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Pride Month YA recommendations.

Pride Month is upon us. It’s a very exciting time. Last month, I spent the whole entirety of June nothing but queer books and it made my heart very happy. Very happy indeed. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do that this month, so I thought I’d share my recommendations.

These book are all YA. I truly think YA books have some fantastic options for us to read with some fantastic representation. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. Representation Matters. I’m trying to keep all these books as Own Voice options, but at the bottom of the blog, I’ll put a little section that aren’t own voices.

These books will help young queer people to find themselves, find others like them and I can’t tell you how important that is. It’s all about acceptance. I remember being a young queer boy and desperately trying to find the courage to be able to buy a queer book in my local bookstore. Now, there’s only a little hesitation when I buy them.

I’ll be doing another post for some adult literature queer books, a bit later.

So let’s get started shall we.

‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera. This book is so beautiful, heartbreaking and emotional. It was the first queer book I read, so it owns a very special place in my heart. It deals with so much, and there’s some beautiful queer representation at its heart. This was the book I had to pluck up the courage to buy and I’m so glad I did. In the photo above are some more of Adams books if you’d like to check them out. But History really is the most beautiful for me.

‘Camp’ by L.C.Rosen. Boy oh boy, do I love this book. It took queer to another level. It put femme characters centre stage and it’s brilliant. It’s not something I’ve seen before, and I hope more books follow. It’s a beautiful story of self acceptance, queer love, and being proud to be you. It’s just so celebratory. Rosens other book ‘Jack of Hearts’ also very good. I really can’t recommend this one enough. It’s out May 28th. Just in time for Pride Month.

Felix Ever After by Kacen …. Now, I am going to be honest and say I haven’t actually read this one, but I’m going to recommend because it’s got Trans POC representation, which is so underrepresented. The story revolves around Felix, who learns to love himself. And I can’t think of a more positive message than that. Also, let’s just look at the cover. STUNNING.

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey. This is a queer thriller and it’s fantastic. While this one had a love story that will make you heart soar, it’s also going to break it. It’s filled with mystery and romance. It’s a little darker than some of the others on this list, but just as beautiful. This one is also out on the 28th. Just in time for Pride.

Boy Queen by George Lester. Another book I’ve read recently and loved. Again, we have another femme character at the centre and I love it. This book is delightful. It’s full of drag queens, romance, self pride and love. This is definitely one to add to your queer collection. It’s out August 6th.

Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian. Again, I have to confess I haven’t read this book. I’m mentioning one I haven’t read just to bring them to your attention and maybe you’ll like the sound of them. This one is set in the 1980s and centred around the Aids crisis, a moment in queer history we can never forget. But it’s from teenagers perspective. I can’t tell you how badly I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Again, this is another one I haven’t read but want to highlight. This has got an abundance of different representations. Queer, Mental Health and POC. And this book is getting a sequel so it can’t be bad right? A friend recommended this to me and I trust their opinion highly. I am incredibly excited to read it.

‘Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alice Sáenz. Well this book reads just like a love song. It’s stunning. Quiet and impactful and it will have you weeping at the end. Beautiful. Just beautiful. And highly underrated.

There are so many more books out there, like ‘ I Wish You All The Best’ by Mason Deaver, ‘The Gravity of Us’ by Phil Stamper, ‘ziggy, stardust & me’ by James Branderson. ‘Alex in Wonderland’ by Simon James Green, ‘The Black Flamingo’ by Dean Atta and ‘Wranglestone’ by Darren Charlton. I encourage you to look all these Own Voice books up.

Now for some of those books that aren’t own voice. ‘Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ by Becky Albertalli. ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston, ‘Only Mostly Devastated’ by Sophie Gonzales, ‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell and ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ by Jandy Nelson.

I also really need to add some F/F books. I did recently read ‘Queen of Coin and Whispers’ by Helen Corcoran which was fantastic. And waiting for ‘The Henna Wars’ by Adiba Jaigirdar to arrive, which I can’t wait to read.

So there we have, some fantastic books that celebrate inclusivity, queer love, queer pride and self acceptance. They all teach such valuable lessons.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Let me know if there’s any I’m missing, or if you’ve read some of these and you love them, or if they’ve helped you.

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins

Length: 517 pages

Publisher: Scholastic UK

This is the Waterstones edition without the dust jacket on.

Synopsis: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, it’s fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to our charm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students who to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their faces are intertwined- every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what.

The only fair way to start off this is review is to talk about expectations, I loved The Hunger Games and I expected this to match my love, even surpass it. I had such high hopes. I preordered it. I sat looking at the window waiting for the postman to deliver it.

I have a lot of thoughts about this book. A lot. I’m going to try and condense them down so this review isn’t one long ramble, but it will probably be a mess. I even made notes, in my little notepad to help me write this review.

What I found really interesting about this novel was that we see the Hunger Games in its infancy. Not the well oiled machine we know it as when Katniss enters the arena. And I loved reading about how the betting came into it, and the sponsors and treating the tributes like celebrities. I wanted more of this. It touched on the brutality, with the tributes performing for food as they were being starved but it didn’t go far enough. I thought for a while the games would actually almost like a character in the book, but unfortunately that wasn’t so. When Lucy Gray actually gets enters the game, it just wasn’t exciting. I know they were meant to be a bit messy and haphazard because of when the book was set, but did it have to be dull? They still could’ve been exciting, but they just never reached there potential.

Obviously we’re following Snow as our main protagonist, and I know some people had an issue with the book being about him as they didn’t feel he deserved a redemption story and I think it’s safe to say he didn’t get one. He didn’t come across as nice, or evil. He was a bit meh to be honest. I didn’t connect to him at all. And it was hard to distance young Coriolanus from President Snow. And then we had Lucy Gray, who at the beginning I really liked. I thought this is where it gets interesting, she’s feisty, smart and knows how to play the game. In fact, she sort of invited a lot of the things we attribute to the hunger games. But as the novel went on, she lost her spark. She was reduced to Snows love interest. There was also a character called Sejan, who is Snows friend, who I found incredibly annoying. I think the end of his story was supposed to shocking, upsetting and a catalyst for Snow, but ultimately I didn’t care. There was also a lot of other characters in this book, and I was getting confused who was who and who was a tribute or mentor and in the end I gave up caring.

For a huge part of this book to work, you had to believe in the romance Collins creates between Snow and Lucy Gray, and I can say I didn’t. In part 1 I definitely believed they had a connection, I just didn’t know what it was. And I wanted her to win the games and for them to be reunited but for me the romance just didn’t take off. Which then made the second half of the book fall a little flat in that aspect. I was just sitting there thinking ‘Am I really reading a book about Snows love life?’

There’s no doubt in my mind that Suzanne is a fantastic writer, I like the hints throughout that connected us to the Panem we know. And I think she chose the right time to set this book, but it was lacking excitement and intensity. We all know Suzanne can end chapters with brilliant cliffhangers (can we talk about Chapter 14 in The Hunger Games, I couldn’t turn the page fast enough) but in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, they didn’t have that same affect. I could recognise that she was trying to build up excitement and momentum, but it just didn’t happen. Suzanne also wrote a lot, A LOT, of songs for the book and while the song that ends of page 171 was beautiful and made me cry, by the end of had to read another song I would’ve entered the Games. It was to many.

Now shall we talk about the ending? Shall we? Oh trust me, we are going to. I guess all have to say it WHAT? I was wondering if the end would save the book. If it was building up to something shocking, some big twist but nope. It felt like it was but in fact it was strange ending, I actually reread it because I thought I’d missed something for that to happen, but again, nope. It was strange. I’m not saying too much to try and avoid spoilers. Also let’s be honest, it’s hard to read a book like this because ultimately we know how it ends, he doesn’t up with Lucy Gray and he becomes President.

Also because there was so much of the book I didn’t connect to like the romances, and the choices made by Snow and Lucy Gray at the end, I was just wonder if it’s enough to make Snow what he is in The Hunger Games. Or are we going to get another Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes book which will take his story further?

You know, when I was on page 323 a friend of mine messaged me and asked if I was enjoying it, and I replied that I don’t know. If your 3/4 of a way into one of your most anticipated reads of the year and you’re not sure if you’re enjoying it, I think it’s safe to say you’re probably not. But in saying that, I kept reading and parts of it I enjoyed. I would’ve liked the Hunger Games section to more detailed. I think ultimately I was just left feeling was this return to Panem justified? Was The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes actually needed?

Ahhh I hope it didn’t ramble on to much and it made some sort of sense. Do you agree with me? Or do you think I’ve missed the point of the book? Did you love it? Let me know.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is out now.

Until the next review

JTH

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WWW Wednesday- 20th May

I haven’t done one of these posts in such a long time. So I figured I’d have a go. It’s just a little update where I’m at with my reading.

What is WWW Wednesday? WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme where all you have to do is answer three simple questions. Look at me using the word meme! I feel so young!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you finished reading recently?
  • What are you planning to read next?

So let’s get started

What are you currently reading?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Well I have to be honest and say I’m not reading this. I’m still waiting for it to arrive. I’m literally sitting looking out of the window waiting for the postman to arrive. But I will be picking it up as soon as it arrives. I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time.

What have you finished reading recently?

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. I finished this late last night as I couldn’t put it down. While it took me a little while to get into it, once I did it was brilliant. It really did break my heart. This one is out August 6th.

What are you reading next?

I always find this question so hard because I never know what to read next, but I think I’m going to try and get through my arcs ‘The Great Godden’ by… I’ve heard nothing but good things and I want to experience it for myself. It’s out July 7th.

So that’s it, that’s my reading week I guess. I wonder how long it will take me to read ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’. I plan on doing nothing else.

Let me know what you’re reading.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘We Steal The Stars’ by Alexa Donne

Title: We Steal The Stars

Author: Alexa Doone

Length 379 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was thrilled to be sent this book. Look how gorgeous that cover is! I couldn’t wait to start it.

Synopsis: Engagement season is in the air, Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir time a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from finical ruin? But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies and past regrets.

In ‘The Stars We Steal’ we follow Princess Leonie ‘Leo’ as she enters the Valg Season, where she’s trying to find love to save her family from finically failing, whilst also not giving up on her first love and her own idea that could save her family. Doesn’t this sound like a good YA Book?

I liked this book. I did. I love the idea of the fading royals, and it being set in space but I just needed a bit more from this book.

‘The Stars We Steal’ was very predictable. You knew what was going to happen as soon as the book started. I feel like it tried to have a few plot twists to keep it interesting, but for me they didn’t really work. They weren’t surprising and I can’t even say they added anything to the story.

I have to say that none of the characters particularly stood out for me. I didn’t feel any attachment to them. The love story between Leo and Elliot was predictable, which isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to a romance if it feels passionate and true. For me, this one didn’t. It felt contrived and I didn’t even feel a connection between the two.

As I said before, I loved the idea of the fading royals and it being set in space, but neither aspect was really mentioned in detail. I would’ve loved to have known more. It such an original idea, that somehow ended up lacking originality. The ending also felt a bit rushed, it just suddenly reached a conclusion without much depth. In fact, this whole book needed more depth. Everything from the setting, characters, love story needed to be more fleshed out.

There were some positives to this book, I liked its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters. And it was a quick read, it didn’t take me very long at all.

You know, I don’t think this story was for me. But I’m sure lots of you will love this book.

Thank you to Titan Books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 4th.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘Infinity Son’ by Adam Silvera

Title: Infinity Son

Author: Adam Silvera

Length: 353 pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

⭐️⭐️

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Adam Silvera and Infinity Son has been on my radar for a while. I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to review it.

Synopsis: Two Brothers thrown into an epic war generations in the making. A fight for good and evil, between those born with power and those who took it. One brother had the power to end it all. The other will stop at nothing in his pursuit of glory. Who will live forever, and who will die trying?

Oh man, this book tried. It tried so hard. I could feel it wanting to be this new epic fantasy series. But for me, it sadly failed. And when I say sadly I truly mean it. I wanted to love it so badly, but I didn’t.

The story is set around Emil and his brother Brighton. Brighton is obsessed with the people who have powers and Emil becomes one of those people. It then introduces us to many (many) new characters and the story unfolds.

Ok, one of the problems I had with this book is when I say many characters, I really mean many. It’s told from the perspective of Four characters, Emil, Brighton, Maribella and, Ness. In all honesty I can’t even remember who Ness is!. I just felt like the characters could’ve been explored more, you never got know them at all and it made them bland and not likeable. It’s also got a lot of supporting characters that just make this book too jumbled

Speaking of jumbled, let’s talk about the magic shall we? There was a lot of magic in this book, I mean a lot! And it wasn’t cohesive. There was wands, Blood Casters, SpellWalkers, Phoenix’s, Celestials, Power Vests. I still honestly don’t know what half of it means. It felt like a group of eight year olds sat around and thought of every type of Magic they could think of and it’s been put in this book.

There needed to be a lot more world building, it feels like your just dropped in the middle with absolutely no explanation as to what’s going on. It didn’t take the time it needed to explain anything to the reader. It just jumped straight into the action, which was also messy and weird. With all the types of magic floating around it was bound to be! I also think at one point there was Phoenix fighting another animal in boxing ring! I honestly don’t even know!

This was Adams first time writing fantasy and you can absolutely tell. It felt amateurish. There was a sentence in the book that says ‘what the what, I’m flying’ and I remember thinking did I really just read. This man has written books so beautifully I’ve been reduced to tears and this one is making my roll me eyes. It was full of cliches and I don’t mind a good cliche, but when nothing else in the book is working they became extremely tedious. None of it felt original.

I did like that the main character of a fantasy novel is LGBTQ+, goodness knows it’s about time and we need more of this. And the ending did surprise me a little, I didn’t see it coming. So there’s two positives for you.

Overall, this book could’ve been good but it had far too many issues and was a bit of a mess. I can’t help but feel it needed to be more precise. It was to big and expansive. It’s supposed to be a trilogy (maybe that’s why the pacing was strange too?) so who knows what will happen in the next book. It does feel like it’s set up for a lot of things for book two. I just don’t know if I’ll read it. We can only hope for better.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out January 14th.

Until the next review

JTH

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Holiday Book Haul

Another Holiday season has come and gone. Don’t they fly by so fast? I didn’t get much reading done (I did however eat a lot but that’s another story).

I was extremely lucky to receive some books as gifts (is there a better gift than books?). My sister and Dad were extremely kind to me. So it thought I’d do a little blog post about the books I got.

So here goes…

First of all I got the Sequel to ‘The Poppy War’ which is ‘The Dragon Republic’ by R.F. Kuang. Of course I haven’t even read the first one, but I like to wait until a whole series is out.

I also got, Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I literally asked for this one because of they hype around it. But I’m excited to read it. And the sequel comes out soon, so I better get reading.

I also got the 20th Anniversary Edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I of course got my house, which is Slytherin, so it’s got beautiful sprayed Edges. I can’t wait to have the whole collection. They’re so beautiful.

Next up I got ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up The Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel. I’m a huge historical fiction fan, so I can’t wait to read these. 4th Estate released new edition (which are beautiful) to match the third instalment (The Mirror and the Light) which comes out later this year.

‘We Hunt The Flame’ by Hafsah Faisal was another book I got. I just want a new YA fantasy series to sink my teeth into and this seemed like a good option. Let’s hope I’m not wrong.

‘The Starless Sea’ by Erin Morgenstern. This book just sounds so beautiful. I’ve heard great things about it and it’s pretty high up on my tbr.

I also got ‘Lord of Shadows’ by Cassandra Clare. I mean I had to get this book. I won books one and three but for some reason not two. Well thankfully I do now.

A non-fiction book I got is called ‘The Five’ by Hallie Rubenhold. This just sounds fantastic. It’s the story of the five women Jack the Ripper killed. I’m trying to read more non-fiction this year.

A friend I’ve made on bookstagram (@instantreader) and Twitter (@blondeguy05) we decided to participate in a Christmas gift exchange and I was very lucky he bought my ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinback. I can’t wait to read this one.

Such a great book haul this year. I’m incredibly grateful. If I wasn’t a book blogger I’d say I don’t need to buy any more books for a while. But that would be a down right lie.

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review: ‘Crooked Kingdom’ by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Crooked Kingdom

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Length: 536 pages

Publisher: Orion

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Having read ‘Six of Crows’ and having it finish on such a cliffhanger, as I’m sure you can imagine I couldn’t wait to read ‘Crooked Kingdom’.

Kaz Bekkker and his crew pulled off a heist so daring they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies and hope. As old rivals and new enemies descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of jurda parem – a dangerous substance capable of altering the very fabric of Grisha magic – Kaz’s cunning and this team’s fragile loyalties are tested to their limits. A war will be waged within the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the future of magic and the fate of the world.

‘I would’ve come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and now matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.

Where I thought ‘Six of Crows’ started slowly, this book couldn’t be more the opposite. It picked up right where number one left off and started the action straight away.

The plot of this book is fantastic. I was a little worried it wouldn’t live up to the story in number one, but in my opinion, it exceeds it. It was extremely clever. That’s what I liked best about it. The story went places I didn’t imagine it would. The characters got themselves in situations and they were dealt with in a genius way. It was just great story telling. Yes, there were twists and turns and I never knew what was going to happen and I loved it. Absolutely loved it.

Where this book really shines, is it’s characters. It’s not often you read a book with Six main characters and you literally love them all. Seriously love them. When they’re all together, this book is magic. It’s when it’s best. Their chemistry is on fire. The dialogue is funny, it made laugh out loud. It made it so real. Now, is it a little cliche to have all the characters involved in romances? Yes. Does it matter? No. They were amazing. It was electric. I was rooting for them all to happen. The chemistry flew off the page.

I wasn’t a fan of the Grisha world after reading the original Grisha trilogy, but Six of Crows made me change my mind. Crooked Kingdom made me love it. It adds another layer to this story. It gets darker. The descriptions of Ketterdam are lush, vivid and evocative. It’s the great writing.

Now, can we please discuss that ending? First of all, I’m going to say I’m glad it happened. It needed it. It’s what pushed this book to brilliant. I’m so glad Leigh Bardugo didn’t go for the easy option. I’m not gonna give any spoilers as I know some people haven’t read this book yet. STOP READING NOW TO AVOID A SPOILER, but Nina lying next to Mathias’s body as it sails away at the end is so moving. It’s breathtaking imagery, that I won’t be able forget. I will say it had me crying in the bath. I was full on ugly crying everyone. How can a book ending be both heartbreaking, sweet yet so satisfying?

I seriously can’t recommend this book, this duology enough. I’m so glad I gave it a chance! Let me know if you loved this book?

Until the next review

JTH

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Book Review: ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Length: 491 pages

Publisher: Orion

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Now, this is one of those books that has a lot of hype around it. But it will it live up to it?

Synopsis: Criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker has been offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court – a military stronghold that has never been breached – and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean riches beyond Kaz’s wildest dreams, but he can’t pull alone… Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Together they might just be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

She’d laughed, and if he could’ve bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would’ve. It terrified him.’

I’ve had these books on my shelves for a while. I bought them simply because of the hype. But first I read the Grisha trilogy (Shadow and Bone Series) because they are set before Six of Crows, you get to know the world and the magic. But, I have to be honest and I didn’t like the series or the world Leigh Bardugo had created, but I was still prepared to give these a go.

Now this book started off pretty slowly. Very slowly in fact. It was struggle to get into. I was considering putting it down and not picking it back up (and I never DNF). I began thinking it’s just like its predecessors.

Around chapter 8, this book really picked up. It was like a whole new book. I began to really enjoy reading it. The plot finally got going. The actual heist is exciting to read. It’s full of action scenes and they are so well written. Sometimes I can find action scenes a bit tedious, but I didn’t experience this at all with Six of Crows. They were fast paced, epic and clever.

The best thing about this book is it’s characters. I loved them all. Once you get into the story and their personalities shine through, they really are fantastic. Each chapter is told from a different characters perspective and I enjoyed each one equally. They all have individual voices, so you know which character you’re reading. The dialogue is fantastic. It’s so sharp and funny, it had me laughing out loud. They also give the book real depth and in turn elevates the plot. It’s brilliant.

Theres also a few hints at romance between some of the characters in the book. Which is exciting. I’m hoping we’re going to see more of this in book two.

This whole book build towards the ending and I really enjoyed how it ended. It had a few twists and turns. It was satisfying ending, yet set up the story for book two perfectly.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s got everything. I’m so glad I stuck with it. Can it be rewritten as ‘Seven of Crows’ just so I can be a character?

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: ‘Reverie’ by Ryan La Sala

Title: Reverie

Author: Ryan La Sala

Length: 416 pages

Publisher: SourceFire Books

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was so happy to be granted this book from Netgalley. I’d seen it everywhere and was desperate to read it.

Synopsis: All Kane Montgomery knows is that the police found him half-dead in river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different. As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialise out of nowhere-the gym wraps into a subterranean temple, a historical hike nearby blooms into a Victorian romance filled with rife and scandal – Kane realises that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

Doesn’t this synopsis sound great? Well let me tell you that this book is great.

Now, I don’t really read much fantasy, don’t ask me why, but this book made me want to read more. What an original, fresh idea. Loved the fact that the characters had to play out the reveries until it was the right time to end them. Such a clever idea. Loved how it was explored to. I feel like we could have sequels, with them dealing with more reveries! I’d read them that’s for sure.

We see the story through Kane’s perspective, and because he’s just woken up from a coma and remembers nothing, he’s in the same boat as the reader, so this helps to understand what’s going on because it’s a complex world.

This book is queer AF. It was heaven! A gay main character, who’s unapologetically himself. A lot of you gay men will see themselves in this character and I think that’s so important. Representation matters. It’s so refreshing. That’s right it’s not the sassy sidekick or the gay who’s super masculine so it’s okay. Kane also gets a little romance that I won’t spoil for you, but I sooo wanted more of this. There were so many more queer aspects to this book that I don’t want to spoil for you, but when you read it just revel in them.

I also found this book really suspenseful. I didn’t know wether to believe Kane’s friends or Posey. I never knew what was going to happen next. I was never sure if they were all going to get out of every situation and I loved it. It kept me guessing, kept me hooked until the end. And the ending wasn’t a let down!

I will say this book did take me a little while to get into, but once I did, I didn’t want to put it down. It was such a fun, new, suspenseful book that carries an important message.

Thanks to Netgalley and SourceFire books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out December 3rd.

Until the next review

JTH