Good morning bookworms!
Today is my 400th post!! 😱 That feels like a lot, so I thought I’d mention it. 🎉
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post is ‘F, G, H, I, J’! Yes, we are making our way through the alphabet. Last week’s post of A-E is HERE. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!
OK, F is for The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic. I mean, really, as if I’m not going to take any opportunity to scream about Andrew (and Neil I guess…) in a post. Look, if you haven’t read this series and you think you might be interested, let me lay some ground rules for you. It’s NA/Adult content. There is a rape scene (not between the two mc’s). It’s m/m romance, in a super slow-burn, enemies to lovers way. There is a LOT of violence, including gun violence and torture. There’s really bad, abuseful parenting. There’s a lot of sport. This series is not for the faint of heart, but the deeper story of found family is (in my mind) worth the rest.
Weirdly, G has been the hardest to pick so far, but I got it down to two. Nope, I cannot choose between these two books. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd is a beautifully enchanting fairytale for YA set in France (Paris and the countryside). It’s about a witch who makes ‘beasties’, animals turned into humans. Anouk, our MC, is one of those beasties, and her world is turned upside-down when their witch is killed. Because the spell will only last 48 hours after the death. What will Anouk and her friends do to save their freedom?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is a historical fiction (with a splash of the fantastical). Monty and Percy are on a kind of old school ‘gap year’ where they are touring Europe before they go on to university and learning to run an estate, etc. The problem though, is that Monty just seems to find trouble wherever he goes. And so ensues not the calm tour they were expecting, but a tearing race across Europe to unlock the clues to solve the mystery, with a little bit of love in between.
H is for (I mean, it’s for The Hating Game, but you’ve heard me screaming about it since I read it, so I thought I might change it up for you…) The Heist by Janet Evanovich. The first in a new series (Fox and O’Hare), where Kate O’Hare is an FBI agent chasing the world’s most notorious con-man, Nick Fox. Except when she does, the FBI have a very different type of punishment in mind for Nick than Kate is happy to accept. They must become partners to take down much bigger fish. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a bit of steamy lust between the two of them!
I is for Illuminae, and if you don’t know what that is then you must have been raised by wolves that live under a rock in the middle of nowhere. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s debut space trilogy series is an absolute must-read for all YA readers, and probably everyone else as well. The format is unique and slightly terrifying to look at, but I found that it doesn’t actually take away from the story at all!
J is hard! Ok, I’m going with Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (which was technically published as On the Jellicoe Road, but only in Australia… we need more words because we are further south… or something). So, this is the story of Taylor who was abandoned by her mother 6 years ago. Currently at a boarding school, Taylor’s past, which she tried so hard to bury, has started to emerge when her best friend, Hannah, goes missing. Also, there’s a boy. Look, this isn’t my fave Marchetta book, but it’s still good. If I had to pick though, Looking for Alibrandi is always my go to.