Book trailers: love or loathe?

If there’s one thing that divides the bookish community more than any other, it’s book trailers.

OK, and love triangles, but book trailers are pretty controversial.

Personally, I love them. Nothing gets me more excited for a new book than a trailer with epic music, flashes of the characters in exciting scenarios, and gripping titles that give me just enough of the plot to really grab my attention.

One of my closest friends is brilliantly talented at creating and editing videos (she edits all my [frankly terrible] video snippets for my day job) and she made these absolutely gorgeous trailers for my debut novel, The Fair Queen, and my short story anthology, Enchanted Waters.

Sound on for an epic cinematic experience!

The Fair Queen book trailer
Enchanted Waters book trailer

I honestly fangirl over my own stories watching these.

The first book trailer I think I ever saw was for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, which is still one of my favourite series. It was captivating and lured me in, and sadly I thought it meant there was a movie in the works because I had never come across the concept of a book trailer before. Now I’m addicted to watching them – although they still make me wish every book would be turned into a film.

Have you read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff? It’s a really dark and bloody adult fantasy series inspired by Roman culture, with some of the most incredible world-building I’ve ever experienced. There are three suns so it is almost literally “nevernight”. Genius.

Anyway, I digress.

So, an actress named Piera Forde decided to film a series of shorts adapted from Nevernight and share them on her YouTube channel, and it is one of my favourite things. To have an actor love your book so much that they decide to fund their own serial adaptation of the story? Absolute author bucket list item right there.

(Piera actually has a short film of The Assassin’s Blade by S. J. Maas on her channel too – definitely worth a watch to see her play Celaena!)

If anyone feels like doing the same thing for The Fair Queen, let me know! I’m all for it.



Illumicrate Unboxing May 2017

Hi guys! I thought you all might be missing my face since my last video in March, so here is my May Illumicrate unboxing! I had to cut it loads because I kept fumbling my words, I left some in (explusive, anyone?) for your entertainment, so please enjoy my ramblings and the contents of this quarter’s bookish subscription box.

If you like, you can pop over to YouTube and subscribe to my channel, it’d be lovely to have you!


Here is a list of links to the products mentioned in this video:


Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Feyre mug by Merwild (Coralie Jubenot)

Mermaid Lagoon candle by Flickerink

Map bookmark by Penguin Co

Enchanted door hanger and print by TJ Lubrano

Swish & Flick keyring by Nutmeg & Arlo

Poster from Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Pin from The Gender Games by Juno Dawson

Prints from The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles


I bought Illumicrate with my own money and didn’t receive anything in exchange for this review! All my own opinions.


Illumicrate unboxing May 2017 Lyndsey's Book Blog

February Illumicrate Unboxing

Hello! I’ve got something a bit different for you today, it’s my February Illumicrate unboxing, but instead of trying to photograph the contents I decided to film a vlog!

I have never done this before so please forgive the light from the window glinting off my glasses (is there any way to stop that and still have enough light??) and my sniffing, I’m clearly getting a cold *thumbs down*.


Links to products mentioned in this video:


Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones –

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence –

Bare Necessities pouch by Literary Lifestyle Company

Magic & Mischief lip balm by Bookish Serendipity Co

A Darker Shade of Magnets by Her Bookish Things

Fantastic Beasts bookmark by Jane’s Tiny Things

Flame in the Mist sampler by Renee Ahdieh –

I bought Illumicrate with my own money and didn’t receive anything in exchange for this review! All my own opinions.

What did you think of this box? I absolutely loved it, especially the surprise second book! It was very heavy when it arrived – always a good sign. I do love a good bookish candle though, the Aiden from Illuminae Meraki candle in November’s box smells divine, so here’s hoping the May box includes another candle!

Did you enjoy my first ever vlog? Would you like more videos? Let me know in the comments. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel as well if you prefer watching vlogs!

Until next time,




 February Illumicrate unboxing Lyndsey's Book Blog