Recent Reads #58

As ever, today I will be briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last post in approximately fifty words. 

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!


Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

⭐️🏳️‍🌈

TW: racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia, bullying, toxic friendship, gaslighting and parental abandonment

Jaigirdar’s work always hits that sweet spot between softly adorable romance and poignant exploration of familial and societal issues. Every page is filled with chemistry, character and heart. I loved the use of the fake dating dynamic and the grumpy and sunshine romance combination. This was a book that filled my heart with joy, but also slowly crushed it at points.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I Know You Did It by Sue Wallman

🧠💙 (side character)

TW: death, murder, assault, stalking, emotional manipulation, trauma related flashbacks, child death

This was a chilling, heart-pounding read that I raced through in one sitting. Wallman is an expert at crafting compulsively readable YA thrillers with complex characters that you genuinely care about. Right from that opening chapter, I knew I had to know everything about Ruby’s past and how it had come back to haunt her once more.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: homophobia

This was such a gorgeous, joyful and beautiful book. It seemed to capture the essence of summer for me, reminiscent of lying there and watching the sunset on a gorgeous day. I loved the exploration of songwriting and the craftsmanship of music. That is the thread that weaves this found family together, their shared love for music and how it connects people. Moreland comes out swinging in this impressive debut.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Bookishly Ever After by Lucy Powrie

🏳️‍🌈 (side characters) 💙🧠

Reading Powrie’s books just feels like coming back home to old friends, it has this comforting and reassuring presence that you can’t help but warm to. Of course, it helps that her core cast of characters are so well-developed and feel like people you’ve known all your life. This was a funny, charming and witty story that filled me with joy and love for the bookish community.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: transphobia, racism, public outing, homophobia, misgendering, deadnaming, online harassment, absent parent

I actually read this book for the first time last year, but after getting to return to it once more (due to it finally being published in the UK), I’ve discovered that this is one of those books that should be read over and over again. Felix is a character whose voice burrows into your soul and won’t let you forget him and his wonderfully unique voice. Callender has created a book that will be so affirming for so many, but also delves into the darker and dangerous threats trans people face every day.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Vampires Never Get Old

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠💙

TW: loss of a loved one, grief, blood, gore, violence, death, mention of slavery, bullying, abuse, misgendering, transphobia, ableism, attempted murder, parental abuse, colonization, racism, domestic violence, attempted assault, panic attacks and anxiety

I really, really liked this anthology. It constantly intrigued and interested me, with such a diverse and amazing mix of stories that took me to different worlds and completely immersed me in such a short space of time. I loved how the stories were always followed up with a slice of lore or mythology to compliment the story’s themes or motifs. Vampires are back and long may this anthology rule.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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