Weekly Wrap-Up #10

This has been one of my most productive reading weeks ever, with the gorgeous weather helping me just sit and relax with a good book. I’ve read a fair bit since last week, so I’ll be keeping the reviews brief today, as I’m planning to do full reviews of my favourites soon.

1. Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans 💙 🏳️‍🌈 (casual reference to having two mums throughout)

This was a gripping, interesting sci-fi thriller with a huge ethical debate at its heart. I totally get why it’s described as Black Mirror-esque, as it’s thought-provoking and has a well-crafted vision of the near future. Evans is an author to keep an eye on. Four stars.

2. The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes 💙

This is a classic case of a book with an amazing premise, but the actual content doesn’t match it. I didn’t care about the majority of the characters or the romance, so it just didn’t quite work for me. Two and a half stars.

3. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton ⭐️ 💙

I like Clayton’s writing style and world-building, but this was a major let-down. I hated the random animal death that just felt unnecessary and the attempted redemption of a certain character from the first book. Also, please can the major LGBT+ character not be a one-dimensional villain, especially after you previously buried your gays? One and a half stars.

4. The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale 💙

I really liked this creepy, Medusa-inspired, atmospheric story. The prologue hooked me instantly and the writing is gorgeous. Full review here. Four stars.

5. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas ⭐️

I am continuing to slowly but surely make my way through the TOG series and it’s so addictive. Again I love how the magic and politics are being developed over the series, with a heavy dose of world-building starting to emerge as well. The plotting and twists are well-done as well, making me eager to read Empire of Storms. Four stars.

6. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner 💙 ⭐️

As always, Zentner knows how to write brilliant, funny and realistic dialogue for characters that are just relatable and real. The focus on mental health was excellent and I love his writing style, but it’s not my favourite of his works. Four stars.

7, 8 & 9. Animal Farm by George Orwell, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 💙 and Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

These were all re-reads of some books that I own, as I’m trying to re-read all my owned books, so I can remove any that I no longer like or need. Luckily, all of these are still hugely enjoyable reads and I loved the shift from biting satire to mysteries. Four stars.

10. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman 🏳️‍🌈  ⭐️ 💙

I devoured (no pun intended) this atmospheric, spooky and brilliant book. Also, I love all the characters in their messy glory. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

11. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this. Fast-paced, full of twists and turns and utilises a very unique, layered and interesting way to tell a story. Series review here. Four stars.

How has your reading week been?

6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up #10

  1. meandinkblog says:

    Wow you have read a lot of books this week!! I am in awe!!
    I am glad you are enjoying the throne of glass series– I really enjoy the characters and the writing style. And I really want to read illuminae so I am glad you enjoyed it.
    P.s. I loved your devoured pun 😂

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  2. Alyssa says:

    You’ve read SO MANY BOOKS! I’m still recovering from holidays with the family, so I haven’t read a lot this week, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things this weekend. Happy reading!

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