Hello hello hello I’m back with the bookish content!!!
Aka, what most of you come here for. Not my weird stuff 😀
Today I’m going to be talking about five books that are coming out this year (teehee lots of characters join me) – two of which I’ve already read, and will be reviewing. The other three I’m just gonna rant about. It was going to be three reviews but The Gravity Of Us, Phil Stamper was just too hard to write about?? It was good but I just couldn’t write?
In other news I read The Memory Book which was awful (hint: het love triangles and a boring ending) and right now I’m listening to Aristotle and Dante (as an audiobook!! which I never do!!) which is so beautiful. I’ve been doing puzzles while listening and it’s brilliant. Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates it which makes it ten times better?? How???
THE ELECTRIC HEIR, VICTORIA LEE
Okay okay so I read TFK last year and thought it was good? And then I upgraded it to a favourite?? However, by now it’s been demoted back to 4.5 stars and a non-favourite – but I’m still looking forward to TEH. TFK was gripping and exciting and I can’t wait to see where Noam and Dara go next. It seems to be ‘let’s give the people everything they want and also kill them’ soooooo… this should be fun!
Plus I want my snarky Level IV friends back. (…it’s been too long since I’ve read it and I no longer know if it’s Level IV, V, or VI whoops ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
AURORA BURNING, AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF
THIS. My friend and I have a countdown going and last year I went to hear the authors speak and got books signed and she was mad I didn’t tell her :D.
Anyway. Squad 312 is amazing and I want them all back…there’s not much I can say about this because,,,, uHHHhhhHhHHh, I don’t remember much from book 1?? I need to do a reread before it comes out 🙂 yay more rereads.
Honestly I just want more dialogue? Like… adventure is fun but I just want Finian and Scarlett fighting. That’s all. 400 pages of that please and thanks.
THE HENNA WARS, ADIBA JAGIRDAR
This just looks so good? I mean… it’s gay and involves henna and apparently it’s a mix of When Dimple Met Rishi and Simon VS so I honestly don’t see how this can go wrong (but me saying that is an invitation for a horrible book so book gods pls protect me).
It also seems like it’s enemies to lovers which I love!!! They’re bonding/fighting over competing henna businesses 🙂 enemies to lovers >>>>> any other trope
It also seems like it deals a bit with racism and cultural appropriation?? Anyone who’s read it please correct me if I’m wrong but I’m super excited to see how the author deals with it… I’ve seen it done well and I’ve seen it done……… awfully.
THE KINGDOM OF BACK, MARIE LU
FIRST THINGS FIRST: I HAVE A HARDCOVER. my lovely father brought it back from the US when he went a little while ago and he surprised me with a copy of RW&RB as well :)) (one problem: RWRB doesn’t fit anywhere on my shelf so I’m internally dying)
It spins an intricate tale of the Mozart siblings and their adventures around Europe and the Kingdom of Back. Nannerl and Woferl spend most of their time together and they tell stories and invent a magical world called the Kingdom of Back. Soon, however, parts of this world start to haunt them in real life
Anything Marie Lu writes is an auto-buy for me, and this didn’t disappoint. I loved this so much. The world building!! The characters!! I’m not normally a fan of historical fiction (with the exception of gentleman’s guide hehe) but this was so good!!! It gave me enough backstory that I can just dive into it with no prior knowledge (yayyy) but didn’t feel like it was cramming it in??
ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED, SOPHIE GONZALES
So.. I’ve never seen Grease. Or really know the plot line. So… even though this was marketed as a queer Grease retelling, I didn’t really know what I was getting into.
Turns out I was getting into a whole lot of emotional investment and tears and laughs.
I mean, there were times that I was almost crying from laughter. Other times I cried (yes, actual tears happened once) because of the thing. (spoilery thing).
Ollie was so so so sweet? And an aCTUAL cinnamon roll, no convincing me otherwise. Will…. his struggle was written so well – why do I always relate to the love interest and not really the MC in books??
The fact that Ollie was out but Will wasn’t didn’t seem like it overpowered the general romance? It was there (and kind of a big reason too haha) but overall it could’ve been made a bigger deal than it was and I loved that it wasn’t.
have you read any of these? liked them as much as me? excited for the same books? listened to the ari and dante audiobook?! talk to me! promise i’m not that scary… 🙂 have a lovely week xxx
also thank you all for putting up with the more personal posts recently! so many of you have left beautiful comments and that validation and sweetness just makes me melt and feel so thankful for this community 💕 thanks y’all 🙂 there might be more of that coming soon…. got some poetry and other rambly things to share perhaps…