Posts Tagged: WWI Fiction

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 »


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 »


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 »