Tag: historical fiction

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons | Review

Posted January 9, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons | ReviewThe Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1) by Paullina Simons
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on September 8th 2009
Genres: Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 810

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.

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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | ARC Review

Posted January 7, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | ARC ReviewBlackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) by Nicole Castroman
Published by Simon Pulse on February 9th 2016
Genres: YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 384

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.
Edward "Teach" Drummond, son of one of Bristol's richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There's just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.
Following her parents' deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she's stuck in England?
From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Review

Posted January 5, 2017 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | ReviewPassenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
on January 5th 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 496

Passage, n.i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.ii. A journey by water; a voyage.iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.
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Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix | ARC REVIEW

Posted May 3, 2016 by Samantha in reviews / 0 Comments

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix | ARC REVIEWNewt's Emerald by Garth Nix
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 13th 2015
Genres: YA Alternate History
Pages: 304

On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt,” will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers.
When the Emerald disappears one stormy night, Newt sets off to recover it. Her plan entails dressing up as a man, mustache included, as no well-bred young lady should be seen out and about on her own. While in disguise, Newt encounters the handsome but shrewd Major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing Emerald under the assumption that she is a man. Once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure that includes an evil sorceress, Newt realizes that something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.
In Newt’s Emerald, the bestselling author of Sabriel, Garth Nix, takes a waggish approach to the forever popular Regency romance and presents a charmed world where everyone has something to hide.

I picked up an ARC of this book at BEA 2015.

I adore Garth Nix’s Abhorson trilogy, so when I saw he was coming out with a new book that was a fantasy of manners, I knew I had to have it. For those who are unfamiliar, a fantasy of manners can be best described as Regency period ideals with magic. Like fantasy+romcom+alternate history+historical fiction. The ones that I’ve read have been light and fluffy, and very tongue-in-cheek, so that is what I expected from Newt’s Emerald and it did not disappoint. It was a funny mix of Regency romance tropes, with some magic mixed in.

But in other ways, it did disappoint. I’m willing to forgive light and fluffy narratives if their characters shine through. While I didn’t dislike any of the characters, they are all rather forgettable. The romance, while very cute and angsty at the beginning, turned into instalove quite quickly. The villain was two-dimensional. And I found the plot to be pretty predictable.

Overall, this is a cute, quick read that fans of the fantasy of manners genre and tropes will probably enjoy, but it will not be for everyone.




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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson | ARC REVIEW

Posted September 21, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, reviews / 0 Comments

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) by Rae Carson
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 22nd 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy, YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 432

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.
Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.
She also has a secret.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.
The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.




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Moloka’i by Alan Brennert | REVIEW

Posted September 14, 2015 by Samantha in booktube, review / 0 Comments

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 4th 2004
Genres: Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 405

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.



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