Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Main themes: Loss, Domestic Violence

Rating: 4 stars (4.5 is more accurate) 

5 year-old Jacob is horrifically killed in what appears to be a hit and run accident. The heartbreaking loss of this poor boy is enough to make a grief-stricken Jenna Gray leave her old life behind, and make a fresh start in a remote town on the coast of Wales. But just when Jenna is finally starting to move on, her painful past comes back to haunt her.  

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Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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 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

Review: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

Review: Colorblind by Leah Harper Bowron

32446958Genres: Historical Fiction, Children

Main themes: Bullying, Racism 

Rating: 2 stars 

Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Both Lisa and Miss Loomis are anxious about the upcoming school year ahead, and it’s not hard to understand why.

When Lisa was a baby, she had an operation to remove a cleft lip and palate. The operation left a scar, as well as one side of her nose being slightly flattened. Now, 11 year old Lisa’s appearance is the reason why she’s bullied by two cruel boys in her grade. Alternately, Miss Loomis is the first African-American to teach at the all-white Wyatt state school. However, she becomes a victim to the very same boys who bully Lisa. Not only that, Miss Wyatt is treated as an outcast by practically everyone, and is subject to overt and covert racism.

Colorblind follows these two characters, both victims, as they try to survive the school year. Read more

One by Sarah Crossan

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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Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Review: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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Genres: Young Adult, Romance

Main themes: Loss, Love

Rating: 3 stars

Lennie’s world will never be the same after her older sister Bailey has passed away unexpectedly, leaving poor Lennie at a complete loss. However, a grieving Lennie’s life becomes a lot more complicated with the arrival of charismatic new guy, Joe Fontaine, in addition to some strange and undeniably crazy feelings towards Toby, her sister’s boyfriend. This story shows us how Lennie adjusts to a world without her vibrant and shining sister in it.   Read more

Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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Genres: Cultural, Historical Fiction

Main themes: Family, Love, Loss, Society  

Rating: 4 stars

“‘Promise me you’ll always love each other,’ she’d say, as she drew her children to her. ‘Promise,’ Estha and Rahel would say. Not finding words with which to tell her that for them there was no Each, no Other.”

Jumping between 1969, and 1993, we see how a series of tragic events impacts an entire family. A prejudiced and blind grandmother, a bitter and poisonous great aunt, an elitist ‘Marxist’ uncle, an oppressed and loving mother, and a set of dizygotic twins for who “there was no Each, no Other”.   Read more

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #3

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Main themes: Personal Growth, Society, War, Power

Rating: 4 stars

Mare Barrow has been captured and imprisoned by newly appointed Silver king, Maven Calore. As the months stretch by, Mare’s strong will is truly challenged as she spends most of her days in solitary confinement, is plagued by some of her most unbearable memories, and tortured in the worst way possible. And without her lightning, suppressed by the constant presence of Silent Stone and her Arven guards, Mare is suffocating. But Maven has no intention of letting Mare go. As one of the notable members of the Red Guard, Maven uses her as a pawn to help advance his political stance in fighting the rebel group. And then there’s his own hidden agenda; which sees Mare fall deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth that is the catastrophic King’s mind. This is a deep one!

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Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Review: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Main themes: Family, Coming of Age, Racism, Empowering Women

Rating: 5 stars

The Secret Life of Bees follows the journey of 14 year old Lily Owens, a girl who’s always been troubled by the hazy memory of a fatal accident that killed her mother when she was just 4 years old. Her upbringing hasn’t been the best thanks to her mean-spirited father, and she’s wanted nothing more than to just get up and leave. One afternoon, Lily does find herself running away, but with Rosaleen, her housemaid and only friend after a racially motivated arrest and attack. Travelling to Tiburon, South Carolina, they’re led to a house painted Caribbean Pink, home to sisters and beekeepers August, May and June Boatwright…

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Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Review: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

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Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Main themes: Identity, Personal Growth, Power, Society 

Rating: 5 stars

This book! It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced an overwhelming excitement about picking up my kindle to continue reading a story, or felt a buzz of anticipation knowing I’ll be seeing my favourite character again. This Savage Song has genuinely impressed me and become one of my favourite reads.

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