Better late than never, right? So here are some books you may have missed, released August 2021. All are US publication dates, and all buy links are to Kindle Editions. (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.) Goodreads links lead to my star-ratings (out of five) and any thoughts.
AUGUST 2021 RELEASES
Megan Abbott: The Turnout: Buy: Goodreads
Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell: Suns Will Rise: Buy
Paula Hawkins: A Slow Fire Burning: Buy: Goodreads
Carrie Jones: Saint: Buy
Kate McLaughlin (previously published as Kady Cross): The Girl with the Windup Heart: Buy
J. P. Pomare: The Last Guests: Buy: Goodreads
Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons: Rise Up from the Embers: Buy
Madeleine Roux: Reclaimed: Buy
Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates): Cold as Hell: Buy
Posted in Carrie Jones, J. P. Pomare, Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell, Kady Cross, Kate McLaughlin, Kristen Simmons, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Madeleine Roux, Megan Abbott, Paula Hawkins, Quentin Bates, Sara Raasch
Tagged A Slow Fire Burning, August 2021 Releases, Cold as Hell, Reclaimed, Rise Up from the Embers, Saint, Suns Will Rise, The Girl with the Windup Heart, The Last Guests, The Turnout
What Unbreakable Looks Like
Macmillan Wednesday Books (US: 23rd June 2020)
Buy (US Kindle Edition) Buy (US Hardcover) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (AU) Buy (Worldwide)
Lex is not like other girls. Not like other girls at school, and not like other trafficked girls.
A common criticism of some stories is “wish fulfillment”. And while it’s a weird thing to say about a character who’s been trafficked and assaulted…this is still a wish-fulfillment novel.
Because Lex’s story is very much the exception. It’s only because of her strong relationships that she’s able to not go back to being Poppy. Normally in story structure there would’ve been a plot point where she returned, however briefly before escape… But that just wouldn’t have been realistic in order for Lex to achieve the happily-ever-after story ending.
I can’t remember if there was mention of Lonnie’s after-life, except that she’s in college and isn’t in a relationship. Did she go it alone, or have family and friends to support her post-rehab?
Even the court case Lex testifies in has a happy ending for her.
It’s the kind of novel that makes you think of the stories it DOESN’T centre – and it’s those stories we need to hear the most. After all, this IS a novel…and Lex’s happy ending is, unfortunately, fiction.