• Getting ready for the first day of my final year as an Undergrad!
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I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone🙊
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Then I’m off to Birmingham with my favourite person for the weekend💕
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There’s also a new Fairyloot unboxing on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - my favourite box to date!
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#fairyloot #fairylootbox #bookish #bookishbox #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #bookblog #blogger #university #student #thirdyear
  • Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #travelblogger #travel #trip #holiday #foodblogger #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram #villefranche #royalcarribeancruise #royalcaribbean #independenceoftheseas
  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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#nightout #datenight #manchester #thelowry #peterstreetkitchen #potkettleblack #blogger #travelblogger #foodblogger #eggsroyale #drinks #couple #dateday #foodphotography
  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookblog #bookblogger #blogger #bookreview #scifi #thelongwaytoasmallangryplanet #beckychambers
  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookshelf #darkage #piercebrown #redrising #scifi #book #books #bookworm
  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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#favouriteperson #couple #holiday #vacation #trip #blogger #travelblogger #palermo #sicily #monreale #bloggersofinstagram #bloggerlife
  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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#blogger #travelblogger #travel #holiday #vacation #bloggerlife #cruise #cruisediaries #royalcaribbeancruise #independenceoftheseas #royalcaribbean
  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookworm #bookblogger #blogger #book #bookreview #manga #seraphoftheend #vizmedia
Adult Fiction Blog Tours Reviews

This Stolen Life* Blog Tour

May 17, 2019
This Stolen Life* by Jeevani CharikaThis Stolen Life* by Jeevani CharikaThis Stolen Life* by Jeevani Charika

**I was sent a copy of this book as part of the blog tour**

I had previously read one of Jeevani's books, Christmas at the Palace (review here) which was a very lighthearted romcom. I expected This Stolen Life to be similar. Whilst there were some very sweet romantic plot points weaved throughout this novel, it also touches on so many heartbreaking topics and I didn't anticipate how deeply this novel would affect me.

To begin we are introduced to Jaya, a young girl on the run from Sri Lanka and her abusive household. After her transportation crashes she loses her papers but is able to take on the identity of one of the victims of the crash and heads to the UK to become a nanny under this new identity. Hence the title, This Stolen Life.

Jaya, now Soma is the kind of character you read about and you want them to succeed. Every little step for her, being able to use a cash machine, learning to use a mobile, picking up English with help filled me with so much joy. But her past was always nipping at her heels. From how she put a chair under the door latch, couldn't sleep in the dark and had nightmares. It was heartbreaking.

Her employer, Yamuna, though kind was very detached but for a reason. She struggled to form a bond with her newborn son which was explored throughout the novel in a very sensitive way. I know very little about Post Natal Depression aside from hearing about it but felt that this representation was brilliant.

Consent was a big theme in this novel too which I was so happy to see. I would definitely say trigger warnings for sexual assault. What was different with this novel though it also focused on a male being assaulted by a female which you rarely see in media but obviously is something that happens. Male vulnerability is rarely spoken about and often feels like a taboo subject. I'm thrilled to have found a book that explicitly talks about it and how damaging it is.

This book filled me with so much happiness despite its sad themes. The characters were all well rounded and fully formed with complex emotions. Stereotypes were challenged and I left the book wishing that I could just watch every character continue on with their lives. I won't be forgetting this book any time soon.

 

INFO

Name: This Stolen Life*

Author: Jeevani Charika

Publisher: Hera Books

Pages: 282

ASIN: B07PV2BKGD

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read This Stolen Life*?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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