The Map of Salt & Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

The Map of Salt & Stars

This book was written differently from anything else I’ve read before; there are two narratives & two timelines, but both are a full story in themselves & both hooked me in completely. Some parts of A Map of Salt & Stars aren’t easy to read, but the book is very honest & tells two very important stories, both of which are based on fact.

I was sent this book by Orion Publishing in return for an honest review.

This book contains scenes of war including bombings & death, as well as human suffering & an attempted rape scene.

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Flight by Vanessa Harbour

Flight

 

If you want a way to introduce younger readers to war-fiction, this is the book you’ve been looking for; Flight, on the surface, is about a love for horses, but it’s much more than just that. Instead, Flight is about educating younger readers about hope & sacrifice & courage. The themes in this story are watered-down so that they’re age-appropriate but that hasn’t resulted in the story losing any of it’s potential.

This book contains watered-down war themes, harming of animals, animals in distress & death.

 

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Cover Reveal: A Stain on the Soul by Elizabeth Davies

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As some of you may know, I was totally obsessed with the first Caitlyn book Three Bloody Pieces & I am so excited about it’s sequel, A Stain on the Soul – & seeing it’s cover has excited me even more!

 

This cover is just as eerie as the first & it sucks so much that this series is only available in e-book format as I’d love to have them on my bookshelves!

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Cover Reveal: Strand of Faith by Rachel J Bonner

When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

Strand of FaithA girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love.  But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery.  That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation.  To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk?  Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?

 

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey.  All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her.  When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control.  Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice.  He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war.  Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for.  He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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Nursery Review: Sleep by Kate Prendergast

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I saw another blogger review this (if it was you please let me know) & knew that I just had to request my own copy to read to the children at work – luckily for me my wish was granted & the lovely Old Barn Books sent me this precious book as well as a few others for me & for the children I work with.

I was sent this book by Old Barn Books in return for an honest review.

 

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Three Bloody Pieces by Elizabeth Davies

Three Bloody Pieces

I went into this book with absolutely no idea whether I would enjoy it, but it turned out that I absolutely loved it! The story was unlike anything else I’ve ever read before & the plot went into a direction that I could never have predicted. I am obsessed with this book & want the whole world to read it.

I was sent a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

 

 

 

This book contains gore, violence, homophobic characters, possession, an ableist comment & rape.

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Medical MondaysA Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain

Last week I wrote about my experience with the first week of Esther Smith’s online course, A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain (you can find that post here) – my experience of week one was positive but I also felt a little sceptical that I would be able to fit pacing into my everyday life but also intrigued about what I might learn over the next six weeks.

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Medical MondaysA Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Esther Smith, inviting me to take part in some online courses that focus on educating people about chronic pain & how to deal with it. The first course I’m taking part in is A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain; the course is set over 6 weeks & after every session I’m going to do a quick write up about what I learned & what my thoughts are. I’m going to keep these posts short because I don’t want to give too much away, but I hope they’ll make you consider looking into Esther’s work.

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The Place Between Breaths by An Na

The Place Between Breaths

 

Before I start my review, can we just appreciate this cover? It’s gorgeous! Anyway, I’ve wanted to read this book for a very long time & I’m glad I did finally pick it up… but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it – even weeks after finishing it.

This book focuses strongly on multiple characters struggling with mental health issues
& scenes involve self-harm & attempted suicide.

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