Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For!

Hello! I’ve always wanted to write a post about upcoming releases but, honestly, I’m never that up to date about it. However, I have added a few books to my online wishlist that haven’t been published yet and I’m really looking forward to them so I want to talk about how awesome they are with you guys.

The Haunting of Aveline Jones
by Phil Hickes

Release date September 17th 2020.

Aveline is a horror book lover and so, when half term comes, she gets much more excited for it when she finds a spooky old book. It belonged to a girl who vanished mysteriously. Aveline decides that she’s going to investigate the disappearance – but now something is stirring and it starts to look for her.

As you may know by now, I absolutely love spooky stories and this sounds just for me! Middle aged spooky stories are usually so much scarier than those for adults and they’re so creepy and feed my appetite. Definitely on the top of my list.

The Once and Future Witches
by Alix Harrow

Release date is October 15th 2020.

This is a historical novel set in the 1980’s about how there were no such thing as witches. If a woman wants power, she has to find it at the ballot box. But one day, three women join the women’s movement that might turn it into the witch’s movement. They delve into the oldest magic, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

Historical fiction isn’t usually my thing but it’s witches so I’m really excited for this one. Due to it being historical fiction, it may take me a while to be motivated to actually pick this up (might be a good thing with how big my TBR is), but I’m going to bet I’ll fall in love with it.

I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick

Title is going to be released on September 3rd 2020.

Anna arrives at a new village hoping for a fresh start, but what she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. She’s a local girl that has been missing since New Year’s eve. Anna delves deeper into the mystery and becomes more and more involved in Zoe’s life, and becomes more convinced she and Zoe are connected and that she knows what happened to her. When Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake two months later, Anna is charged with manslaughter, but Anna’s confession is riddled with holes. Martina Green, host of the Missing Zoe podcast, is not convinced Anna did it. Can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

This sounds absolutely amazing. I really can’t wait for this one to come out. It’s just my cup of tea and sounds similar to audiobooks I’ve listened to that i’ve really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the suspense and finding out what happened to her, which I’m hoping will be an interesting plot twist, and I also can’t wait to read about what made Anna confess to a murder she didn’t do.

One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London

This will be released on January 7th 2021.

Bea is a plus size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Instagram followers and a massively broken heart. Bea has a weekly obsession, the reality TV show Main Squeeze. It has fantasy dates, kiss-off rejections, and a shockingly large amount of men named Ben. Bea, however, is sick of the lack of body diversity on the show and doesn’t think being a size zero should be the only criteria for being engaged on television. Bea has sworn off men altogether, but Main Squeeze asks her to be a contestant and she agrees on the basis that she absolutely won’t fall in love with anyone. When the cameras start rolling, she finds herself in a whirlwind of Twitter wars, sexy suitors and many opportunities to find messy, real life love for a TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it’s worth trusting herself and these men to find her happily ever after.

I’ll admit that my main reason for being so interested in this is the plus size representation. As a fat person myself, finding myself represented in fun ways like this and positivity is quite difficult. I’m not a romance person but I think this will be funny, light hearted and make me feel loved and wanted as a fat person. I’m really excited for this one.

Can’t Take That Away
by Steven Salvatore

Release date March 9th 2021.

This follows a genderqueer teenager who finds the courage to speak out against for equality when they’re discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey dreams of being a diva and bringing the house down with song. Despite their talent, dealing with daily homophobia and their grandmother’s dementia makes it hard to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time ever. With the rush of a promising romantic relationship, they feel the confidence to audition for the Wicked Witch of the West in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice and it’s up to Carey, Cris and their friends to stand up for what’s right.

I have a feeling that this is going to be difficult to read, especially from personal experiences which make it difficult for me to see it as an outsider and not be personally hurt, but I love reading about stories where young teenagers become so powerful and fight back against the hatred that’s thrown at them. It’s strength and bravery at outstanding levels and I can’t wait to cheer them on.

Something to Say
by Lisa Moore Rameé

Released on August 20th 2020 (so soon!).

Janae doesn’t have any friends. She’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible it’s almost like a superpower, much like her idol Astrid Dane. At home, however, she has plenty of company – her no-nonsense Mama, her older brother Malcolm and her beloved Grandpa, Gee. Then a new student shows up at school, Aubrey. Janae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up whenever she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more determined he is to become her friend. Despite this, she starts to get used to having him around. When the two are teamed up in a debate to have the schools name changed, she knows the friendship had an expiration date. Janae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of a school audience, risking the first real friendship she has ever had.

Another cute, and diverse, little middle grade book to add to my list of upcoming releases! This just sounds cute and I really love books that focus on the importance of friendship instead of making close connections and love about romantic love, even when the two main characters are really young. Friendship can be just as important, sometimes more so, than romantic love and I can’t wait to see this book emphasise that.

Cinderella is Dead
by Kalynn Bayron

Release date August 6th 2020 (by the time I publish this post, it would be in the past!).

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella found her prince and the fairytale is over. Sophia knows this story though off by heart. Every girl has to recite this story by heart from when she’s tiny until she is sent to the royal ball for choosing. The lives not chosen by the men at the ball are forfeit. Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen. She’s in love with her best friend,Erin, and hates the idea of being paraded around like cattle. When Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. There she meets someone with the power to remake the world.

I’m sorry but if this doesn’t sound absolutely incredible to you, I don’t know what will. I’m not sure when I’ll ever get around to this because my TBR is so long and I have limited funds but I’m still extremely excited because it sounds AMAZING.

The Caravan of Broken Dreams
by C L Latham

Release date 15th December 2020.

At night, windows are closed and children are locked away, but nothing can stop the music from entering. When the music began two years ago, Ekaterina lost her only family. When she vowed to hunt down whoever was behind the disappearances, she never expected to be pulled deep into a world she never knew existed, or that she would have even more to lose. Especially when Luca, a strange boy with lion’s eyes, appears with a note from her brother and a connection to the music.

I’m lucky enough to already own an ARC of this as the author of the book is a good friend of mine! I filled out an ARC application form and I got approved (I’m still going to buy the book on release day, of course) – fairytale retellings are some of my favourite kind of books to read, so I’m so excited for this. Especially since I’ve never read a Pied Piper retelling before, it sounds incredible. This is next on my TBR so expect a review of this in the next couple of weeks.

 

So that’s some upcoming releases I’m really looking forward to! I think I have a few more and, if I do, I’ll write a part two as this one is already long enough as it is. Have you heard of any of these and, if you have, what do you think? Do any of these sound like something you’d enjoy?

BLACK LIVES MATTER

JULY 2020 READING WRAP UP

Hello! I know it’s been a while but I have absolutely no idea what to write on here, and I’ve lost all motivation/inspiration which makes me sad because I miss this. Part of this is because I’m not reading very much and, considering this is a book blog, it does hold me back a little bit and I don’t want to do just endless book tags. Anyway, here we go, what I read in July!

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Buisness of Death Saved my Life
Caleb Wilde

I read this over audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I love everything medical, especially things like this, and it was a really interesting insight into the life of a funeral director. I didn’t really like the religious tone, though, it felt a little overkill in parts, but I loved knowing how he didn’t emotionally detach from the people he worked with even when it was really hard for him.

The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath

I wanted to read more classics this year and this one has been on the top of my list for such a long time. Unfortunately, It felt a little disappointing but that might have just been because I’ve been anticipating it for such a long time. It was really slow to start with and the narrator was so judgmental and rude that it was often difficult to feel sympathy for her, but it did give an interesting insight to what it was like being a mentally ill woman in that time period.

All Boys Aren’t Blue
George. M. Johnson

I listened to this on audiobook, as well! I didn’t really know anything going into it but I ended up really liking it. It’s an important perspective on being a black queer person and what it was like for them growing up. It was kind of hard to read at times, but it was necessary.

Loveless
Alice Oseman

One of my new favourites! This is the first time I’ve ever read a book about being aro and ace from someone who is aro and ace themselves. I don’t really talk about it much on here but I’m demiromantic and demisexual, the representation really meant so much to me. I had demi-specific representation in another book she wrote, Radio Silence, so this author is quickly becoming one of my top favourites. I have a full review of Loveless here. 

The Heathrow Doctor 
Dr. Stephanie Green

Again, I really like reading about medical things, and this is a book on what it was like to work as a doctor in one of the busiest airports within the UK. There were a few passages that were racist, such as saying “Eskimo” and “Indians” (in reference to Native Americans, not people from India). Other than that, it was a good insight into things they look for in international visitors and a little bit about immigration.

Monstress Volume 1-3
Majorie M Liu

I was originally going to read these for The Reading Rush, but I failed (oops) and I ended up being pretty happy I failed considering the stuff surrounding The Reading Rush and I no longer want to associate with them for the time being. They were really, really good. The plot was a bit difficult to follow and there were so many species and so many different people against different people that I couldn’t keep up, but the whole art style was so gorgeous I didn’t really mind and I really like the main characters.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Leigh Bardugo

I can’t believe this has been sitting on my shelf for so long and that it took me so long to get to it because it was incredible, I really really liked it. I, personally, love Marvel more than the DC universe (but the DC vilians are so much better than the Marvel ones) but I really loved seeing Diana/Wonder Woman from a more personal point of view. I also loved most of the side characters. I’m upset there isn’t a sequel as every book in this series is told from a different DC character. I’m currently reading the Batman one, so you’ll see my thoughts on that one in my August wrap-up.

 

So, there you go, everything I read in July! I would love to know your thoughts on what I’ve read, and if you read them what you thought of them too. Until next time.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

April 2020 Reading Wrap-Up!

I only read eight books this month but that’s okay. I’m sad that I can’t read as much as I did last year, even when I have so much more time now than I did back then, but I just haven’t been in the mood to read much. Also, Animal Crossing came out on the Switch and I’ve spent so many hours on that game! Here’s what I managed to read, though:

Woman in the Window
A.J.Finn

Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, alcohol, mental illness, drugs, death, violence, implied rape, gaslighting, toxic police force

Although I hate that this uses an extremely over-used thriller trope (unreliable woman because of medication/alcohol, who is probably divorced and probably had an affair), I still really enjoyed this one. The writing style was really good, I really enjoyed the story and, even though you could see the plot twists coming from a mile away (this might be because I read and watch a lot of thrillers), it didn’t take anything away from my overall reading experience

Apple of my Eye 
Claire Allan

Trigger Warnings: parental abuse, stealing of children 

This was pretty good, and I really liked the writing style, but it was so obvious what was going to happen right from the start (in my opinion). Also, Eli kept being described as someone who was loyal but she got ONE note saying her husband was cheating on her and instantly believed them and became convinced, and the same goes for her close friend. Being a bit paranoid, understandable, but to believe that it’s true with zero evidence? That doesn’t sound very loyal, or very smart, to me. I’ll read more from this author in future but it was just a three star read for me.

The House We Grew Up In
Lisa Jewell

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, mental illness (depression, hoarding disorder), homophobia, fatphobia 

OOF. Okay, I gave this book a two star rating because I enjoyed it enough to finish it but I did not enjoy it, really. My biggest problem with it is the fatphobia. I think at one point there was a whole page where it explained that she had “meaty arms” multiple times, and when Meg gained weight after having three children and an incident involving her husband it was constantly brought up in descriptions. My other problem is that this is advertised as a thriller. It is not. It’s more like a domestic, contemporary, character-driven mystery at most. The way they handle mental illness with Rhys, too, was horrific. I have another book by this author and I’ll give it a go but the fatphobia REALLY doesn’t rub me right

One of Us is Next
Karen McManus

Trigger Warnings: Slut shaming

This was really, really good. I think I enjoyed it more than the first book in this duology. The plot twist did surprise me, but I’ve learnt after reading so many thrillers that the one you least suspect is probably the one who did it. I enjoyed the discussion on slut shaming, as well, because teenagers are especially brutal about it and I think it’s a really important lesson to teach them. I also just love her writing style and the casual diversity thrown in. I wish more thrillers I read were diverse, but they’re hard to find.

Symbiont (Parasitology #2)
Mira Grant

Trigger Warnings: Death, gore, torture, sexual assault/implied sexual assault 

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first one but that is usually the case, anyway. There were parts that made me quite uncomfortable, which was more a problem with me than with the book. It was very fast paced and action packed. I’m a little nervous to read the last book in the trilogy, though! I don’t want it to end.

Lies We Tell Ourselves
Robin Talley

Trigger Warnings: racism, homophobia, abuse

I did enjoy this but it was glaringly problematic. For example, I don’t believe segregation from the 50’s from the perspective of a black teenage girl should have been written by a white woman. There was a bit of white saviourism going on here, too, and a black girl having a romantic relationship with a wildly racist white girl (even if she did change most of her opinions) was just…odd? So…yeah

The Flatshare
Beth O’Leary

This triggered a need in me to read smut. Something I’ve never really had a desire to do before, especially being asexual. Their relationship was adorable, and I really really enjoyed it. 100% worth the hype, and it was such an unusual love story as well. I did get a bit irritated though by the build up of sexual tension and then the sex scene…well, there wasn’t one, and I wanted one! I know this isn’t erotica but just one little sex scene wouldn’t be so bad, would it?!

A Quite Kind of Thunder
Sara Bernard

I really, really liked this. The romance was cute and there was a lot of emphasis on consent, even for things like kissing, which I think is really important for teenagers to learn and understand that it’s important. Also, Steffi has selective mutism, which is something I also have and I’ve never seen myself represented before in books. It was a shame that Steffi was quite annoying, though.

 

What do you think of these? Did you like them?

A (Super Late) January Wrap-Up! // 2020

Hello! So, you know that I haven’t really been around much lately so I thought I would write a quick wrap up post for January (my post after thus one will be February), and then hopefully from now onwards it’ll be back to normal. Especially since I’m in self isolation for the next god knows how long, and we all need the distraction, don’t we? So, here are all the books I read in January!

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell 
Chris Colfer

I really enjoyed this, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. I think the world building just fell really flat for me. If it wasn’t for the map at the start of the book, and the names of the areas on the island, I would know next to nothing. Of course, this book is for children so I knew exactly where it was going, I just wish the world was built up a little more.

Blood Orange
Harriet Tyce

Sorry to sound like The Grinch here, but people told me this thriller was amazing and it was just average honestly. We knew where it was going right from the start, and nothing was really new about it. It was captivating and I enjoyed the story and the writing style but it wasn’t anything extremely special.

The Perfect Child 
Lucinda Berry

I did really enjoy this. It was a very different novel to what I’m used to reading, although it followed a very typical storyline. A troubled child, usually female, will have hatred towards the mother and make her seem crazy while the husband/father gets all the positive aspects of her personality and splits them apart. I love how this book talks about the failures of social services, as well, which is an extremely important thing that needs discussing a lot more than it is at the moment.

Where the Crawdads Sing 
Delia Owens

I’m not going to deny that this book is beautiful. It was poetic with such connections to nature. However, I’m not really a poetic sort of person. I don’t enjoy that kind of writing style, which is unfortunate. Maybe if I knew what I was going into, I would have enjoyed it more, but it was just okay. A shame.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
Ruth Ware

My first Ruth Ware book! For a thriller lover, it’s shocking that it took me so long to get to this. I did really like this one, though. It wasn’t an unusual twist, I absolutely saw it coming (I know I say that a lot, but I read a lot of thrillers). Despite that, I really enjoyed it while I was reading it.

Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

This is one of my all time favourite TV shows so, of course, I just had to have the scripts. I loved it just as much as the TV show, which probably goes without saying. I’ll probably re-read this everytime I need a pick me up, although the end is so heartbreaking. I really hate the way it ends, but…it’s kind of a good metaphor, I suppose.

A Child Called “It” 
Dave Pelzer

I don’t like rating books about true stories, although I didn’t enjoy the way it was written. It was just like he was rushing through it. Which I get, I do, but it was like…his family was absolutely perfect, and the next page it was suddenly all completely different. I just wish the writing was…better?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine 
Gail Honeyman

I love love LOVE this book so much. I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy it very much to begin with. Eleanor is a very difficult character to like, but she grows on you. Plus, I believe she’s autistic. You can disagree if you want, that’s totally okay, but she just feels so autistic to me.

Sharp Objects 
Gillian Flynn

After I finished Gone Girl, I wanted to read something else by Gillian Flynn. Unfortunately, I remember absolutely nothing about this book two months later. I have no idea what happened, or who the characters are. Absolutely nothing. So, really, that should tell you all you need to know.

So that’s all I read! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

 

 

Tag Thursday!! – My Life in Books Tag

Hello again! Look at me, doing memes. I should probably stop writing these so late at night but, honestly, it’s the only time I have to myself. I live with someone and have support workers come in everyday to help me clean and cook and whatnot. Well…it’s not really a meme, it’s a tag. You know what I mean!!

This tag was created by Kristen Kraves Books 

It was created way back in 2016 but, as far as I’m aware, I have never used this tag before. I’ll be doing this using books I have on my shelves, seeing as there’s over 700 of them. I’m sure it’s a challenge for people with a normal amount of books, just not for me.

Find a Book For Each of Your Initials: 

L: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
A: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nivan
P: Parasite by Mira Grant

Count Your Age Along Your Bookshelf – What Book is It?

Okay, I have eight bookshelves and random piles of books everywhere so I’ll just pick a random bookshelf for this one and, because I’m lazy, I’ll go for the one closest to me.

Bared to You by Sylvia Day. The only reason why I own that book is to make a blog post about how terrible I’m sure it is but I just haven’t got around to it yet because I’m prioritising other books first.

A Book Set in Your City/Country 

I live in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and honestly hardly any books are set here so I can guarantee I don’t have a single book set in this country in my possession. A majority are from other countries or England. I did, up until recently, own Mrs Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs which is of course set in Wales.

A Book That Represents a Destination You’d Love to Travel To 

I don’t know if this means a place that doesn’t exist or a place that does so I’ll answer both of the questions, just in case. For a world that doesn’t exist, I think Discworld by Terry Pratchett. That whole world is just magical. No day would ever be boring (although, being an introvert, I’m not opposed to things being boring now and again).

For a real world, Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman was set on a school trip to Paris and I would absolutely love a trip to Paris (obviously, who wouldn’t?). I was so jealous when my sister went with her school.

A Book That’s Your Favourite Colour 

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise, absolutely!! It’s pink. Yes, I’m basic, my favourite colour is pink.

Which Book Do You Have the Fondest Memories of? 

Recently, it’s the Lara Jean series by Jenny Han. They just came in at a perfect time. They’re so gentle and warm and happy. They’re filled with so much baking, and happiness. Although I wasn’t happy about the romance choices she made, I just love the atmosphere. It felt like I was being hugged.

Which Book in Your TBR Pile Will Give You The Biggest Accomplishment When You Finish it? 

100% Priory Tree!! I don’t even remember the full title but that book is massive. Truthfully, I only bought it because the book is stunningly beautiful and I heard it has queer elements. It intimidates me so much, though, that I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it.

Which of these books I’ve mentioned are stand outs for you?!

I have nobody to tag here but, if you want to do this tag then go ahead!! I’d love to read what peoples’ different responses are.

WWW Wednesday

Hello! I took a…very long break, apparently. Part of this was because my laptop broke but I finally bought myself a new one. It’s really cute and pink. I know nobody noticed I wasn’t blogging anymore, but I really missed it. Another reason is because I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. I read much less than I did last year. I don’t even know why. Although, now that I’m in self-isolation, I have a lot more time to read (and watch me not do anything about it).

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds

For this, it asks three questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What Am I Currently Reading? 

I’m currently reading quite a bit at once!

The “main” book I’m reading is The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne. It’s surprisingly good, and it highlights exactly how you find yourself within a toxic relationship. It’s not that the red flags weren’t there, you were just wearing rose tinted glasses and the flags were so subtle anyway. It’s such an important message.

I am also reading two books on audiobook. One is Emma by Jane Austin, so I can be first in line to watch the movie! I managed to miss Little Women, which makes me heartbroken, so I’m really excited and looking forward to it. The other book I’m reading is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty which is a nice, level mix of morbid and hilarious. I really recommend this.

On my Kindle, I am reading Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates which is about the suicide forests in Japan. I am just curious about the history of the forest and why it became what it is today. I haven’t made it very far into this, though, as the author does a lot of talking about his own life rather than why I picked up the book. I’m worried it won’t be improved.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading? 

pet

I recently finished Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. It’s just as amazing as everyone says it is. It’s very short, but it hits you with such a strong force. It’s about how you can try to erase the monsters and kill them when they pop up, but monsters look like everyone else and by ignoring them you are actually part of the problem. I highly recommend everyone to read this. Plus, the main character is a transgender girl with selective mutism. Truly beautiful.

What Do You Think You’ll Do Next?

lies we tell ourselves

I want to read things that are fun, and don’t take much brain energy. There’s too much going on in the real world to really focus on fantasy or anything like that. I really want to read Lies we Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. I believe it’s a f/f romance. It looks absolutely adorable.

 

So…yes! I completely forgot how I ended these. See you next time?

Xx

BoJack Horseman Book Tag! // Original

bojack horseman

So, to celebrate the release of the new series of BoJack Horseman, I wanted to do a book tag related to the show but I couldn’t find any so I guess I’m going to create my own! I don’t think it’ll be good enough for other people want to do but, if you do, remember to tag me so I can read your responses to the questions!

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BoJack Horseman: Name a Book You Loved With an Unlikeable Main Character

I really enjoyed The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. I like that it put the focus on the peers of the Chosen One and what its like to watch it from the outside without having any insider information, which I thought was unique and interesting, and I love love love Patrick Ness…but oh my god, the main character was annoying. Maybe it’s because he’s a lot like me and I annoy myself.

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Diane Nguyen: A Character You Feel is Misunderstood

I don’t know if this is a popular or unpopular opinion, but I think Tori Spring from Solitaire/Heartstopper Volumes One and Two by Alice Oseman is SUPER misunderstood. A lot of people didn’t like her and thought she was too cynical and pessimistic, but I think she was just…you know, sad. I enjoyed reading about someone who thinks the way I do and depression is different in everyone, and she absolutely deserved more love than she received.

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Mr. Peanutbutter: Name a Book You Just LOVE

I have a feeling a lot of people would pick the same answer, or Harry Potter, but The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s just a masterpiece that I don’t want to see turned into a movie, because it wouldn’t achieve anything close to the spectacular standards this book set itself. It’s just amazing how it managed to appeal to such a wide variety of people from all walks of lives with such a different set of tastes. Absolutely a classic.

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Todd Chavez: Name Your Favourite Book Featuring an Asexual Character

I have two answers for this one! The first one is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. If you have the ability to, I really recommend reading this on an audiobook because it feels and sounds like a fairytale. It’s so fun and adventurous. My second answer is Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand, especially since the asexuality came as a complete shock to me, as nobody told me it would be in there and it was a wonderful surprise.

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Princess Carolyn: Name a Fiercely Determined Character

Ooh, I think Denise from On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. I love how she fought so hard to get what she needed and wanted. She didn’t just fight for herself, either, she did a lot of it for her mother and sister. She’s one of my favourite characters in any book, ever. She’s just so kind and brave and a lot like Princess Carolyn, but a little less manipulative and sometimes quite mean. Sorry, Princess Carolyn, I love you anyway!

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Sarah Lynn: What’s a Book That Really Took You on a Journey?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman which, for some reason, took me such a long time to read even though my school library had the entire series in their stock. I always passed them wanting to read them, but I never got around to it. I somehow managed to avoid any spoilers, and wow what a ride that was.

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Wanda Pierce: What’s Your Favourite Historical Fiction Book?

Historical fiction really isn’t my favourite genre, but occasionally I do find a book among the genre that makes me keep on reading it. I can’t choose Evelyn Hugo again (well, I could, but that would be boring) so I’ll pick a different one! Although it’s by the same author, I did really enjoy Daisy Jones and the Six and it introduced me into the world of older rock bands and how could I not love a book that introduced music into my life?

 

I really hope you like it. I’m not a very creative person and I’m not very good at doing things, so I’m not going to be offended if nobody wants to do the tag, and I’m sorry to any other BoJack Horseman lovers who already created a book tag for this and I just couldn’t find it! Let me know if there are any.

Until next time,

A.W

My Least Favourite Tropes!

overdone tropes

Hello! I know this was a Thursday discussion prompt a little bit ago, but I’m pants at keeping up with things like that, especially when there’s a specific day you need to use it on so I’m just going to use some of the prompts and make posts seperate from the Thursday discussion posts – but, if you think it sounds familar, now you know why!

So, I’m going to start  with some tropes I don’t like in typical YA and then I’ll make another post for tropes I hate from horrors/thrillers that I read, because I feel like that can cover it’s own topic by itself really. Also, it’s October, it really fits in with the theme.

You can find the original discussion posts on Ally Writes Things

NOT ALL GIRLS

Of course, more and more people are speaking up on how they hate this trope, so we see it a lot less in YA than we used to (at least, from my perspective). When I do see it, though, it annoys me. You being “not like other girls” doesn’t make you special –  actually, I would love to know why you would want to divide yourself from other girls just to impress some medocre high school boy.

LOVE TRIANGLES

I know some people just loooove the tension and suspense this can add to the story, but personally it just bugs me. I wish they would just get into a polyamarous relationship together and call it a day.

MISCOMMUNICATION CAUSING CONFLICT

I know in young relationships, romantic or platonic, miscommunication will happen. It happens all the time, no matter your age (but I feel like it happens less frequently as we get older and learn that actually communication is quite important). When it’s the only conflict in the novel, though? Like Ally said, it just feels like lazy writing.

THE CHOSEN ONE

As much as I love books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, the idea of there being one “chosen one” strikes me as a bit ridiculous. Sure, in a world of dragons and sea monsters and actual Greek Gods, maybe my prime concern shouldn’t be what’s realistic or not – but I can believe unicorns. One thirteen year old boy out of billions of people is the ONLY one that can save the world? That’s reaching.

SEXUAL ASSAULT/RAPE

Let me expand on this by saying, sometimes, this is pretty vital for the story. It’s important to share the stories of people who have had this happen, to talk about how little people who have been assaulted are believed, etc. I think my problem with this arises when it’s used as a conflict, or when it’s used to build strength within a character. Just no.

BEAUTIFUL BUT UNAWARE OF THIS

This trope doesn’t actually bother me when the person in question is not conventionally attractive and would, therefore, not have been told their entire life that they are in fact beautiful. When it is a conventionally attractive person, which is usually is, it’s like “…there’s no way this tall, skinny blond with perfect skin doesn’t know she’s attractive”. Body dysmorphia are a thing, and everyone feels insecurities, but it feels overdone to me. Like, an effort to make the male love interest feel more empowered and important by him being what makes her feel beautiful and not her friends, her family and herself. Kind of like the writer is making the female character rely on the male character, and it just doesn’t feel right to me.

 

So, these are just some of the tropes I really don’t like in young adult! Stay tuned for the horror/thriller tropes I hate. Which ones do you agree with and which tropes do you hate?

Until next time,

A.W

eARC / The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason / Is it REALLY Haunted?

the wayward girls

Summary

The Girls meets The Little Stranger in this dark and captivating debut about sisterhood, family secrets, and a dangerous game that becomes all too real.

THEN
1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .

NOW
Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

What I Liked:

  • I liked how it jumped from the past to the present day
  • It kept you questioning whether or not the house was really haunted, especially towards the end
  • The writing style was engaged
  • It was told in the setting of an isolated farm, making every feel that little bit more eerie
  • The sibling interactions were really interesting and compelling, I still don’t know if they loved each other or hated each other

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The ending was rushed so I didn’t know what the author thought about what really happened at the farm (maybe that was the point?)
  • It reminded me of the Netflix show, The Haunting of Hill House, and what I wanted the book to be and the book never really turned out that way
  • There were too many characters to keep track of
  • The book was 480 pages long, which in my opinion is WAY too long for a paranormal horror
  • It was hard to keep track of who was narrating the chapters, especially because it wasn’t actually stated at the start of each chapter who it was and their voices were so similar so you just had to look for things that stood out, such as interests and family relations, to know who they are

 

Overall, I gave this a three our of five stars. I got this from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I’m still not sure if I would reccommend it, but I’m sure it’s many peoples’ cups of tea and it’s not that I didn’t like it, I think I just had different expectations.

Until next time,

A.W

eARC Review / SLAY by Brittany Morris / Similar to Ready Player One, But Much Better

slay

Summary

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process

What I Liked:

  • EVERYTHING – main character was really likable, gamer girls, coding, discussions, intersectional feminism, amazing f/f friendships, a beautiful female sibling relationship, good parental figures…
  • This was clearly written for black people by a black person and about black people/culture, and even though I’m white this is 100% a positive because the YA literature world is so white and we need more stories like this out there
  • It had an equal balance of entertaining and engaging
  • Kiera has a great personality – she’s passionate, loving, kind, and always tries to see the good in people even when they really don’t deserve that, but she’s still realistic alongside her optimisim
  • The sisters argued a lot but, when it mattered, they had each others’ backs and had a strong love for each other which feels like a more realistic sibling dynamic
  • I really wished SLAY actually existed because, although I wouldn’t be able to play it, it sounds incredible and amazing

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The ending felt really rushed, especially with such a build up towards the ending, but that’s basically the only negative thing I can say about it, and that the pacing in general was a little off – but with how incredible the rest of the book is, you hardly notice that

 

I’ve noticed a lot of hype around this already but there needs to be a LOT more, it deserves as much hype as Evelyn Hugo, I promise (although that book was perfection, I know). Even if you don’t like gaming, coding or action packed books this will probably still appeal to you. I gave this four out of five stars but I’ll probably boost this up to five stars soon.

Until next time,

A.W