Genre: Historical

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

I was on board with this book as soon as I found out it was a YA fantasy western.  I didn’t even need to know the plot – I knew I was there for the aesthetics alone and the rest would com after. I gotta tell you guys, the world Charlotte Nicole Davis built here is AWESOME.  You get hints of a western feeling world in the post-apocalyptic dystopias like LIFEL1K3 and Gunslinger Girl, but The Good Luck Girls isn’t a dystopia and the world stays constant.  I grew up watching old-school westerns with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and while YES these […]

Posted September 19, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The story being told in The Librarian of Auschwitz is fascinating, but the way it is being told doesn’t do it justice.  I found myself zoning out a lot during this book because of the lack of rising action.  I’ve thought long and hard about this, because the partially-fictionalized stories of the real people in this novel have a lot of potential, and I think these stories should be told, but the experience was challenging for me as a reader.  To put it frankly, I was bored. Although I enjoy history, my main interest leans toward stories older than WWII.  That […]

Posted September 7, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

I LOVED this book.  I feel like it did a pretty good job of filling the hole Moxie left behind when I finished that earlier this year.  It’s smart, the characters are great, and it doesn’t hesitate to take on a difficult topic. Before I go and squeal about it some more, I do want to leave some possible trigger warnings for the book, and turn-offs, depending on your politics.  Rebel Girls discusses extreme bullying, and there is one scene where a character’s locker is covered in graphic images of unborn fetuses.  Additionally, one of the themes of this book is […]

Posted August 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

This was a book I was either bound to love or hate.  It’s like a new movie with a lot of big name actors.  It’ll either be wonderful or absolute ridiculousness riding on the power of its stars.  Speak Easy, Speak Love has a lot of elements I like – it’s set in the 1920s and it’s based on Much Ado About Nothing.  That’s my favorite Shakespeare play – a great comedy and light romance with a lot of wit instead of the usual foolishness.  Add the glitz and glamour of a ’20s speakeasy, and there are a lot of promises. For […]

Posted August 23, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young weaves beautiful worlds. Sky in the Deep came as a delightful surprise last year, and ever since, I’ve been looking forward to The Girl the Sea Gave Back.  The cover is exquisite and I was excited to delve back into this world.  There’s something mythical about the mixture for historical fiction and an edge of fantasy in this chilled, foggy landscape.  As with her debut, the world spills on to the page in stunning splashes of color and it’s very easy to be mesmerized. That said, I didn’t feel as though this book was as successful as her debut, and […]

Posted August 22, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //