To be completely transparent, I have nothing fun or witty going on right now. Things are actually a little dark at the moment. So let’s just dive right in to the books.
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee (Audiobook read by Lindsey Dorcus)
Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School after the tragic death of her girlfriend. And so is the mysterious Ellis Haley – renowned 17 year old writing prodigy. Ellis is researching her latest book, doing all she can to learn about the Dalloway Five – girls who all died mysteriously one after the other on Dalloway’s grounds. Felicity is reluctant at first, desiring only to finish her senior year in peace, but something about Ellis keeps reeling her back in.
I love dark academia. Books where the main character’s are pretentious and a tad precious. But also, a little kookoo for cocoa puffs. This book certainly fits the bill. It gives off If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio vibes, in the best way possible. Ellis is a compelling character, and the author makes it easy for us to understand why our main character is so fascinated with her. This definitely reads as more New Adult than YA – at least so far. Highly recommend for your spooky season reads.
Weekly Wrap Up
Honey Butter Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi (Audiobook read by Amaka Umeh)
Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the story of Kambirinachi and her twin daughters. Kambirinachi believes that she is an Ogbanje – a non-human spirit that plagues a family with misfortune by being born, then dying in childhood to cause a human mother misery. Kambirinachi makes the unnatural choice to stay alive in order to love her human family.
Flashing between Kambirinachi’s life, as well as the lives of her twin daughters, Kehinde and Taiye. This book is about family, motherhood, the line between the spirit and the mind, and finding home wherever you are.
This book was fantastic. One of the easiest 5 star ratings I’ve given in a while. I talked about it in my last Currently Reading post, but the way food is talked about in this book was so tender, and loving. And hunger inducing. Ekwuyasi is an impeccable writer, portraying so many conflicting emotions in a single scene. I felt like I wanted to sit down with each of these characters, have a cup of tea, and just listen to them talk for a while. I felt like I went on a trip through Lagos, Europe, and Canada. Book hangover commence!
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz (Audiobook read by Becca Tobin)
Emily is finally over what happened in Cambodia. She’s enjoying a trip to the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen. It’s all going so well. Until it isn’t.
Kristen says the backpacker attacked her. She had no choice but to kill him to defend herself. But Emily can’t help but feel like that isn’t entirely true. Especially not since almost the same thing happened in Cambodia…
Back home, Emily tries to forget what she can Kristen have done. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily has no choice but to confront the past.
Oh… how I wished I enjoyed this one. The premise had so much promise. But it turned out to be so painfully predictable. And the book dragged terribly for about 75% – it felt like the same thoughts were repeated over and over again in an attempt to confuse the reader, but instead, it just made the reading experience feel like a trudge through syrup. The attempts at some last minute shock-value twists were commendable. And I appreciate Bartz’s writing style overall. I just don’t think this one hit the mark. I would definitely give another one of her books a chance though.
And… that’s all I have this week folks (can I say folks when I’m pretty sure the only views I get on this page are bots?).
Life sucks sometimes. Books make it a incrementally better. Read on and prosper.