Hey everyone! How the hell are you?
Everything is kind of hectic at the moment (wow, wedding planning is all-consuming, right?) but in the midst of trying on big, white dresses and visiting venues I thought I’d try my best to shoot out a little post. I’m not sure when I’ll be 100% back in business, but I’ll be slowly easing myself back into the habit of blogging over the next couple of weeks at the very least.
Now, what have I missed?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I read a sample, decided I kinda liked it and then downloaded it to my Kindle one Saturday night (wild, I know). Fast forward about three and a half hours and I emerged from my reading coma, blinking and realising that the
boyfriend fiancé had abandoned me for sleep a good while before. Basically, that’s just a really long-winded way of saying that I absolutely loved this book.
Although this book is absolutely cute, heart-wrenching and sparkly as and where you’d expect a YA romance to be, I also thought it was deceptively comforting and poignant in some places. These kinds of books always have the potential to feel super one-dimensional, but I generally felt like Stephanie Perkins avoided this pitfall by making her characters and their relationships interesting, flawed and multi-layered.
There were some aspects of it that I didn’t like so much (*cue rant about girl hate and glamorising cheating*) but on the whole, it was a sweet, fun read – perfect for a lazy Saturday night or a sunny day at the beach.
- Rating: 4/5 stars.
- Publisher: Usborne
- Pages: 372
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
From cute French boys to falling in love with your brother. I like to keep things interesting on
my bookshelves, y’know? As far as romance goes, this book is about as far away from Anna and the French Kiss as you could possibly get.
The story focuses on a sixteen year old girl and a seventeen year old boy who fall in love. Unfortunately for them, they’re not friends or acquaintances and they haven’t met each other by chance: they’re brother and sister and their relationship is forbidden.
Forbidden is undoubtedly one of those books that will rub people up the wrong way. Naturally, people will discard it on principle and that’s fine, but it doesn’t take away from how beautifully drawn the characters and relationships are and how poignantly it is written. Tabitha Suzuma has a wonderful touch, and although dealing with a taboo subject matter, there isn’t any sense of sensationalism or moral policing. The book asks tough questions, but at the same time it never tries to convince you of where you should and shouldn’t stand.
It’s emotionally draining, for sure, but I doubt those who are brave enough to pick it up will be left disappointed with this heartbreaking portrait of a family in disarray.
- Rating: 4/5 stars.
- Publisher: Definitions
- Pages: 432
The Last Beginning (The Next Together #2) by Lauren James
The second (and final…I think?) book in the The Next Together duology by Lauren James is time-travelling, futuristic, mind-bendingly good fun.
Sixteen years ago, notorious young scientists Matthew and Katherine disappeared without a trace, leaving their baby daughter Clove Sutcliffe to be raised by her uncle. Now old enough to know the truth, computer genius Clove is determined to find out what happened to her birth parents.
I fell in love with The Next Together when I read it last year. It’s definitely one of the books that I credit with my burgeoning interest in the sci-fi genre, so when I heard that Lauren James would be writing a sequel I was pretty stoked, especially because the first book finished on a massive cliffhanger!.
Although I have to say I enjoyed the first book in the series more, there are lots of things to like about The Last Beginning. From a smart, funny, clever female heroine who is a whizz with computers and code to a great examination of mother/daughter relationships, to time travel and LGBT+ romance, this is snappy little novel that pretty much has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a book which will ease you gently and lovingly into the sci-fi ocean, then look no further than this super fun, utterly fresh take on the genre.
- Rating: 4/5 stars.
- Publisher: Walker Books
- Pages: 352
What have you guys been reading whilst I’ve been gone? Tell me all! ❤