December 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Hiya friends! Presenting to you a wrap-up for the books I read in December 2020. I read 6 books this month. Without further ado, let’s dive into the recap.

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: December 2020
Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2020

The Chocolate Box by Isabella May

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce.

When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process – once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway. 

But Barnaby doesn’t recognize her. To what lengths is Ellie willing to go to put her plans in motion?

A quirky and endearing read.

You can read the full review here.

Twenty Years a Stranger by Deborah Twelves

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Grace’s world comes crashing down when she receives an email informing her that her husband of twenty years, Daniel, is not who he claims to be. He is in a relationship with several women and has fathered children with at least two of them. However, when Grace had insisted on having children, he had vehemently denied starting a family.

What Grace does after learning this bitter truth and how she copes with her husband’s betrayal makes for a compelling read in the form of Twenty Years a Stranger. It is a gripping thriller from the start to finish.

You can read the full review here.

The End of Where We Begin by Rosalind Russell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Veronica is a teenager when civil war erupts in South Sudan. Lonely and friendless after the death of her father, she finds solace in her first boyfriend, and together they flee across the city when the fighting breaks out. On the same night, Daniel, the son of a colonel, also makes his escape but finds himself stranded by the River Nile, alone and vulnerable. Lilian is a young mother, who runs for her life holding the hand of her little boy Harmony – until a bomb attack wrenches them apart, forcing her to trek on alone.

After epic journeys of endurance, their lives cross in Bidi Bidi in Uganda – the world’s largest refugee camp.

It is a moving story about the plight of refugees and the hardships they have to endure.

You can read the full review here.

A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The wolves do not trust humans or witches. Yet, when her pack is in danger, Zima, a young wolf, is forced to take Baba Yaga’s help. But Baba Yaga does not help for free. She wants something from Zima – her keen sense of smell. The result – Zima switched bodies with Baba Yaga, who flees into the forest to set her secret plan to fruition. Meanwhile, Nadya, an orphan girl, visits Baba Yaga seeking her help. How will Baba Yaga, Zima, and Nadya help each other and help their beloved forest?

It is an enchanting Russian folklore retelling.

You can read the full review here.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amari is a black girl from the poorer side of the town. She has always been treated as an outcast in the posh Jefferson Academy where she studies on a scholarship. However, the disappearance of her older brother, Quinton, whom Amari loved so much plunges her world into sadness. Then, Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in Quinton’s closet which starts her journey into the hidden supernatural world.

To find out, why Quinton went missing, she will have to first make her way into the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Will she survive the try-outs for her entry into this world?

Amari and the Night Brothers is a rip-roaring read, full of magic and adventure. Further, it champions the triumph of the underdog.

You can read the full review here.

Little Wade and the Watchtower: Abigail and the Great Gang Trap by Sean March

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Abigail and her father have moved to New York City from the country. Still reeling from her mother’s death, all she wants is to go to school and read books. But her neighborhood is unsafe. One evening, while walking home from school, the Longshadows, the ruthless gang in her neighborhood, try to kidnap her. Just when she thinks she is all alone; a boy and a very tall man help her. But the boy is not an ordinary boy, neither is the tall man just any tall man. Read Little Wade and the Watchtower by Sean March to discover who they are, and how they help Abigail.

Sean March’s Little Wade and the Watchtower is an excellent middle-grade fiction that has elements of steampunk, magic, ghosts, and historical fiction.

You can read the full review here.

let’s chat

Have you read any of the books above? What were your your views on it? If you haven’t read any, is any of the books on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments below.

Author: debjani6ghosh

I started this blog to discuss books that I read and movies that I watch. But the blog may not be purely restricted to that!

18 thoughts on “December 2020 Reading Wrap-Up”

  1. It looks like you had a great December Debjani. I am trying to catch up on posts I missed during the holidays. I just downloaded Amari and the Night Brothers and am looking forward to reading it. Belated Happy New Year to you.

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