Book Review: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Book Review: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

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Genre: Memoir 

Themes: Family, Abuse, Coming of Age, Personal Growth 

Rating: 5 stars 

“Though mine is but a simple, personal tale of my childhood, please do not underestimate the power of such stories.” 

– Adeline

Chinese Cinderella is an autobiographical account written by the very inspiring Adeline Yen Mah. Adeline shares her childhood with readers- what it was like growing up in 1940s China, and what it was like to live in a household where you were unwanted and unloved. Chinese Cinderella is not only a story of rejection and despair, but of hope and strength. As Adeline Yen Mah states, this is a simple story but you will be overwhelmed in more ways than one whilst turning the pages of this memoir.  Read more

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Genre: Young Adult

Themes: Social Injustice, Police Brutality, Identity, Discrimination, Racism

Rating: 5 stars

As I sat down to finally (!) start reading The Hate U Give, I already knew that in my hands I had a really important book. It follows African-American 16-year-old Starr Carter, whose life is massively changed after she witnesses the murder of her best friend… Khalil Harris is his name, and he was shot multiple times by a white police officer. The story goes on to explore the aftermath of Khalil’s death which offers a very real insight into police brutality. It also looks at the importance of using your voice to speak out on injustice, as well as the challenges that might come with it. Readers also get the chance to analyse the complexities that come with understanding your own identity in a world where you don’t feel like you fit in. The Hate U Give left me feeling both informed and heard… it was the story I needed to read, and Starr was the character I needed to meet.  Read more

Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Series: The Folk of the Air #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Family, Betrayal, Power 

Rating: 5 stars

Jude is only 7 when she witnesses the horrible murder of her parents. The perpetrator, a powerful faerie, decides to take Jude and her sisters away to the land of Elfhame which is where they end up living out their childhood days. 10 years on, we see that living as a human amongst the fey is difficult to say the least. Jude is treated like an outcast, especially by Prince Cardan and his cruel friends who are the source of a lot of grief. Tired of feeling like she’s “less,” Jude wants to obtain a position of power so that she will no longer feel vulnerable amongst the fey. This book unfolds that journey, a journey of secrecy, betrayal and the strive for power.

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Book Review: The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME mental health in the UK

Book Review: The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME mental health in the UK

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Genres: Anthology, Art

Themes: Racism, Culture, Mental Health

Rating: 5 stars 

“Two birds, both one and the same

One flies high over tree tops, wings spread caressing the clouds.

The other, caged with clipped wings, sings, weeping tears of joy at

the promise of its future.”

– Little Birds Hope by Caroline 

The Colour of Madness is an incredible anthology of poems, short stories, memoirs and artwork, created by 58 individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Together, they have provided an honest and unique portrayal of how BAME communities within the UK experience mental health. Read more