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review 2019-11-16 08:57
Seed
Seed - Lisa Heathfield

Seed follows Pearl as she slowly starts to recognize that the isolated community that she grew up in is not the paradise it claims to be.

This was a very interesting read. Much of the very bad things that are going on are mostly insinuated rather than pushed into the reader's face, which I liked. It was, disturbing as it was, always better to show don't tell. Pearl was naive, as one would have expected, but she grew on me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2019-04-10 18:50
Review: Flight of a Starling
Flight of a Starling - Lisa Heathfield

 

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I have no idea if I liked this one or not to be perfectly honest. I didn’t dislike it, but I don’t know if I actually liked it. I snagged this one on a bit of cover lust more than anything reading. And I have a weakness for anything with a circus based theme.

 

It follows the story of twin sisters Rita and Lo who are the trapeze act in their family’s travelling circus. They move from town to town performing. Rita is the more responsible sister, while Lo is the more rebellious ones. They’ve known the other circus kids their whole lives and are a pretty close knit group.

 

I did find it totally fascinating how daily life within the circus group was portrayed, who was responsible for what, how the act was performed, the story behind it, was all really interesting. There was a deep sense of togetherness and family community.

 

However, when in one town, Lo makes friends with an outsider boy, things start changing. The girls are not supposed to have relationships with outsiders. The group moves all the time and the girls are essential to the act. Their father flat out forbids it. So Lo starts lying and sneaking about to be with this new boy she meets, Dean. Who’s nice enough and doesn’t judge her background. He presents a “normal” view of everyday life that she’s never experienced. And Dean’s life is not an easy one.

 

As they get to know each other more, the relationship changes and becomes something more romantic. Lo’s views start changing, her behaviour starts to change. Rita’s worried about her, and has her own drama when she starts falling for one of the much older men in the circus group, a very close family friend. Lo can’t understand it as Rita can’t get why Lo’s change in attitude. Then Lo discovers a shocking secret about the man Rita is convinced she’s now in love with.

 

Which adds a whole new element of secrets and family drama. There were some beautifully written passages as their girls struggle with their situation, thought provoking and emotional.

 

Then the novel takes an unexpected and quite devastating twist. It’s hinted at right at the beginning that something terrible happens and as I read a long I had sinking feelings I knew what was going to happen, but turned out it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. And that made it all the more heart-breaking and surprising. A bitter sweet ending rounded the story off.

 

I wasn’t blown away by the novel, and as I said at the beginning I honestly don’t know if I liked it or not. It was…interesting to say the least.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-02-15 00:00
Flight of a Starling
Flight of a Starling - Lisa Heathfield Thursday 16th February 2017: Reason for adding to wishlist: Have the author's other two books on my wishlist. Intrigued by the trapeze aspect. Somewhat put off by the "heroine rethinks her future because of a guy" aspect, though.
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review 2016-06-06 13:32
Review: Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
Paper Butterflies - Lisa Heathfield

 

I received a free copy of Paper Butterflies from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

Lisa Heathfield has the ability to take me from feeling happy, smiling and full of hope to sobbing like my heart just can't take any more, all in just a few pages. The characters she creates are so real, their lives so tragic yet at the same time they see the beauty in all things. Her words remind me how important life and family is and to always have compassion and regard for others. Quite simply I'm in awe of how easily her words reach inside me and turn my emotions upside down.

 

Paper Butterflies is a tragic, beautiful and heart breaking read. I was doubtful when picking it up that it could come anywhere close to Lisa's previous book Seed, which is one of my favourite books, one that has stuck with me and that I recommend to almost everyone, since I read it back in November 2014. I wasn't disappointed and Paper Butterflies has joined Seed on my favourites shelf.

 

The book covers sensitive topics like Seed but at the same time is so different. The characters feel real and genuine and I got to know and love many of them and will miss them now I have finished the book. The story is told from the point of view of June, a young girl who experiences abuse at the hands of her step-mother. You can feel her hurt, her anger and feelings of hopelessness and you just want to reach inside the pages and make everything better.

 

I couldn't put the book down. I was up all night, my emotions all over the place, hankie at the ready and trying to sniff quietly in case I woke anyone. I experienced everything from joy, anger, tears, hope, every emotion you could possibly imagine and the world around me faded out of existence while the book was in my hands.

 

Highly recommend and another book that will stick with me long after I finished reading.

 

 

 

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text 2016-05-11 07:32
100% done with Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
Paper Butterflies - Lisa Heathfield

 

So I picked this up earlier to read a few chapters before going to bed and the next thing I know it's 6am, the books finished and I've been bawling my eyes out for almost the whole darn book. Lisa Heathfield got me again! Right in the feels :(

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