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Lancelot by Giles Kristian

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

Ever since I watched Merlin I’ve been intrigued with the story of King Arthur, Camelot, the knights of the round table and Guinevere so I was really excited when I was accepted for this. Sadly though I ended up DNFing this at 412 pages, I tried to push through to the end but I just  couldn’t. The overall plot of this story was good I just found it to be extremely slow paced and I felt as if I were slogging through it. I also found it really hard to get invested in the story and had to force myself to pick it back up every time I took a break. This wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read and I may give it another go in the future but at the moment it just wasn’t for me.

 

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

I have mixed thoughts about this book. Overall I enjoyed it however, not as much as I was hoping for. This book follows the stories of  two girls, Dennaleia and Mare. Dennaleia is the princess of who has is engaged to the Prince of Mynaria in order to form an alliance between both kingdoms however, Dennaleia has a secret she has an affinity for fire when magic is outlawed in Mynaria. Our second point of view character is Mare who is the Prince’s sister who would rather spend her time with the kingdoms horses than being the ideal princess her father wants her to be. First of all I thought the pacing of this was very slow throughout  which made it quite difficult to get into a times. I liked the world building within this however, it didn’t stand out much and apart form out POV characters I didn’t really care about the characters. The best part of this novel and brought the rating up was the f/f romance between Mare and Dennaleia which was amazing and I lived for the scenes between them, I especially liked the fact that this was not insta love as it made it feel a lot more authentic. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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Paper Weight By Meg Haston

As someone who is studying to become a mental health nurse I really want to start reading more books that represent different mental illnesses to help broaden my understanding especially of those that I do not have personal experience of. Therefore, I started with Paper Weight with follows the story of Stevie who is living with an eating disorder and has been sent to a treatment centre in order to help her recovery however, Stevie has other plans. She doesn’t want to recover in fact she is planning to take her own life in 27 days. Trigger warning for eating disorders, self harm, suicide, death and abuse. I really enjoyed this book and while I can’t comment on the representation of this I found it really interesting to see how Stevie’s eating disorder affected her. This is also a really emotional read and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Here is an own voices review for Paper Weight 

 

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Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really fun and quick summer read. It follows the story of Paige who has just found out that the bookshop she works at is to be closed and demolished. Therefore, Paige decided to team up with her best friend Holly and her co-workers to start a petition in order to save the store. However as well as fighting for her bookshop Paige has to deal with her growing feelings for Blaine a fellow art student at her life drawing class. This is the first contemporary book I have read that takes place in the UK which I really enjoyed. I really liked that this book is about books and fighting for what you believe in it also talks about sexism. However, the book does read quite young as the main characters are 16 and I feel I would have enjoyed it better if I were a few years younger. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.

 


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Can you recommend me any other books with mental health representation?

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