If I were to walk up to you right now, and ask you to name a color that describes what you are feeling, what would it be? I have often heard people use the phrase "color me..." and whatever emotion they were feeling would follow. This has always fascinated the artist in me - combining … Continue reading The Astonishing Colour of After
Did you ever dream of becoming a Princess? Did you envision your fairytale starting with Prince Charming and a stunning dress? Well then join me as we travel through Illea and meet the lovely ladies of the Selection. Queens and Kings and Crowns and Gowns and all the magic one can associate with a Monarchy … Continue reading The Selection series
I am absolutely biased when it comes to this series, and find myself a firm member of the Victoria Aveyard fan club. This series what got me into bookstagram and fandoms. Opening up a whole new world to me. This is by far one of my most favorite reads and I obviously had to read … Continue reading Red Queen Series
If you had the choice between being a rebel and having rights or being a princess and having no voice, what would you choose? I found myself on the edge of my seat with this read. And even though there are familiar plot twists, I have found myself rooting for them in the end. I … Continue reading Grace and Fury
Have you ever pictured yourself as a hero in a story? What kind of hero would you be? I myself have become quite a fan of the unconventional hero/heroine. And this novel just made me love them more. A gripping tale of a kingdom thrown into darkness, literally and figuratively, fighting for survival. Two unlikely … Continue reading Reign of Shadows
There are times when I wish I grew up during this millenium, and times I am thankful I didn't. Some may argue the bookworm in me is still a child in some ways. And for that I am thankful. Kids nowadays have so many great options when it comes to books, and amongst those great … Continue reading The Monster who wasn’t
South Africa is an unique and beautiful country, with many great stories to be told. Having grown up in South Africa, I know that not all those stories are necessarily beautiful, but they are definitely powerful. This Novel is one of the more powerful stories, relating our more recent history. And I LOVED IT!
My friend and I had an enlightening conversation on Historical Fiction and the significance of telling stories. My conclusion was that just because the significant event was horrible does not mean there was no room for beauty, love and self discovery. In my opinion, the hope that exists in those dark moments through love and beauty, often help us survive these horrible events, and inspire us to do better, to live better and to love better.
There is something completely magical about Historical Fantasy Fiction. And this cover, as beautiful as it is, did not do this book justice. So excuse me while I pack my bags to get whisked away to 1789, Paris in a hot air balloon. (Completely ignoring my fear of heights.)
So by now it should be common knowledge that I am a rather big (huge) fan of retellings, especially Beauty and the Beast retellings. And an historically accurate one was just too good to pass up. And honestly that cover just screamed "PICK ME UP"