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.