Recent Reads #67

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

I want to share my full thoughts on some of these books in the future, so I’ll share a brief idea today with the full review to come.


Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent

TW: animal death, blood, body horror, death, death of a parent, fire, gore, religious bigotry, violence

This is such a quick, entertaining read. I ended up racing through the pages in pretty much one sitting. Vincent has crafted an intriguing mix of mystery and fantasy, with a dash of romance to boot. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and tense all the way through, creating a perfect wintery reading experience.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

TW: suicide, death of an animal, death of a loved one, depression, terminal illness, self-harm, drugs abuse, alcoholism, anxiety

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

Going into this book, I knew it was going to be an impactful and thought-provoking book. Little did I know just how much it was going to strike at my heart. This was a profoundly moving, gorgeous book that should be required reading. It is a heavy read but one that truly stays with you. The entire concept was so fascinating and wonderful.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dead Lucky by Andreina Cordani

TW: death, violence, murder, bullying, arson, abuse, homophobia

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

As I read the first page, I was hooked instantly. Even just the first sentence was impactful and left me wanting more. It was so pulse-pounding and gripping. You really felt as though you were on that deadly livestream. It’s that slow realisation that something is very, very wrong. From then on, that uneasy sense of distrust never goes away. I found myself doubting every single character that appeared and wanting to discover their true motivations. All this made for a genuinely captivating story that I read in almost one sitting. 

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: trafficking, xenophobia, torture, manipulation, romantic feeling for an adopted sibling, suicidal ideation, implied abuse, mentioned physical abuse of a child

I loved A Song of Wraiths and Ruin when I read it last year, so I was extremely excited to delve into the sequel. Somehow, Brown made this sequel even richer and nuanced. Both Karina and Malik are trying to defeat the ghosts of their past and present, leading to some dark moments in the narrative. I loved how much they both grew over the course of the book and of course how the journey between the two of them developed, but never defined them.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: violence, death, blood, gaslighting, murder

I thought that The Ravens was a thrilling, dark and complex mystery about the dangerous allure of power, combined with an empowering ode to sisterhood. The Monarchs builds on that strength to deliver an empowering, thrilling read that I absolutely sped through. I loved how much our characters grew and developed, with their narrative arcs feeling three-dimensional and complete. However, there was just that something missing for me.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

🧠

TW: sexual abuse, child death, animal death, adultery, cheating, disappearance, suicide, abuse

Right from that dramatic, impactful and gripping opening, I was hooked. The narrative style was so fascinating, I loved how it offered a different perspective and light on an infamous mystery. For me, the way De Gramont wove in this excellent murder mystery into a poignant, touching and surprisingly beautiful story was pure brilliance.

Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Into The Midnight Void by Mara Fitzgerald

🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: interrogation, torture, imprisonment, death, murder, blood, violence, self harm, eye gore, body horror

I fell in love with Beyond the Ruby Veil earlier this year; it was the dark bloody gem I needed. This is the murder sapphics, enemies-to-lovers duology that really just throws everything on the table and lets all hell run loose. For me, this is a delectably dark duology that has such powerfully fascinating, complex and nuanced characters that will never truly you go. The sequel more than lives up to the sheer spectacle that the first book began.

Full review here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

⭐️🏳️‍🌈🧠

TW: racism, homophobia, sexism, mentions of sexual assault

I absolutely adore Lorde’s work and have done for quite some time. This collection of her work was so powerful, striking in its call for action and change. She systematically takes apart our collective inaction and the structures of racism and patriarchy held within society. Her work somehow always manages to find a chink in my heart and bury itself there.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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