Recent Reads #39

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. Here is the Black Lives Matter Carrd and 74 bail funds to support as well. 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!

All of these books either aren’t released yet or I want to write a full review of in the future, so I’ll just have a quick thought with the full review to come! I’ve also changed the formatting and layout of this post a bit.

Read With Pride by Lucy Powrie

🏳️‍🌈 🧠

I loved being back with the Paper & Hearts gang and the overall call for love and support of this heartfelt, brilliant YA contemporary, but it never shied away from the ugliness of homophobia and burnout. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

🏳️‍🌈 🧠

In a total switch-up, this was a delectably imaginative and lush fantasy that I really enjoyed. Cluess could’ve easily fallen into characters cliches, but never did, always keeping it fresh and new. I loved how there were genuine stakes and a real sense of danger throughout. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Asking For a Friend by Kate Mallinder

💙 ⭐️ 🧠

Mallinder is just a ray of sunshine in UKYA with yet another smash-hit contemporary. This book felt so summery, with its witty and sparkling writing. I loved the pure focus on friendship, rather than romantic relationships. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️

Oh my god, you need this book in your life. It’s just absolutely stunning in every way. Bayron wove such a phenomenal, vividly imagined tale. It genuinely is one of my favourite books of the year and I implore you to pick it up!

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️

Bashardoust is just a witch with words in the way that she completely entrances you with her flowing, gorgeous prose. This is a sapphic, Persian-inspired YA fantasy that is just so rich and lush to read.

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jagirdar

🏳️‍🌈 ⭐️

This was such an enjoyable, impressive debut story with sapphic rivals-to-lovers that I was utterly swept up in. I adored the sibling relationship between Nishat and Priti so much.

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

⭐️ 🧠

I flew through this intensely riveting, fascinating fantasy. It’s a dirty, raw and brutal story of survival, found family and identity that deserves a lot of love. The way Grant wove Les Misérables into her brilliant story was just glorious to see. Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Chosen Ones:

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