Wilder Girls ★★★★★ Rory Power A group of girls are trapped at an island boarding school as their bodies mutate and change underneath them. In trying to consider why this book worked so well for me, I keep coming back to this: This is one of the most chilling books I have ever read. (If you’re really … More Complicated Thoughts on Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Kind Worth Killing ★★★★★ Peter Swanson Two strangers meet on a plane. The man, Ted, begins talking about his cheating wife, Miranda. The woman, Lily, says she deserves it, and offers her help. And they build a plan to kill his wife. Ted, though, might get a bit more than he bargained for when … More Reasons to Read: The Kind Worth Killing
Maurice ★★★★★ E.M. Forster The second dream is more difficult to convey. Nothing happened. He scarcely saw a face, scarcely heard a voice say, “That is your friend,” and then it was over, having filled him with beauty and taught him tenderness. He could die for such a friend, he would allow such a friend … More Reasons to Read: Maurice by E.M. Forster
This Is How You Lose the Time War ★★★★★ Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone But when I think of you, I want to be alone together. I want to strive against and for. I want to live in contact. I want to be a context for you, and you for me. I love you, and … More Reasons to Read: This Is How You Lose the Time War
The Likeness ★★★★★ Tana French This absolutely changed me as a person. We follow Cassie Maddox as she attempts to solve the murder of a woman using her stolen identity… and goes undercover as the woman herself.
The Power ★★☆☆☆ Naomi Alderman One morning, women all over the world begin developing a power: electricity, running through their fingers. The ensuing cataclysm, framed by documentation from the future, comes from four characters. There’s Roxy, 15-year-old white British daughter of a gangster; Tunde, a Nigerian journalist (the only man who narrates); Margot, an … More For Personal Reasons, I Will Be Crawling Into a Hole with My Disappointment Over The Power
Magic for Liars ★★★★★ Sarah Gailey Magic for Liars follows private investigator Ivy Gamble as she investigates a death in the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, the workplace of her sister and a location she has envied for years. While she’s living a life she thinks of as simple, her sister is a famous and talented teacher. … More Fantasy Tropes and Sibling Rivalry in Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Code Name Verity ★★★☆☆ Elizabeth Wein When Caitlin from my local bookstore recommended Code Name Verity to me (in the category of ‘historical fiction + kinda gay), she told me that 1) I would be obsessed, and 2) I would want to reread this book as soon as I finished it. She was right about both. … More Reasons to Read: Code Name Verity
Release ★★★★★ Patrick Ness Release follows preacher’s-son Adam through one day of his life, as he attempts to find closure with his ex. The subjects are small moments: a final party, only significant to Adam. The discussion of homophobia in this was so much and I don’t even really know why it hit me that hard. … More Release by Patrick Ness (and Why It Made Me Cry)
Barbed Wire Heart ★★★★★ Tess Sharpe In Barbed Wire Heart, we follow Harley as she attempts to con half a county into fighting each other and pushing the corrupt out of power. And also kills some rapists along the way.
The Winner’s Curse ★★★☆☆ Marie Rutkoski People in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark. I guess we’re back on the bandwagon of reading 2010s-published YA fantasy that I missed out on when I was probably in the right age range to appreciate it. It is with gladness in my heart that I say … More Some Thoughts on Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse
Midnight Robber ★★★★★ Nalo Hopkinson This is a very very good sci-fi book about trauma and building a new identity. (Also, yes, it did take me 3 months to review this, and yes, a bunch of it is vaguely colloquialized excerpts from my synthesis paper. Oops.)
Fortune Smiles ★★☆☆☆ Adam Johnson Yes the title is a joke but I swear you’ll understand.
At the Edge of the Universe ★★★☆☆ Shaun David Hutchinson how I feel about this book:
Less ★★★★☆ Andrew Sean Greer Once you’ve actually been in love, you can’t live with “will do”; it’s worse than living with yourself. This book made me so much more emotional than I expected.