Kiera, by Kate Willis


“Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind.

“Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it.

“A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

“If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?” ~from

Title: Kiera

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: The romance was more than I prefer, but it probably wouldn’t be bad to people who read a lot of romance. In fact, they would probably love it! Read review for more details. 😉

Recommended age range: 13+ (some touchy subjects are talked about: brief mentions of abortion, embryo storage and adoption, “Off-screen” death, and brief mentions of a hard childhood, including physical abuse) This didn’t bother me a lot; it’s part of life, but still. 😉

My Review:

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
{first read: beta-read}
Wow. Just… wow. This book was a m a z i n g. It was sweet, sad, and just all-around loveable.
I do have mixed feelings on a couple things, but I will discuss those things in a future full review. 😉
{second read: arc}
I loved this book. It was amazing. Just amazing.
In three words, Kiera was adorable, heartbreaking, and relatable. It had so many meaningful messages in it, which I totally appreciated. It will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. I loved it. (did I already say that?)
Honestly, I didn’t pick up on the things that I had mixed feelings on from my first read. The only thing that I didn’t prefer was the romance. It was not bad at all, and most people wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I prefer not to fill my mind with romance, including hugs/kisses/etc. I did appreciate that this was very low-key and it was all between a married couple (long story, but read this if you want more info: SPOILER!!! Kiera marries Brennan out of necessity, so she won’t get drafted. Basically, at the beginning, she doesn’t love him (at least not in a lovey-dovey way), but at the end, she does. That’s where the romance comes in. 😉 SPOILER END!!!).
Some random fan-girly comments:
~Jade = adorable!!! *heart-eyes* That little girl is so cute. ❤ Plus, she made me appreciate my sisters more… they’re pretty cute, too. 😉
~We need to see more of Destiny. She needs a happy ending, as do the rest of her family (especially Kent… *cries*).
~It was special seeing my name in the acknowledgements… that’s the first time that’s happened! (Yes, I am obsessive about commas, Kate xD)
And Kate’s bio at the end was hilarious… not sure if she’s going to leave it that way in the final book, but it was still funny. 😀

SLIGHT SPOILER!! Sparrows are now special to me, and I want to know if Kiera’s song is real. ❤ (Note: I found out that it is, but I’m not going to listen to it, because Kate said it’s kind of “rocky”. 😦 Oh, well!) SPOILER END!!

Loved it. It’s a must read. ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂


ALSO! Saturday was the third anniversary of this blog! I would like to thank each you for following this blog. ❤

4 thoughts on “Kiera, by Kate Willis

  1. Lilly W. says:

    I just read this book (after reading this review) and I loved it! Like you, the romance was more than I preferred, but it was at the end, and not in detail, so I didn’t mind too much. I think I’d like a sequel, though. 🙂

    • Leona says:

      I’m glad you were able to read it! 🙂 A sequel would be fun! I think there is a short story prequel and maybe a short story sequel; maybe you could check those out! 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    I loved this book! I picked up one night intending to read the first chapter or two before bed, and four hours later (WAY past my bedtime), I’d finished it. And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. So good. Yes!! I wanted to know both the song and what book series it was the Kiera and Brennan were reading. 😀

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