Book review: “Keeper of the Bees” by Meg Kassel

Keeper of the Bees

I was provided with an e-ARC copy of “Keeper of the Bees” by Entangled Teen in exchange for a free and honest review. I requested to read this novel because I read and reviewed “Black Birds of the Gallows” last year and was interested in the sequel.

You do not have to read “Black Birds of the Gallows” to read “Keeper of the Bees”, however, some things regarding the world building are explained there in much more detail.

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#SHReads18 – In Which Order to Read Sherlock Holmes Stories?

When I started thinking of writing this post, I didn’t even suspect that there might be different ways of reading Sherlock Holmes stories. Naturally, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was rather prolific, in spite of his developed frustration with the character that brought him fame, but it never occured to me that somebody could read the stores not in the publicated order – because it was the way I read them as a child.

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Book Review: Of Beast and Beauty by Jay Stacey


“Of Beast and Beauty” was the book that I randomly picked from the library after having it recommended to me by BookOutlet based on my browsing and purchases. I knew nothing of this book and had never heard of the author, so I went into it with fairly low expectations. I did pick it up shortly after watching the new movie “Beauty and the Beast”, so I was rather in the mood for this type of retelling.

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Décembre 3: 24e Salon du Livre de Toronto

My last class of French for this semester took place in public library. Pretty books and crepes afterwords – can MY every French class be like that?
Here are some photos of picture books at the fair.

I did buy a couple of kids novels in the hopes of studying French on my own during the break (which is just my excuse for buying books).

Bon journée. 

September Read-A-Thons

I should have titled this post something like “September Read-A-Thons or How to Make Myself Even More Stressed During Vacation”, because I will, hopefully, be away on vacation in September for about 3 weeks. Naturally, I do plan to take books with me (and I will post my TBR online) …

Books: January Wrap-Up

Yes, I am posting a January wrap-up today, on March 1. Yes, I am quite aware of it. I ran in a bit of a “writing reviews” slump. Apologies for that. Book video is up today as well.

I listened to a lot of audiobooks in January. To the point that I have already completed my goal of 10 audiobooks for this year. XD Yes, I am an overachiever, apparently.

I posted all of the reviews (long and short) on GoodReads with the exception of two (linked below), you will have to go to GR to read my reviews. I am sorry, if it is inconvenient.

Here is the full list:

(** – means a re-read)

Print books:

  1. “The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black (my review is HERE) – 5 stars
  2. “Otherbound” by Corinne Duyvis (my review is HERE) – 4 stars


  1. “Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (started as an print book but switched to an audiobook – my review is HERE) – 4 stars
  2. “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, narrated by full cast – 4 stars
  3. “Stories for All Ages” by Oscar Wilde, narrated by Stephen Fry – 4 stars
  4. “Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Anton Chekhov’s Short Stories” – Anton Chekhov, narrated by Stephen Fry – 4 stars
  5. “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, #7)” by Conan Doyle, narrated by full cast – 4 stars
  6. “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman – 4 stars
  7. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Poe – 4 stars
  8. “Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar” by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman – 4 stars
  9. “A Vintage Affair” by Josh Lanyon** – story 4 stars, performance 3 stars

Graphic novels:

  1. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act (The Wicked + The Divine, #1) – 3.5 stars
  2. East of West, Vol. 4: Who Wants War? – 3 stars
  3. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium (The Wicked + The Divine, #2) – 3.5 stars
  4. “Blankets” by Craig Thomson – 3.75 stars (review is HERE)
  5. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman – 3 stars

E-Books (novels and short stories):

  1. Becoming Elite (Sin City #1) by Tricia Owens – 3 stars
  2. The Concubine Prince: Book One (The Concubine Prince, #1) by Cat Summerfield – 2 stars
  3. The Concubine Prince: Book Two (The Concubine Prince, #2) by Cat Summerfield – 2 stars
  4. The Concubine Prince: Book Three (The Concubine Prince, #3) by Cat Summerfield – 2 stars
  5. “My Dearest Holmes” by Rohase Piercy** – 4 stars
  6. “A Ghost of a Chance” by Josh Lanyon** – 4 stars
  7. “Learning from Isaac (Tarnished Souls, #1)” by Dev Bentham – 3.5 stars
  8. Spice ‘n’ Solace (Galactic Alliance #1) by K.C. Burn – 2 stars
  9. The Horse Mistress: Book 1 by R.A. Steffan – 3.75 stars
  10. “In Plain Sight” by Josh Lanyon** – 4 stars