Hello everyone! So as previously noted, I was out of the blogging game for a couple of months, which means I am seriously behind on book reviews. To catch up, I’ve decided to do a little bulk mini review post. I’m going to cover five books I’ve read over the past couple months. Although I have read more than five books (not many more, but still) there are some books that I want to post larger and more in-depth reviews on, so they will come later. Enjoy!
Amanda is a transgender girl in a new school where she is hoping not being known will give her a fresh start to be herself. This book is written by a transgender author and features a transgender model on the cover, so that’s a complete win! It’s an honest book, and certainly eye opening into the world that transgenders have to face. The only thing keeping me from five stars is the fact that it’s made a bit unrealistic by Amanda not only being completely passable but also put into a relationship where the reveal is handled like really well. These concerns are addressed by the author in a letter at the back of the book, but even for me it was too cliche and cheesy at times to take seriously.
Rupi Kaur poors her heart, soul, life, and very existence into her poetry in Milk and Honey. There is graphic, blunt honesty in every word on every page. This book is pain, heartbreak, violation, love, joy, captivity, and freedom. Some poems will resonate with you and others will haunt you. Either way you will keep coming back to this book over and over again.
Wonderland takes on a whole new look in this origin story of the Queen of Hearts. This book is captivating and heartbreaking. It brings so much that you love about Wonderland and gives you, almost a behind-the-scenes look at how Wonderland became what Alice experiences, at least in terms of characters. Marissa Meyer makes you fall in love with a character you’ve grown up hating. My heart is still breaking thinking of it.
I loved the concepts of These Vicious Masks so much. It reminded me of Heroes (If Heroes took place in England in the 1800’s), in the fact that there are a group of humans who have evolved enough to possess powers. The only thing I didn’t love was some of the action sequences were very confusing and not well thought out. And I may have deducted half a star because the ending made me pout. Either way, I am on Amazon right now buying the second book, so if that tells you anything…
Of course I had to re-read 13 Reasons Why before the Netflix series (which I am almost finished with and will HAVE TO REVIEW ASAP). There first time I read it was maybe eight years ago. As a teen, I took it to heart but at the same time fell in love with how utterly tragic Clay and Hannah were. Now, reading it as an adult, I kinda see how triggering it can be for one thing (though it was published when “trigger warning” wasn’t a thing). But secondly, I can see more into the seriousness of Hannah’s situation. Individually, those instances should not have fucked her up that bad. But the pile of garbage fire that became her life would eventually be crushing. Anyway, more on that later when I review the show. I still love this book.