Hello, people of the internet!
Apologies for my absence in March. A lot of things in my personal life happened and I needed to focus on that. I did have posts in mind to upload in March, but I wanted to check they were good enough to post. They were two book reviews and a discussion post. Here is the first book review I wanted to upload in March!
Before I begin this review, I will be going into some spoilers, but there is a good reason for this as I’d hate anyone to read this without knowing its heavy themes of suicide.
Title: Flight Of A Starling
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Publication date: 29th June 2017
Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd / Electric Monkey
She was alive. She was real. She was my sister.
Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wire – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.
Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?
Seriously, here is a major trigger warning for suicidal issues. I have read books that have dealt with the issue before, but nothing as strong as this one. Even though it does talk about the death in the first chapter, I was worried that it spoilt the book. However, this doesn’t affect the shock factor. Lisa Heathfield doesn’t shy away from talking about such thoughts and the aftermath at all. That alone made me cry – no joke, I read the ending at work during my break and I teared up.
The emotions I felt towards the characters was built up due to Lisa’s writing. The way she builds up the characters, their relationships and their background is very well written in that Lisa spends enough time developing this without affecting the flow too much. Despite getting slightly confused with the relationships between the circus folk at first (I struggled a little in determining who was related to whom), it worked really well.
What I couldn’t stop thinking about was how both Lo’s romantic relationship with Dean and the shattering family secrets played a part in the plot. The conflict that comes it doesn’t feel forced, yet it feels realistic. It’s so compelling that I will definitely be writing a discussion post about it later.
This character driven story line just gripped me and I felt for Lo and her struggles. I also felt for Rita and her own struggles – as the book is written from both Lo and Rita’s POVs. Their relationship is so sweet and strong, it’s my favourite in the entire book.
I love this book so much. It’s one of the best tragedies written in this day and age. I would recommend this to anyone, just prepare yourself.
I’ll give Flight Of A Starling 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you for reading!