While I haven’t been posting a ton – I blame it on my ADD – I have been reading a wide variety of books in a short amount of time. Coincidentally, I also blame that on my ADD. I’m sure I’m not the only person who suffers from this problem. Thankfully, I rubbed some of my brain cells together and came up with the genius idea of writing a short review for each book in one post. Please, hold your applause until the end.
The 8 books below are too lit.
They are too lit to quit.
I guess I’ll get to it.
“None of us know what we’re capable of, if the circumstances were right. Or wrong.”
This book came out in 2021 but seeing as how traumatic the pandemic was, I needed to wait a year before I cracked this one open.
Here we have a girl meets boy situation. Then the shutdown happens, the girl moves in with the boy, and someone ends up dead. There’s nothing I love more than a thriller with plenty of twists and turns.
If you’re a fan of thrillers, then you’ll probably be a fan of this book.
“All we can do is make choices based on the cards fate deals us. But so long as fate allows me to stay with you, I will not leave you Loulie. That is a promise.”
If your favorite princess movie was Aladdin growing up, then chances are you will LOVE this book. It’s packed full of Arabian folklore and features a thief, jinn, prince, and a magic lamp.
It also features a smidge of romance, but nothing that distracts from the plot. It’s subtle and exciting. This is Chelsea Abdullah’s debut book, and I have to say it is very lovely. It’s definitely worth the read if you’re looking to dip your toes into a new fantasy series.
“Trauma doesn’t have to lead to destruction. Trauma can be the guiding point to something better, something stronger.”
You might recognize Chloe Gong’s name from a previous series she wrote, These Violent Delights. If you loved that series then you’re sure to love this one too. It’s sort of a spin-off.
This book is historical fiction meets mystery/thriller meets espionage meets romance. We all know two spies falling in love is a recipe for disaster, which only makes this book more exciting. While this book is long, it is also action-packed, which makes the time just fly by.
“Kindness is something that seems small, Daunis, but it’s like tossing a pebble into a pond and the ripples reach further than you thought.”
Let me state for the court that this book contains MANY trigger warnings including, but not limited to, sexual assault, addiction, and death, lots and lots of death.
That being said, this book is AMAZING. Let me repeat, this is one of the best books I read in 2022. Angeline Boulley, you’ve delivered a masterpiece, and I almost struggle to find the words to describe my love and admiration for your book.
There are so many layers to this story, and not enough space to discuss, see the link above to check out the book summary, or better yet, just read the book and behold all the greatness yourself
Make sure to have a tissue box standing by because you will cry.
“That was what magic did. It revealed the heart of who you’d been before life took away your belief in the possible. It gave back the world all lonely children longed for.”
Galaxy “Alex” Stern can see dead people, which has made her life very difficult. Because of this, she gets recruited by fancy people at Yale to oversee and help monitor the 8 secret societies at the university. Each of these societies dabbles in magic, which Alex and her mentor, Darlington, are responsible for overseeing.
When Darlington disappears and someone on campus gets murdered, Alex discovers that these incidents might be connected to more than one society. The more she learns, the less safe she becomes.
Leigh Bardugo coming at us, yet again, with a wonderful fantasy series. I love her fantastical take on Yale’s secret societies. Trust me, this book will ensnare you!
“There is no history in a place until we make it, until you live a life worth remembering.”
If you are fascinated by cults then this is a must-read. A woman goes missing and Travis Wren, a private detective, is hired by the family to find her. He tracks her last whereabouts to a place considered to be a legend by most local folk – a place called “Pastoral”.
Theo, a lifelong member of Pastoral, comes across Travis’ truck outside the commune years later, which causes a huge disruption to the small community. No one is allowed in or out of Pastoral, so what happened to Travis? What happened to the woman?
This book will mess with your mind. Even when you think you’ve figured it out, you probably haven’t. It is my belief that when a book leaves you feeling that shook (in a good way), then you have to tell everyone you know to read it. ‘Tis the law.
“You and I have faced many things alone. Between the mainland and the isle, the east and the west, we’ve carried our troubles in solitude. As if it were weakness to share one’s burden with another. But I am with you now. I am yours, and I want you to lay your burdens down on me.”
The Breccans and Tamerlaines are back, baby! They are back and they are on FIRE (ha).
This time we learn more about the Breccans, and we get to see more of the spirit realm – ooooo ahhhhhh. A sickness spreads throughout Cadence, infecting both the east and west. Jack, Adaira, Sidra, and Torin work to unite the isle and end the wretched curse Bane has cast on them. Mwahahahahaha!!
If you read A River Enchanted, then you need to add this to your TBR. Immediately.
“There is a necessary tension between knowing how nature works in theory and witnessing it.”
This book is a very quick read and very enthralling. It’s got major dystopian vibes, specifically focused on the downfall of Florida. The government shuts down and people flee the state due to the increase in hurricanes. Wanda is one of the few people who stay in her small Florida town and attempts to create a new normal. While others struggle to adapt to the changing world, Wanda thrives in it.
I get a Where the Crawdads Sing vibe from this book. I imagine that Kya and Wanda would have been the best of friends. If you’re a fan of stories that comment on climate change, nature, survival, loss, and coming-of-age, then this one is for you.
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