El’s Favourites!

I shout about books I love an awful lot, but I thought here would be a great place to highlight some of my absolute favourites!

REVIEW | Just Like Home | Sarah Gailey

Horror thrillers with a pretty pink cover. This book was made for me and Andee and I absolutely adored it. Every book I read from Sarah Gailey is better than the one before and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

REVIEW | Legends and Lattes | Travis Baldree

I read this book while I was sick with covid and I honestly think this novel has curative powers. I read the entire thing in one sitting and once I was done I wanted to lie down and bask in it for the rest of my life. I hope that this novel and its well-deserved hype prompts a whole genre of cozy, low-stakes fantasy because this is everything I didn’t know I was looking for.

REVIEW | The Dance Tree | Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I read and loved THE MERCIES, which was my first introduction to Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s work. THE DANCE TREE is similar in tone and themes to THE MERCIES, and I can’t wait to have them next to each other on my shelves. I think I might like THE DANCE TREE even more than THE MERCIES, which is saying something – THE MERCIES was previously my favourite historical fiction ever.

BLOG TOUR REVIEW | Misrule | Heather Walter | Malice #2

I have, unfortunately, had a few months of disappointing sequels, so when I got sent the absolutely stunning physical ARC of Misrule, I was equal parts excited and scared. I loved Malice the first time I read it, and when I reread it in preparation for Misrule, I loved it even more. And Heather Walter? She knocked it out of the park. This sequel absolutely stuck the landing.

REVIEW | Nettle and Bone | T. Kingfisher

I’ve been obsessed with T. Kingfisher’s horror since I read The Hollow Places, and I requested this one thinking it was a horror – it isn’t but it is a great introduction to T. Kingfisher’s fantasy and I’m already adding more to my wishlist for my birthday. This dark fairytale was a lot more heart-warming than I expected and I’m utterly in love with these characters.

REVIEW | The Thousand Eyes | A.K. Larkwood | The Serpent Gates #2

I absolutely adored THE UNSPOKEN NAME when I first read it, and loved it even more on the reread. This was one of my most anticipated 2022 releases, so I was delighted when Tor sent me a finished copy to read and review. I started reading the audiobook, but ended up swapping to the physical copy because I felt the overwhelming urge to tab as I went – which I have only ever done for Harrow the Ninth before. That should tell you how much I loved this sequel.

REVIEW | You’ll Be the Death of Me | Karen M. McManus

I insta-buy Karen McManus’ books as a matter of course now so when I got my hands on an early review copy of YOU’LL BE THE DEATH OF ME I was so excited. I’ve never seen Ferris Bueller, but that didn’t stop this rocketing up to be my favourite McManus thriller as I read it in one sitting.

Rating: 5 stars.

REVIEW | Vespertine | Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns was one of the first eARCs that I read, and the day I finished it I ordered An Enchantment of Ravens because I was enchanted (excuse the pun) with Margaret Rogerson’s writing. Since then, she’s been an insta-buy author for me, and this has just solidified my decision. As much as I love Sorcery of Thorns, Vespertine is definitely my new favourite.

Rating: 5 stars!

REVIEW | The Last Graduate | Naomi Novik | Scholomance #2

When The Last Graduate showed up on my doorstep, I threw out my entire TBR to jump into it as soon as possible. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest, though I think it’s possible that waiting for the third book might kill me. The Last Graduate picks up exactly where A Deadly Education left off, with barely seconds passing, so I highly recommend rereading as the back-to-back experience is excellent.

Rating: 5 stars!

REVIEW | Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir

The Martian is undeniably one of my favourite books, so I was so hyped for Project Hail Mary. As soon as the audiobook was available, I jumped straight into it, knowing I loved The Martian’s audiobook so much. And Project Hail Mary? It did not disappoint. This is going on the favourite book list for sure.

Rating: 5 stars.

REVIEW | Lore | Alexandra Bracken

I was absolutely heartbroken when I didn’t get an ARC of this one (et tu Hachette) and so as soon as this one released I listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting whilst doing a particularly evil jigsaw. As long as it still counts as one sitting if I had to keep pausing it to pace in and out of the living room to yell about how stressed I was over this incredible Greek mythology based story.

Rating: 5 stars!

REVIEW | Cute Mutants Volume 2: Young, Gifted and Queer | SJ Whitby

I love these superqueeroes, and this is absolutely my favourite discovery of 2020. I adore this series and each book is better than the one before. I reviewed Cute Mutants Vol 1: Mutant Pride on the blog, here, and I’ve got a review of Cute Mutants Vol 3: The Demon Queer Saga coming out soon! These are an insta buy for me, and I recommend them highly.

Rating: 5 stars!

BLOG TOUR REVIEW | Cute Mutants Volume 1: Mutant Pride | SJ Whitby

There’s an outside chance that this might be my perfect book. Sapphics, mutants, a sentient bat and Pillow. If you like funny, nerdy prose and superqueero characters, this is your perfect book too. Not to mention look at that cover, all three volumes (two released and one upcoming) have covers as beautiful as the content.

Rating: 5 stars


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