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: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Book Review: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Main themes: Romance, Mystery

Rating: 3 stars

London Lane can’t remember her past. What she wore yesterday, whether she had maths homework, why the girl from gym class isn’t talking to her… London can’t remember any of it. That’s why she writes a list of important notes every evening, so she can fill in the blanks of her life the next morning. However, this isn’t the only unusual thing about London’s memory. She can also see into the future, like who will become valedictorian at the end of high school, or where she’ll be going on holiday with her best friend. However, there’s a particularly memory that London keeps on seeing, and it could prove to cause a lot of grief for her and her family…

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Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Book Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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Genres: Young Adult

Themes: Friendship, Mental Health 

Rating: 3 stars 

Caddy and Rosie have been best friends from a very young age; they’ve grown up with one another, and going to different secondary schools hasn’t impacted their friendship in the slightest bit. However, the dynamic of their relationship changes when Rosie introduces Suzanne, the new girl at her school who is described as beautiful, and cool without really trying. It’s not long before all 3 girls become close friends but they face a lot of challenges that really tests their friendship with one another. Beautiful Broken Things looks at the complexities of teenage friendship and how they can shape the kind of people we become.  Read more

Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Book Review: War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #4

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Main themes: War, Society, Power

Rating: 3.5 stars

After the difficult events of King’s Cage, Mare moves forward with the Scarlet Guard to fight for the freedom of Reds across Norta. In order to do this, they need to first remove the wicked king, Maven Calore from his throne and end the Nortan monarchy for good. This means a lot of things for many people. There’s Mare, Farley and all the other Reds who will finally be free of an oppressive system, Cal who wants to reclaim his rightful place on the throne, Evangeline who wants to escape a future that was always about her father attaining power… not to mention the other countries that have now become mixed up in this war- Montfort, the Lakelands, Pidemont… War Storm brings us the complexities and devastation of war, power and love in a conclusion to the Red Queen series. 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: 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: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Genres: Poetry

Main themes: Love, Relationships, Feminism

Rating: 3.5 stars

my heart woke me crying last night 

how can i help i begged 

my heart said 

write the book 

Milk and Honey is a collection of poems written by the creative Rupi Kaur, which portrays various experiences throughout her life. As she opens up about abuse, relationships and feminism in a very honest and expressive way, readers are able to experience Kaur’s journey of survival.  Read more