Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Book Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Two years ago I fell completely head over heels for Sharon Biggs Waller’s debut, A Mad, Wicked Folly. So the fact that I would pick up The Forbidden Orchid was kind of self-evident. Though well-researched and an interesting exposition of the setting, I didn’t feel like this book quite lived up to my expectations. The Forbidden Orchid is kind of an adventure story in China right around the end of the Second Opium War. It starts in Victorian England, where Elodie, in an effort to save her family, eventually sneaks onto a tea clipper to accompany her father to China. Her father is a plant […]

Posted June 16, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

ARC Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I don’t think there’s been a co-author combination I’ve ever been this excited about. Having read Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows’s individual works and liking all of what I’ve read meant that this book shot up to the top of my wishlist the instant I heard about it. It doesn’t hurt that I have a soft spot for historical fiction – especially when it concerns the Tudors. So yeah, this book had all the ingredients to be amazing… and it was. The premise will let you know that this story concerns Jane Grey, a very real person from history, but that this take […]

Posted May 17, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Ever since I fell in love with The Falconer almost two years ago, I’ve been anxious to read the sequel. Yeah, it took me a while to get to it, which I’m hitting myself for, but there. I read it. And it was awesome. Arguably, The Vanishing Throne is very much a middle book. There is a fair share of action, and there are a lot of revelations that are driving the series to the next conflicts and battles. But it is kind of an in-between phase that is much more about character building. Aileana comes into this book and is thrust into traumatic events: […]

Posted April 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

When Ink and Bone first came out, it got some rave reviews that made me place it on my wishlist and file away under “definitely should check out at some point”. That point arrived in the form of a book club nomination. I went into the book not knowing much about it aside from (a) the good reviews, and (b) it had something to do with the library of Alexandria. But oh man, the way that this book kept me on my toes was something I did not expect. Ink and Bone is a dystopian story set in the near future of an alternate history […]

Posted April 7, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

I love art, historical fiction, and Renaissance Italy – so how could I possibly resist Da Vinci’s Tiger? With a premise that evoked loving memories of Sharon Biggs Waller’s A Mad, Wicked Folly – arguably my favorite historical fiction title to date – this book shot up to the top of my to read list. And I am very, very pleased with it. Right away, what struck me upon reading Da Vinci’s Tiger is how well-written and well-researched it is. This makes all the difference in historical fiction to me. You could tell from the first page that Elliott really knew what she was writing […]

Posted October 29, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Historical fiction is the genre that I’ve been trying to delve into much more this year. This paired with a fondness for (at least the idea of) spy thrillers, as soon as I heard about Velvet Undercover, I was excited. A teenage spy sent into Germany from the UK during World War I? Color me intrigued. This book was entertaining… but not exactly mindblowing. I’ll start with my biggest point of critique and the thing that kept this book from ever really engaging me fully: the writing. I have this thing with historical fiction – especially those set in Britain or with British characters. I […]

Posted October 20, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

I’m a sucker for all things gender bending, so when I heard that Newt’s Emerald would be using this beloved trope in a regency historical setting with bonus magic, I was immediately excited. Not to mention, the author, Garth Nix, is somewhat of a legend – one I had yet to experience. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it never crossed the line from “good” to “great”. In Newt’s Emerald, Lady Truthful Newington (our main character) is a young girl about to debut in London’s high society. Her coming of age would also come with the inheritance of the family’s legendary emerald jewel – a […]

Posted October 3, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

ARC Book Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Ever since I first cracked open The Burning Sky, I’ve been completely infatuated with The Elemental Trilogy. Sherry Thomas created such awesome characters and such an amazing ship, that I got swept up in their adventures instantly and any complaints I had were largely ignored. So, my expectations might have been a bit high for The Immortal Heights, but nonetheless, Thomas met them and delivered an awesome ending consistent with the quality of the rest of the series. I did actually reread The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea before diving into the conclusion, because I wanted to be sure that all of the previous […]

Posted September 24, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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