Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Rating:★★★★ and 1/2 or 4.5 stars

Synopsis: THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

Review: This is basically a fantastical retelling of beauty and the beast but so much more exciting! An arranged marriage, evil parents and rivalling species; and a couple who find solace in each other despite their differences. This was such a perfect mixture of romance and adventure and the character’s growth was amazing!

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Why I’m boycotting Amazon + my fave (online) ethical booksellers UK

Amazon started off as a book shop and is now one of the (or the) most used book shops. Actually perhaps even as any online store in general. In my opinion, Jeff Bezos doesn’t need any more money especially when he donates hardly any to charity. He could change so many lives with that money but just has it laying around. So my morals align with Amazon’s which is why I have stopped using it. It’s quite scary how people go straight to Amazon when wanting to buy something.

This is slightly difficult as some books are printed by amazon meaning that you can get them nowhere else (abe books and book depository and such are owned by amazon so that’s not a choice either) so here I have compiled some of my favourite online ethical booksellers. Also, a warning that some of these are second hand (actually most) as I feel no need to add another new book into the world when there is a perfectly good one available, it’s just more sustainable and nicer to the earth! ☺️

1) Worldofbooks.com

World of books is a second hand bookseller that has pledged to donate 1 million books by the end of 2020! They recycle all books that are unable to be donated or sold and are actively trying to become a more sustainable brand by reducing carbon emissions. Their operations have saved 1,670 tonnes of CO2e! (Although if you are trying to find a book type the book and then world of books and it is more likely to show up. I don’t know why but when searching on the website sometimes books don’t come up even though they do sell them)

Shipping: Free to the UK- Ships to 190 countries

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I need book friends

Let’s just say that no one IRL knows I like reading (apart from my family) so I have a real lack of people that I can freak out over books with 😭. My sisters have to endure me getting giddy over books I have waited months for whilst they are recovering from my screaming. So really the moral of the story is, can you be my bookish friend 😊 I will accept any human interaction at this point. Thank you!

Break (not my fault this time)

So my phone was hacked an wiped of its data so my email and goodreads no longer work (plus all of my personal stuff is gone) so I am taking a necessary break to try and fix everything. I am sad to say that i probably wont be able to log into my goodreads or email as i cannot remember the passwords and they were linked to me currently wipes phone. I am quite depressed as they will probably just sit in purgatory for eternity. If anyone could give me some ideas on what to do, I would be forever grateful. Anyways, I will probably be MIA for around 2 weeks to try and recover all my stuff. Thank you for sticking around.