Recent Reads #40

With recent events, I could not be silent. 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!

Some 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!

The Rules by Tracy Darnton


This was a tense, sharp and tightly plotted thriller that is spookily relevant for our current climate.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield


Wow, this was one hell of an unsettling book. It encapsulates that spine-tingling, psychological form of horror that really burrows under your skin. Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling


I wanted to love this book so, so much and while I really enjoyed the central romance and mystery elements, something just felt like it was missing for me. The final reveal of the culprit felt predictable and while I’m intrigued by where a sequel could go, I’m not rushing to pick it up.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Boy Queen by George Lester


Lester has burst onto the UKYA scene with a bold, loud and heartfelt YA contemporary about finding your own path and learning to love yourself. It also doesn’t shy away from the ugly realities of homophobia and hate crimes. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

⭐️ 🧠🏳️‍🌈

I am so in love with McLemore’s work; their writing is just stunning. It infuses every story with magic and I know that I will always find a lush, vividly imagined world filled with brilliant characters. Dark and Deepest Red is no exception to this, weaving a dark and twisted tale that grapples with trauma, being cast out and taught to fear yourself.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

⭐️ 🧠🏳️‍🌈

This duology is just immaculately paced, with Mejia ramping up the tension at every opportunity in this heart-stopping finale. However, we still get plenty of character exploration and a natural, believable rocky continuation of the gorgeous romance at the centre of the story. In a world full of depiction and secrets, love and trust are the only thing you can rely on. A gorgeous tale of female empowerment with high stakes, found family and an intense, dark storyline.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

⭐️ 🧠🏳️‍🌈

Ahdieh really stepped up with this sumptuous sequel, expanding both her world-building and allowing us to get to know the Court of Lion’s members far more. I loved getting to hear from some new viewpoints and her writing style is just so, so beautiful and rich.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Love on the Main Stage by S.A. Domingo


This is a really fun, entertaining read that perfectly reminded me of summer and the magic of music and food. It’s incredibly binegable as Domingo sweeps you up in her sweet romance.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

💙 ⭐️ 🧠🏳️‍🌈

This is such an amazing book that you need in your life. It’s heartfelt, funny and crackles with wit and joy. Every character feels like a real teenager and the romance is so soft, sweet and believable. Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Chosen Ones:

6 thoughts on “Recent Reads #40

    • ashortbooklover says:

      I would absolutely agree that they’re amazing and if you click on each title, it should take you to their Goodreads page! Thank you so much and I’d love to hear your thoughts on them if you ever get round to picking them up.


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