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Review: the sunflower project by unLYSHed

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Rating:  ★★★ Release Date: 7th May 2020 Genre(s): Religious Poetry Massive thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. I do really love poetry (when I read it) and the premise of this: growth and healing, sounded right up my alley. The sunflower project is a collection of poems grouped into the four stages of a life cycle of a sunflower - it symbolises unLYSHed's life journey and growth to becoming the person she is today.  My favourite aspect is definitely the writing style - it's  beautiful, raw, intimate and emotional.  The honesty in her words makes you feel a genuine connection to the writer, it leaves you enthralled and hoping for the best for her. It address abuse, sexual assault, loss of faith (and gaining that faith again), heartbreak, trauma, self love and your own worth. One quote that particularly resonates with me is: "your heart is happy now but your mind remembers then do not be ashamed"

Review: The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

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Rating :  ★★★ ★ ½ Release Date : 13th April 2021 Genres(s) : YA Fantasy  Massive thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Go and read this right now, it’s so hard to put into words the connection I have formed with this book, but just trust me. The prison healer follows Kiva, a prisoner in the ruthless prison Zalindov and the challenges she faces once the notorious Rebel Queen is captured - she must fight to keep the Rebel Queen alive, and do so at whatever cost, including facing the lethal Trial by Ordeal. Can Kiva survive the four elemental tasks, that no other inmate has ever succeeded in doing?  I adored  all  of the characters in this book, and that isn’t even an exaggeration. Kiva is far from your typical YA female lead, she is so  strong and fierce , whilst also being sensitive and caring. Tipp, a young boy with a stutter, was so lovable. It truly makes you reflect on how cruel and unjust a world can be

Top 10 Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

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  TTT (Top 10 Tuesday) is a weekly meme created by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week is  10 Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors. I'm going to be honest, this was crazily hard! Crayola have had some wacky names over the years, including Macaroni & Cheese, Surf's Up, Mountain Meadow, Twilight Lavender and Grandma's perfume (to name a few). So, this list of books are some that I think could  work as Crayola colours (maybe?) and the colour swatch I think they'd be! 1. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard   3.  State of Sorrow by Melissa Salisbury 4.  I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson 5.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 6.  Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu 7.  Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee 8.  Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee 9.  Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik 10.  The Wicked Fox by Kat Cho I hope you enjoyed this list, let me know in the comments which of these is your favourite or give me some of your

Review: Pastel Pink by Nikki Minty

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Rating :  ★ ★ ★ ★ Release Date : 15th April 2021 Genre(s) : Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy Massive thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I  adored  this book - it had everything you could truly need from a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel. And isn’t the cover just  stunning?  Pastel pink follows Harlow, a reincarnated Pastel Zeek living on Zadok, who was previously murdered on Earth as Ruby, a human. It follows her life in both of these locations - and how they intertwine. The book starts straight into the action - with a graphic depiction of Ruby's murder in the human world, which hooks you into the story straight away. First of all, I  loved  the reincarnation aspect, I'm fairly sure I've never read a book which has quite done it justice? But this certainly did! It was so easy to tell between Harlow's chapters and Ruby's chapters, as they had such different storylines and 'personalities' (even though

Review: Zendar: A Tale of Sand by K.T. Munson

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Rating :  ★★★ ★ ★ Release Date : 22nd August 2020 Genres(s) : Fantasy romance Massive thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for providing me with a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book so much!  It was a super short and quick read, which I managed to read in one sitting. It follows Nitya, an 18 year old girl who wants more from life than her current lifestyle gives, and her journey working in the Palace's kitchen (and the people she meets along the way -  wink wink ) I genuinely have no faults with this book, other than I wish it hadn't ended! Munson's writing style is  perfection.  I thought the characters were written perfectly, the world building was exquisite (which I was shocked at - how can you be so drawn into a world that is only developed 35 pages?!) And the romance was to die for! But, please be warned this book is targeted at adults, and there are some fairly erotic scenes.  I will most certainly be picking up other works by Muns

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

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  TTT (Top 10 Tuesday) is a weekly meme created by  That Artsy Reader Girl . This week is  10 Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean (lol, I really enjoyed this prompt). All of the books on this list were rated wither 1 or 2 stars and to be honest, I really wouldn't mind if I never saw them again. Each of this is a one word summary (sometimes two) which I think explains my reasoning for them being on this list really well. I don't think they need more explaining! 1. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire Sexist. 2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton Boring. 3. 13 minutes by Sarah Pinborough Unmemorable. 4. The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr Annoying MC. 5. The Rain by Virginia Bergin Annoying MC (again eek). 6. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Childish. 7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy Repetitive. 8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Pretentious. 9. The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace Problematic. 10. The Seagull by Anto

Review: Violet City by Page Morgan

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Rating :  ★★ ★★ Release Date : 5th April 2021 Genre(s) : Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Paranormal Romance Massive thank you to BooksGoSocial and Netgalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was initially torn whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars, but since reading this book I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! So I've decided to settle on an unofficial 4.5. Violet City is an alien-invasion sci-fi, which follows Penelope Simmins, your average teenager, and 'Rowan', her alien captor, a Volkranian who eerily resembles a human. The first chapter jumps straight into the action and I was hooked straight away, I binged the entire book in less than 24 hours, because I just needed to know what happened next! It was fast-paced, action-packed and all-round fantastic!  My favourite thing about this book was definitely the romance, especially the chemistry and tension built between the 2 main characters. I think it happened very naturally (even thoug