Category Archives: Historical

Review: ‘The Game of Love and Death’ by Martha Brockenbrough #COYER #2016HW

From the first paragraph, you are thoroughly aware that this isn’t your typical Young Adult fare. It’s a most unusual and unique tale that is told in an old-fashioned manner. It is bright and hopeful; it is shadowy and piercing. And while... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Passenger’ by Alexandra Bracken #COYER #SRC

If you like time-travel stories, you are in for a treat. This spectacular voyage via ink and paper leaves all recent forays in this genre back in the Stone Age. All she knows is playing the violin. Etta Spencer has no time for anything else.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘Burn Baby Burn’ by Meg Medina #SRC

Set against the backdrop of New York City in 1977, Burn Baby Burn takes place when things were changing for women, a serial killer was on the loose, a city was failing, it was the hottest summer on record, and disco was queen. Nora López can’t... Read More | Share it now!

Review: ‘The Dark Days Club’ by Alison Goodman #SRC

Lady Helen Wrexall has a stain upon her character – one that she had nothing to do with. When her parents were drowned at sea, she and her older brother, Andrew, had to live with their aunt and uncle. There were always whispers and outright ugly... Read More | Share it now!

Lizzie Borden took an ax… ~ NEW! ‘Sweet Madness’ by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie #Review #BookBirthday

We are fascinated by the story of Lizzie Borden. Who doesn’t want to hear about a woman that not only was blamed for the gruesome death of her father and step-mother, but also was determined by the jury to be not guilty? The more we learn about... Read More | Share it now!

I can’t go back ~ ‘A Whole New World’ by Liz Braswell #BookBirthday #ReleaseDay #Review #COYER

You know the story – Aladdin is a street rat, Jasmine is a princess. There’s a sultan who only wants to play with his toys all day while he basically lets his Grand Vizier, Jafar, make all of the decisions. Slightly dotty, the sultan never... Read More | Share it now!

Both beautiful & terrifying ~ ‘Black Dove, White Raven’ by Elizabeth Wein #Review #COYER

This story is just full of opportunities for tragedy. In flight logs, letters and stories, the tale of how a white American woman, her white daughter and black son came to live in Ethiopia…and what happened during the years leading up to World... Read More | Share it now!

Lucky? ~ ‘The Number 7’ by Jessica Lidh #Review #COYER

Louisa’s family isn’t very close. She never met her Dad’s parents, and now they are both gone. Her family is the tight-lipped sort, so she, her father and her sister, Greta, don’t even talk much about their mother or the hole... Read More | Share it now!

A pirate’s life for me (not) ~ ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson #Review #COYER

I have had a copy of Treasure Island for a long time, though I can’t remember exactly why I bought it. It’s one of those cheap paperbacks that now has yellowed pages, doesn’t open fully, and smells funny. But, since I needed to read... Read More | Share it now!

It’s easy to know your enemies ~ ‘Dangerous Deceptions’ by Sarah Zettel #Review #COYER

**This is book 2 of the Palace of Spies series, so there may be some spoilers re previous volumes.** In this second volume, our heroine (and spy), Peggy, is still doing some work for Mr. Tinderflint. She’s still at the court of the Prince and... Read More | Share it now!