It’s finally the end of the year! I can’t decide whether this year has progressed quickly or slowly, but I know that my reading is going to quite well. I’m only one away from my Goodreads Reading Goal and I’ve got a couple more left on my Readers First and Netgalley accounts. Fingers crossed I can start 2020 with a clear slate!
1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Secret identities. Extraordinary powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone . . . except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
3. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Isabelle should be blissfully happy – she’s about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn’t the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince’s heart. She’s the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood.
When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away in shame. It’s no more than she deserves: she is a plain girl in a world that values beauty; a feisty girl in a world that wants her to be pliant.
Isabelle has tried to fit in. To live up to her mother’s expectations. To be like her stepsister. To be sweet. To be pretty. One by one, she has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive a world that doesn’t appreciate a girl like her. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow.
Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl.
On my Netgalley Shelf:
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
In my Audible Library:
- Romeo and Jude by Marty Ross (5h 45m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham (1h 23m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (3h 25m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- Slated by Teri Terry (10hr 17m)
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (7hr 9m)
- Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe (10hr 16m)
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (3hr 34m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore
- Kill [redacted] by Anthony Good