It’s been a little while since my last weekly wrap-up, so I’ve got quite a few books to talk about today. Therefore, I’ll be keeping the reviews short and sweet, but will expand on books that I loved at a future date!
1. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton ⭐️💙🏳️🌈
I really liked this dark look at the ballet world, with its discussion around diversity, body issues and intense rivalry. The characters are completely untrustworthy and would betray anyone if it would get them a featured spot. Four stars.
2. We Are Not Okay by Natália Gomes ⭐️💙
This was a sadly timely look at shaming, double standards and sexuality that I could really relate to people I know. Teenage girls face such a demanding and toxic pressure in regards to sex and relationships that Natália reflected really well. Four stars.
3. The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James ⭐️💙🏳️🌈
This is such a deep and thought-provoking story that includes a beautiful romance, great casual diversity and a jaw-dropping plot twists. James’ writing style is very accessible and it’s a well-paced, intriguing book. Four stars.
4. Collision by Victor Dixen ⭐️💙
This was such good conclusion to one of the best sci-fi trilogies I’ve read. As always, it’s gripping, insightful and original, with great twists and turns. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but this is an incredible and thought-provoking trilogy that needs to be read. Four stars.
5. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert 💙⭐️🏳️🌈
I loved the complex, multifaceted and nuanced sibling relationship in this book, as well as the brilliant representation. It asks really hard but important questions about mental health and knowing when to speak up, which is such a complex discussion. Colbert also essentially presents a questioning character, which was really good to see. Four stars.
6. The Fandom Rising by Anna Day 💙
I liked the more complex conversation around friendship in this sequel, as I felt that the first book was a bit too black and white in its portrayal of certain characters. It also has a great mystery, shows realistic teenage conversations and the characters were engaging. Three and a half stars.
7. Viper by Bex Hogan 💙⭐️🏳️🌈
The world-building in this book was great, with each island being given its own landscape and character. Yes, it utilised some standard fantasy tropes, but the writing was captivating and I can see the potential for development in the rest of the trilogy. I am very excited to see where Hogan goes next with what feels like the start of an action-packed, intriguing trilogy. Four stars.
8. The Year After You by Nina de Pass 💙🏳️🌈
A stunning contemporary that snuck into my heart, made me cry and is just beautiful. Full review here. Four and a half stars.
9. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ⭐️💙
This is such a unique, exciting and compelling series that I am racing through. I will do a full series review once I’ve read Obsidio. Four stars.