Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well!
Lately, I have happened to stumble across some book finds that were 5 star reads for me, which I feel I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing in a long while! In this post, I am going to talk about 3 books that I enjoyed that I read recently.
The first being
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevado
If you have read my Poet X post, you know that I have a new found love for this author, and this love does continue into this book as well. This book is unique and special. The story is following to sisters, Yahaira, and Camino who do not know each other exist. Yahaira lives in the United States and Camino lives in the Dominican republic and what ends up bringing them together is the passing of their father. This tragedy causes the other identities are being brought to light. Throughout the book, we see how these two sisters live completely different lives before being brought together. Their struggles, how they handle grief and their day to day life. It is truly stunning. This book is sad but it’s still enjoyable.
It’s not something I would suggest binging, but reading a little by little. I chose to go the physical book for this route, but I hear the audiobook is just as fantastic. If you are looking for something to pull at your heartstrings a bit, I would definitely suggest this read.
*TW for sexual assault.
The second book that I picked up was
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
You guys, this book….. BLEW ME AWAY. I have been craving a Middle grade-level book lately, they are always whimsical and a fun an easy read, which this was, but it was so much more. We follow a character named Sophie who is known as her school’s prodigy child, she is 12 years old and is planning to go to college next year until her world is thrown upside down when she meets a boy named Fitz who tells her she is not human and she is an Elf and their society have been looking for her for a long time. Sophie has always been a bit odd, she can hear what others are thinking and he was the first person to make her realize she isn’t weird, that she has the powers of a telepath.
All of this newfound news sends Sophie into a wild new journey, learning how to fit in with this new Elvish society while learning to harness her powers of telepathy while uncovering her past and who her true parents and identity are.
You guys, I could not put this book DOWN! Everything about this book is done so well, the characters, world-building, conflict ALL OF IT. It was so enjoyable and I couldn’t recommend it more. Sophie is such a good character and I really can’t wait to read more about her. I already have the second book on hold at my library and I can’t wait to dive into it.
If you have children and are trying to get them into a book, I would suggest this one, or if you are looking for a good book to get lost into, without it being too complex, this is it. I could not recommend this ENOUGH. Such a good story and it came to a great ending as well.
The final book I want to mention is one I have had my eye on for months and that is
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
So this one has a little bit of a backstory.
I have tried listening to this book 3 times and I could NOT get into it. The narrator was just not my cup of tea, I kept getting bored so I kept returning it back to Libby.
I didn’t want to give up though, everyone keeps recommending this author to me and I wanted to understand the hype. Why is V.E Schwab so many readers’ favorite author of all time? So I picked up the physical copy for my local library and you guys…..
I get it now. Her writing is something magical. It truly is. She has a way of taking you on a ride that you didn’t even know you signed up for. She blew me away writing style ALONE, but the story made it even better. I have never read anything like this.
A Darker Shade of Magic focuses on the main character Kell who is known as an Antari, which is (simply put for the sake of this post) a mage granted with a special talent of traveling between worlds specifically different Londons. The setting is a big part of this story, there are 4 Londons, Red London, where Kell is from, Grey London, and White London. There used to be a Black London but it was consumed by magic. Being an Antari gives you the ability to travel through these Londons while no one else can. Due to the fall of Black London, the gates were removed leaving only the two Antari left (Kell being one of them) to pass messages from their leaders. I am not going to go into it more than this, which is basically touching the surface because I will spoil it. If you are looking for a fantasy book to escape into, this is it. You will love the characters and the magic and the conflict it is so good!
Those are three books I loved last month! I plan to post at least twice week going forward just needed little break ❤