Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book follows the story of Simon who is gay but still in the closet. However, his secret is threatened when one of his classmates finds the emails he has been sending to Blue and blackmails him into becoming his wingman. Not only is Simon’s secret on the line but the identity of Blue is also threatened. I really enjoyed this book and it was perfect reading for the couple of snow days we got in the UK in February. I loved reading from Simon’s point of view and seeing his growth throughout the book as well as seeing the dynamics between him, his friends and his family. Overall this was a really fun and entertaining read and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
This book follows the stories of Lira, who is the daughter of the sea queen and is known to humans as The Prince’s Bane and Prince Elian who is the heir to Midas and spends his time at sea killing sirens and The Prince’s Bane is number one on his list. This book was one of my most anticipated of the year and also the biggest disappointment so far. It has so much potential but it just fell flat for me. I liked Lira’s cutthroat attitude but I wanted more from her, I wasn’t a fan of Elian. I was not invested in their romance at all and I couldn’t care less about the rest of Elian’s crew. At points I even found this to be quite boring. Though I did like the diversity as Elian and his family are dark skinned. Overall I gave this two stars as I liked the premise of the story but don’t think it was undertaken very well.
“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”
Truthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard
I was vey on the fence about picking these books up but was pleasantly surprised by them. The first book was quite confusing at the beginning and felt a bit more like it was a continuation to another book and not the first in a series but once I got a few chapters in I started to enjoy it. I really liked the characters of Safiya, a Truthwitch who is on the run as people want to use her power for their own gain and Iseult, a threadwitch who has made it her duty to protect Safiya. I loved their friendship and the fact that they were so supportive of each other and would do anything to protect each other. This series follows the points of view of many different characters and while their was no one I didn’t like I was definitely more invested in the stories of Iseult and Aeduan, who is a bloodwitch hunting Safiya. Overall I enjoyed these books and gave them both 3.5 stars.
“It was the circle of perfect motion. Of the light-bringer and dark-giver, the world-starter and shadow-ender. Of initiation and completion. It was the symbol of the Cahr Awen.”
Have you read these books? What did you think of them?