To Dream of White & Gold – R.K. Hart

All the dreamers are dead. All but one. Lida d’Cathan has inherited something from her long-dead mother, Siva. Something unknown, something unwanted, and something entirely dangerous. Lida must make a choice: should she spend her life mistrusted and maligned, living as an outsider with the other gifted? Or stay in Kingstown, and risk hurting the people she loves with the power that spills from her in sleep?In order to control her gift, she will need to follow in Siva’s elusive footsteps and travel further from home than she ever imagined. But just like her power, knowledge has a cost – and it might be more than she is willing to pay. What will Lida give to become the last dreamer?

I recieved an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

To Dream of White & Gold is a fantasy romance where we follow Lida on her journey where she tries to understand her powers.

To Dream of White & Gold is a interesting book, where the characters travel through different parts of the world. There are different languages and different cultures. This makes the struggles and stories of the characters so understandable.

The characters are so amazing! There are quite a few characters so I’m only going to talk about two of my favourites (they’re all a fav tbh). Let’s start with Lida, the main character. I like her a lot, but I feel like she’s a bit ignorant towards the other cultures. But she is definitely a badass! And than we have Lorcan. He was a bit of an ass in the beginning but my oh my, has my opinion changed. He’s so cute!

There are a lot of different love plots in the book, which made me squall. I ship them all, all the couples (or love tension between two characters) made me so happy and sappy.

I gave the book 4,5 stars because I love it so much. I’ve already read the book twice. When I read the book the first time, it had me in it’s power. I just couldn’t stop reading! The second time was just as magical and made me love the story even more. Will I read it a third time, hell yes!

The only thing that bothered me a teensy bit, was that something that was written in the prologue and the epilogue didn’t really come back in the main part of the book. This is the reason for the 4,5 stars instead of 5 stars.

About the author:

R. K. Hart

Rebekka Hart is a writer and educational developer living and working on Ngunnawal Ngambri land in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and two young children. She holds a BA (Hons) in Literature and postgraduate qualifications in Education, and has a particular passion for Victorian literature and confessional poetry, though she spends much of her time reading YA fantasy instead.To Dream of White and Gold is her first novel.

You can find her on

Waking Spero – IQ Malcolm

“Crashed without a clue. Stranded on a strange world. Caught in the fight of their lives. Aspiring teenaged artist Unai thought he was free from facing struggle like his father. But he’d rather be back in his family butcher shop when he wakes in a downed escape pod with a feral girl and cute-looking kid cadet on a faraway planet. And with carnage on the horizon and a gap in his memories, he’ll need more than his artistic instincts to stay alive. 2045 is the last year that Space Force Academy recruit Clover can remember. And though she’s desperate to honor her father’s military legacy by surviving the massive impact, she fears her two charges are casualties waiting to happen. So she goes with the only viable option: Take the lead to guarantee all three make it through the alien jungle’s deadly night…Battling conflicting personalities and dodging close encounters with native creatures, Unai struggles to keep it together in the hostile environment. And Clover finds herself stretched to the limit keeping everybody alive when their search for answers unleashes an avalanche of peril.Can they survive the savage lands before the extraterrestrial wildlife tears them apart?”

I received an E-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.

Waking Spero is a young adult sci-fi where we follow three characters on their adventure on an unknown planet with no memory of the past two and a half years.

Waking Spero is a fast-paced book with a beautiful description of the planet with all it’s inhabitant creatures. It feels like you are on the planet with the characters and that you get to go through everything with them. The story is so much more interesting because of the fact that they don’t have any memories. It forms extra challenges which they have to face and they need to come up with a plan to survive the unknown planet.

The characters are so amazing and I loved every single one of the main characters so much. Unai is such a sweetheart with all his jokes and his references of pop culture, all to lighten the mood. He believes in his instinct and is so caring. Clover is the companion we want when having to spend a night on a unknown planet. Her leadership and survival skills are amazing, she’s a boss! She keeps to herself and takes her time to open up. And lastly we have Alena, she is so cute! I feel like she struggles the most during the story, which makes you want to give a big hug.

I gave the story 3,5 stars because even though I enjoyed, I felt like the relationship between two characters was rushed. Of course, they did lose their memory but I would have loved it if we could see their developments a bit more.

The ending of the book definitely leaves you wanting more of the story. There were so many new discoveries near the end of the story, which made me longing for more. I’m excited to see what comes next!

About the author:

I.Q. Malcolm

IQ Malcolm is a YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy author. When he isn’t writing, Malcolm keeps himself busy by teaching Social Studies and English to middle schoolers in southwestern Wisconsin. Outside of work and school, he enjoys spending his time with his lovely wife, playing with their goldendoodle, and hopelessly supporting Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Minnesota United FC despite the emotional pain they inflict on him.

How I dry my herbs!

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I last wrote a something. It are obviously weird times and I’ve found a love for growing herbs and drying them to use with cooking.

this is how it looked at the beginning, but now it’s almost dry

At the moment I have basil hanging from my closet to dry and I’m going to grow a lot more herbs. I’m also planning on cutting some nettles and drying them for tea!

How do I dry my herbs? It’s honestly really easy! Let’s take my basil as an example: I’ve cut a few pieces of basil and put them together in a bundle. You don’t want to put to much together in one bundle because it won’t dry as nice. Next you cut a piece of string and tie it securely around the basil!

Hang the basil upside down and try to not put it in the full sun or in a humid space. After a while you’ll have perfectly dried basil, which you can use in different recipes!

Do you ever dry your own herbs or do you buy dried herbs at the supermarket?

Stay safe & stay healthy!

P.s. fresh basil can be used to make tea and it’s so delicious! Just make sure to rinse the basil first when making the tea.

Vicious – V.E. Schwab

With the weather still sucking, it’s so nice to just sit on the couch or on my bed, snuggling with a blanket and a cup of tea whilst reading a book. That’s how I read most of this book, sitting on the couch.

Vicious is a book about Victor and Eli. They were college roommates – brilliant, arrogant and lonely boys who recognized ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared interest in adrenaline and near-death experiences. When an experiment goes terribly wrong, they both become ExtraOrdinaries (EO’s) with supernatural powers.

Ten years later, Victor escapes from prison, determined to get revenge on Eli, the man who put him there. In the time that Victor spend in prison, Eli has been running around and killing other EO’s.

Both receiving help to catch up to each other, Eli and Victor have set a course for revenge.

V.E. Schwab has a nice writing style, which makes it easy to read the book. Yes, you have to keep your focus because of all the time jumps and changing perspectives, but it’s still pretty easy to read. The book itself is fast-paced and flashes between past and present, whilst also changing the character perspectives to give a well-rounded story. I really liked this concept, you get to know the characters and you start to feel for them and understand their ways of thinking. Because of the fact that you get to know about what happened in the past, you get to see the way it influences the present and future.

I have mixed feelings about Vicious, because not much happened. I would’ve liked to see a bit more action. Of course, it was interesting to read about the motives and get to understand the thoughts of Eli and Victor, but I felt like something was missing.

I’m curious to see what the next book in the series will bring. And I’ll definitely read it, because Vicious was an interesting book after all.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Be lost. Give up. Give in. In the end it would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found” – p. 13

“I wanted to believe that there’s more. That we could be more. Hell we could be heroes” – p. 83

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today” – p. 245

March tbr

This March it’s my goal to read at least 3 books. I’ll share the synopsis that’s on the back of the cover as well. This way, you’ll actually know what the book is about.

The first book that I want to read is ‘Vicious’ by V.E. Schwab.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates – brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find – aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge – but who will be left alive at the end?

The second book that I want to read is ‘Tarnished city‘ by Vic James.

A corrupted city. A dark dream of power.

Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.

New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of an earlier age, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?

And the third book that I want to read in March is ‘Children of virtue and vengeance‘ by Tomi Adeyemi.

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you think of them! Also, which books do YOU want to read in March?

Recensie: A discovery of witches

Nu het buiten zo veel stormt, is het perfect om lekker met een dekentje en een kopje thee in de avond een boek te lezen. Of natuurlijk, zoals vaak in mijn geval onderweg in de trein met een kop koffie in de vroege ochtend. Ongeveer twee weken geleden was ik aan het rondstruinen in de boekenwinkel en kwam ik ‘a discovery of witches‘ tegen. Ik voelde mij meteen aangetrokken tot dit boek, zeker omdat ik alles wat met witchcraft en fantasy te maken heeft super vind. Het blijkt dat er ook een serie is gemaakt aan de hand van de boeken in de all souls trilogie, maar die heb ik nog niet gezien.

In ‘a discovery of witches‘ gaat het verhaal over Diana, een briljante historicus die haar witchy-kant verbergt. Als ze voor haar studie terug gaat naar de Bodleian Library in Oxford, roept ze het boek Ashmole 782 op. Op het moment dat ze dit doet, voelt ze de kracht van het boek. Ook kan ze verborgen teksten zien in het boek.

Dit alles maakt haar een beetje angstig. Vlak nadat ze het boek heeft teruggeplaatst in de kast, merkt ze dat ze de aandacht heeft getrokken van verschillende magische wezens – deamons, vampieren en andere heksen – die opeens allemaal rondhangen in de bibliotheek. Één vampier springt tussen de wezens uit, Matthew Clairmont, een knappe professor in biochemie en neuroscience. Hij laat haar maar niet met rust. Wat is er nou zo speciaal aan Ashmole 782 en waarom hopen alle magische wezens dat ze het boek nog een keer oproept?

Ik vond ‘a discovery of witches’ een mooi boek. Maar het was wel een lang boek, het heeft meer dan 600 pagina’s. Aan de ene kant kan ik dit waarderen, elk detail is uitgewerkt waardoor je een compleet beeld krijgt van het verhaal. Aan de andere kant vind ik dit ook jammer, het is soms te uitgebreid beschreven. Ik houd daar wel van, maar ik kan mij ook voorstellen dat er genoeg mensen zijn die dit minder kunnen waarderen.

Ik had 2 problemen met dit boek. Ten eerste vond ik het jammer dat richting het einde van het boek, Diana als zwak beschreven werd. In het begin van het boek werd ze juist als powervrouw beschreven, en aan het eind leek het alsof ze alle power kwijt was. Ten tweede vond ik dat het boek op sommige moment iets te veel weg had van Harry Potter en Twilight, nou is dat niet zo moeilijk als je een boek schrijf over heksen en vampieren.

Zou ik deel 2 gaan lezen? Absoluut! Ik heb hem al op mijn lijstje staan van boeken die ik ga kopen op het moment dat ik weer in de boekenwinkel ben. Ik zou dit boek ook zeker aanraden als je houdt van boeken die erg gedetailleerd zijn en die een beetje op Twilight en Harry Potter lijken. Houdt er wel rekening mee dat het een (te) gedetailleerd boek is en dat er verschillende mensen zijn die hem om die reden niet leuk vonden, het boek had immers ook veel minder pagina’s kunnen hebben.

Een korte introductie

Hallo allemaal,

Na jaren wikken en wegen heb ik besloten om toch maar een blog te maken. Ik heb in het verleden wel een blog gehad, maar vond nooit echt de motivatie om iets te schrijven. Maar dit is nu anders, ik heb onderwerpen gevonden waar ik echt van houd.

Een korte introductie: Ik ben Joyce, ook wel talesandlights op instagram. Ik ben verzot op het lezen van boeken omdat ik mij in een andere wereld bevind op het moment dat ik een boek open. Over de verschillende wandelingen die ik maak, ga je meer kunnen lezen bij het kopje ‘uitstapjes’. Ik wil ook graag de recepten delen van bijvoorbeeld gebak, maar ook van (avond)eten dat mij bijzonder heeft verrast.

Het is mijn doel om mijn passies met jullie te delen via deze blog! Laten we er iets moois van maken.