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 Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Book Review: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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Genre: Young Adult

Themes: Grief, Loss, Family, Personal Growth 

Rating: 4 stars 

“If someone had asked me, I would’ve said that everything seemed right except for my mother, who seemed totally wrong, and that in turn made everything else feel dark and stained. I would’ve carved out my heart and brain and given them to her just so she could feel right again.” 

-Leigh

Leigh has lost her mother, who has died by suicide. Unable to come to terms with how her mother got to the point where she wanted to end her life, Leigh goes in search of answers which will help her to understand. Her starting point is a suspected suicide note which reads “I want you to remember.” Leigh has no idea what this means. But she is visited by a magnificent, and striking bird who she knows deep down in her heart, is her mother. Leigh is determined to find out what it is that her mother wanted her to remember, and so she flies out to Taiwan to visit her maternal grandparents (for the first time!) There, she hopes to discover a part of her mum’s life that she knew little about.  Read more

Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Series: The Folk of the Air #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Betrayal, Power, Politics, Personal Growth 

Rating: 5 stars

It was the greatest feeling ever being able to return to The Folk of the Air series! The Wicked King follows Jude as she tries to navigate her new role as seneschal, which involves a little more than advising and representing the newly appointed High King of Faerie. Read more

Book Review: On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott

Book Review: On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott

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Genre: Young Adult

Themes: Mental Health, Bullying, Forgiveness 

Rating: 3 stars

The overall theme of mental health is what initially drew me in to reading On A Scale of One to Ten. The story follows Tamar, a struggling teen who has been admitted onto a psychiatric ward following a serious attempt to end her life. Readers discover what had pushed Tamar to wanting to end her life, and learn about the realities of what it means to recover. 

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Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Themes: Revenge, Betrayal, Science, Crime, Power

Rating: 3.5 stars 

Vicious follows the journey of two college roommates, Victor and Eli who have a shared interest in the science behind E.Os- Extraordinary people. To be an E.O is nothing short of a miracle- it’s theorised that these are people who develop superhuman abilities after going through a near death experience. It’s such a bizarre idea and yet, Victor and Eli can’t help but be drawn into the possibility of this being a real phenomenon. But their interest turns into something much more when they decide to test out the idea for themselves… What could go wrong?  Read more