One of my favorite parts of reading, is the book dedications. Authors pour blood, sweat and tears into their work and very often readers forget the sacrifice and dedication that can go into a novel. This year I have found so many great dedications that stood out. These ones were some of my favorites. Seawitch … Continue reading Favorite Book dedications (2019 edition)
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
Have you ever wanted to enjoy a book so badly, that you ended up hating it? I have picked up many a hyped book this year and nearly broke down in tears because I was so disappointed. I love most stories and I feel that there is definitely value in all stories.
I love to escape in a book. And I adore books that can completely remove me from reality. Thus my love for Fantasy Novels. After a year of amazing reads paranoia tends to kick, nagging in the back of your mind that your next read might not be so great, or might completely disappoint. I … Continue reading Sorcery of Thorns
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"