So I was supposed to do these quarterly but…well…time got away from me! So here I am doing mini reviews for books I got on Netgalley or from publishers!
Far From The Tree by Robin Benway (Simon And Schuster)
I was really excited by the concept of this book. It’s a cute story but with three perspectives, I found it to be rushed and a bit hard to follow. That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing what this author does next.
Skylarks by Karen Gregory (Bloomsbury)
I got this as a physical arc from the publisher. Skylarks is an f/f romance book that follows the differences in class in the United Kingdom. It’s a lovely little story that feels very authentic.
In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaria (Hot Key Books)
I got this as a finished copy from the publisher. It was a really intense story of family, loss and loyalty and I couldn’t help thinking it would make a really good film. I’m excited to read something else by her.
Final Draft by Riley Redgate (Amulet Books)
I got this as a physical ARC from the publisher. Books about writing are just the most fun and this was lovely. I enjoyed following Laila in her quest to impress her new teacher and I am super excited to see what Riley writes next.
The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh (Mantle)
I got this as a physical ARC from the publisher. This is the story of someone being well and truly ghosted. It’s a fun premise that had the potential to be really fun and familiar. For me, the book was too long and tried to do too much. But if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, go for it!
Floored by The Floored Seven (My Kinda Book)
I got this as a physical ARC from the publisher. This book is written by seven different people which makes for probably the most unique reading experience you could come across. They all bond over an unfortunate incident and become friends. This book follows them meeting annually, One Day style. I enjoyed this for the most part though faced issues around consent and connecting with some of the characters.
The Oberon Book Of Queer Monologues edited by Scottee (Oberon Books)
I got this as a finished copy from the publisher. This is a great resource for anyone who’s looking for monologues for LGBTQIA+ characters. It gives a timeline of them through history and was also just really fun to sit and read. Something I will keep on my shelf forever.
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon (Usborne)
I won this in a YALC giveaway. If you’re looking for a soppy, sweet love story as the title suggests, this is not it! It’s deceptively dark with a main character with Downs Syndrome getting herself caught up in the whirlwind world on London on the hunt for her boyfriend. It was an intense story that I enjoyed.
Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman (Harper Collins)
I was sent a finished copy from the publisher. I was really excited for this! A woman talking all about her relationship with her body. However for me, she portrayed stuff about my body was gross or something you need to change, which made me feel uneasy.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (Simon & Schuster)
I won a finished copy at YALC. This feels like the biggest crossover event in history and it’s a really lovely read. It’s a Meet Cute of two cute boys who wonder whether it was always their fate to be together.
The Backstagers And The Ghost Light by Andy Mientus (Amulet Books)
I got this as an EARC from Netgalley. It was a really cute premise with a really sweet cast of characters. The whole focus on a backstage crew at a school was right up my street. For me, it fell a bit flat but I’m sure younger readers will love it.
So there are a load of little reviews of some books I have read recently! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? I would love to know!
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Thank you lovelies and happy reading! ox