Friday 13th July: What I’ve Read This Week

Last week, I introduced a new feature of my blog, where I update you guys weekly (ish) with what I’ve read each week. I started off on 6th July, with this post and today, I wanted to show what I’ve read since and include mini reviews for each book. This was such a strong reading week and every single one of these books received a four star rating from me.

What I’ve Read This Week:

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  1. Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Ahdieh really knows how to develop characters and a world within her duologies. I love the character of Mariko, who is a strong BAME woman, but is still allowed to be romantic without having to give up everything for her love interest. The subtle world-building really captivated me and the political intrigue was just sublime. Four stars.

Find out more about Smoke in the Sun

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

For ages, I’ve heard all about Leigh Bardugo’s excellent writing, particularly from Issy at The Glass Typerwriter and I finally caved in. Boy, am I glad I did. The writing was fast-paced and it just felt so slick, but the world felt very well crafted. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom. Four stars.

Find out more about Six of Crows

3. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

A beautiful, devastating and gripping look at police brutality, family and racism. It opens with a bang and Coles never lets up afterwards. The pace is relentless and you just get sucked into Marvin and Tyler’s story. It was important, relevant and unapologetic. The casual diversity (sapphic side characters) was just the cherry on top. Four stars.

Find out more about Tyler Johnson Was Here

4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’ve been on somewhat of a fantasy kick lately and Furyborn served as another great book to whet that appetite. There was action, deadly trials, fantastical politics and some kick-ass women: so everything I’m looking for post TDC. The dual narrative really worked for me, despite the 1,000 year long gap, but it take me a while to wrap my head around it. Three stars.

Find out more about Furyborn

5. The Extinction Trials and The Extinction Trials: Exile by S. M. Wilson

I think I’ve found another of my top 5 series. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know how excited I was about this book. I started The Extinction Trials on Sunday and just couldn’t put it down. It’s dinosaurs, dystopia and madness in one hell of a book. There’s not much of a romantic plot line as well, which is quite refreshing to see in YA. Then I read the sequel (Exile) last night and again just devoured it. It’s just one action-packed thrill of a book. I even recommended it to my reluctant reader of a brother, who picked up The Extinction Trials last night and was focused on the story that he was sat on my bed reading and ignoring me. Oh, how the tables have turned! Five stars.

Find out more about The Extinction Trials and Exile

So those are all the books I’ve read since 6th July and I’m currently reading One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. Essentially, it’s just confirming that I’m obsessed with the Three Dark Crowns series. What books have you read recently? Are any of the books I’ve mentioned on your TBR? Let me know in the comments.

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