Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Main themes: Romance, Mystery

Rating: 3 stars

London Lane can’t remember her past. What she wore yesterday, whether she had maths homework, why the girl from gym class isn’t talking to her… London can’t remember any of it. That’s why she writes a list of important notes every evening, so she can fill in the blanks of her life the next morning. However, this isn’t the only unusual thing about London’s memory. She can also see into the future, like who will become valedictorian at the end of high school, or where she’ll be going on holiday with her best friend. However, there’s a particularly memory that London keeps on seeing, and it could prove to cause a lot of grief for her and her family…

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Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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Genres: Young Adult

Themes: Friendship, Mental Health 

Rating: 3 stars 

Caddy and Rosie have been best friends from a very young age; they’ve grown up with one another, and going to different secondary schools hasn’t impacted their friendship in the slightest bit. However, the dynamic of their relationship changes when Rosie introduces Suzanne, the new girl at her school who is described as beautiful, and cool without really trying. It’s not long before all 3 girls become close friends but they face a lot of challenges that really tests their friendship with one another. Beautiful Broken Things looks at the complexities of teenage friendship and how they can shape the kind of people we become.  Read more

Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #4

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Main themes: War, Society, Power

Rating: 3.5 stars

After the difficult events of King’s Cage, Mare moves forward with the Scarlet Guard to fight for the freedom of Reds across Norta. In order to do this, they need to first remove the wicked king, Maven Calore from his throne and end the Nortan monarchy for good. This means a lot of things for many people. There’s Mare, Farley and all the other Reds who will finally be free of an oppressive system, Cal who wants to reclaim his rightful place on the throne, Evangeline who wants to escape a future that was always about her father attaining power… not to mention the other countries that have now become mixed up in this war- Montfort, the Lakelands, Pidemont… War Storm brings us the complexities and devastation of war, power and love in a conclusion to the Red Queen series. Read more

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Genres: Poetry

Main themes: Love, Relationships, Feminism

Rating: 3.5 stars

my heart woke me crying last night 

how can i help i begged 

my heart said 

write the book 

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems written by the creative Rupi Kaur, which portrays various experiences throughout her life. As she opens up about abuse, relationships and feminism in a very honest and expressive way, readers are able to experience Kaur’s journey of survival.  Read more

Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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Genres: Young Adult, Romance

Main themes: Loss, Love

Rating: 3 stars

Lennie’s world will never be the same after her older sister Bailey has passed away unexpectedly, leaving poor Lennie at a complete loss. However, a grieving Lennie’s life becomes a lot more complicated with the arrival of charismatic new guy, Joe Fontaine, in addition to some strange and undeniably crazy feelings towards Toby, her sister’s boyfriend. This story shows us how Lennie adjusts to a world without her vibrant and shining sister in it.   Read more

Book Review: The Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

Book Review: The Auctor Trilogy by T.R. Wolf

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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

Book Review: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle

Book Review: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle

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Genres: Fantasy, Children

Main themes: War, Magic 

Rating: 3 stars

Note: I was sent a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review.

One moment, Miles is troubled by the quarrels of his mum and dad floating through to his bedroom. The next, Miles is surrounded by thick violet bushes, being asked whether he’s a spy for the Queen by what appears to be a cross between man and scorpion. Somehow, Miles has ended up in the faraway kingdom of Rompu, completely alone and defenceless but with the help of a friendly Rompun, he’s soon on a journey to not only find his way back home, but to master his emerging elemental abilities, and to help save Rompu from a deadly creature known as the Veratt.

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