Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Book Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Themes: Empowering Women, Discrimination, Racism, Societal Issues, Personal Growth 

Rating 5 stars 

The Help is told from the point of view of three women: Aibileen- a kind, intelligent maid who works for a young family, Minny- a witty maid who is famous for her cooking, but infamous for her brazen attitude, and there’s Eugenia, also known as Skeeter- a determined college graduate who aspires to make it as a writer. Keen to write about something that will impress a big time editor in New York, Skeeter decides that she’d like to write a book which portrays the experiences of black maids living in her hometown… The Help is a powerful and moving story full of strong, brave characters who will teach you that words and a little bit of courage have the power to change the lives of many.  Read more

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Genre: Young Adult

Themes: Social Injustice, Police Brutality, Identity, Discrimination, Racism

Rating: 5 stars

As I sat down to finally (!) start reading The Hate U Give, I already knew that in my hands I had a really important book. It follows African-American 16-year-old Starr Carter, whose life is massively changed after she witnesses the murder of her best friend… Khalil Harris is his name, and he was shot multiple times by a white police officer. The story goes on to explore the aftermath of Khalil’s death which offers a very real insight into police brutality. It also looks at the importance of using your voice to speak out on injustice, as well as the challenges that might come with it. Readers also get the chance to analyse the complexities that come with understanding your own identity in a world where you don’t feel like you fit in. The Hate U Give left me feeling both informed and heard… it was the story I needed to read, and Starr was the character I needed to meet.  Read more

My favourite book quotes

My favourite book quotes

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a non-review book post and so today I’ll be sharing some of my most favourite book quotes. This list only brushes the surface- I have an abundance of quotes that I love and so I’ll probably be sharing many more in the future 🙂 So onto the first quote… Read more

Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Dark Artifices #3

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Main themes: Love, Family, Loss, Politics, Societal Issues 

Rating: 4.5 stars

I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare; I love all of her novels and thankfully, I’ve never felt worried about starting one of her new releases. I’ve always started her books with excitement and whilst there was never any doubt that I would love Queen of Air and Darkness, I did have expectations for what I hoped the novel would be able to deliver. Not only were there major problems that still needed solving, like how Emma and Julian would overcome the parabatai curse, or whether the political agenda of the Cohort could be stopped, but I was massively keen to see how the passing of an important character would be tackled. Read more

Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Series: The Folk of the Air #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Family, Betrayal, Power 

Rating: 5 stars

Jude is only 7 when she witnesses the horrible murder of her parents. The perpetrator, a powerful faerie, decides to take Jude and her sisters away to the land of Elfhame which is where they end up living out their childhood days. 10 years on, we see that living as a human amongst the fey is difficult to say the least. Jude is treated like an outcast, especially by Prince Cardan and his cruel friends who are the source of a lot of grief. Tired of feeling like she’s “less,” Jude wants to obtain a position of power so that she will no longer feel vulnerable amongst the fey. This book unfolds that journey, a journey of secrecy, betrayal and the strive for power.

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Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

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Genres: Young Adult

Themes: Romance, Mystery

Rating: 2 stars

16 year old Frankie Landau-Banks is on her way to becoming one of the most popular girls at school now that she’s started to become involved with Matthew Livingston, who along with his friends, is pretty much at the top of the high school food chain. For a while, Frankie plays the role of cute and naïve sophomore but it’s not long before she starts to wish that she could be seen for who she really is: an intelligent and witty girl worthy of being a part of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds… The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks tells a tale of mystery and mischief caused by an unsuspecting mastermind.

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Book Review: The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME mental health in the UK

Book Review: The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME mental health in the UK

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Genres: Anthology, Art

Themes: Racism, Culture, Mental Health

Rating: 5 stars 

“Two birds, both one and the same

One flies high over tree tops, wings spread caressing the clouds.

The other, caged with clipped wings, sings, weeping tears of joy at

the promise of its future.”

– Little Birds Hope by Caroline 

The Colour of Madness is an incredible anthology of poems, short stories, memoirs and artwork, created by 58 individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Together, they have provided an honest and unique portrayal of how BAME communities within the UK experience mental health. Read more