Recent Reads #24

Previously, 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. This post also explains my concept of ‘The Chosen Ones’ to highlight my favourite books in each post!

Today’s post includes a lot of books that I will be reviewing at a later date or just have already expanded my thoughts on. While it makes the reviews on here limited, it allows me to really delve into why I enjoyed those books so much and obviously shows that they’re worth further consideration!

1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys 🧠

This was a stunning, rich and intricate look at another dark period of history that I didn’t even know existed. Full review here. Four stars.

2. Furious Thing by Jenny Downham 🧠🏳️‍🌈

This really taught me about the twisted, insidious nature of gaslighting and emotional abuse. A fierce, feminist and eye-opening read. Full review here. Four stars.

3. Wilder Girls by Rory Power 🧠🏳️‍🌈💙

The author has a full list of content warnings on her page, which I am very impressed by. While this needs to become normalised, I have immense respect for authors doing this type of thing.

Perfectly unnerving, atmospheric and character-driven. I devoured this book and physically need Power’s next book immediately. Full review here. Five stars!

4. Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall 🧠🏳️‍🌈⭐️💙

TW: suicide attempt, death of a loved one, loss of a sibling, domestic abuse, child abuse, murder, death and gore.

This was so perfect for the spooky season, with the writing style reminding me of the Blair Witch Project with the use of a multi-media narrative. It’s utterly haunting and I love that sense of never really knowing who to trust, as well as potentially unreliable narrators. The casual diversity of LGBT+ characters and those with speech and hearing difficulties was brilliant to see. A spooky, spine-chilling story that you will be utterly entranced by. Four stars.

5. The Boy & Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed 🧠🏳️‍🌈

TW: Mentions of drug use and overdosage, loss of a loved one, abandonment, racism

I reviewed this yesterday in my latest instalment of Mini Review Monday! Thank so much again to India Hill and Atom for sending me this amazing book in exchange for a honest review. Four stars.

6. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge 💙

I also reviewed this beautiful book yesterday in my latest instalment of Mini Review Monday! Thank you so much to and My Kinda Book for sending me an ARC in exchange for a honest review. It publishes on Thursday, so be sure to check it out. Four stars.

7. Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager 🧠

TW: schizophrenia, anxiety attacks, loss of a loved one, alcoholism, slut shaming (a lot), peeping toms, many fatphobic comments, negative comments about food, talk of cancer, and sex between a sixteen-year-old and nineteen-year-old.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a gripping page-turner and I really liked the atmosphere and meshing of the two timelines/mysteries. However I just didn’t really like or connect with the characters, something that is an instant let-down for me. It was well-constructed and tightly written, so I will pick up ‘Final Girls’. Three stars.

8. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 🏳️‍🌈🧠⭐️

This was a re-read partially in preparation for Girls of Storm and Shadow, so I’ll link to my previous thoughts! Five stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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