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REVIEW: Seed by Lisa Heathfield


I haven’t read a book in a long time that has completely blown me away and given me an “OMG!” moment. Seed completely changed that, however. It was AMAZING!

Pearl has always lived in Seed, a community that worships Nature. When a new boy and his family are welcomed into Seed, Pearl starts to notice the cracks in her seeminly perfect world. Why doesn’t she know who her mother is? Why aren’t they allowed medical care? Seed is a crazed cult, and Seed will never let her go.

Heathfield has created a dangerous but charming community with enigmatic Seed. I could feel myself sinking into Seed’s mindset whilst reading it and I could feel myself being pulled towards it. The worshipping of nature particularly appealed to me and so it was almost as if I was Pearl fighting to find out the truth behind a seemingly perfect world.

One part I specifically loved was the opening scene because it’s one of the only YA books I’ve read that talks about menstruation, which I think is important to be acknowledged because it barely is for something so major in a teenager’s life.

Whilst Pearl could be frustrating at points, I completely understood why. It was fascinating to see her internal struggle between wanting to love Seed and knowing that it was corrupt.

The ending had me reeling! It was SUCH a shock! You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve read it; I still haven’t quite recovered from it!

I was so happy to have loved one of my most anticipated UKYA reads of 2015 so much and I can’t wait to read the next installment in 2016. Phenomenal!


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    Gill Edwards
    29 April, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I felt the same way about the ending too, what an amazing book it was and i cant wait to spend more time with Pearl next year

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    29 April, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I do want to read the sequel, but I *can’t see* what it’s going to be like when you consider who was lost/left at the end. Also, I presume it can’t be set at Seed- so where will it be? And will another setting lose its impact, as Seed itself was so compelling?
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    30 April, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Great review, Lucy. I hadn’t heard of this before, but your review has me intrigued. I’ll be keeping a eye out for this – it sounds really good! 🙂
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    Ashleigh Allsopp
    1 May, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Oh, this sounds intriguing! I’ve seen it in a few videos and on a few blogs (and even on the shelf in Waterstones) but I’ve yet to read a review of it until now. Adding to my TBR list as we speak, can’t wait! Thanks Lucy.

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    10 October, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’ve seen this book before, but didn’t really want to read it because I’m not usually into cult-type of book. But you review makes it sounds intriguing, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the review/insight about this book! 🙂
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