Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
I had to put this book down so many times to stop myself from crying. I mean the writing was gorgeous and the relationship formation was the most adorable thing I have ever read in my life and the character situations were tragic and contrasting and I loved the dual POV and the character diversity.
So yeah: 5 shuriken stars.
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
This book is like a big stinking pile of sugar. It’s like a sugar high. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but it’s just so cheesy (oh god, look at me, mixing flavours like that). Didn’t stop me from reading it, though, because it was very fun (and very frustrating – like come on Anna of course he fancies you you’re the protagonist). But I was looking for a cheesy rom com and I found a cheesy rom com so I can’t really complain.
3.5 shuriken stars.
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
I like this series, but I’m still not in love with it. It’s all quite calm at the moment. I never feel very much tension in anything that’s happening, and I don’t feel particularly invested in any of the characters (though I do like Olive and Horace).
I still want to pick up the next book, because it’s an enjoyable series and I love the format of the photographs in the story, but I am still waiting for that emotional click.
4 shuriken stars.
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
Where have you been all my life?
The world was clever. The dialogue was amazing. The drawing style is fantastic. The characters though… don’t even get me started on how much I love the characters and their relationships. I was also really impressed by the plotting, because I came for the humour, but I was blown away by the themes and where the story went. Oh, and I was close to tears by the end.
The best part is that you can preview it online for free right now, so go do that if you haven’t!
5 shuriken stars.
The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
I’m wary to tell you anything about this one, but I really liked it. There’s a ‘twist’ (though quite an obvious one, hence the air quotes), and it’s good. Also another really emotional one, with an interesting unreliable narrator and I liked the use of time-jumps (though are they called flashbacks if the whole book is technically a flashback?).
4.5 shuriken stars.