I feel like I haven’t typed up one of these posts in ages! I’ve read a lot of books since the last one, so I decided to narrow it down to only my favourites. I’m thinking of making these a monthly series on my blog so that I can share even more books- what do you guys think?
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Henry “Monty” Montague is supposed to be a gentleman- one day, he is to take over his father’s estate. Monty has never been the model of gentlemanly behavior, though, and is looking forward to his “Grand Tour” of Europe with his best friend Percy (and his little sister, Felicity), before he has to come home and be a gentleman for good.
However, things soon take a turn for the worse, and their grand tour becomes less of a holiday and more of a run for their lives.
I was quite impressed with the diversity of the characters in this book, especially considering that it’s historical fiction! I also really enjoyed the characterization- and all the characters grew so much throughout the course of the book- it was great to see Monty go from being a bit of a brat to a self-aware brat.
“Rather, it is simply the tale of how two people can be important to each other their whole lives, and then, one morning, quite without meaning to, one of them wakes to find that importance has been magnified into a sudden and intense desire to put his tongue in the other’s mouth. A long, slow slide, then a sudden impact.”
Overall, I really loved seeing the characters and their relationships with each other grow throughout the book! It also had a wonderfully diverse group of characters, especially for historical fiction, and I could tell that the author had really done her research. I would definitely would recommend it!
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
After school on Monday, 5 teen stereotypes walk into detention- the brain, the beauty, the bad guy, the baseball player, and the incurable gossip. However, the gossip never makes it out- and he was planning on revealing a terrible secret about each of his four detention-mates the next day. These secrets could make or break them, but were any of them willing to kill for their privacy?
“She’s a princess and you’re a jock,” he says. He thrusts his chin toward Bronwyn, then at Nate. “And you’re a brain. And you’re a criminal. You’re all walking teen-movie stereotypes.”
I usually don’t enjoy books set in the present day all that much, but I loved this one. Each of the characters were totally a stereotype, but the author still gave them a lot of depth. The mystery was also really engaging! I would totally recommend this one if you’re in need of something with a little suspense.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
First, there is Kell- a traveler, or an Antari, who has the very rare ability of travelling between the parallel Londons- Red, Grey, White, and a long time ago, Black. Raised as a prince in Arnes, the “Red London”, Kell has everything that he could want- except the adventure that his curious nature longs for.
Then, there is Delilah- a thief, who lives in “Grey London”, the London with no magic left, under the rule of King George III. Though Delilah’s life has none of the stability of Kell’s, she too longs for adventure, and makes Kell take her along with him.
But danger lurks in the Londons, and an enormous weight rests on their shoulders.
“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
This is pretty much my perfect book. I love the way that magic was portrayed, I loved the world(s), and I loved the characters. This is just my style of book- the kind that I can curl up with on a rainy day and stay under my blankets reading for forever.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.94/5 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Yeva was raised with her city’s high society, but she longs for a life closer to the forest that her father has told her stories about, the one he used to hunt. So Yeva is less distraught than she lets on when her father loses his fortunes and moves back to his lodge with Yeva and her two sisters. Yet her father is slowly loosing his rational, and is determined to find the legendary beast of the woods. When he goes missing, Yeva decides that she must find him and this beast- but she unexpectidly finds herself in the middle of a place she had only heard about in fairy tales, and she finds herself face-to-face with the beast.
“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”
Have you read any of these before? What books have you been loving lately?