Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Rating:★★★★ and 1/2 or 4.5 stars


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.


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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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.

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis: The first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer! See where the futuristic YA fairytale saga all began, with the tale of a teenage cyborg who must fight for Earth’s survival against villains from outer space.

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original.

Review: I have read this book before but I finally decided to read the full series!! I had put it off for a while but I shall wait no longer!! This book is brilliant, fantastic, extraordinary and all other synonyms of amazing! The Cinderella story is my favourite storyline of all time and although I don’t read many dystopian books, the dystopian twist on this story was just… phenomenal!

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