Posts Tagged: Historical Fiction

Aug 10
Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

One of the things that caught my eye in the synopsis for “Tangled Webs” is the description of the protagonist as “the most notorious blackmailer” in eighteenth-century London.  But after reading “Tangled Webs,” I have to say, “er, not so much.”  Arista is a sympathetic and fairly complex character, but a notorious blackmailer?  I think it would be more honest to call her a glamorous messenger. It’s impossible not to feel compassion for Arista who, along with other children, is… Read more »


Jul 01
Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Conversion combines a modern story of bizarre occurrences at an exclusive prep school alongside a recounting of the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen Rowley is the narrator of the modern story set mostly in her school in Danvers, Massachusetts.  She’s in her senior year at school, she’s fighting to become valedictorian, and she has her sights set on Harvard.  This is enough pressure for any teenager, but life gets even more stressful when Colleen’s classmates fall victim to a strange ailment… Read more »


Apr 20
Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

If you’ve been craving a novel that depicts Adolf Hitler in all of his teenager-creeping glory, Prisoner of Night and Fog might be for you.  I can usually count on having good luck with historical fiction, particularly novels set during WWI or WWII.  (This story takes place in the period between the two wars.)  But unfortunately, this book was mostly a miss for me, primarily due to problems with the protagonist. Gretchen is a teenager in Munich, fiercely loyal to… Read more »


Apr 03
Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

I want to hug this book.  If you like historical fiction, you need to read A Mad, Wicked Folly.  Hell, even if you don’t, I’m going to order you to read it anyway.  I’ll even say that it would be a mad, wicked folly for you to skip this book.  Heh heh.  I’m sorry.  That was terrible.  I’ll try to make it up to you by sharing all of the reasons I loved this book. A Mad, Wicked Folly is… Read more »


Mar 16
Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Barry is a normal high-school girl, with normal high-school girl-type concerns in Portland, Oregon in 1918.  All of her friends have their post-high school lives figured out: marriage for some, or college, or traveling.  But Cleo has “no plan.  No dream.  No calling.”  Her parents died when she was young, and her older brother, Jack, and his wife, Lucy, have guardianship of Cleo.  Jack and Lucy are headed to San Francisco for six weeks to celebrate their anniversary while… Read more »