Weekly Wrap-Up #13

This past fortnight has been absolutely incredible: I’ve conquered some personal stuff and have been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer UKYABA Award, which I explored a bit here.

It has been a while since my last weekly wrap up, so I have quite a few books to discuss today! I will be talking about all the books I’d read up to Sunday 26th May and will try to keep the reviews at about 50 words.

1. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ⭐️💙

This is such an interesting and unique series. Series review here. Four stars.

2. Circe by Madeline Miller 💙

I now understand the hype about Miller’s writing, which is just rich and gorgeous. I loved Circe so much, but it did feel more like an anthology than a cohesive story. A fascinating, feminist take on Greek mythology that’s beautifully written. Four stars.

3. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann 🏳️‍🌈💙⭐️

This was a really enjoyable read and I was so glad to see an asexual main character who is exploring their sexuality and the frank, myth-busting discussions that happened around that. There’s an adorable romance but also a huge emphasis on friendship, which I always love. Four stars.

4. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He ⭐️ 💙

I absolutely adored this book. The plot was so intricate and the political intrigue was woven really well into the murder mystery. He really fleshed out the characters and gave them agency, as she also created such a rich world that I cannot wait to explore more of. Four stars.

5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas 💙 ⭐️

This series continues to pile up the bloody drama and twists, which I enjoy, but I’m struggling a bit with the relationships at this point. Manon has grown to be my absolute favourite and I love how all the subplots are becoming interlinked. Three and a half stars.

6. Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu 🏳️‍🌈💙⭐️

This is an absolutely necessary read. I discovered so many more amazing women through this beautifully illustrated graphic biography collection that is so unique and I need a copy for my shelf. Four and a half stars.

7. Toffee by Sarah Crossan 💙

Crossan brings her signature powerful prose to craft an emotional story about mental health, illness, the fallibility of memory, the importance of support, friendship, comfort and the family ties that bind us all. She just has this ability to make the characters really feel alive in just a few words. Four stars.

8. My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird 💙

This transported me straight to summer, when I always love a good mystery while stretching out on the beach. Full review here. Four stars.

9. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 🏳️‍🌈💙⭐️

I sobbed for a while after finishing this. Full review here. Five stars.

10. Last Bus To Everland by Sophie Cameron 🏳️‍🌈💙⭐️

Cameron has such a talent for creating quietly brilliant contemporary YA. I loved her first book, Out of the Blue, so this was an automatic pre-order for me. It’s so casually diverse and covers a range of topics brilliantly. In particular, I loved the exploration of both found and biological family dynamics. Four stars.

11. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore 🏳️‍🌈💙⭐️

A beautiful, lushly written exploration of love, loss and family that I will treasure. McLemore has the most stunning writing style I’ve ever seen and I now need to read Blanca & Roja at some point. The casual diversity and f/f romance were so good as well. Four and a half stars.

12. Shiny Broken Pieces by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra 💙⭐️

Firstly, I really liked the complexity of all three main charcaters and their change from the first book in the duology. I also liked the claustrophobic atmosphere where everyone would stab one another in the back for a better role. However, I hated the neatness of the ending and the twist was very predictable. Three stars.

13. All We Could Have Been by T.E.Carter 💙

I’m a very character-driven reader and I just couldn’t connect with these characters unfortunately. Carter has a really interesting writing style, but this book just wasn’t for me. Two and a half stars.

 

 

 

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