Hi everyone! It’s Monday (a new term is beginning) and I’m here with some more mini reviews in an attempt to get back on top of review writing! I had a very productive reading month in August but my review backlog is now quite a thing so you can expect a few of these in coming weeks!
Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan
This book is an absolute beauty, there is no denying that. This is a series of fairytale retellings/reimaginings by author Deirdre Sullivan. The writing is gorgeous with such a haunting, lyrical style and this book has some of the must stunning illustrations I have ever seen. There is something special about these dark and twisty tales.
The Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
I enjoyed both of these short stories and thought they were lovely additions to the series. I particularly enjoyed The Young Queens and getting a glimpse into the early lives of Arsinoe, Mirabella and Katharine. It really gave you an insight into the three Queens although be aware that it does contain spoilers if you haven’t read book 1 and 2!! I am super excited for book 3 which is out in a few weeks!!
Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
This books is outrageously funny. When I say that I laughed out loud, I really do mean it. I was cackling, snorting it really is a novel that tickled me. Paige Turner not only has the best name in YA but is a completely unforgettable personality. As an avid book fan and bookshop lover, I totally adored Paige’s passion for saving her local bookshop. It was great to read a book about a young person having such a powerful impact and showing it can be done! I can’t wait for more escapades with Paige and friends!
A big thank you to NetGalley, HotKey Books and Chloe Coles for my eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla
This is a powerful story of community and using your voice. I adored Taran, Hari, Anna, Jamal and their fight for what is right. This story has moments that induce sadness, fear, anger and hope. Whilst reading this I couldn’t help but get excited for all the young people who will read this book and just GET it. This is the kind of life that is massively under represented in UKYA and I’m so glad this book exists for those young people. The UK’s answer to THUG.
A big thank you to NetGalley, Hodder Children’s Books and Nikesh Shukla for my eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Have you read any of the books I’ve rambled about above?
I’d love to hear what you thought!