Genre: Historical Fiction

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Posted November 1, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  This book had me hooked from the beginning. When I went into Monstrous Beauty, my opinions on it were 100% “Ugh. A mermaid book?  I probably won’t like this one, either.  Well – here goes!”  …  I WAS SO SO WRONG.  This book is beautifully written, the characters are deep and interesting, and the story is just magical enough to be fantasy, but mostly it reads like a contemporary ghost story.  I loved it.  Monstrous Beauty exceeded my expectations in every way and I was so, so pleased. Hester is my literary dopplegänger. There are plenty of characters out there that I will read, […]

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The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

Posted October 26, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Jessika has been brainwashed since childhood. Her father holds an important position with the Reicht, and so Jessika must always be on her best behavior.  She is the top of her class, a gifted skater, and she is the Favorite Daughter of the Reicht. Until Clementine. Clementine Amelia Hart changes everything Jessika has been told is truth.  She allows her to see through the shroud […]

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Posted October 25, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Meet the artful Dodger. Dodger isn’t a hero, but sometimes a young man finds himself in a circumstance where he must act heroically.  This is case when he comes across a young woman being beaten in the streets of London.  Chasing off the villains with a trusty crowbar, Dodger not only saves the young lady’s life, but becomes entangled in a rescue and plot to protect this nameless noblewoman from her evil husband and avoid starting a war.  He is joined by a cast of characters (both historical and fiction), including Charles Dickens, or “Charlie”. The characters could have […]

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The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini

The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini

Posted October 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Sparkpress in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I have a lot of really mixed feelings about The Infinite Now. On one hand, it was undeniably a really interesting book.  On the other hand, it reminded me of a mess of yarn tangled on the floor after my kitten is done playing with it.  There are a lot of ideas and characters and intertwining stories.  The author reveals very little.  Most characters are wrapped around secrets. […]

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Posted October 15, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This book is an October tradition for me. I love book traditions.  As a kid, I knew the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but I had never read the book until Audible gave it away to its subscribers in 2014.  It’s about a scrawny school teacher who falls in love with the wealthy Katrina Von Tassel and begin to woo her – even though she is already being courted by Brom, one of the rowdy boys of the town.    Fortunately for Brom, Crane is run out of town by the apparition of the Headless Horseman. Tom […]

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