Recent Reads #38

With recent events, I could not be silent. On my Twitter is a range of resources and I’ve linked here a thread of bail funds to support protesters who are arrested for demanding justice for victims of police violence. I’ve also linked to the two official GoFundMes for George Floyd. I will be doing this on every post. If you have the funds to donate, please do but if not, please support and uplift Black voices and sign the petitions.

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!

  1. Burn by Patrick Ness 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 🧠

The entire concept and plot of this book is undoubtably intriguing, from the very first page you are immersed in Ness’ depiction of the 1950s, full of racism, homophobia, sexism and dragons. It’s a surreal reimagining of our dark past and remind us very quickly that true monsters often adopt familiar faces. Full review here. Four stars.

2. Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran 🏳️‍🌈 🧠

I was so excited for this sapphic fantasy, but I felt really distant from the characters and as a character-driven reader, this was really lacking for me. The world-building was interesting for me and there were a lot of cool concepts, but it generally fell flat for me. Three stars.

3. Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 🧠

This is another book that I couldn’t connect with as much as I wanted to and generally found it a bit underwhelming. I am a big mood reader though and that could’ve played a part here. I did really like the central romance though! Three stars.

4. A Phoenix Must First Burn 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 🧠

I really, really loved this anthology, which is a rare occurrence for me. Every story just transported me into a different, unique world and tale that I didn’t want to leave. Completely powerful, necessary and incredible. This is an anthology that everyone needs to read and support. Five stars.

5. Wonderland by Juno Dawson 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 🧠

This was just an exquisite book in every way, filled with a gritty, unflinching look at gender, sexuality, mental health privilege and corruption. Full review here. Five stars.

6. Havenfall by Sara Holland 🏳️‍🌈

I really liked the casual bisexual representation with Maddie and the potential love triangle that formed. Havenfall is a mashup of murder mystery and fantasy that just worked so well for me. I’m really intrigued to see where Holland goes with the world building in the sequel. Four stars.

7. The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert 🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️ 🧠

This book had me hooked from the very first page and never really let me go from then. A really interesting, well-plotted LGBT+ mystery that I highly recommend. Full review here. Four stars.

8. Again, Again by E. Lockhart 🧠 💙

I really enjoyed this wistful contemporary that really dived deep into how small decisions can change everything. It was thoughtful and intriguing, as I’ve come to realise Lockhart’s books often are. Full review here. Four stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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