This was my first book by Leigh Bardugo, and I really enjoyed it. All of the characters were unique and balanced in terms of skills and personalities. I would say this is in the upper end of YA. I could tell that Bardugo had a clear grasp on the world and what she wanted to achieve. If a magical, tactical heist fantasy sounds intriguing—check this one out for sure.
(TW: R) I listened to this one on audiobook, which might have been a mistake. Where Six of Crows was fully grounded in its universe, this hidden society of magic doers felt flimsy and all over the place. I also did NOT know about the rape scene, and it was hard to move past it afterwards.
Picking from my bookshelf with my heart, I finally read this Middle Grade book that I’ve had since elementary school. I never even knew it was a soft science fiction story. And honestly, this book is a witty, little gem. If you’re a fan of strong family ties and a solid, slow burn, definitely check this one out.
This book is about a teenage trans woman who happens to stumble into getting superhero powers. I really enjoyed learning a lot from this book and also LOVE super hero stories. I do have to say that were was a lot of derogatory language towards herself, including the r word. So just be aware of that if you choose to pick this up.
Animals turn on humans and start killing everyone. As a vegan and animal activist, I was interested to see where this book would go. But it was ultimately a let down. It didn’t speak on anything except that humans refuse to work together during a global pandemic. And well, I already knew that from my daily experience right now.
(TW: SA, R) This book somehow finds a way to be darkly humorous and viciously unforgiving of the past. I loved the realistic dystopia, but it was almost TOO real, if you get me. Even so, I loved Atwood’s writing, and I’d love to read more of her work (and also watch the show!).
After Avatar the Last Airbender came back on Netflix, I immediately rewatched it. Even though I have it on DVD. Anyways, I’ve never read the graphic novels, and I thought it was time. This one was good but had one major flaw. Just one word: Sweetie.
(TW: ED) This was a recommended book by another bookstagrammer. It was like a gothic horror meets modern haunted house. The writing was stream of consciousness and had very original analogies. I will be reading more of Oyeyemi’s work for sure.
This was also recommended to me because of our current political climate. It’s technically considered a nonfiction, because half of the book (with racist biases) is a summary the entire history of the world. The last third is dedicated to predicting the future. While some of the events seem reasonable, I just couldn’t bring myself to truly trusting or liking this book.