Recent Reads #29

Last year, 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!

Since my last instalment was before the end of the year, this post will feature books I’ve read in both 2019 and 2020!

1. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok 🧠

I liked this mysterious, supernatural book that’s essentially about finding your own identity, albeit being set with a backdrop of bloody murders. Nathalie is a unique and memorable protagonist that I loved seeing grow over the course of the book. Bring on Sensational! Four and a half stars.

2. Suggested Reading by Dave Connis 🧠

For my final book of 2019, I decided to pick up this wonderful love letter to the power of books. It discusses how books can shape us through Clara, who was an absolute bibliophile after my own heart, though she isn’t always likeable. Four and a half stars.

3. And The Stars Were Burning Brightly ⭐️🧠

This was my first book of 2020 and my god, this is a phenomenal book. It’s so powerful, heart wrenching and beautiful. Full review here. Five stars.

4. Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli ⭐️🧠

I buddy read this with Sasha and utterly loved it, having to force myself to put it down at the arranged point. Immersive, heart-stopping gymnastics and a brilliant discussion of a topical, devastating issue. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

5. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broka ⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈

This is a cute, lovely contemporary YA romance, but it’s so predictable from the first page. The writing is lovely, with great dialogue and chemistry between the love interests, but I couldn’t really connect to Megan. Finally, cheating is something that I personally don’t like in books, especially when it’s never really addressed. Three stars.

6. Grief Angels by David Owen 🧠

This book proves that Owen has some of the most stunning writing in YA. It’s a powerful, moving book about grief and finding yourself that I really enjoyed. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

The Chosen Ones: 

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