A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer
This book was an excellent reminder of why I love young adult fantasy so much. It was mysterious and fun. I loved the characters. And although it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, trust me, it’s not as cheesy as you may expect.
Harper living in a modern day DC, by accident comes to the cursed fairy-tale world of arrogant prince Rhen… Well, you know the plot of Beauty and the Beast…
I loved all of the funny sarcastic conversations, all the strengths, stubbornness and flaws, that these characters had. I’ve read it with so much pleasure! 4,5/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
CIRCLE OF SHADOWS by Evelyn Skye
This one was my least favourite book of the summer, I think. It was like a bad retelling of a book you’ve already read sometime ago, you just can’t remember exactly what was that book. It has all the right details of YA fantasy, but it felt… too much, too forced. I couldn’t feel the vibe of that strange world with all that complicated magic. Sorry… 2/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall
I love psychological thrillers, I liked this one too.
Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from her classmate Maria, who, she believes, had died many years ago. And now she’s afraid. The question is WHY? What did Louise do to Maria in the past, why is she afraid that her classmate could actually still be alive, aaand what does Maria want from her?
The main topic of this book, I’d say, is bullying, but it touches many serious topics like friendship, self worthiness, parent relationships with their kids, place in society and many more.
I’ve guessed the ending pretty quick, actually, but it had some unexpected details and I was just dragged into this story from the start. 3/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
What made this book interesting to me, was that it’s a real person’s story (well, at least it’s based on a true story, that’s why it’s categorised as historical fiction, but it’s pretty authentic tho) . A glimpse to a very painful history period.
The book was meaningful and I’m happy I’ve read it, but one thing I didn’t enjoy, was the author’s writing style. I don’t know… Something was wrong about it. Not very comprehensive, I’d say. 3/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE FAMILIARS by Stacey Halls
My favourite book of the year so far.
The year 1612. 17 year old girl named Fleetwood, married, fourth time pregnant. She already lost all of her children during the pregnancies before. Now she desperately wants to give her husband the heir.
Young and mysterious midwife of hers is accused of witchcraft, but Fleetwood tries to safe her from hanging, as two of them became friends. In all the drama that’s happening around them, seems like they can only trust one another.
This book is FILLED with lot of things.
Romance, family issues, woman’s place in 17th century (although the main character Fleetwood, in many ways, was much braver than it was usual at that time), history of witch hunting, english culture… LOVED IT.
THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton
That was an interesting read for sure. The concept was amazing. A thriller… or should I say, a puzzle book.
For 7 days Aiden Bishop is absorbed into 7 different bodies.
Each day he wakes up in a different man’s body so he could see that day through a different perspective and solve the mystery – who, at the end of the day, kills Evelyn Hardcastle.
The prize for solving the murder – Aiden Bishop’s freedom to be himself and not trapped in someone else’s body (and mind, in a way), waking up the same day over and over again. If he fails, he starts the seven days over…
Everything was fine except one thing – the feeling I had while reading this book. It was like I’m trapped in someone’s nightmare and can’t escape it. I had so many bad emotions I can’t even tell you. 😕
The atmosphere was strong! 😆 3/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️