Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Main themes: Family, Coming of Age, Racism, Empowering Women
Rating: 5 stars
The Secret Life of Bees follows the journey of 14 year old Lily Owens, a girl who’s always been troubled by the hazy memory of a fatal accident that killed her mother when she was just 4 years old. Her upbringing hasn’t been the best thanks to her mean-spirited father, and she’s wanted nothing more than to just get up and leave. One afternoon, Lily does find herself running away, but with Rosaleen, her housemaid and only friend after a racially motivated arrest and attack. Travelling to Tiburon, South Carolina, they’re led to a house painted Caribbean Pink, home to sisters and beekeepers August, May and June Boatwright…
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Main themes: Identity, Personal Growth, Power, Society
Rating: 5 stars
This book! It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced an overwhelming excitement about picking up my kindle to continue reading a story, or felt a buzz of anticipation knowing I’ll be seeing my favourite character again. This Savage Song has genuinely impressed me and become one of my favourite reads.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy,
Main themes: Personal Growth, Magic
Rating: 3 stars (3.5 is more accurate!)
Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a devastating incident, Adelaide ‘Addie’ Auctor’s comfortable life back in Salem, Massachusetts becomes a thing of the past. In order to stay safe, she must pass an initiation test to get into a secret but prestigious university called The Wicked Cabal. This is no normal university though as it’s specifically for those who perform magic. Off to a jarring start, Initiation proves to be one of the hardest challenges Addie has had to face. It doesn’t help that she’s separated from her brother, Augustus- someone who’s always been her rock and protector. And so with such little experience, and with painful memories so fresh, is passing initiation something Addie can do? Read more