Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

201810301321864618862950395

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

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Book Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

IMG_20180723_214453_283

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.’

Read more

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

IMG_20180707_214341_181

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.

Read more

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

IMG_20171226_184418_204

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.

Read more

Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

IMG_20170523_202746_309.jpg

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