Genre: Historical Fiction

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

This book was absolutely beautiful. I don’t typically go in for romance, but sometimes, when it’s paired with exquisitely written historical fiction, I fall head-over-heels for it.  That’s how I feel about The Orphan’s Song. I picked this book up at BookCon a couple weeks ago, and had the opportunity to meet Lauren Kate.  I’d read Fallen when I was younger and I remember very little of it except that there were parts I really liked, and parts I thought were super cheesy.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Orphan’s Song as Lauren moved from YA to adult, but I […]

Posted June 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

I’ve read a few Anastasia retellings in the last year (Heart of Iron and LIFEL1K3) but this is the one I’ve been waiting for. Listen, I’m all for science fiction.  I like sci-fi.  But my heart belongs to fantasy and Nadine Brandes’ retelling has hints of magic, historical fiction, and alternate history.  This is the Anastasia retelling I’ve been trying to find for a couple years.  So let me tell you why, outside the genre, I love it. Nadine Brandes’s Fawkes received a bit of love from the blogging community last year.  I was never supremely interested in Fawkes, but now that I’ve […]

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

I had to do something with this book I don’t think I’ve ever done before.  At 61%, I heaved a heavy sigh, and went to read the plot summary on SparkNotes.  I really didn’t want to DNF this book, but I was completely lost in what was going on.  I know, I know!  It’s cheating!  But I wasn’t already familiar with A Tale of Two Cities, and once I looked up the plot summaries, the story fell together and I understood a bit more of what was going on. A Tale of Two Cities is fairly typical in style to other Victorian […]

Posted April 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I did not think I was going to like this book?  Right off the bat, I’m not saying it’s the best book ever, but I requested this ARC on a whim because I like the publishing house and I haven’t really read much about the ’60s.  A lot of the reviews leading up were talking about the focus on drugs and for some reason I thought there was going to be a lot of focus on Woodstock. While the drugs were a constant presence, I think Summer of ’69 was mostly about the fear of the future in a time where […]

Posted March 25, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees is one of those modern classics that is so good in so many ways from cover to cover, I’m not sure I can really do it justice in a basic review. It tells the story of Lily Owens, a little girl who killed her mother when she was a toddler and is living with the weight of that accident heavy on her heart.  Her father, T-Ray, blames her for the loss of his beloved wife and finds it impossible to love her.  So when the only person who has ever shown Lily a little bit […]

Posted March 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

This book is hilarious.  It is also immensely sacrilegious.  Lamb looks at the story of Christ and acknowledges that there’s not a lot of conversation about the time between infancy and adulthood.  Have you ever noticed that nobody talks about that part of Jesus’s life? Levi-who-is-called-Biff takes the task into his own hands.  There’s swearing, a lot of sexual references, nods to other active religions from the time, and a lot of times that things surprised me into laughter. Anyway.  The thing to know about Lamb is that… if the idea of reading a humorous, crude, retelling of Jesus’s teenage-hood through the eyes […]

Posted March 7, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //