BOOK REVIEW: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Slammed

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Contemporary

Published: 10th August 2012

Publisher: Atria Books

Format: Paperback

Rating:  5/5

“Life wants you to fight it.
Learn how to make it your own. ”

Synopsis:

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

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National Poetry Month | On Making Inspiration

April was National Poetry month, and I set myself a poetry-writing challenge of writing a poem every day of the month. I was expecting to give up very early on, but I’m quite pleased that I made it to day 25. Okay, so I didn’t make it through the entire 30 days, but I nearly did – and given how much work I’ve got for Uni at the moment, that was quite an achievement for me!

At first, I found writing a whole poem every day quite challenging. Mostly because of a lack of inspiration. Continue reading “National Poetry Month | On Making Inspiration”

BOOK REVIEW | Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

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Title: Revolution

Author: Piet Hein Wokke

Genre: Historical

Published: 1st May 2017

Publisher: Xowox Publishing

Format: Hardback

Rating:  4.5/5

 

 

 

“Do people ever really fight over religion?
Or do they use religion to fight?”

Synopsis:

Beledar, 1942. 

War rages in the West, but the East is not immune to its call. In the capital of Beledar – Mayasin – the old Emir is dying, and his son, Jalal, British-educated and with modern sensibilities, is poised to take leadership over a fractious nation.

Growing up in the poorest streets of Mayasin, Abdullah ekes out a meagre living shining shoes, selling arak, and performing less savoury favours for visiting foreigners in the city. But one bloodied, fateful night when the course of his life changes forever.

In a remote desert village on the other side of Beledar, Khalid is witness to immense brutality, meted out by his elder brother. He is forced to go along with it and not yet a teenager, he already has blood on his hands.

Sunni and Shi’i, royalist and revolutionary. One is destined for the palace, the other for the army. As their nation grapples with a new world, new independence, new ideas, and new struggles, the lives of these two boys will become inextricably intertwined… and the fate of the whole country will hang in the balance.

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COVER REVEAL | Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J. Whitney

About this time last year I was showing you the marvellous new cover for SHADOW (Book 2 in the Romany Outcasts series) by Christi J. Whitney, and I’m thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the final book in this YA urban fantasy trilogy, MIDNIGHT, which will be released on 25th May 2017. Continue reading “COVER REVEAL | Midnight (The Romany Outcasts #3) by Christi J. Whitney”

Poetry Mini-Reviews #1

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Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Some of the poems in Milk and Honey were definitely 5 star poems, but there were others that I thought Continue reading “Poetry Mini-Reviews #1”

Where Did The Dystopian Fiction Go?

Last night, I finished a Brazilian Netflix show called 3%. It hasn’t been advertised much at all, and I haven’t heard a single person talking about it. I found it after scrolling aimlessly through the sci-fi section a few times. It didn’t look like anything amazing, but I read the word ‘dystopian’ and something inside of me cheered a little. Dystopian – I hadn’t read or watched anything from that genre for a while. And it got me wondering…where did YA dystopian fiction go? Continue reading “Where Did The Dystopian Fiction Go?”