Recent Reads #4

I really enjoy sharing what I’ve been reading recently through this medium of blog posts with multiple mini reviews in them so I definitely will keep this format up. Today, I’m bringing you mini reviews of 4 contemporary books and 1 fantasy book that I have read recently and really enjoyed.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year and I feel so incredibly lucky that I have been able to read it already, thanks to Simon and Schuester. I really enjoyed this book. It was a cute, quick read despite being almost 500 pages. I haven’t read any of Adam Silvera’s previous books (I definitely will be soon) but I have read all of Becky Albertalli’s and I’ve enjoyed them all. I mainly loved this book because of the characters. All of the characters in here felt like they were fully developed, even the side characters who weren’t as important. I personally love character driven books and this definitely felt like one. This book had many pop culture references, particularly Hamilton and Harry Potter references on basically every page. I personally liked this aspect as I am a very big fan of both of these things however, I do feel like it would be irritating for someone who isn’t in these fandoms. My main complaint about this book is the development of the relationship. I really liked it towards the end but at the start, it felt too quick and forced. I wanted to see even more development between the two main characters. I definitely recommend this book when it comes out in October and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do. I also can’t wait to meet Becky and Adam in October!

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Now this is a book that has been on my radar for a while but that I’ve been putting off for years. I wasn’t a fan of Everything, Everything and the blurb of this book made it sound like it was going to be very insta lovey. However, I saw that Scribd had the audiobook and I decided to finally take the plunge and read/listen to it. I’m glad that I did finally read it as it was definitely better than I was expecting. I understand why people love this book. It talks a lot about race and immigration in the US and I loved that aspect of the story. It did still feel very instalovey but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I enjoyed reading about the character’s families more than I enjoyed the romance but that’s just me. I did however really like the ending and I did like the writing style (though it took me a while to get into it). If, like me, you also didn’t like Everything,Everything, I’d say still give this a try because in my opinion, it is a lot better than Everything, Everything.

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

This is another book that has been on my TBR for a while now that I finally decided to read. I have enjoyed all of Non Pratt’s previous work so I don’t know why I didn’t read this straight away. I guess the narrative style kinda scared me? I’m not a massive fan of dual perspective novels but I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It felt very realistic of British teens today which I appreciated. The writing style still didn’t fully work for me. I didn’t like the fact that the whole story was repeated from another character’s perspective before we could finish off the story but that’s all down to my own personal preference.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is a well loved author that I was sure just wasn’t for me because I had previously read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and I wasn’t really a big fan. However, I then realised that I read it before I was a fan of contemporary books so I decided to give her another chance with her latest release, Save the Date. I’m so glad I gave her another chance because I loved this book. It isn’t your typical YA contemporary as it is more family orientated than romance orientated and if someone told me that beforehand, I would have been put off. However, I loved reading about this family and all of their drama. I do wish there was more romance but that’s just because I love romance. It’s quite a big book for a contemporary but I flew through it in a day.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Last but not least, I FINALLY read Children of Blood and Bone. This book has been on my TBR for months and I’ve been dying to read it for a while because I just knew I was going to love it. So when I finally read it, I was really happy that I did actually love it. I was slightly scared that the hype would ruin it for me but this book is very deserving of all of the hype. The world is just so well constructed, rich and diverse. I bloody love all of the folklore and the magic system. However, what really made this book for me was the characterisation. Every single character was so well developed and I fell in love with all of them. I was sceptical at the start because it is a dual perspective novel but damn, this book was so bloody good. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out next year.

So those are some of my recent reads. What have you been reading recently? Let me know down below what your favourite book has been recently.

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