Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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Genres: Young Adult, Romance

Themes: Mental Health, Disability, Coming of Age

Rating: 5 stars 

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. Mixed in with the fact that she has social anxiety and extreme shyness, it’s often been very hard for Steffi to talk to people. However, now she’s determined to go to university and study the course of her dreams but her parents are only happy to let her do so if she can prove that she’s ready- by talking more at school. Of course, Steffi is dreading the new academic year, especially as she hasn’t got her best friend, Tem by her side. But things change when Rhys joins her sixth form. Being deaf, he’s paired up with Steffi who knows a little bit of British Sign Language (BSL)… The two instantly become friends and soon, a sweet love story entails. Read more

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Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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Genres: Poetry

Main themes: Love, Family, Culture, Self-Acceptance, Feminism

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Sun and Her Flowers is Rupi Kaur’s second collection of poems which portrays meaningful reflections and expressions of different life experiences. In my review of Milk and Honey, I talked about how despite enjoying Kaur’s poetry, it didn’t impact me in the way I had hoped it would. I’m so pleased that The Sun and Her Flowers was a different experience- throughout the whole book, I couldn’t stop thinking ‘wow… so this is what I’ve been waiting for.’

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Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Genres: Young Adult, Poetry

Main themes: Coming of Age, Cultural, Family, Love, Personal Growth

Rating: 5 stars

Xiomara has always held her tongue, stopped whatever thought or emotion inside of her from being known to those around her. Instead, Xiomara would express herself by writing and it’s through her poems that she finds a way to pour her heart out. These meaningful poems are Xiomara’s story; a challenging but inspiring journey of self-discovery that will touch your heart.

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Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: Throne of Glass #4

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy,

Main themes: Magic, Love, War, Personal Growth

Rating: 5 stars

When I’d finally decided to read Queen of Shadows, it had been more than a year since I’d last read Heir of Fire. I was a little worried about trying to get back into the Throne of Glass world in case I’d forgotten key parts of the story but honestly I felt like I was returning home with this book! I forgot how much I adored this world and its characters. 

In this book, Aelin Galathynius returns to Adarlan, and embarks on a dangerous mission where she must risk her life in order to save her friends and family, and bring down the King of Adarlan. We also follow Manon Blackbeak, who’s ability as Wing Clan leader is truly put to the test by the secretive errands and questionable decisions she’s forced to make. Queen of Shadows reaches new heights in this incredibly action packed series.

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance 

Main themes: Love, Family, Loss

Rating: 5 stars

I was super excited to read this instalment of The Dark Artifices series because I absolutely LOVED Lady Midnight (you can check out my review here). The Blackthorns are my favourite Shadowhunter family and so I couldn’t wait to dive back into their world. Read more

Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Dark Artifices #1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Main themes: Love, Family, Betrayal

Rating: 5 stars

Lady Midnight is set 5 years after the Dark War (The Mortal Instruments), and follows the lives of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, two characters introduced to the series in City of Heavenly Fire. At 12 years of age both became orphans; Emma’s parents were brutally murdered in an obscure manner, and Julian was left with no choice but to kill his father who had been Turned, in order to protect his younger siblings. Not only that, Julian’s older sister Helen had been exiled by the Clave, and his older brother Mark was taken by the fey, and he became apart of the Wild Hunt. So now, all grown up, it’s been interesting to see how these characters have coped since the unfortunate events from 5 years ago. Read more

Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry

Main themes: Family, Loss, Love

Rating: 5 stars

Here

We Are.

And we are living.

Isn’t that amazing?

How we manage

to be

at all.

One follows the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. At 16, it’s amazing that both have survived for so long but now that their family has run into financial difficulties, they must now survive the new challenge of what state school will bring them. As the year progresses, they soon have to face a decision which will turn their world upside down. A very emotional, lyrical, and beautiful read which magnificently depicts the love of two brave sisters.

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