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.
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.’
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
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.
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Main themes: Power, Magic, Love, War
Rating: 4 stars
There’s no doubt that an outbreak of war with Hybern is on the horizon, and so Feyre must do all she can to protect Prythian as well as the Mortal Lands from being destroyed. But this is no easy task, especially as Prythian is divided into Courts who have no solid allegiance to one another. And so secrets must be revealed, and pride must be swallowed if the High Lords of Prythian wish to save their lands, and everyone close to them. A Court of Wings and Ruin brings readers a powerful and sensational conclusion to the end of a brilliant series.
Genres: Young Adult
Main themes: Bullying, Mental Health
Rating: 2.5 stars
The opening chapter of Every Ugly Word was both bold and gripping, and is what convinced me to give the book a try. The story starts off with main character Ashley, sitting in the office of her doctor- she’s on a psychiatric ward and is hoping that this meeting will prove that she’s well enough to go home. But why was she first admitted? Well, readers learn that whenever Ashley looks into a mirror she doesn’t see a reflection of herself, but her older, adult self. As she finally opens up about her past, we learn about Ashley’s upsetting story of how bullying can push people into a very dark place. Read more
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.