Genre: Historical Fiction

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

Posted August 20, 2018 in Reviews // 7 Comments

The Poppy War is an Asian-inspired fantasy with an Asian protagonist, and right now in the world of fantasy, these are incredibly rare.  That reason – if no other – is a good one to pick up this novel. Fang Runin is a different sort of protagonist than I’m accustomed to finding in books like these.  She’s driven and smart, but not in a Hermione-esque where learning comes naturally to her. Rin has to work very hard to keep pace with her peers.  Her birth and raising has not disposed her to this sort of life, and so, she must put […]

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The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

Posted August 15, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments

The Phantom Tree is a story of two girls separated by time, their relationships, and the search that holds them together across centuries.  It’s a romance, it’s a time travel story, and it’s historical fiction.  I was not quite what I expected. I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory’s writing – a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy.  While there is nothing particularly wrong with The Phantom Tree, it is first and foremost a romance. As far as romances go, it was interesting enough.  Predictable, of course.  We have Alison’s love […]

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Posted July 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  With the exception of a few passages about the Native Americans (typical era stuff – raids and scalping) this book is utterly fantastic.  I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into with The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  Was it a witch hunt book?  The girl on the cover looked like a colonist, so that seemed to align with what I thought I was getting.  I suppose it is a witch hunt book, but in the most minor way.  In its greater parts, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a fantastic story to teach children about the dangers of fear and prejudice. […]

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Posted July 19, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I stubbornly plowed my way through this book. I wanted to be interested in it, but it was slow-paced and rough.  In the beginning, I was carrying on for the plane crashes.  Isn’t that morbid?  My thoughts were: Well, I know there are supposed to be three plane crashes so this is going to get more interesting at some point.  I think my issue with this book is largely because it seemed to be marketed as a disaster story, but the disasters were backdrop of a different story.  It’s a story about truth and lies and it didn’t fit with […]

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Posted June 20, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Usually, I sit down and write a review within twelve hours of finishing a book.  It just works better that way – the story is still fresh in my mind. With A Great and Terrible Beauty, I’m writing this review two days later.  I’m still thinking about it.  There’s a lot to say on certain things, but for me, my thoughts on the book are incredibly simple.  I liked it.  I just liked it.  I know there are some problematic areas, but enjoyed listening to this one and was invested in the characters and the story.  Simple as that. I’ll […]

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