Character interview Royal Spy

Interview with Clare Ellington from the Fate of Eyrinthia series by Heather Frost

Have you read Heather Frost’s Royal Decoy and can you not wait to read Royal Spy? I had the privilege of reading an ARC of Royal Spy and I absolutely loved it! The main character is Clare and she’s been through so much, both good and bad, I couldn’t wait to learn more about her! So, below you can find an interview her.

What is your full name?

Clare Ellington

What was it like to have to take care of your brothers by yourself from such a young age?

It was difficult at times. My childhood ended when my parents died, and I had to raise Thomas and Mark. I had Eliot, my older brother, help, until he was old enough to join the city guard. It was a lot of work, and there were days I was just so tired. But taking care of my brothers was also very rewarding. I love them with my whole heart.

Who do you love the most in the world? 

My family. That includes my brothers, and also the family I’ve made more recently: Bennick, Vera, Venn, and the other guards.

On a scale of 1 – 10 how much did you freak out when you first kissed Bennick ? 😉

Definitely a 10! It was a complete shock. One moment, we were arguing, and I was feeling so many emotions. And then he grabbed me and we were kissing. It felt like my heart would pound out of my chest. It was exhilarating, beautiful, and perfect.

What is it like to have guards around you all the time?  

It was very strange at first, and a bit uncomfortable to always have people around me. In the beginning, it really felt like they were watching me—almost more like prison guards, as opposed to bodyguards. But as I spent time with them, I came to see them as friends. Sometimes I do long for a moment alone, though.

What is your favorite hobby when you don’t have duties?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking, especially for my brothers. I miss doing that. I also love to sew, and seeing all of Serene’s dresses inspire me to make my own designs.  

If you like reading, what is your favorite book? 

As a kitchen maid, I didn’t have much time for reading, or great access to books. When I started training as Serene’s decoy, I mostly read histories and anything else my tutor told me to read. I love learning about other kingdoms, so my favorite book so far is probably one I read about Zennor’s jungles. The people who live there, the animals–it’s all so fascinating! . . . Of course, I also found a romantic novel in the library, and I’ve read it a couple of times now ☺

What makes you happy?

A day spent with friends and family. That is when I’m happiest.

What stresses you out the most and how do you deal with it?

What a great question! I feel a lot of stress when there is a last-minute change in plans, especially when I’m acting as the decoy. But I try to take a deep breath and remind myself that I can handle this. That I’ve trained for this. It really goes back to my motto: focus on what you can control.

What is your greatest fear? 

My greatest fear is losing the people I love. My brothers. Bennick. Losing them scares me more than anything that could happen to me personally.

What is your biggest dream? 

My biggest dream is to live away from all the politics and danger that surround me, and to have my brothers with me. And Bennick, of course.

What is your favorite flower?

I love daisies.

Who is the person you despise the most? 

I think I would have to say King Newlan. I hate that he put me into this position, forced me to become the decoy. I may have found some good things, met some people who have changed my life, but I can’t forget how he blackmailed me into this. I also hate the kind of ruler he is.

What is your life motto? 

Focus on what you can control. Sometimes that might not be much. It might only be your attitude. But if you focus your energy on what you can do, you will feel less overwhelmed and less helpless.

Has this interview made you excited about knowing more about Clare and reading Royal Decoy and Royal Spy? Below you can find the links to buy the books! 🙂

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Book review of Royal Decoy by Heather Frost

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

A major page-turner! Heather Frost has delivered well-developed characters and an amazing new world.

Clare and Grayson, a kingdom away, but both under the rule of ruthless leaders, struggle to keep the ones they love safe while being sucked into their leader’s plans. Will they survive the dangers that their positions bring into their lives?

Royal Decoy is a fast-paced story, with well-developed characters and an amazing new world of the kingdoms of Eyrinthia! The characters are created well and develop a lot throughout the book.

There are many twists and turns, which made me want to continue reading at every end of a chapter. The way the story is written is pleasant to read and there were a lot of things I didn’t see coming, both with events that happened and character reveals.

The multiple POV’s were really enjoyable. They gave an insight into different people’s lives in different parts of the world, which also helped to form a picture of what was going on politically.

And finally, I’m a sucker for maps and new worlds in stories! The map really helped me visualize where the story took place. The individual scenes that described where the characters, walked, talked, slept, ate etc. were so well written that I felt like I was actually there.

I am excited to have read this book and can’t wait to read the next installment; Royal Spy!

Heather Frost sent me a copy of Royal Decoy for an honest review. The opinions formed above are my own. Thank you Heather for sending me a copy, I can’t wait to start reading Royal Spy!

The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(5/5)

SPOILER alert: the quotes mentioned in this review are from the book. If you don’t want to read them, stop reading at the header Quotes 🙂

Synopsis
Nora finds herself in the Midnight Libary and gets a chance to do things differently. She works on undoing all of her regrets and tries to find the best way to live. But will she succeed before it is too late?

Review
The Midnight Libary is definitely a 5-star book. The story is full of hope, inspiration and great quotes.

It initially made me feel sad, and I started reading it a couple of days before Christmas, a time in which I wanted to feel happy, so I put it down for a couple of days. But once I picked it up again, I couldn’t stop reading it and finished it in one day.

The concept of the Midnight Library itself is just amazing. I must say I didn’t completely ‘get’ how it all worked, but with these things I usually don’t try to dig to deep and just go with it. As a book lover, any library is great right? But this one was special, and so well described, I just loved it. It actually felt like I was in it while reading it.

I loved how Nora found herself through living many different lives, making mistakes and undoing regrets. I like how, through the choices she made in the Midnight Library she got to undo her regrets. It was a fresh reminder that not everything that happens in life is your fault, or that you could’ve done something about it to make it turn out differently. I loved the multi-universe idea as well, even though it’s a scary thought 🙂

The book was extremely nicely formatted. I loved the big spaces on both sides, the length of the sentences made it very easy to read.

Quotes
I marked one title, by writing ‘LOL’ beside it, it was this: A Moment of Extreme Crisis in the Middle of Nowhere – the placement of that title was just hilarious in that part of the book!

I also marked some lines in the book, these are some of my favorites that really got me thinking:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference…” – Robert Frost quote in the Midnight Library

“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three-parts dead” Bertrand Russell quote in the Midnight Library

“The only way to learn is to live”

“You can have everything and feel nothing”

In conclusion, I love this book and am definitely planning on reading more by Matt Haig.

Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy

by Nancy Naigle

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)

Synopsis
Katie visits Evergreen, Vermont to work on her next novel. On the way there she meets local Ben and the book shows their relationship development throughout her time there. Besides Ben, Katie also meets the other town folk. She is swept up in the Christmas traditions, some of them seem too good to be true. There is cookie baking, ice skating, caroling, wishing upon a magic snowglobe and the mystery of a secret advent calendar. 

Review
Overall I enjoyed this story, especially because of the town it took place in and the heartwarming relationships between the characters. It is truly a Christmas feel-good story! There are so many characters in town that you almost feel like you are in the town yourself while reading the book. The book is based on a Hallmark film, and even though I haven’t seen it, it shows through in the book. There are a lot of characters and points of view, which sometimes makes it a bit harder to follow. Also, I sometimes was doubtful about the ages of the inhabitants and there was some repetition of facts that I found unnecessary. But, the plot of the story was fun and it was an easy Christmas read! If you want to read a story full of snowy weather, Christmas traditions, roasting marshmallows by the fire and newfound love then this is definitely a book for you! 

I got a copy of this book via Netgalley and would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author, Nancy Naigle, for this fun read. I read this voluntarily and all my opinions are my own.