Posts Categorized: Historical Fiction

Jan 16
Review: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Review: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

The hot pink cover of Palace of Spies doesn’t really scream “18th century,” but underneath all that fuchsia is a fun tale of historical fiction.  Peggy Fitzroy is an orphan in England, living under the guardianship of her wealthy uncle.  While she has all the necessities provided for her, along with a close relationship with her cousin, Olivia, Peggy’s uncle makes it very clear that his support is solely  a result of his sense of familial duty.  To get Peggy… Read more »


Oct 03
Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

Review: Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb

My knowledge of the Tudor period primarily comes from the Showtime series, The Tudors, the wonderful film, Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and the occasional historical fiction novel.  In other words, my knowledge is not exactly extensive, and I approached Witchstruck with the desire to be entertained and without any thought of wanting to nitpick for accuracy.  Obviously, since Lamb decided to feature a witch living alongside the future Queen Elizabeth, we know that this is not intended to be a… Read more »


Sep 13
Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Review and Giveaway: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I haven’t yet read Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s companion novel to Rose Under Fire, but now I absolutely must.  If you haven’t read CNV, then I’m sure you’ve at least heard the raves, and based on Wein’s writing in Rose Under Fire, the raves are warranted. I feel like I have a decent knowledge of WWII, but I wasn’t aware that American women piloted planes for the Allies during the war.  Rose Justice, the fictional narrator of the story,… Read more »


Sep 03
Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

Note: This review contains spoilers of the first book in the series, The Sweetest Dark. The Deepest Night suffers from a case of sophomore-itis.  The first book, The Sweetest Dark (you can see my review here), revealed Lora’s shocking secret: she’s a dragon.  And so is Armand, who is deeply in love with Lora.  Small world!  That book was enjoyable for a lot of reasons: The WWI setting in England; the fish out of water aspect of poor-girl Lora given… Read more »


Jul 17
Waiting on Wednesday: Margot by Jillian Cantor

Waiting on Wednesday: Margot by Jillian Cantor

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  This week’s pre-publication, “can’t wait to read” is: Margot by Jillian Cantor   From Goodreads synopsis: Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten. In the spring of 1959, The… Read more »


Mar 28
Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

1918 is a scary time in American history.  We are at war with the Germans, a people portrayed as closer to animal than human, while at home, we battle an outbreak of the deadly Spanish influenza: “Children dropped dead from the flu, boys got transported out of the country to be blown to bits, and the government arrested citizens for speaking the wrong words.”  Mary Shelley’s father is one those arrested, and she’s shipped off to live with her Aunt… Read more »


Feb 18
Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

Review: The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe

This is a somewhat difficult review to write, because while there are hints throughout to the existence of various supernatural elements, they are not revealed in full until about halfway through the story, and they play a major part in the plot. The Goodreads synopsis does not specify them, so I won’t either. (The prologue does actually specify the what, but not the who.) The setting is World War 1-era England. This makes me think of Downton Abbey, and anything… Read more »