Hey guys! It’s been a minute since I’ve done any mini-reviews, and I have a ton piling up, so I decided to just do some five-star mini-reviews from the books that I’ve read in the past few months.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: 5/5 I couldn’t get enough of this book and it’s one that will stay with me for a long time. I read this back in August and I’m still thinking about it. Delia Owens writes with striking imagery that makes you feel like you’re right there in the North Carolina swamp. Kya Clark is a resilient and interesting protagonist— a reclusive girl who has been abandoned by everyone in her life and turns to nature as her caretaker. It is full of symbolism and has some twists throughout the book that I didn’t see coming. I really loved this book and it kept me thinking the entire time.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 If you haven’t read the Six of Crows Duology, I highly recommend that you do. I love a book with a crew or team, and this is hands-down one of the best groups of characters I’ve ever seen in a book. Each character is completely different, but they complement each other in the best ways possible. I loved all of the world-building, action, and political scheming, but my favorite part of this book is trying to keep up with Kaz Brekker, who has easily become one of my favorite characters ever created. Seriously, whether you read young adult or not, this one is worth picking up.
The Unhoneymooners by Christine Lauren: 5/5 If you like character-driven stories and enjoy reading chick-lit, I definitely recommend getting this book. I listened to The Unhoneymooners on Audible and I was laughing throughout the entire book. One aspect I absolutely loved about this book was Olive’s huge close-knit family. I also love that you can see Olive is still growing as a person. She is clumsy and holds a grudge, and it pairs perfectly with Ethan’s snark. Ethan and Olive’s bickering made their relationship feel real and added to that enemies-to-lovers trope that I just can’t get enough of. This is my first Christina Lauren book, and I can’t wait to read more.
Ninth House Leigh Bardugo: 5/5 I can’t say enough good things about this book. Leigh Bardugo creates incredibly in-depth worlds with complex characters that you love to root for in every book she writes, and Ninth House is no exception. The plot was well thought out and researched, and I love the way the story unraveled. Alex is a character that has lived a life very different from my own but is someone I could relate to in many ways, even if I didn’t agree with her decisions.
If you’re looking dark fantasy full of magic, murder, and secret societies, this is definitely one to check out! Ninth House is one of those books that I wanted to devour in a day, but life kept getting in the way which actually allowed me time to sit with my thoughts on what I read and made me love it even more. I can’t wait to explore this world and it’s characters more deeply in future books.
Other books I’ve read recently:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: 3/5
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar:3/5
Midnight At the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber: 4/5
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan: 3/5
Wilder Girls by Rory Power: 4/5
His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Alder: 4/5
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody: 4/5
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake: 4/5