The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern - Book Review

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹ - LOVED IT!

'The Night Circus' is about a mysterious circus that is only open when the sun sets. Entwined with it are the lives of many circus performers and patrons of the circus, all bound to it in every way.

The blurb reads:

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not"

I had been wanting to read this book for ages, and now I have, AND I LOVED IT! This book spans from the years 1873 to 1903 and then in the present day, going back and forth in years, so it may be a little difficult to follow for some younger readers, but I found it easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to anyone 14+ as it does have a few sensitive scenes involved.

I wasn't quite sure what to think when I started reading this book, as I didn't read any reviews about it first hand, but I knew I wanted to read it, and I am so glad that I did! This book is the perfect mix of magic, fantasy, reality, love and loss, and can also be seen as a coming of age story.

The narrative mainly follows the characters Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair, although there are a few other characters whose story's we follow.

The book starts off in mystery and continues this throughout the book, keeping me always wanting to read more. Some of the mysteries you do not find out until the end of the book, but there is enough drama and illusion to fill up that longing for answers. 

The characters are really well written and I fell i love with all of then instantly. We also get to see the characters grow up; as this novel spans across 30 years, so I really feel as if we get to see their characters progress and develop. 

I would love to say more about this book but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who may read it! It is such a lovely and enchanting book and really captured my heart and made me feel for the characters involved, definitely one of my new favourites! There are many twists and turns and yes, magic is involved!

If any of you lovely people have read The Night Circus, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it! 

Love, K :) 

Easy-Peasy Cupcakes

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hi all! So as it was a lovely day outside today. my Nan and I decided to bake some really easy cupcakes to enjoy outside in the lovely weather! As stated in the title, the cupcakes are super easy to make and don't take that long! This recipe should make 12 cupcakes.

Here is what we will be making!

Now, this recipe is my Nans, but I'm sure there are others out there that are similar, and this recipie comes in two parts, the actual cakes themselves, and the butter-cream icing on the top. So, here is the first part...



  • 8oz of Self-Raising Flour
  • 8oz of Sugar
  • 8oz of Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Milk



  •  Once you have measured all of your ingredients out, put all of them into a large mixing bowl. It doesn't really matter what order you put them in, just as long as you put them all in the bowl and don't spill any!

  • Next, you can either use a handheld whisk or an electrical one, as long as it does the job it doesn't matter! Whisk all of your ingredients together until you get a mixture that is smooth in texture.
  • Once you have the desired texture, spoon three teaspoons worth of mixture into cupcake cases in a cupcake tin. If you have leftover mixture, even out some of the cupcake cases. This should fill 12 cupcake cases.
  • Place the cupcake tray into your oven (which should be pre-heated to 200 degrees) and patiently watch the little babies rise! The cupcakes should be left in the over for about 20 minutes.
  • If after 20 minutes, the cupcakes don't look a golden brown, leave them in for a few minutes longer and they should be ready! After 20 min, take the golden cakes out of the oven and leave to cool for about 20-30 mins (as you don't want your icing to melt, if you are having icing!)


  • 200g of Icing sugar
  • 100g of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of milk


  • To make the butter-cream icing you need to put all of your ingredients into one bowl, or if you want to make two different colors of icing, separate the mixture into two bowls so you can add food coloring int them later. Gently whisk (again, you can use an electric whisk or a hand whisk, but preferably use a hand whisk for the first bit as the icing tends to go into a massive dust cloud!). Once the mixture is looking similar to the picture below, you can use an electronic whisk to make sure that there are no lumps or bumps in the mixture.
  • Like the picture below, you can add food coloring to one of your mixtures (if you choose to do so). In this once we have pink icing, in which we only added a few drops of red food coloring to.
  • Once you have your butter-cream icing ready, place it all into a piping bag and begin piping the mixture onto your cupcakes! Afterwards you can decorate them how you like! Me and my Nan have put some sprinkles and cherry's on ours!
Here are the cupcakes that we made! They look so yummy! I can't wit to try one later!

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post! And I also hope you enjoy the cupcakes after you have made them! 

Love, K :)

The Bees | Laline Paull - Book Review

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hi guys! So as you all know, I LOVE BOOKS! So I thought that I should start writing some book reviews for you all of what I am currently reading/or have read. I have never written any book reviews before, so I'm sorry if they are not structured how they should be )if there even is a structure to follow for a book review?). So here is my first review! I hope you like it!

Rating:  ✹ ✹ ✹

'The Bees' by Laline Paull is about a young bee called Flora 717 trying to find her way in the life of the Hive and was published in 2014.

The blurb reads:

"Flora 717 is a survivor. Born into the lowest class of the totalitarian hive society she is prepared to sacrifice everything for the Queen, surviving internal massacres , religious purges and terrifying invasions by vicious wasps. With each act of bravery her status grows, revealing both the enemies within and the sinister secrets that rule the Hive. But when her instinct to serve is overwhelmed by a fierce and deeply forbidden maternal love, she breaks the most sacred law of all..."

The UK paperback cover (2014 edition)

I didn't know what to expect when reading this book. At first I thought it wasn't about bees at all (even though the title is called The Bees and on the blurb it states bees and wasps), but I thought it was all a metaphor and that the 'bees' were in-fact humans in this new kind of totalitarian society; but it turns out that they actually are bees. The book, I think, starts off quite slow; the first quarter of the book was really interesting as you get to know about the rules and everyday life of the Hive including what the class system is and the whole culture that this society of bees have created. The last few chapters of the book really gripped me and made me wanted to read more, although I think that this would have been better if something similar was dotted throughout the book rather than just at the end.

The events that follow take a dark turn, from deaths to sacrifices and horrific secrets being unraveled, so I wouldn't recommend this to anyone under the age of 14 as it does get quite dark and gruesome.

The character of Flora 717 is an interesting one. We are not sure how old she is (although we are assuming she is quite young for a Bee) and her family lineage is quite simple as all of the bees are 'sisters' within this novel, birthed from the Queen herself, so none of that 'one-parent-is-dead' scenario here.

Hopefully, without giving too much away, this book is about self discovery, the power of each voice and above all else, love. Many different types of love are shown within the book; love for religion, maternal love, sibling love and others.

I believe that this book has a really important message to send out, although I don't think that is what the book is focusing, but is rather lying there underneath the narrative.

Overall  I really enjoyed the book, even though the beginning was a bit slow, but nevertheless it was a really good read. This book would probably appeal to an older audience, but even though I am 18 I can say that I did enjoy it.

Love, K :)

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