It's been a while since I did a mini reviews post but I'm lacking the motivation for longer reviews at the moment. I've still managed to avoid a reading slump (yay!) but my reviews have been building up so this is my solution! Sometimes it's nice to just read a lot and not worry about having a lot of things to say about it afterwards, you know?
I really enjoyed two of these books and the other too were just a bit meh. I'll start with a positive!
Paper Butterflies | Lisa Heathfield
This book was utterly heartbreaking but so captivating and I devoured it really quickly. It's one of those stories where the character is enduring something so awful but you can't tear yourself away from knowing what happens next. June's father remarried after her mother died and her stepmother has been abusing her ever since. She is truly evil but this isn't a fairy tale and her wickedness is truly vile. The abuse isn't easy to see from an outside perspective and a perfect example of not knowing what happens behind closed doors; behind the facade that people portray. We follow June as she grows up through her teens and makes a friend in the utterly wonderful Blister and his family (who is now one of my favourite fictional characters!) and we also have an "After" perspective from when June is older. Beautiful writing, heartbreaking, unpredictable and unforgettable.
Half Lost | Sally Green
Gabriel is killed off and Nathan decides to turn himself into a tree? A tree?! What. The. Hell.If you haven't started this series then I would struggle to recommend it after this finale.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Becky Albertalli
Lying About Last Summer | Sue Wallman
Have you read any of these books? I'd love to know what you think!