Showing posts with the label Historical Fiction

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano, published 2017

            This book was so much better than expected. I’m not gonna lie, I picked this one up because I thought it wasn’t a romance (What? Not a romance? Are you feeling okay?), but the reason one is because when I looked back on all the reviews I’ve written, every single one, except for The Book Thief, are all romances. I mean, what can I say? To quote Chloe from Pitch Perfect, ”I love love.” How cliché of me. Anyway, since this is a romance, I haven’t broken my streak yet. Onto the actual review though, I loved this book. I, the master of predicting the ending of books, was surprised at this ending. Sometimes I don’t like an unpredictable ending, but the twist ending was awesome, unexpected, and had me reeling. I loved the mix of realistic fiction and fantasy. I feel like the author got the balance just right.  I loved all the characters in this book and I recommend this book. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, published 2019

          This was a great book. It opened my eyes to historical romance fantasy. The sarcastic crime-fighting trio made this book one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. The emotional rollercoaster this book took me on was so captivating it held in my thoughts even when I wasn’t reading it.   I ended up reading this book well into the night and through to the morning.The character development, while not something you see right away, was amazing. You just have to take a moment to compare the characters to themselves from the beginning to the end of the book.  The characters, the plot, the writing was all great but the ending was by far the best.  The author did a beautiful job of wrapping up the story as well as all the loose ends she’d left hanging throughout the book until the dramatic climax.  The craftsmanship was amazing in all the scenes, truly making it one of the best books I’ve ever read. I passionately urge you to read this book and will personally be rereading it.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore, published 2019

                 This was a great book; I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it. I would reread it in a heartbeat and the next books in the series are on my to-do list. I’ve always had a soft spot for historical-fiction romances, especially ones set in old England, and this one topped all. The attention to detail was amazing, and while I’m not sure how historically accurate it is, it certainly seemed like it was written straight from the 1880’s.  I loved how we got to dig further into the characters’ personalities as the book progressed. The characters were so deep and I loved how everything played out. Certain twists and turns in the plot were unexpected and it was fun to be surprised. I admit, I wish that the main character was a bit more vengeful and had gone back to wrong those who’d wronged her because that would’ve been satisfying, but alas, a life well lived will always be the best kind of revenge I suppose.  I also loved the cover, which is the perfect balance between old Engla

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, published 2005

  For me this was an amazingly wonderful, life-changing book. I would give it more than five stars if I could. I’m not going to lie though, it was a struggle to get through at times. Some books I quit simply because not enough happens, but this one I almost quit because too much happens and it’s heartbreaking. The way things get worse and worse is really emotionally draining. You would think it’s one of those books where everything is saved in one miraculous swoop at the end, but as soon as you start reading you would know this not to be the case. I also loved this author’s writing style and I thought the narration was genius.                If you google this book, it’ll list the genre as young-adult fiction and historical fiction, which I don’t disagree with. But it’s also a tragedy. I’m not sure if tragedy is a genre, but that’s the only real way to describe it.  Also, this is not a romance. Some other people were saying that it was and I wanted to put it out there that even thoug