Recent Reads #34

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 be 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!

Some of these books aren’t released yet, so I’ll just have a quick thought with the full review to come!

1. The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper 🏳️‍🌈 🧠 ⭐️

I was lucky enough to read this amazing, heartfelt contemporary via Netgalley. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

2. The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

I was sent this by Penguin Random House and Samuel Bonner, which I am hugely grateful for. I liked the exploration of sisterhood and the imaginative unique setting, but just could’t really connect to any of the characters. Overall, it kind of fell flat for me. Three stars.

3. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings 🧠⭐️

This was a reread, so I’ll link to my previous thoughts but I’ve slightly adjusted my rating down to four stars. It was magical, but I didn’t feel as passionate about it the second time around. Four stars.

4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard ⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈

This was another case of a book just not quite working for me and looking back, I think I was on the verge of a reading slump. I just couldn’t click with the book at all, feeling very disconnected the entire time I was reading it. Also, I really didn’t like the world building, as I felt like a lot of information was dumped on me and I felt confused. Two stars.

5. Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn  🏳️‍🌈 🧠 ⭐️

My god, this book is so brilliant and you will need it in your life when it comes out! Full review here. Four and a half stars.

6. The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd ðŸ§ 

Ok, this was an original and interesting thriller with some excellent twists and turns. I loved Elissa, but I felt like quite a lot of elements were left unexplained. The ending was also underwhelming personally. Three stars.

7. Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen ðŸ§  ⭐️

This was not the best book to pick up during a global pandemic with its discussion of viruses, but it was so entertaining. I loved Orphan Monster Spy last year, so I was very excited for the sequel. Killeen did not disappoint, creating another rip-roaring adventure with thought-provoking topics and excellent characterisation. Four stars.

8. The Map From Here To There by Emery Lord ðŸ§ 

I liked the female friendship aspect of the plot and it all ties together well by the end of the book. The banter was good, but I just didn’t love it as much as The Start of Me and You. A lot of Paige’s journey seems to be wiped over between the two books, making it feel slightly repetitive. Three stars.

9. Last Lesson by James Goodhand ðŸ§ 

I was sent an ARC of this by Penguin, as the synopsis intrigued me but also concerned me slightly. Without saying too much, this book is nothing like what you expect. Full review here. Four stars.

10. Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ 🧠 ⭐️

My god, that was a book and a half. Full review here, though it took me a while to write as I had to cohesively collect my thoughts after Sass blew me away. Four and a half stars.

11. Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew ðŸ§ 

I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this impactful, amazing verse novel from Cuthew’s Twitter giveaway. I devoured this over the course of a day and have fallen in love with Cuthew’s bold, fiercely feminist voice. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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