Recent Reads #20

In a previous post, I renamed ‘Weekly’ Wrap-Ups to Recent Reads, as I feel like that reflects the timescale between posts more accurately!

As ever, today I will briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last post in approximately fifty words.

1. Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence

I just didn’t love this story, which felt a bit messy and like Lawrence was trying to cram so many plotlines into one book. It’s a shame, as I’ve loved her previous work, but I will still be picking up her next book! Three stars.

2. Jemima Small Versus The Universe by Tasmin Winter

I love a heart-warming, body positive book and Jemima Small brought me that in bucketloads. Jemima is such a wonderful character, brave, smart and funny, but also incredibly relatable and easy to sympathise with. A brilliant book abut learning to love yourself that will be so helpful and inspiring for many teens to come. Four stars.

3. All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This book just blew me away. Full review to come. Five stars.

4. D.O.G.S by M. A. Bennett

Bennett is vicious. That ending left me completely stunned and desperately needing the next book. Four and a half stars. Full review to come.

5. What She Found In The Woods by Josephine Angelini

Another amazing YA thriller that had me utterly hooked, devouring it in one long bus journey. Sorry, but yet another full review to come. Four and a half stars.

6. Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’ve been reading this gargantuan, atmospheric monster of a book over summer and have been loving every minute of it. This is a classic for a reason, packed full of intricate details and brilliant characters. Four stars.

7. The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

I was intially drawn to this dark gem of a book by the ownvoices representation of a British-Pakistani protagonist and serve anxiety, as I always feel they add a layer of power and nuance to a story. The way the book’s writing style perfectly matches Neena’s  mental spiral was just such a clever touch and it pulls you in with her, able to completely empathise with her situation. Four stars.

8. Because You Love To Hate Me

I was intrigued by this anthology, as I’ve always been fascinated with villains, but overall, it fell slightly flat for me.  The stand-outs for me were Sea Witch, Beautiful Venom, Sera and You, You, It’s All About You, which just took my breath away with phenomenal characterisation and intricate stories that I didn’t want to end. Three and a half stars.

9. Dead Popular by Sue Wallman

Wallman is always such a great writer of YA thrillers that contain great characters and twisty, heart-racing mysteries that keep you guessing. Dead Popular was no exception, pulling me with a little hook, before perfectly building the characters and isolate, incredibly privileged setting of the boarding school. Kate is not always a likeable character, but is always a realistic and understandable one that I couldn’t help but sympathise with (mostly). Four stars.

10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater has such a unique, brilliant way of writing such detailed, visual prose that I ended up savouring pages of descriptions and plenty of quotes to pull out. It feels like a dreamy wonderland adventure with instantly memorable and brilliant characters that I am intrigued to continue. Four stars.

11. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This is a complex, phenomenal book that filled me with rage and left me speechless. Full review to come. Five stars.

12. Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

I’d just finished series 3 of Stranger Things before diving into this companion novel, so I was in the perfect mood to return to Hawkins. This focuses on Terry Ives and slightly on Brenner, with some interesting cameos and gives a partial insight into the awful experiments that occurred, but doesn’t add that much to the world. Three stars.



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