Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer Review


So I’ve been reading non-fiction lately (trust me, it’s shocking even to me) and a few weeks ago I finished reading Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit. It’s a biography of the actress, written by her son.

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I’ve loved Audrey’s clothes for a while; she was just so classy and that’s something I respect and admire. But I’d never known much about her life.

Reading this book was amazing. I loved it. And by the end, I felt like I’d known Audrey Hepburn, like she was an old friend. It’s also the only non-fiction book I’ve ever cried over. It was just such a beautiful book, Audrey’s story told through her son’s eyes and in a quiet, graceful style, and it was simply stunning.

My mom told me that Audrey was a classy lady, at least in her dress; my mom didn’t know much about her life. After reading this book, I went to her and told her that she didn’t have to worry about her lifestyle. She was married three times, and she did smoke, but other than that, she was a very good woman. Reading this book gave me a role model.

It’s not written like a novel, not at all, but it’s written elegantly, beautifully, and it feels almost like it should be read while drinking a cup of tea. There wasn’t a second I didn’t love, and the text was just as interesting as the gorgeous photographs.

I can’t think of any negatives, really. I’m sure they’re there, but not for me. It was a beautiful book that I absolutely loved, and I certainly see myself rereading it someday, so most undoubtedly 5/5 stars.

If you’ve ever had an interest in Audrey Hepburn at all, please read this book. You won’t regret it.


Captain Guinevere Reviews + Short Story

Hello everyone!

Recently my novel, Captain Guineverehas received some reviews, and I’d like to share them with you. It’s been very exciting for me to see my book reviewed, and has made me more aware of what needs to be edited in the sequel. Here are the links to the reviews:



And Leona over at inkgirlwords did a video review!

I’d like to say thank you to all of these bloggers for their reviews- it means a lot.

Ok, so today I’d also like to share one of my short stories. I wrote it around a year ago, I think, and it is sort of a prequel to Captain Guinevere, but you don’t have to have read the book to understand the short story.

Even in Death

(c) Copyright Clara Bennet 2017

He throws his head back, laughing. “Oh, Isolde, you’re so funny!”

I smile, green eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Regenold, I love you.” It’s something we tell each other every day.

“I love you, too.”

“I’ll race you to the glade!” I take off on my chestnut mare, cantering smoothly through the forest.

I beat my lover to our clearing. There’s a creek, and you can always hear the birds. Regenold and I are the only ones who know about it. This is our place.

I dismount and walk over to the creek, kicking off my shoes and stepping in, letting cool water flow over my feet. Regenold joins me, and we stand on the same rock, close together. His lips brush mine, and I feel myself start to fall, but he catches me in his muscular arms.

“Thank you,” I whisper, running a hand through his soft, curly black hair.

“Of course.” He kisses my forehead.

I never want this to end. This bliss- it’s wonderful.

We stay for an hour, talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. But all too soon, we must return home.

When we reach the edge of the forest, we part ways.

“Goodbye, Sir Regenold,” I say.

He leans over and plants a kiss on my cheek. “Goodbye, Lady Isolde.”

He rides away, towards his mansion, and I return to the stables belonging to my family.

“What have you been doing, Izzy?” My little brother, Ian, appears as I dismount. “Kissing Regenold?”

My being in love with the knight is no secret. “It’s none of your business, and don’t call me “Izzy”,” I snap.

He responds by making kissing noises. And then he shouts it to all of the stable hands, “Izzy kissed Reggy! Izzy kissed Reggy!”

“Shut up!” I yell. “And it’s “Sir Regenold” to you.”

He doesn’t stop. Nearly ready to strangle him, I hand my horse to a servant and head inside, walking to my bedroom.

Jenny, my servant, greets me. “How was your time with Sir Regenold?”

“Wonderful,” I breathe in response, falling across the plush pillows on my bed. “Where’s Iliana?”

“I haven’t seen her,” Jenny answers.

“That’s odd; she usually greets me when I return.”

My mother, Ilissandra, rushes in. “Isolde, thank goodness!” She hugs me tightly.

“Mother? What’s wrong?”

“It’s Iliana- she’s been kidnapped!”

“What?” It couldn’t be- my sister could not have been captured.

“Come, come; the Council is assembling.”

I follow my mother into the Council chamber. My father, Lord Isaac Anouk of Oska, is at the table’s head, and Regenold is already there. I take my seat beside him, and the other members come in and take their places. Father begins to pace the room.

“My daughter, Iliana,” he begins, “has been kidnapped.”

Gasps from around the room.

“It is unknown who took her, but she was last seen walking with her maid. The servant escaped and made it back to tell us what had occurred.”

“What is to be done?” Sir Brian asks. He strokes his beard.

“I need someone to rescue her. I’d go myself, but I have a very important meeting with the King tomorrow.”

“I’ll go,” Regenold volunteers.

“No,” I start to say. He could die- or worse. But that is the way of knights, isn’t it? They risk their lives.

“Thank you, Sir Regenold. You will be rewarded.”

“That won’t be necessary,” my beloved replies. He rises from his seat. “I’ll go saddle up my horse.” He walks towards the door.

“The Council of Oska is adjourned,” Father says.

I run after Regenold. “You can’t go- you could die!” I cry.

He turns around, pulls me to the side of the hall. “I know.”

There’s no changing his mind, I know it. “Be safe,” I whisper.

He kisses me softly. “I will.”

“Come back to me.”

“I will, Isolde,” he murmurs. “I promise.”

He kisses me once more, and I feel a necklace go around my neck.

“What’s this?” I ask, fingering a skeleton key charm.

“My father gave this to my mother when he first told her that he loved her. She left it to me in her will, with the hope that I would give it to the woman I love. Father said that it was the key to his heart; now it’s the key to mine.”

“Thank you,” I murmur, knowing how valuable this must be to him. And now he is giving it to me, a token of his love.

We walk to the stables, hand-in-hand, and I help him tack up.

“I should go,” he says when we’ve finished. “There’s only a few more hours of daylight left.”

I put my arms around his neck, drawing him close to me.

“I love you,” I whisper.

“I love you,” he replies, a hand in my fiery red hair. “I’ll come back, Isolde. I promise.”

I kiss him, intending for it to be quick, but I linger. This could be the last time I ever taste his lips.

He pulls away. “I have to go, my love. I love you.”

He mounts his horse and rides away. And I pray to every god I know of that he’ll come back.


            “Isolde!” Iliana rushes into my room and hugs me.

I draw her close, breathing in the scent of her golden hair. “Iliana, are you all right?” I kiss her cheek, so glad to have her back.

She nods.

“Where’s Regenold?”

Mother comes in, her face solemn. “He’s gone, Isolde.”

“Gone?” I repeat. The look on her face confirms the worst.

The tears- hot, wet, salty tears- flood my face; I’m on my knees, screaming my sorrow to the world. This can’t be true; he can’t be gone; he promised…

“He promised he’d come back!” I yell. “He promised!”

Iliana tries to comfort me; I shake her off. Mother hands me an elegant envelope and then leaves with my sister.

“No,” I murmur to myself. “He can’t be dead. He simply can’t be.”

I rip open the letter and read slowly.

Dearest Isolde,

I’m so sorry. I know I promised to come back, but I haven’t. My love, forgive me. I beg you, Isolde.

Do not let my death prevent you from loving others. Do not blame anyone for my death. Be happy, my beloved Isolde. For me. Find someone else who will love you as I have.

I love you. More than anyone else, I love you. Your name is precious to me; every kiss worth more than gold. Oh, Isolde, I wish I was there to hold you. Never forget me, my love, and remember that I will always love you, even in death.

With all of my love,


I trace the letters of his name, tears falling onto the paper.

“I love you,” I whisper, kissing the page.

I change into a black dress, letting my hair hang loose, and touch the necklace he gave me. I would fulfill his last wishes. At the very least, I would try.


            The sun is shining brightly as my family and the people of Oska gather in the town square. I look at the bright blue sky, hating how happy it looked. It mocked my grief.

Regenold’s body had never been found, so his armor and a shroud had been lit on fire. I kneel down beside the fire, tears falling softly. I’ll never cease to love him, even in death.

(c) Copyright Clara Bennet 2017

Please let me know what you think of “Even in Death” down in the comments!

Thank you all for reading!



The Disney Princess Sidekick Tag!

Hello everyone!

This tag was created by Mandy over at BookPrincessReviews, who also tagged me.

I dragged my friend Charlotte into doing this with me, and I’m super excited about it!

Here we go:



Charlotte: Keefe Sencan hands down! Keefe Sencan from Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger is one of the best written comical characters ever! Part of the diversity of his character is that he uses humor to cover up his sadness and anger, so he cracks jokes a lot. His best moments are all over the book and by the time you first meet him, you are already in love.

Clara: *cough* Carswell Thorne *cough* Or Percy Jackson. Both of them never cease to have me laughing my head off.




Charlotte: I have to go with Keeper of the Lost Cities again: the Black Swan’s collective. Consisting of a group of masterminds with outrageous and ridiculous disguises, they seem very peculiar at first, but as you get to know them you find that they’re some of the most amazing characters ever!

Clara: The Rampion Crew, of course! I love every single one of these people (and it’s not just because of my beloved Captain Thorne), and I will never tire of reading their adventures. Especially in Winter. 




Charlotte: The first book in The Land of Elyon series. At first the book seems a little strange, but as I read on, I found that I really liked how Patrick Carman broke the cliches that appear a lot in fictional writing and the book ended up being AMAZING!

Clara: Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers was kinda dull for a lot of it, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit by the end. I have yet to see the French musical, but I plan on seeing it soon because it’s finally on YouTube!





Discovering that Keeper was the High King in Entwined. I knew that there was something seriously off about Keeper and that he was hiding something or not giving the full story, but I really thought that he just knew the High King. I probably should’ve picked that one up, but if all else fails, it added more of a twist in my experience reading Entwined.


Clara: So… I felt really stupid after I learned this book was a Persephone and Hades retelling, because I wouldn’t have been so shocked then, but The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi really had a plot twist. And of course I read that part before I went to bed. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.



Charlotte: I really love Erin from There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. I don’t think she got enough page time, but she was very supportive of Finley and gave her a lot of confidence.

Clara: This is kinda hard for me. Friendships are kinda pushed to the side in YA, unfortunately. But I love Shazi’s relationship with Despina in The Wrath and the Dawn. There’s a lot of back-and-forth between these two, but reading about their friendship was so much fun.



Charlotte: In Love On a Dime by Cara Lynn James, I could practically hear the elegant, old, classy music while reading this novel. It was so cool!

Clara: A book with music… Nothing really comes to mind. But I pretty much sing the praises of tons of books, particularly Entwined (I may have gotten Charlotte to read this. Maybe.)




Charlotte: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Katniss is such a strong character in the fact that she faces SO many obstacles, over and over and over again.

Clara: I agree with Charlotte- is there a character who went through more than Katniss? Peeta too. Both of them need lots and lots of hugs.




Charlotte: The Weasleys. All the way. Ron, Fred, and George drive me up a wall A LOT (especially Ron), but you can tell that most all of them genuinely care for each other.

Clara: I really loved the family element in Two Summers by Aimee Friedman. Summer’s parents were divorced, but I loved seeing her relationships with her family grow on a number of levels.



Charlotte: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. That was one of the series that got me into reading all of the time. And I felt that I could relate to the characters more at a younger age because Percy and the others are much younger when the series starts and grow up as the story progresses.

Clara: The Great Gatsby was really impactful for me. It taught me that novels can still be wonderful even when they carry a very clear lesson, and for that, it’s one of my favorite books of all time.




Charlotte: Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Ah, Peeta Mellark. The boy with the bread. He is so sweet and so amazing! He makes you adore him more and more, stealing the show away from the others.

Clara: Peeta does still the show, but so does Alexei in Black Widow: Forever Red. He is my favorite character in that book and was the POV I enjoyed the most.




Charlotte: Beckett Rush and Finley Sinclair from There You’ll Find Me. Their romance has some of the stereotypical, star struck “girl falls in love with the TV star with a small ego problem” stuff in it, but their romance is still so sweet! They are SO different in just about every way possible, but when she gets to know him, she finds that deep down they have at least one thing in common that makes their relationship so strong.

Clara: For friendships, Cinder and Carswell from The Lunar Chronicles couldn’t be more different, but their relationship is fantastic.

As for romance… Once again, I’m stealing Mandy’s answer. Cresswell. Always Cresswell.

Tag, you’re it!

Journey Into Books

pace, amore, libri


Thanks for reading y’all, and thank you Charlotte for doing this tag with me!


The Fashion Book Tag (Original)

Hey y’all!

So my love for fashion has recently been revived (not that it ever really went away) and I looked for a fashion-themed tag and couldn’t find one, so I decided to create one.

1. The Good Old Pair of Jeans: A book you could read over and over and never get tired of


For me, that’s Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I’m currently rereading it for the third time and it’s again got me lost in its beautiful tale.

2. The Little Black Dress: A classic you think everyone should read


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. It’s short, so it doesn’t take a long time to read, and the story inside it is amazing and carries a lesson we all need.

3. The Band T-Shirt: Your favorite book/series with a fairly large fandom


The Hunger Games is my favorite series. I absolutely love it.

But The Lunar Chronicles is a close second.

4. The Pair of Shorts: A book that’s short and easy to read.

jean shorts

Again, I’ve got two answers:

What Light by Jay Asher is the perfect short read for the holiday season, and Aimee Friedman’s Two Summers is great for summer, or that particular part of winter when all you want is warm weather.

5. The Sarcastic Tank-Top: The character who makes the sassiest comments

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You’ll never be able to guess this answer, ever. 

Carswell Thorne. Hands-down, no-question.

6. The Evening Gown: The book with the prettiest cover

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I have that dress; I wore it to my spring formal and my annual end-of-school-year date with my dad, and it’s my favorite piece of clothing I own. I feel like a princess in it.

entwined cover

I adore that book’s cover- and everything on the inside.

7. High Heels: A book you love, but reading it caused you pain


Every single book I’ve ever read has caused me some sort of emotional pain.

A book I love that caused me pain? Mockingjay. Black Widow: Forever Red. Gone With the Wind. I can’t pick just one.

8. Jewelry: A trope that can either make or break a book.

Love triangles. Sometimes I love them, other times I find them unnecessary.

9. The Comfy Sweater: A book that makes you feel cozy

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Pride and Prejudice always gives me that warm and cozy feeling, whether it’s the book, movie, or 90’s TV series.

10. Runway Clothes: A book that surprised you, either in a good way or a bad way

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Alexander McQueen

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott was a bad surprise- I thought I’d love it but ended up highly disliking it.

However, my recent read Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn-Ferrer was fantastic. It remains the only non-fiction book to ever make me cry.

11. Fashion: The best-dressed fictional character

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Effie Trinket. I love love love her clothes.

I tag:

Dani @PerspectiveofaWriter

Lauren @CommaHangover

And anybody else who wants to do this tag!

Thanks for reading!


Why Carswell Thorne is Absolutely Amazing

Elise: I told you this would happen. 😉

*Note: if you do not want to read crazy, excessive fangirling, you may want to go read another post. Like this. This post will also contain spoilers for The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.*

Anyway… The time has come. The time to talk about one of my favorite characters of all time.

Captain Carswell Thorne.

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I love that GIF

He is absolutely wonderful. Amazing. *squeals* Just… Seriously. I. Love. Him.

Why? Let me count the ways…

Is there a more hilarious character in all of fiction? 

The things he says, those snarky remarks…. I just CRACK UP. Every time.

So, some examples:

“How are your eyes?” she asked.

“Well, I’ve been told they’re dreamy, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.”

He’s blind at the time. Blind. And even in dire situations, he still manages to be hysterical.

And then there’s this:

“Captain,” she murmured. “I think I’m in love with you.”

An eyebrow shot up. She counted six beats of his heart before, suddenly, he laughed.

“Don’t tell me it took you two whole days to realize that. I must be losing my touch.”

Yeah, he’s a total flirt, but it’s part of his charm. His ego is huge and he’s a criminal and he flirts with literally every single girl but…his sense of humor (among other things I’ll soon mention) more than make up for it.

He may be a criminal (criminal mastermind, excuse me), but that doesn’t mean he isn’t noble. 

He was trying to help Cress while blind and still managed to think of Iko, getting her a new (human) body in the process.

In a world where cyborgs were horribly mistreated, he was A-OK with helping Cinder, a cyborg. A Lunar cyborg, for that matter.

He didn’t have any reason to stay and fight Levana after he escaped prison- but he did anyway.

His relationship with Cinder. They have the best friendship in any YA book. I love how much they annoy each other but they always fight together and help each other out.

Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.

“Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” Cinder asked.

He may be a total flirt, but he’s really completely clueless in the romance world- and it’s absolutely adorable. 

Remember when Cress let him have it because he flirted with every girl except her? Well, it was because he really had feelings for her, and he had no idea what to do about it.

Which makes for one of the most adorable romances in the whole entire world.

Thorne is a flirt; we’ve established that. Well, Marissa established that pretty much from the moment she introduced our dear beloved Captain. And Cress, who’s, to say the least, socially awkward (she was raised alone on a satellite by an evil maniac) has a fangirl crush on him. So when they finally run into each other…

It’s not love at first sight. Ok, for her, yeah. Except for the fact that she was sorta in love with him already. But of course Carswell flirts with her and is his usually sarcastic, witty self. Even after going blind and nearly dying of hunger and thirst in the middle of the desert.

Until Winter. Chapter 70-something, I think. Go reread it right now if you’d like. That chapter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it.

So when Cresswell is officially a thing, we see the best side of Captain Thorne. He’s so protective and sweet and just all-around amazing to Cress. It’s just so adorable and precious and I am seriously sitting at my laptop squealing. Not kidding.

There are a thousand (or maybe even a million) more reasons why Thorne is so fabulous… But this is getting long so I’ll stop now. Tell me if you love Carswell as much as I do in the comments, and why you love him so much!

Thanks for enduring this insane amount of fangirling,



Summer Would You Rather Tag!

Hey y’all!

I was tagged by inkgirlwords to do this tag. It’s the close of the summer, and although that means school, I can hardly wait to pull out my boots and sweaters.

Would you rather….

Live in a tree house or a castle?

Castle- tree houses are really cool, but I’m not an outoor person and castles are amazing.

Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?

Dance- I’m fairly confident in my singing abilities- and I’d love to learn ballet.

Ride a horse or a camel?

Horse. I’ve loved them since I was 3.

Know a fairy or a unicorn?


Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?

Bounce house- no flying objects, please.

Travel or stay home?

Travel. I have an insatiable wanderlust.

Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?

Breathe under water! It’s always been something I’d love to be able to do.

Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?

Know where I’m going, please and thank you.

Be on a boat or on an airplane?

Boat- especially cruise ship.

Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?

Never get tired! I would get so much done if I didn’t have to sleep.

Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?

I’ll take the beach.

Have picnics in the forest or in the park?

Park with friends; forest for something like a wedding anniversary. In about 10 or 15 years.

Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?


Be a dolphin or a cheetah?


Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?

I’d like to add some humor to my writing- make people laugh. I want people to trust me, yes, but I feel like I’m good enough at that already.

Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?

That depends on who it’s from- but you can never go wrong with gift cards or cash.

Eat popsicles or watermelon?


Go camping or stay in a hotel?

Y’all, I don’t do camping. Glamping, please. I’ll stay at a hotel.

Do art or read?

Read, unless it’s word art- writing.

Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

I absolutely love zip lines, so an epic zip line.

And that’s it!

I tag VeronicaMarie.

Thanks for reading!


My Second DNF of the Summer… Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Spoilers)

Hello y’all.

I decided to do it- DNF a book with a large, loyal fan base. Red Queen. 

So many people love this series, including my brother and a friend of mine. I’d heard mixed reviews. Some said it was great, others said it was full of clichés. I have to agree with the latter.

The plotline is interesting- a country divided by blood- but I couldn’t get into it. To be honest, it felt like a bad Hunger Games knockoff. And I love THG. 

Mare. Where to begin with her? To be frank, she was just so incredibly whiny. Ok, Katniss is, too, but at least she was still actively doing something. I wanted to scream at Mare Barrow a million times and tell her to get over herself and do something. Her powers were cool, but seriously. I just didn’t like her. At all.

And everyone else just fell flat. I didn’t have a crush on Cal or Maven (and I know Maven is supposed to be some evil genius, but I didn’t get that far), like I thought I would. 

I was interested towards the beginning, when my favorite trope was brought in (the whole arranged-marriage thing), but eventually I just got bored. And maybe that was due to the lack of interest I had in the characters.

It was hard to DNF this, because I know so many people love it and I wanted to at least know what they’re talking about, but I don’t see why I should force myself to finish a book I’m not enjoying. 

Have you read Red Queen? Did you love it? Hate it? Tell me in the comments!


July Wrap-Up

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I did a wrap up, so I decided to do one for July.

My reading wasn’t great this month, since I’ve been focusing more on the Captain Guinevere sequel. I did finish one book and read 3 more:

I finished Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, which I gave 4.5/5 stars because the character development never ceases to amaze me. Plus Magneo and my favorite cliché ever. And Magnus. 

I also reread Cress by Marissa Meyer, so I was drowning in Cresswell feels and constantly swooning over my dear Carswell Thorne. 

I finally read The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, which I gave 4/5 stars. My friend is obsessed with this book and I get it now! I loved this book and am hopefully going to review it soon.

Lastly, I read Two Summers by Aimee Friedman, also 4/5 stars- it was so fun and totally the fluffy romance I needed. And it had France and a French boy I am still swooning over. 

I’ve been all over creation this summer but am so glad I got in some reading, and my blog has substantially grown in the past few months; thank you guys! I hit 50 followers this month which is awesome and I am so excited. 

For writing, I’ve been reading through my current project and begun editing, and I’m just glad I survived the rough draft. It was hard. I also wrote the beginnings of a contemporary I’ve had in my head for a while, but I don’t know if it’ll go anywhere just yet. 

And on a completely different note, I saw the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie with a friend this month and I absolutely loved it! That ending had me bawling in the movie theater, mostly happy tears but also sad ones. 

Hopefully next month I’ll get to read a little bit more, even as school starts back up. I’m excited for the transition from summer to fall, just so I can pull out my boots and sweaters. 

What did you read this month?