Genre: Historical Fiction

[Review] Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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02 October
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There are two things that I will always watch or read about: Victorian London and Jack the Ripper. When I saw the synopsis for Stalking the Jack Ripper I was like sign me up because I am definitely reading that book! I was sold on this book by the synopsis alone, I mean who doesn’t want to read about a young woman of society bucking tradition to become a female forensic scientist. Her first case study just happens to be the Jack the Ripper. I thought I couldn’t want to read this anymore than I already did then they released… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle

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09 January
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2014 ended with massive book ennui for me. With surgery, recovery, holidays and more, not only did I have little time for reading, I also have little incentive or desire to do so. This was only made worse with the fact that I just couldn’t find a book to spark my interest. So, when I finally hopped back on NetGalley, I noticed several titles close to archive, and this book was the nearest to archival, so it got picked up. I can say with certainty this book succeeded in breaking the book ennui, but it didn’t succeed with a whole… Read more »

[Review] The Sign of the Weeping Virgin by Alana White

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21 November
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Sometimes, when you love a book, you just can’t get through it fast enough. You devour its entirety swiftly, and in the blink of an eye, it is complete. Other times when you love a book, you truly need to just savor it slowly, relishing the sensation as if to prolong the experience. The Sign of the Weeping Virgin was certainly in the latter category for me; I enjoyed every aspect of this book so much that I took a very long time to complete it. This book came into my hands when I was contacted by the author, Alana White, who after… Read more »

[Audiobook Review] The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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20 November
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I must confess this book was a second chance read.  I started reading this book earlier this year and I don’t know why but I didn’t finish it.  I saw that there was audiobook and decided to give it another go.  I am glad I did because I ended quite liking this book.  The Falconer was full of action, angst and even some kissing.  It had everything I was looking for in a fantasy story.   The story is about is young Scottish woman named Aileana Kameron set in an alternative history in 1844.  Aileana had witnessed the death of… Read more »

[ARC Review] Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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07 November
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This is the third book in the His Fair Assassin series, following Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. Click the links to read my reviews for them. FINALLY I got my hands on Mortal Heart! After not getting a response on my ARC request for this book for months, I was starting to feel bitter –not because they owe me books, but because I just wanted it so bad! It was as if my reading fate was in limbo, and I’m…impatient. So naturally, when months later I find that I have been approved, I had the most giddy squeal fest and devoured… Read more »

[ARC Review] Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

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26 September
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I have really strong feelings about Shakespeare. Really, not doing right by Shakespeare, or rendering Shakespeare poorly is sort of like insulting my mother – it is going to provoke a reaction, and you’re going to be on my shit list. So when requesting this book I was wary, knowing I was either going to be very pleased, or raging. Turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though Romeo and Juliet is unquestionably my least favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, this book helped to situate and ground the flighty characters in an engaging and gratifying POV, contributing to, rather than taking from, my enjoyment…. Read more »

[ARC Review] The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee

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19 September
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The legendary Queen of Sheba is intensely fascinating, but perplexing in the total lack of what we can know about her, or if she truly even existed as suggested. Throughout the ages, this legend has taken on many names and been believed to hail from so many places, with no further understanding of the truth. The Legend of Sheba became particularly popular ‘mythology’ during the Renaissance, when biblical and quar’anic renditions resurfaced to inspire popular storytelling and artistic influence. This why Tosca Lee’s The Legend of Sheba was so appealing to me – the art and culture which I spend my life studying was… Read more »

[Review] A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

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27 August
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Hey! Let’s read a book about the Spanish Influenza! Okay! I pretty much decided going in, that anyone I met would probably be dying later on in the book. Granted, only about 20% of the characters introduced ended up dying. That was a bit of a bummer for me, as I was hoping for an actual death-struck year and not the magical literary eye of the hurricane. The story centers around Cleo Berry, who makes some poor decisions before deciding to help at the local pop-up Red Cross operation. She’s got no direction in life and everything about her is… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Queen’s Exiles by Barbara Kyle

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01 August
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So, apparently this book is part of a series. I wasn’t aware of this until after, and though the book mostly worked as a stand-alone, that knowledge probably would have helped. This is probably also the reason that this book got off to such a slow start, so slow I ended up setting this book aside to read something else and only begrudgingly returned to it later. It did eventually pick up, and as we learn about the main characters, it is evident they have some history with one another – previous daring rescues, blood and family ties, and a couple… Read more »

[ARC Review] A Thing Done by Tinney Sue Heath

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18 July
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My name is Bry, and I am a glutton for Florence. Seriously, I could never get tired of reading about Italian history, and this city just absolutely captivates my passionate heart. I tend to focus on the Renaissance period and the Medici family as is my academic specialty, but on the rare occasion where I find a book that promises a ‘new’ take on my beloved city, I might just get a little excited. Juuust a little.   This is what  A Thing Done did for me, taking place in the underdeveloped Florence of 1216, long before the Renaissance rebirth of art, culture,… Read more »