more than the first one!
  • Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden. 4 stars. The narrative was occasionally very confusing, but overall I thought it was an important book and the artwork was gorgeous and very much to my tastes. This completes the 2017 Challenge category ‘a book not told exclusively in prose’.


  • Eric by Shaun Tan. 3.5 stars. Rather peculiar, very short, sweet, told in pictures with only a few sentences every couple of pages. It would definitely make a good book to discuss with children about differences in culture, giving thanks and underlying meaning in pictures.
  • The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen. 4 stars. Mr. Charleton is amazing. I love him. I will admit that the ending was a tad disappointing because I wanted something else to happen, but it was unpredictable and fun. This book was on my re-read TBR for the year.
  • Smuggler’s Kiss by Marie-Louise Jensen. 3.5 stars. I think I like the ending to this one more than The Girl in the Mask but it also seems less realistic, so that ruins it a bit. Interesting world of smuggling, some good character development that could have seemed a bit overly-dramatic were it not for the social class Isabelle comes from. This was also a reread.


  • Soulless by Gail Carriger. Book 1 in the Steampunk Romance Adult series The Parasol Protectorate. 4.5 stars. Well I stayed up until 2 in the morning reading this, so you can definitely say I enjoyed it. I believe there may have been a couple inconsistencies (but that may just have been my 2-o-clock-brain) but in general I loved the plot, the mystery and the romance! Definitely a win.
  • Changeless by Gail Carriger. Book 2 in the Steampunk Romance Adult series The Parasol Protectorate. 3. 5 stars. I liked the first one more, but this was still really good. I must say that I am angry at the ending, but it will probably set up the next book quite nicely so if things are executed well in the sequel then I suppose I can forgive it. This story didn’t have quite as much direction as the first one. However, I do love some of the new characters and the eccentric vampire friend whose name I cannot spell is as wonderful as ever.
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. Book 4 in the Adult Fantasy/Historical Fiction series Outlander. The second half of this book would easily get 4.5 stars (a few too many dramatic misunderstandings for 5 stars), but the first half is really 2.5 or 3 stars. It was slow and boring and quite frankly, Bree and Roger saved this book for me. So yes, I will read the next book and I did enjoy this book, but Claire and Jamie had their time. Now I want Bree and Roger (I really need to find their ship name) to have the spotlight. Fingers crossed. But really, the entire plot of this book could have been solved with one adult conversation.

What was your favourite book that you read this month? Mine was probably A List of Cages (not including my reread of Empire of Storms, which is almost tied with it). Happy reading, Keira x.

February Book Haul


Well, I ended up acquiring 24 books this month, which is 9 less than last month. I still think it’s way too many books, but it should be even less next month. Most of them were review copies or Kindle books, though, so I’m not that mad about it.


  • On the Edge by Ilona Andrews. Book 1 in the NA Fantasy series The Edge. About a girl living in a community where there is only a little magic who manages to ‘flash white’, setting her apart from the others and what happens when a certain blueblood comes to visit from the Weird.
  • The Last Empress by C. K. Brooke. A prequel novella to the YA Fantasy series Jordinia. The main series is about a girl who was taken away as a baby so that she would not be executed when the royal family fell and a competition to bring her back to her uncle. This book is available for free if you sign up to C. K. Brooke’s newsletter (more information in this post).
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. Book 2 in the YA Fantasy series Rebel of the Sands. The first book is about a girl who lives in a desert where mystical things happen and women are oppressed. Rather than be forced into an abusive life she doesn’t want, Amani finds a way to escape, partially due to her sharpshooting skills, and encounters the kind of politics she had only heard of.


  • Surrender by Pamela Clare. Book 1 in the NA Historical Fiction series MacKinnon’s Rangers. The first book is about Annie, falsely convicted of being a thief by her Uncle to hide his terrible misdeeds and sent to the New World as an indenture. When she escapes because the French killed her master and mistress, she almost gets killed and raped when Iain MacKinnon steps in.
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Book 1 in the YA Fantasy series An Ember in the Ashes; I honestly can’t believe it has taken me this long to finally get my hands on this book. All I know is that one of the main characters is a slave, the other is a soldier and that it is supposed to be phenomenal!
  • Non-Heir by Rachel E. Carter. Book 0.5 in the YA Fantasy series The Black Mage. I received this (and the first book last month) for free by signing up for the author’s newsletter. This is a novella. The Black Mage is partially set in a magic school and is recommended for lovers of Throne of Glass.

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  • Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in the Graphic Novel series that takes place after the events of Winter, the final book in the YA Sci-Fi series the Lunar Chronicles. I pre-ordered this book, but Amazon didn’t get it in so it came a week late. It follows Iko, Cinder’s android.
  • The Black Lotus by Claire Warner. This is the first book in the paranormal-historical romance series Night Flower. It is set in 1752 and follows a young debutante, Melissa and a troublesome, immortal man, Justin Lestrade. I received a review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
  • Blood Orchid by Claire Warner. This is the second book in the afore-mentioned Night Flower series. I also received a review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Home by Eleni McKnight. I received a review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Home is about a girl living in a dystopian world that reminds me a bit of The Handmaid’s Tale- or at least what little I know of the story as I have yet to actually read it the classic.
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I needed some good PNR and so this happened… This is the first book in the Alpha & Omega series.
  • DarkIsle: The Final Battle by D. A. Nelson. It’s been years since I read the second book in the series, so it really was time I finally bought conclusion to the Middle Grade Fantasy series DarkIsle


  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe. Finally! I’m so glad I have this book in my hands.
  • Untamed by Pamela Clare. This is the NA Historical Romance sequel to Surrender which I also bought and read this month.
  • Eric by Shaun Tan. This is a Children’s mini picture book about a foreign exchange student who decided to live in the pantry.


  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan. This is kind of a crossover between Adult and YA based on Goodreads shelving, kind of NA I suppose. The characters are 25-27 so I’m just going to go with NA. It’s also a Sci-Fi romance. And the cover is gorgeous.
  • Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun. This sounds so interesting, but there are some mixed reviews so I’m interested to see what I think. This is YA Fantasy.
  • Soulless by Gail Carriger. A Steampunk adult romance, a series, shapeshifters and kickass protagonists. What more could you want! Book 1 in the Parasol Protectorate series.


  • Changeless by Gail Carriger. Book 2 of the aforementioned Parasol Protectorate series.
  • Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne. YA Contemporary set in a summer camp. Review copy.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I finally got round to getting this YA Contemporary after seeing the movie trailer!

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  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Okay, so my pre-order came in late, but at least I got this new release eventually!
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer. This is the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I still haven’t bought or read Stars Above, but when I read this book I read it on my Kindle, so I finally got the paperback to go with the other books on my shelves!
  • Das peinlichste Jahr meines Lebens von Mark Lowery. Like the last German book I read, this is also translated from English and I really don’t need a new one, but this was picked by my German tutor, so it’s required reading 😉 It sounds hilarious though.

Are there any books here that I absolutely have to get to if I haven’t already? Happy reading, Keira x.

All Things Beauty and the Beast


If you’re anything like me, less than a month is far too long to wait to see Beauty and the Beast (out March 17th). I’ve always loved Beauty and the Beast and Emma Watson is great, so I just don’t see how this can be a bad thing. In honour of my dire need to see this film, here is a selection of Beauty and the Beast (both old and new) related videos, articles and pictures for your perusal!

You can find the official Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film Twitter here. Definitely recommend following them if you want to know when new content is released!

And they are definitely not afraid to drop some Harry Potter references either as this article shows.

And some of the fanart from the original is beautiful…


There are A LOT of teasers for this new film…

Confronting some issues people have with Beauty and the Beast and doing so ever so eloquently…

It is a children’s film so….

This makes me excited…

And Clevver helpfully gives us some information about GASTON…

And here is the trailer from the original film! A very, very different style.

Okay, and this is NOT Beauty and the Beast related and I don’t even plan on watching this film anytime soon (and haven’t seen it yet) but this is Disney and so catchy.

Are you as excited as I am for Beauty and the Beast? Happy reading, Keira x.