Sunday, 8 May 2022

Recent Reads (#3)

 


Hi everyone! Welcome  Recent Reads (previously Mini Reviews), the series on my blog where I review books in a couple of sentences to give you my thoughts and recommendations. I've not done one of these in a while, but here are a few quick reviews of recent books which were sent to me in exchange for an honest review!
 

A hilarious and vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experiences––and missteps––of a girl's freshman year of college

Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer—from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed.

But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear reader), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process . . . Well, maybe.


Quick Thoughts: Oh guys, I so wanted to love this book but I really didn't. The characters sounded so fun and likable in the description but in the book they were so flat and unlikable and just plain mean to other characters. In addition to that, the plot was just SO BORING, I couldn't bring myself to care about any of it, and the romance felt so rushed and unrealistic. Not for me!





Rowenna Winthrop has always known there’s magic within her. But though she hears voices on the wind and possesses unusual talents, her mother Mairead believes Rowenna lacks discipline, and refuses to teach her the craft that keeps their Scottish village safe. When Mairead dies a sinister death, it seems Rowenna’s one chance to grow into her power has passed. Then, on a fateful, storm-tossed night, Rowenna rescues a handsome stranger named Gawen from a shipwreck, and her mother miraculously returns from the dead. Or so it appears.

This resurrected Mairead is nothing like the old one: to hide her new and monstrous nature, she turns Rowenna’s brothers and Gawen into swans and robs Rowenna of her voice. Forced to flee, Rowenna travels to the city of Inverness to find a way to break the curse. But monsters take many forms, and in Inverness Rowenna is soon caught in a web of strangers who want to use her raw magic for their own gain. If she wishes to save herself and the people she loves most, Rowenna will have to take her fate into her own hands, and unlock the power that has evaded her for so long.


Quick Thoughts: This book is a slow-burn for sure, full of beautiful evocative prose and complex descriptions, but it's so lovely to read. The story is slow moving and more character-foccused, but I could really feel how well researched this book was and how much of a passion-project it was for the author - I would definately recommend giving it a read!





From acclaimed author Ashley Woodfolk comes an impassioned story about queer love, loss, and the complexity of female friendship that will keep your heart racing, and breaking, until the very last page.

Two girls.
One wild and reckless day.
Years of a tumultuous history unspooling
like thin, fraying string in the hours after they set a fire.

They were best friends. Until they became more.
Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous.
Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed.
And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed.

It starts with a fire.
How will it end?

 
Quick Thoughts: One of the pros for this book was that I felt the relationship was beautifully described and the author did such a good job of showing how toxic the characters were for each other. However, the characters made such poor decisions, which made it so difficult to relate the them and like them. It felt like poor decision-making giving YA characters a bad name!


Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn't food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn't a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up--and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.

 
Quick Thoughts: This was a quick read and entertaining. I enjoyed hearing from the point of view of these characters and I also enjoyed the sisterhood bond protrayed in the novel. However, I did feel that there were weaker aspects, which included the romance ( I didn't feel any chemistry there) and the world building, which felt was very superficial and not as believable as I would have liked.










This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

 
Quick Thoughts: Another entertaining, fast-paced YA thriller, that went by super quickly and was enjoyable. I was hanging on every word and wanted to know the ending, but I didn't have the biggest connection to the characters. Overall, it didn't have a huge impact on me however, and it isn't a book I think about often.










You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

 
Quick Thoughts:I really don't have any words for how much I loved this book. It's very dark and intense, and there are lots of content warnings, but it was so powerful and femenist and told in such an unforgettable way. Please read it!







Have you guys read any of these? Please let me know!
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