Yes I know it's August. It's been a month okay, a very long and tiring month. But I read some amazing books in June and I still love them now. In fact I don't think I've stopped talking about some of the books I read in June! I found some firm favourites.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
I loved the second instalment in this companion series even more than the first. Down Among the Sticks and Bones took the darkness from Every Heart a Doorway and amplified it by a dozen. it was wonderfully creepy. This one is set in a portal world called the Moors and tells the origin story of two characters from EHADW. Two of my favourites in all honesty! Like the first this book has wonderful diversity and a plot to match. I need to get my hands on Beneath the Sugar Sky ASAP.
Eliza and Her Monsters will be one of my favourites for years to come. It spoke to my heart in a way I can't remember many other books doing so. It's huge for a contemporary novel and even then I flew through it. I adored every character, how flawed and just how human they were. I feel like this is a book for everyone, to label it as YA is to do it a disservice. It looks at what it means to be a creator in any capacity and how sometimes that can trap you. It can become a burden and not a joy. Be you an illustrator, writer, photographer, anything. Everyone should read this.
I wanted to love this so so much. I tend to find myself draw to novels with cults or cult themes. I find the concept of a central charismatic leader that has almost absolute control fascinating. Alas, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I wanted. There was a lack of plot, it was very stream of consciousness and in some aspects almost magical realism. I wish I'd liked this more.
Another book that has made it's way into my heart and taken root. I adored Frat Girl for all that it stood for. It was an unapologetic look into feminism, both it's pros and cons all packaged in a wonderfully hilarious YA novel. I can't count the amount of times I was in a state of hysterics reading this. It's impressive thought that a book this funny also managed to be scarily relevant. This book touches on sexual assault, toxic masculinity, the problem with 'femin-nazis' etc. Omg read it.