Recent Reads #27

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!

1. Infinity Son by Adam Silvera ⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈 🧠

I actually enjoyed this overall, but I did think that there were a couple of aspects that needed improvement (full review is here for a bit more in-depth feedback). Three and a half stars.

2. Love, Secret Santa by Sareeta Domingo ⭐️🧠 🏳️‍🌈

I was privileged enough to be part of the blog tour for this yesterday and you can check out my full review here, along with some tips on writing the perfect romance from Sareeta herself! Four stars.

3. Going Off Script by Jen Wilde ⭐️🧠 🏳️‍🌈

I really liked this cute, romantic contemporary, though the straight washing discussion comes in much later than I expected. In particular, I loved Bex with her journey of self-discovery and empowerment, alongside her organic feeling, heart-warming romance. Between this and Queens of Geek, I think I’m finding a new favourite romance author. Four stars.

4. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin 🧠

Occasionally a book comes along that burrows itself under your skin and completely captures your mind. Foul is Fair was that book for me. I utterly fell in love with this razor-sharp, feminist revenge thriller, Macbeth retelling about rape culture and destroying the patriarchy. Full review here and you can preorder it from Waterstones here, trust me you won’t regret it. Five stars.

5. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 🧠

I just about managed to avoid spoilers for this highly anticipated end to the trilogy and it did not disappoint. I loved being back in the intriguing, dangerous world of the Fae, with their nefarious plans and even more politics. In particular, I really enjoyed seeing Jude – my favourite morally grey kind of antiheroine. Four stars.

6. Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux 🧠

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed by this and its weird fixation on Jimmy Saville. I was looking forward to a behind the scenes look at some of his documentaries and I didn’t really feel like I got that. Two stars.

7. Are You Watching? by Vincent Ralph 🧠

I was lucky enough to win a signed ARC of this from the author, having been hooked on the extract I read from YALC. The pace and brilliant atmosphere of this mystery never lets up and I loved the meshing of social media and true crime. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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