Book Birthdays!

Today is a pretty good day for book releases; there are three books releasing today that I’ve already read & reviewed & they’re all quite different from each other which is exciting.

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars The Taste of Blue Light The Growing Season

First up is A Jigsaw of Fire & Stars by Yaba Badoe!

A Jigsaw of Fire and StarsFourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest was an African bamboo flute, a drum and a dagger inlaid with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose, leader of a nomadic group of misfits and gypsies. They travel around contemporary southern Europe, living off-grid and performing circus tricks for money. Sante grows up alongside two twins, knife-thrower Cat and snake-charmer Cobra, whom she is in love with. During a performance in Cadiz, Sante recognises two men from her dream. They come after her to retrieve the treasures from the sea chest. Sante finds out that she is an Ashanti princess, whose parents probably perished in the shipwreck. After Cat rescues a beautiful red-haired girl called Scarlett from a gang, Mama Rose’s band are forced to flee the city. But Sante and Cobra stay behind, determined to find out more about her family and where she came from.

Add to goodreadsI had mixed feelings about this book because I did enjoy it, but at times it felt like the author was trying to tell two stories at the same time & it didn’t always work very well!

You can read my full review here! And you can order the book using the links below: | Amazon.comBook Depository | Wordery


The second book is The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles!

The Taste of Blue LightAn incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman’s search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.

‘Since I blacked out, the slightest thing seems to aggravate my brain and fill it with fire’

These are the things Lux knows:
She is an Artist.
She is lucky.
She is broken.

These are the things she doesn’t know:
What happened over the summer.
Why she ended up in hospital.
Why her memories are etched in red.

‘The nightmares tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up …’

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux’s time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.

If her dreams don’t swallow her first.

Add to goodreadsI cannot recommend this book enough; the mental health representation in this book is exquisite & the story has been wonderfully put together. Lydia has done an incredible job with this story & has demonstrated the messiness of mental health conditions like PTSD in a perfect way.

You can read my review here! And you can order the book using the links below: | | Book Depository | Wordery


The third & final book is The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick

The Growing SeasonNow anyone can have a baby. With FullLife’s safe and affordable healthcare plan, why risk a natural birth?

Without the pouch, Eva might not have been born. And yet she has sacrificed her career, and maybe even her relationship, campaigning against FullLife’s biotech baby pouches. Despite her efforts, everyone prefers a world where women are liberated from danger and constraint and all can share the joy of childbearing. Perhaps FullLife has helped transform society for the better? But just as Eva decides to accept this, she discovers that something strange is happening at FullLife.

Piotr hasn’t seen Eva in years. Not since their life together dissolved in tragedy. But Piotr’s a journalist who has also uncovered something sinister about FullLife. What drove him and Eva apart may just bring them back together, as they search for the truth behind FullLife’s closed doors, and face a truth of their own.

A beautiful story about family, loss and what our future might hold, The Growing Season is an original and powerful novel by a rising talent.

Add to goodreadsI found the start of this book quite slow & I nearly gave up on it, but in the end I was really glad I didn’t because the book ended up leaving me in quite deep thought about the potential consequences of this kind of invention.

You can read my full review here! And you can order the book using the links below: | | Book Depository | Wordery



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