Recent Reads #46

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! Today’s post features some books that I read in August, as I just missed them off my last Recent Reads. 

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 Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


TW: suicidal ideation, abuse, substance abuse, depression

This mysterious gem of a book exemplifies Schwab’s skill and manipulation of craft, with an intriguing premise that has such a heart-breaking tinge to it. I found it to be an absolutely stunning book that I can’t wait to pour back over multiple times.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn


TW: grief, death, racism, rape, sexual assault, femicide, slavery, violence, mention of police brutality

Legendborn is a must-read YA fantasy of 2020. If this book isn’t already on your radar, I’m telling you that you need to rectify that immediately. It’s just epic in every way and challenges the privileged hierarchy of history and legacies.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo


TW: sexual violence, transphobia, homophobia, racism, suicidal ideation, rape, abuse, cheating, miscarriage, death

I’ve been trying to broaden my literary horizons by reading more genres and Girl, Woman, Other was such an exquisite book. Evaristo’s writing was so immersive and expansive, deftly playing with syntax and form to create an outstanding novel. The attention to detail and then the sheer scope was just brilliant to see, fleshing out the Black British experience across generations.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan


TW: child abduction, abuse, homphobia

I really loved this mystery, as it kept me guessing throughout. A huge highlight of it was the podcast, which felt so detailed and realistic. It’s an impeccably plotted mystery that I flew through in just a few hours, theorising at every turn. Basically, it exceeded every one of my expectations.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson


TW: sexual assault, rape, paedophilia, assault, child abuse, kidnapping, victim-blaming, violence, death, blood, gaslighting

Jackson never fails to deliver stunning books that hit hard. Grown is another stunning example of this. A challenging read that delves into extremely tough topics at times but provokes a much needed conversation in such an incredible, thought-provoking way. Then, to boot, it features a compelling mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat but also absolutely devastated me.

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong


TW: blood, murder, insects, loss of loved ones, alcohol, drugs, explosion, gore, grief

This is officially a new obsession of mine. These Violent Delights is such a lush tale that will utterly consume you until its painful final pages. Gong has such a gift, but also seems to delight in toying with your emotions through brilliant twists and turns.

Ensure that you pick the standout YA fantasy of 2020 up.

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody


TW: extreme violence, death, grief, attempted suicide/suicidal ideation, PTSD, toxic and abusive relationships (particularly regarding a parent and a romantic partner), addiction, emetophobia

The Shadow Game series is such an underrated gem of YA fantasy that I would highly recommend. It’s a refreshing, well imagined YA fantasy series that truly transports you and Queen of Volts is no different. You feel like you’re getting the dirt of New Reynes right under your fingernails and can vividly picture the vast, vibrant and complex cast of characters that populate it. Foody has real skill at crafting characters that slowly find their way into your heart, in all their flawed, messy glory. 

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall


TW: grief, death, biphobia, alcoholism, pressure to come out, slut shaming

This was a heart-breakingly emotional book that really hit a raw nerve for me. A stunning exploration of grief and identity that stunned me with its poignancy and beauty.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Chosen Ones:

I will continue to speak up about current events now and forever and to help, here are links to Carrds talking about many of the world’s current events and how you can help. Also, I’ve linked here the Black Lives Matter Carrd to support, but also here is a list of resources to aid Anti-Racism work in the UK, as well as UK specific places to donate to. 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, including 10 UK specific petitions here.  

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