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September 2020 Wrap-Up

Here are my September reads! Ranging from middle grade fantasy to adult historical romance to literary classics, September was an interesting reading month!

*Descriptions from Amazon

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4)

Published: 14 May 2019

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

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, Instagramable 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? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3)

Published: 13 October 2009

They call him many names, but Angelic isn't one of them...

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters"—and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best—sin and sin again—and all that's going swimmingly, thank you . . . until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

She's too intelligent to fall for the worst man in the world...

Jessica Trent is a determined young woman, and she's going to drag her imbecile brother off the road to ruin, no matter what it takes. If saving him—and with him, her family and future—means taking on the devil himself, she won't back down. The trouble is, the devil in question is so shockingly irresistible, and the person who needs the most saving is—herself!

Available on Amazon

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4)

Published: 22 April 2008

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady.

Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?

Available on Amazon (Currently free on Kindle for a limited time!)

Review coming soon!

The Library Window by Margaret Oliphant

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3.5)

Published: January 1896

In this narrative, Oliphant has beautifully created a world where the boundaries of imagination and reality cannot be distinguished. An amalgamation of super-natural and psychological, this is an account of a young girl’s fancy that leads her to stand against the real world. This work also comments on the situation of the fair sex during the Victorian era.

Summering at her aunt's house in Edinburgh, a young woman spends most of her time reading near the window. Looking out, she doesn't understand how the others can't see what she can in the Library Window across the street.

Available on Amazon.

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3)

Published: 5 May 2020

It's just three words: I am nonbinary. But that's all it takes to change everything.

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

Available on Amazon


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