Honestly, I have no idea what to call this post, having no real reason to treat myself other than the fact that I felt like it, which is perfectly okay. There’s no reason not to treat yourself to things like this, so I went out and purchased as many books as I could afford because I wanted to, and I’m really glad that I did.
Daughter of the Burning City | Amanda Foody
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery, LGBT, Fiction, Magic, Romance
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.
She Must Be Mad | Charly Cox
Genre: Poetry, Feminism, Health, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Mental Illness, Womens, Autobiography, Memoir
Summary: Charly captures the formative experiences of today’s young women from the poignant to the prosaic in writing that is at once witty, wry and heartfelt. Wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; the righteous anger at those men with no talent or skill or smarts who occupy the most powerful positions in the world; the strange banality of madness and, of course, the hurt and indecision of unrequited love.
For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.
Validate Me | Charly Cox
Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction, Self Help, Mental Health, Health, Autobiography, Feminism
Summary: From the bestselling author of She Must Be Mad comes Charly Cox’s second collection of poetry and prose. This is an account of a life lived online. Swiping for approval. Scrolling for gratification. Searching for connection. From the glow of a screen in the middle of the night, to the harsh glare of the hospital waiting room, Validate Me is a raw and honest look at the highs and the lows of a digital life. The new voice of a generation, Charly’s words have the power to make us all feel less alone.
The Ghost Tree | Christina Henry
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, Fiction, Adult, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Summary: When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in her hometown, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won’t find the killer. After all, the year before her father’s body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids. So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can’t just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realises that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the centre. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.
Beauty Sleep | Kathryn Evans
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller, Dystopia, Fiction, Mystery
Summary: Who am I? What am I? When am I?
Laura can’t remember who she is. But the rest of the world knows. Because Laura is famous – a dying girl who was frozen until she could be cured.
A real-life Sleeping Beauty.
But what happens when you wake up one day and the world has moved on forty years?
Could you build a new life – while solving the mystery of what happened to the old one?