Book Reviews

Recent Reads | legendborn, 5 star reads, and dislikes

Do you ever read so many amazing books but really only recommend like 2 or 3 of those books all the time?? I find that recently I have read a lot of great books BUT when it comes to telling people what books they should read or posting on my IG… I tend to focus on just a couple of them!

I mean, its not possible to talk about like 100 books at once but I really need to throw some of my favs out there more often! So during my post today, I am going to share some of my top favs from my most RECENT reads!

I would love to hear about your fav reads too!! Share with me in the comments 🙂

ALSO!! I am including my own pictures in this post (I don’t know why I haven’t done this in the past??). Anyways, if you’d like hit me up on IG: thecomfyreader 🙂

Legendborn – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ OKAY so Legendborn was so amazing! I would say that this is probably my all time fav for 2020. I know… like who am I just deciding on ONE BOOK??? I don’t even know. However, I will say that I was very surprised by this book and loved every second of it. I received this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway and wow am I happy I did!!!

What I loved:

First off… this is a King Arthur retelling WHICH MEANS, I obviously loved it! The characters in this story were very relatable and I felt that each character had a purpose. All the main characters have a solid story line and I felt like they developed well.

I think Sel was my fav character. SEL ❤ – if you know, you know.

The magical elements were well done. I want to say this gave me some HP vibes mixed in with Hunger Games. There are trials the characters need to go through and then with the added magic and school based setting, it was just overall really good!

The Black culture represented in this story was so amazing. There was talk about history, racism, slavery… I felt that it was done tastefully and educationally. It added a special element to the book, especially because this story centers around King Arthur and the Round Table (all white men doing their white men things, ya know?).

What I didn’t like:


Clap When You Land – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was such a different style of book than I normally read! I was not 100% sold on it being written in verse but once I started reading it I was really into it!

What I loved:

The characters were so well written and I felt that I knew them personally. I loved the story about the father and his hidden lives. I felt the story was overall really touching and while the focus of the story was actually quite sad, the story turned out to be hopeful!

What I didn’t like:

There was no info on the girls after they found each other and go on with life… I kind of wish we would have seen them being sisters and seeing how that relationship grew. So much time was spent on the past and the father and the negative feelings… I just didn’t get what I wanted from the ending!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you have read this then you probably feel like me and wonder where the heck Chloe Brown has been all my life?? This was such an unexpectedly fun story!

What I loved:

Chronic pain representation is huge in this story which is not a norm in stories and I really enjoyed it! I found Chloe’s character to be refreshing and new. The “real life” feel of this story was relatable. I loved how Red’s character comes across and this rugged and “manly” character with no feelings but as we get to know him we also learn his insecurities. Therapy is made normal in the story! I just feel this book took some many normal things that are never talked about and put them on full display!

What I didn’t like:

Not much….. the only thing is Chloe’s mom lol I found her to be too much and I just felt so cringy reading her parts!

Throwaway Girls – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This feels like its going to be an underrated book. I read it from Netgalley and let me tell you – this gets to the real societal issues around women, drug use, and low-economic status. Its a good read that gets you thinking and takes you on a hell of a ride!

What I loved:

The story has some real depth to it. The story is about finding a missing girl. However, there are lots of other missing girls that no one is looking for because of their families, upbringings, class… I found the writing to be well done and the mystery around the missing girl is WOW. I didn’t see the ending coming and like damn, its not an easy ending but its real.

What I didn’t like:

I was a little confused with the flipping back and forth between characters. You don’t find out until the end of the book who the 2nd perspective even is. I had my guesses but still it is unclear and part of the mystery unfolding. It wasn’t bad but it just added a little confusion.

Big Summer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Typical me goes into a book without actually knowing anything about it! I just saw it on IG and everyone was saying it was good and then next thing you know my BF bought it for me so I was like yup okay Ill read this! Its great though so yay!

What I loved:

Everything. The story was amazing! A plus sized IG influencer who is a strong and independent woman? Yes please! Also, I liked the friendship aspect of the book. The whole losing a friend because of a falling out but then coming back together is something people experience everyday! ALSO, its a murder mystery so like that was great! The mystery was well done. Some people say they knew the “bad guy” right away but I sure didn’t!

What I didn’t like:

Nothing, I really enjoyed it!!

The Paris Model – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am a sucker for historical fiction so when I saw this I knew I needed to read it! I am not a huge fashion person but I have to say that I try to be somewhat fashionable and I do like following the trends. This book was such a fun historical fiction with a lot of unexpected elements!

What I loved:

Christian Dior! How cool is it that the main character is a model in Paris for Christian Dior just after WW2 when he was basically the God of fashion! I loved all the fashion parts because it was interesting imagining what life would be like during that time. Also, I liked the family drama that Grace was dealing with from overseas. And of course, the spy/undercover story line that occurs as well. I just got so many different things from this story!! It was fab!

What I didn’t like:

There is mention of rape and unpleasant sexual experiences. I found these parts to be uncomfortable and I kind of wish they were not included (but I do also see the relevance to them so its fine but yeah, could be a negative factor for some).

What have you read recently? Has September been a good or bad reading month for you?

Chat with me in the comments 🙂


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