Wrap Up | July: Quick fire Reviews

I know this is a smidge late, given it’s almost a week into August, but here are the books I read in July and some mini reviews of them. (Click on the book covers to link to their Goodreads pages.)

Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was a pretty good sequel; you can tell the author is improving and coming into her own as she writes more. It has an interesting mystery and a dark plot that leads well into the third and final book of this serie which I hope to read soon. I look forward to reading more from this author!

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alice Oseman just keeps getting better and better. I don’t think there could exist a book she writes that I don’t love! This book was adorable and tear-jerking and such a beautiful insight into what makes a friend. I loved the many different representations as friendships, especially the only-online until recently one, and how they were all written so realistically. This book made me laugh and cry in real life and I would recommend it to anyone – even people who don’t usually read contemporary books.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is another of those books I think I needed at school. Powerful, funny, and with a flawed main character that I kind of both love and hate a little. She reminds me so much of a friend of mine it’s freaky!

This book was a warm and fuzzy read, with the sweetest plot. The equivalent of a hot chocolate and fluffy blanket in book form. Great LGBT+ rep.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was a really interesting concept: A partially mute girl from extreme anxiety and a deaf boy being partnered together at school and falling for each other. It had adorable extra touches like describing the signing that was going on and really effectively using font styles to show a mixed signing/speaking conversation. That, and the chapter headings being shown in BSL made this book so very memorable to me. It has a place in my heart.

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was the most I’ve laughed while reading a book in a long while. I recommend you get a friend to read it out loud with you (my sister and I took turns), the suspense and slower speed you get really makes the comedy even stronger. That he somehow manages to mix this with some actually heart wrenching events and personal stories makes this an absolutely fabulous and flawless read. (I immediately lent this one to my parents after I’d finished it, they needed to read it too!)

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a badass female main character who was also so young! Also, I saw Matt Killeen at YALC this year (the panel he was in was so good!) and (due to double booking) had to send my sister with our shared book to get it signed in his queue on her own so unfortunately didn’t meet him. I did however still get a mention in the signature: “To (my sister) and the (absent) Rebecca. (Mysterious!)” which I thought was absolutely hilarious.

Add to that the fact that he looks a tiny bit like a mad scientist and writes amazingly, I couldn’t help but love this book! It had spies and boarding schools and explosions (oh my!). The partnership between The Captain and Sarah in the book is so unique and awesome too. This will be a book I recommend to friends over and over.

Overall, July was a really fun month. I crammed in some books for YALC and really enjoyed everything I read. Bring on August!

Wrap Up | April: Quick fire Reviews!

Only three books this month, but they were some good ones!

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 4.5 stars

An Illuminae Files book is always a good book option! Despite there being less tension and suspense for me in this than in the previous two books, it still holds up and is an emotional and satisfying ending to an amazing trilogy. Space battles, drama, mystery, and artificial intelligence! What more could you want from a book?

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 5 stars

If I could give more than five stars for any book, it would be this one! Simon is the most relatable character and his experiences are ones that many people have gone through and still struggle through now. It’s a heartwarming, amazing book that I’m sure will not only help a lot of people, but be an awesome read while doing so. A good book stays with you long after you’ve finished reading – I’m sure I could quote someone with that – and this book will probably stay with me for a freaking long time, I’m sure.

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Artemis by Andy Weir

Rating: 4.5 stars

April seems to be the month of Space books (she says, having read two… but it’s a third of my April reads so still counts!) and both were pretty damn good reads.

Artemis is the Ocean’s Eleven/spy/murder mystery book in space that I never knew was the absolute perfect book for me! The pacing was awesome, the main character was sarcastic in the best way, and it left me with the best feeling: like I could take on the world.

A pretty good April if I do say so myself.

Wrap Up | March: Quick Fire Reviews!

I’m starting a new thing today: a wrap-up post featuring mini reviews of all the books I read in the past month! Here goes:

Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever

Rating: 3 stars

Interesting plot: Girl who wants to escape from her life finds a secret world in Trinity Forest, but is it too good to be true?

Yes. It always is.

So drama and mystery ensues, and a lot of actually quite creepy stuff happens. I wasn’t a huge fan because of the stilted dialogue and patchy character development, but I’m willing to give the second one a chance.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Rating: 4 stars

Time travel, mysterious girl, thievery and plundering throughout time?? Yes, this was right up my street. It was action packed and full of interesting and varied characters. I’m actually tempted to dye my hair a completely random colour thanks to this book! It was well paced, kept me hooked from around halfway through, and ended with a bang. Definitely worth a read!

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: 5 stars

Wow. An amazing book! I adore Holly Black’s books no matter what she writes, but this slow and twisty faerie-tale is definitely one of her best yet. The flaws in the characters were exceptionally real and believable, the plot was confusing and dark in a very good way, and it made me emotionally connect to the characters so much! I loved the focus on deception and strategizing and I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out this was the start of a trilogy. Seriously, go and read this!

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Rating: 3 stars

This book was a little bit of a let down: not enough dragons, plot, or character development. It felt very much like a prequel book to a more filled series, one that could have been condensed down to half the size and sold as a novella. I’ll keep reading, because I think it could get a lot better from here now everything is established, but I was sad about the lack of dragons in what was sold as a book full of them!

So that’s my March Book wrap up, if you liked this post let me know and I’ll keep doing them!