Hello, readers! Here’s a quick recap of the books I read this month. I technically read 3 books only but I will include this one particular book that I read last month simply because it’s a MUST-READ.
It’s been a very slow phase, frankly. I got so unmotivated to read or to do anything else for quite a while (which I plan to discuss soon). But I’m here now and I’ll try to get back to my reading game. 😉
Anyhoo, I will make my reviews short and precise. Ergo…
1. FINAL GIRLS BY RILEY SAGER
FIRST THERE WERE THREE
The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma.
THEN THERE WERE TWO
But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or…
CAN THERE ONLY EVER BE ONE? All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.
‘Final Girls’ is an old school trope for bloody crime thrillers – a girl who survived a massacre and lived to tell the tale. But what makes it still refreshing to read is how the author manages to build a climax that blew me away. It’s an easy book to read because the chapters are quite short.
But the last 100 pages or so has the best parts! I call a thriller’s twist the “WTF moment” and this book has it for sure! It has the recipe to keep me entertained, it is dark and gory but it still feels like something is missing to make it a jam-packed thriller.
I think it’s how it actually ends. It doesn’t feel like a conclusion, it feels vague and rushed. Something that doesn’t justify the major plot twist. Nonetheless, this is a book that I would still recommend specially if you are new in this genre and you need an adrenaline read.
2. UNCONVENTIONAL BY MAGGIE HARDCOURT
Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.
In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love.
It’s been a very, very long time since I read a contemporary romance and truthfully, I don’t expect anything new anymore. ‘Unconventional‘ has the usual premise of perfect-girl meets mysterious-boy. But what made me decide to go with it was the setting. It’s a love story set in a BOOK CONVENTION – who doesn’t want that?! Two people who geek out about books and cosplay and all those stuff that only the two of them could comprehend. It was a mix of teenage drama and giddy moments!
It’s a light book to read so you can pick it up when you’re traveling or when you’re headed to the beach! Perfect for summer. 🙂
3. WOMAN NO. 17 BY EDAN LEPUCKI
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles.
Writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir.
In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S.’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear.
If you love art, you can relate to this. But that’s not it’s all about.
There is something about this book that pulls you instantly. It’s a mix of domestic thriller and drama that reminds me of a sepia-toned film where everyone is posh while the artists have messy hair with cigarettes – except that they look like they belong to an Alfred Hitchcock film. That alone made me swoon.
But it also speaks of other elements like dealing with selective autism and toxic relationships. I wish they spoke more about the solution, though. That was a let down for me.
It really is all over the place but it still has an element of surprise that will keep you invested until the last page. If you are into messy plot lines and your cup of tea is a love-hate relationship with the characters, then this is for you.
4. The Hate U Give BY ANGIE THOMAS
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
I read this last month but I have to include it here because this book is an eye-opener, specially in this “millenial era“, we need books like this.
There are books that will entertain you just for the sake of it because it’s fictitious and there are books that inform you because they mirror the society’s BS. This book belongs to the latter.
I firmly believe that this is an important book made for YA adult readers BUT also for everyone no matter the age. It is a perfect answer to BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and at the same time a perfect way to reach out to people across continents that THIS situation happens. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. That’s why it’s important to spread awareness because through it, we also become aware to never judge people according to race, sex and religion.
Again, read this book.
THAT’S all, friends! Have you read any of these? What was your favorite read this month? Let me know! 🙂