Genre: Historical Fiction

Anna of Kleve:  The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Posted July 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Man, I really wanted to like this book. First of all, I should start off, I really like Philippa Gregory’s books.  I’ve read The Constant Princess three times.  I have both a hardcopy and audiobook edition of The Taming of the Queen, which is her take on Anne of Cleves.  I am constantly fascinated by the intrigue of the Tudor Court.  I love the way it’s a romance, a suspense, and a solidly good drama.  But it all depends on the author. And I’m the worst.  I get it.  I’m comparing authors and it’s unfair but I need to.  Because I adored Anne’s story… but […]

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Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Posted June 17, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Marilla of Green Gables is one of those books that I requested so fast.  I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables – no other story has captured my heart quite so much.  So, even though I knew that Marilla’s story would be different, everything in my heart and soul needed this book. I confess – it took me a little while to get into Marilla of Green Gables.  I was immediately disappointed that it wasn’t as charming as Anne’s version of the story.  Marilla felt like a different person, and I was grumpy, and I didn’t like it.  Then enter Rachel White – to become […]

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The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

Posted June 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

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 […]

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Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Posted April 25, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments

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 […]

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Posted April 21, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

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 […]

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