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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Book Review: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

Book Review: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

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Genres: Plays, Classics 

Themes: Family, Loss, Societal Issues

Rating: 4 stars 

I don’t have much experience of reading plays but I was really glad that this book had been gifted to me by my friends (shout out to the Placements Squad!) as it turned out to be a book I really enjoyed. 

Blood Brothers follows the story of twin brothers Mickey and Edward who were separated at birth. Around a decade later, fate ensured that these two boy’s paths crossed- but with a twist of course. Both are unaware that they are brothers and ironically, they become best friends. As the book progresses, readers see how their relationship evolves over the years… Read more

Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Book Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Main themes: Loss, Domestic Violence

Rating: 4.5 stars

5 year-old Jacob is horrifically killed in what appears to be a hit and run accident. The heartbreaking loss of this poor boy is enough to make a grief-stricken Jenna Gray leave her old life behind, and make a fresh start in a remote town on the coast of Wales. But just when Jenna is finally starting to move on, her painful past comes back to haunt her.  

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Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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Genres: Cultural, Historical Fiction

Main themes: Family, Love, Loss, Society  

Rating: 4 stars

“‘Promise me you’ll always love each other,’ she’d say, as she drew her children to her. ‘Promise,’ Estha and Rahel would say. Not finding words with which to tell her that for them there was no Each, no Other.”

Jumping between 1969, and 1993, we see how a series of tragic events impacts an entire family. A prejudiced and blind grandmother, a bitter and poisonous great aunt, an elitist ‘Marxist’ uncle, an oppressed and loving mother, and a set of dizygotic twins for who “there was no Each, no Other”.   Read more

Book Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #3

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Main themes: Personal Growth, Society, War, Power

Rating: 4 stars

Mare Barrow has been captured and imprisoned by newly appointed Silver king, Maven Calore. As the months stretch by, Mare’s strong will is truly challenged as she spends most of her days in solitary confinement, is plagued by some of her most unbearable memories, and is tortured in the worst way possible. And without her lightning, suppressed by the constant presence of Silent Stone and her Arven guards, Mare is suffocating. But Maven has no intention of letting Mare go. As one of the notable members of the Red Guard, Maven uses her as a pawn to help advance his political stance in fighting the rebel group. And then there’s his own hidden agenda; which sees Mare fall deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth that is the catastrophic King’s mind. This is a deep one!

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Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

Review: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun

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Genres: Thriller, Paranormal, Romance

Main theme: Revenge 

Rating: 4 stars

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

This chilling short story starts off with the main character, Veronica, who’s currently in a police station with her boyfriend, Sebastian. All readers know is that something has gone horribly wrong. He’s bone white, shirt soaked with blood. She’s trying to desperately hold onto him, eyes swollen from crying. Then we go back a month, to when Veronica and Sebastian first met on their first date in a haunted restaurant… Read more