Books I’ve Read Since 13th July

So, I’ve started to do a regular blog post where I share what I’ve read since the last update (which in this case was this) and I wanted to one of these today.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with my post.

All the books I’ve read this week

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  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I simply could’t hold back any longer. Boy am I glad I didn’t. This won a Twitter poll I did to decide my next read, so I delved back into the wonderful world of Ketterdam and beyond. This was slick, chic and intensely gripping. I could read so many more books about Kaz, Inej and the rest of the gang. Four stars.

Find out more about Crooked Kingdom

2. Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

On the theme of re-entering fantastical world you loved, Queens is a collection of two novellas about the Three Dark Crowns series and yet again, it just proved how well constructed the world is and it was fascinating to explore more of the mythology and past of the queens. There were a couple of twists (though I predicted the Young Queens one) and it’s helped me formulate another theory. Four stars.

Find out more about Queens of Fennbirn

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This was a interesting, relatively enjoyable read that has introduced me to a series that I will continue, when I have cut down the rest of my TBR a bit. I found the book a bit and to get into, but once the action picked up, I absolutely raced through it. I will add in a trigger warning that does seem to be missing, as there is a rape scene where the victim then blames herself afterwards, which isn’t corrected by any other characters. That immediately dragged my rating down a little bit, but hopefully this is challenged in future books. Two stars.

Find out more about The Darkest Minds

4. Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke

A gripping YA thriller with twists galore, so many red herrings and a brilliant use of multiple narratives to really mess with your head. I devoured it in one sitting. I went in without knowing anything, which I think added to the atmosphere of confusion and would really recommend that you do the same. Four stars.

Find out more about Close Your Eyes

5. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

This is another case of amazing premise with little to actually back it up. For a book that’s “all about dragons”, I didn’t feel like there were many parts with dragons in the book, but hopefully I will get more of that in the sequel. The political intrigue was interesting and the last third of the book was rather engaging, but I feel like there’s too many books where the “chosen one” discovers their powers that just feel under-developed. Two stars.

Find out more about Before She Ignites

I am currently reading Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt, which is a sweet YA contemporary about the magic of theatre and I’m really enjoying it. What are you currently reading and what have you recently read?

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