The Prison Healer

Rating: 4/5

“My name is Kiva Meridan, and I claim her sentence as my own.” 

This book was a nice surprise as I didn’t even plan on reading it until I was looking for Goodreads and read some of the reviews and decided to check it out for myself. Sometimes books don’t always live up to the hype that they are getting and that can be disappointing but this book is definitely worth the hype.

The story is set in a prison where people tend to not live very long because of the conditions. The protagonist Kiva has been in the prison for ten years, and since she was seven and works as a healer, she has avoided the worst conditions. Kiva is able to have contact in the outside world which gives her hope that she will one day be saved from her imprisonment. Thought the book, Kiva has to use what she knows in order to save herself in many ways.

Kiva is a very interesting character as are the others. In typical YA fashion, she is strong and fierce but also relatable. Others include Tippy, a young boy who stutters but has a big heart and very lovable, and Naari who was equally fantastic and I hope to hear more about them in the next book. I felt like all the characters complimented each other and it felt real. I did feel like the characters were well written and were unique in their own way. The writing was also a plus for this book as that really helped with describing the events throughout the book.

And finally, the slow burn romance was an absolute delight and I found myself so invested in the romance. Slow burn is one of my favorite tropes and it was done so right with this book. I can’t wait for the second one!

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