It’s that time of the year again: It’s my birthday month! So, I thought I’d celebrate by reading a few of my most anticipated reads of the year, having dedicated a little spot for some old and some new. Let’s see how it goes!
1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
3. You’re The One That I Want by Simon James Green
Freddie has a reputation as a ‘nice guy’ – inoffensive, sweet, kind – and therefore completely un-dateable.
As he starts sixth form, Freddie decides that this nice guy isn’t going to finish last any more. No more missing out on parties because he’s got to do his homework. No more saying no when he really wants to say yes. And most of all no more lusting after unobtainable straight boys who enjoy the attention but ultimately break his heart.
Freddie embarks on a series of changes designed to transform his social and romantic life, and suddenly he’s a drama darling, getting invited to all the popular kids’ parties, and hot new boy Zach is showing an interest. Life couldn’t be better!
But the path to love is never smooth – and Freddie’s about to learn that changing everything about yourself isn’t necessarily a foolproof way of finding the right person…
In my Audible Library:
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (11h 5m)
- They Don’t Need to Understand: Stories of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, and Never Giving In by Andy Biersack (5h 22m)
- Ghosting You by Alexander C. Eberhart (10h 13m)
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (13h 47m)
- Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (13h 11m)
- Geekerella: A Novel by Ashley Poston (10h 32m)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (1h 35m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (15h 53m)
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (12h 51m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore