Book Review: Little Book of Fairy Tales

Book Review: Little Book of Fairy Tales

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Genres: Anthology, Short Stories

Themes: Fantasy, Personal Growth, Magic, Empowering Women (to name a few!) 

Rating: 4 stars

Little Book of Fairy Tales is an anthology of 20+ short stories, infused with magic that will leave you in awe. The idea behind this anthology was to create a space for under represented authors to share their stories. In the foreward, the editors write: 

“We’ve decided that we aren’t prepared to sit and wait for representation to happen, we are going to make it happen ourselves.” 

And that’s exactly what Little Book of Fairy Tales does.

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Book Review: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Book Review: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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Genre: Young Adult

Themes: Grief, Loss, Family, Personal Growth 

Rating: 4 stars 

“If someone had asked me, I would’ve said that everything seemed right except for my mother, who seemed totally wrong, and that in turn made everything else feel dark and stained. I would’ve carved out my heart and brain and given them to her just so she could feel right again.” 

-Leigh

Leigh has lost her mother, who has died by suicide. Unable to come to terms with how her mother got to the point where she wanted to end her life, Leigh goes in search of answers which will help her to understand. Her starting point is a suspected suicide note which reads “I want you to remember.” Leigh has no idea what this means. But she is visited by a magnificent, and striking bird who she knows deep down in her heart, is her mother. Leigh is determined to find out what it is that her mother wanted her to remember, and so she flies out to Taiwan to visit her maternal grandparents (for the first time!) There, she hopes to discover a part of her mum’s life that she knew little about.  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: Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

Book Review: Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian

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Genres: Poetry, Self-Help, Non-Fiction

Main themes: Self-Reflection, Personal Growth

Rating: 4 stars

I was in Waterstones when I first came across Mind Platter– it’s beautiful cover caught my eye and after having a quick flick through the pages, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my small but growing collection of poetry books. In a nutshell, Mind Platter is a compilation of beautifully constructed reflections written by Najwa Zebian, which takes the reader on a journey of contemplation about the way we live our lives.

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Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Main themes: Power, Magic, Love, War

Rating: 4 stars

There’s no doubt that an outbreak of war with Hybern is on the horizon, and so Feyre must do all she can to protect Prythian as well as the Mortal Lands from being destroyed. But this is no easy task, especially as Prythian is divided into Courts who have no solid allegiance to one another. And so secrets must be revealed, and pride must be swallowed if the High Lords of Prythian wish to save their lands, and everyone close to them. A Court of Wings and Ruin brings readers a powerful and sensational conclusion to the end of a brilliant series.

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