I planned to actually release this video at the start of the month, but I was sick and that delayed both filming and editing!
Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman
My favourite book of the year so far. A quietly powerful story about a troubled runaway who comes to terms with what she’s gone through, while travelling to find a mythical creature with her childhood friend. I did a full video review of this.
The Audition, by Rachel Hartman
This is a short story, the prequel to Seraphina, which follows Seraphina as she auditions to be the music-master’s assistant and meets Princess Glisselda for the first time. Once again I was filled with awe at Rachel Hartman’s worldbuilding.
Five Go On a Strategy Away Day, by Bruno Vincent
This is BRILLIANT. Truly funny, I don’t think any of the other Famous Five for Adults books could top this. The Famous Five, who Julian hired to work at his company, go on a strategy away day together. It’s not a complete disaster…until the Secret Seven turn up. The Famous Five hate the Secret Seven!
The Exact Opposite of Okay, by Laura Steven
The rare book that’s highly enjoyable whilst also tackling some difficult issues, this features slut-shaming, revenge porn, the dark side of ‘nice guys’…and a shamelessly crude grandmother!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is a slow-burner and I did find the pacing dragged a little, but I really enjoyed it all the same. It’s a classic coming-of-age story from the point of view of Aristotle, a young Mexican-American boy who is figuring out who he wants to be, who he is, and how he feels about his best friend Dante.
Shiny Broken Pieces, by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
I loved Tiny Pretty Things, but I have to admit that I found this, the second book in this duo a bit samey. I did really enjoy it, and I’m not going to lie, I’d pick up a third book in a heartbeat, but I wanted more from this one.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee
This was so much fun! Henry “Monty” Montague has grand hopes for his Grand Tour – his last hurrah before he has to grow up and be the man his father demands he be, and leave his best friend Percy in boarding school. But after a few shocking revelations and romantic misadventures, the Grand Tour goes grandly off course…