Recent Reads #25

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. 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 Toll by Neal Shusterman 🧠🏳️‍🌈⭐️

What an incredible end to a thought-provoking, entirely unique series that I have adored following. Full review here and you can check out my reviews for Scythe and Thunderhead. Five stars.

2. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 🧠

Oh, this may be controversial. While I loved Atwood’s writing style and the character arcs of our three narrators, the book as a whole felt a bit unnecessary. Explaining Gilead takes away the narrative ambiguity and sense that it could be anywhere in our not too distant future that The Handmaid’s Tale created. However, I did enjoy it overall. Three stars.

3. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett 🧠🏳️‍🌈⭐️

This book blew my mind. Excellently written exploration of sexuality, HIV and relationships that had really relatable and genuine teenagers at its heart. Also, as a huge musicals fan, I loved all the references! I just want to recommend this to literally everyone. Five stars.

I’m also giving away an ARC on this on my Twitter to an #OwnVoices reviewer!

4. Jackpot by Nic Stone 🧠⭐️

I really enjoyed the discussion around culture, discrimination and privilege, as well as the casual diversity. However I couldn’t connect with Rico or Zan and just didn’t really care about them. Two and a half stars.

5. Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino

I ended this book knowing little more about Ursula than I did starting it. The more this series goes on, the more that I feel like it’s about Circe and the Weird Sisters, who are interesting but it’s less about the actual villains that initially drew me into the stories. Two stars.

6. Final Girls by Riley Sager 🧠

Ok, this was far better than The Last Time I Lied. A gripping, twisty take on the classic horror trope of ‘The Final Girl’ that felt quite cinematic, both intimate and with huge scope at different times. The plot was gripping and I liked how I kept getting thrown for a loop, especially that ending. Four stars.

7. Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan 🧠🏳️‍🌈⭐️

An absolutely beautiful continuation of one of my favourite series, with interesting character development, rich world-building and some shocking twists and turns. Full thoughts here. Five stars.

8. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro 🧠

I really enjoyed revisiting Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, navigating a complicated relationship and interesting mystery while snuggled under my cosy blanket and a big mug of hot chocolate. I liked the exploration of Charlotte’s PTSD and finding out more about her fractured family. Now I need The Case For Jamie, especially after that ending! Four stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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