Every few weeks or so (really just whenever I feel like it) I will post a whole bunch of mini-reviews of some of my recent reads.
Here is my first lot which were over the last 1-2 weeks. Let me know your thoughts on these books or if you haven’t read them yet, if you’re interested in picking them up!
Jump (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams
UMMMMMM WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS BOOK WAS SO AWESOME?!
I think it’s been quite a long time since I read anything dystopian or science fiction, so I’m officially mad at myself because this was SO GOOD.
Interesting fact: I actually met Sean Williams a few years ago on a panel where he was talking about this book!
I don’t remember too much from that interview but he was so funny and he made some great points about readers/reviewers that I carry with me to this day.
Also for y’all who are semi-interested in picking up ‘Jump’, Sean Williams is actually from Adelaide in South Australia! So we’ve got ourselves an extremely rare #loveozya science-fiction writer!
Yellow by Megan Jacobson
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally read ‘Yellow’. I remember exactly when it came out and how excited I was to read it, and yet it has literally been years since its release and only now have I read it *smh*
Clearly I have made some poor choices in judgement.
When someone mentioned the phonebox in this book to me, I kid-you-not, I thought this was going to be a superhero book. ALAS, there were no superheroes *sighs*
Instead though, we did get a really really good contemporary story that suckers you in at first page. (First sight)
The characters in ‘Yellow’ were fresh and hilariously adorable. There wasn’t a focus on romantic relationships, but rather in friends + family, which was really cool.
Plus while all of this contemporary-related stuff is going on there was a really interesting mystery going on behind the scenes.
If y’all want a mystery-contemporary in your lives, you should check this one out!
#famous by Jilly Gagnon
THIS WAS SO GOOD.
I actually listened to this on audiobook and it made it all the difference.
I went into ‘#famous’ not knowing a thing about it, so you can imagine my surprise (and delight) that it was based on the whole ‘Alex from Target’ meme.
The way that Jilly Gagnon was able to give us such a cute potrayal of that meme and what may have been going on behind the scenes, was amazing.
I’m not exactly sure what else to say about this actually because I did love it so much.
I guess the only other thing I have to say, is that I loved the fact that it really humanized all the people wrapped up in the story. It was interesting to hear about the story told somewhat realistically than from the artificial front which is often posed to the public.
Go find this audiobook now!
Love-Shy by Lili Wilkinson
This was incredibly sweet and adorable.
We don’t often see characters like Penny in YA fiction or Middle-Grade fiction and so it’s nice to have this breath of fresh air.
It was such a nice, simple read that took basically no time at all and makes you chuckle in parts to yourself. Would definitely recommend this to a younger YA reader, not necessarily an older one just because it is a bit simplistic.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON ALL ZE BOOKS:
Okay, so I literally just realised that 3 of the 4 books on this list were Australian YA titles! What a great effort amiright? The funny thing is, I didn’t even plan for that to happen!
I didn’t hate ANY of these books and I’m totally counting that as a win. (Okay that sounded really negative but you get me…right?) They were all super cute, except maybe Jump, but I think there was a point for that, hahaha!
ANYWAYS, as I said up the top, let me know what YOU thought of these books. I wanna know 🙂