Category Archives: Historical

Book Avengers: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Hello and welcome to our May Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, the sequel to our April pick.  We absolutely LOVED book one, A Darker Shade of Magic and were (maybe just a little bit) hoping that your guys would vote for us to continue on.

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

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Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

SOURCE:  ARC picked up at ALA

Character Highlights:

Hope – I have opinions on this one and though some are great some are not so much.  I love that she has an eidetic memory and how useful that can be but her phobias are where I had the issue.  I feel like her phobias were only there at times to drive the story when she needed to have a panic attack. When she was kicking ass as part of her team?  YES!  She’s alone for 2 minutes and all of a sudden is panic city?  NO!  By the end of the book she definitely grew on me and I was more comfortable where we left so I feel confident whenever I will go into book two my opinions will shift.

Bran – I’m both surprised and not at Bran.  He keeps you on your toes for a bit but in the end I felt I knew what would happen with him and I was right.  Vindication FTW!  In a time traveling book I think it is a small accomplishment to figure out part of the plan.

Overall Thoughts:

GUYS.  My name is in a book and I don’t mean my first name.  Though the spelling of my first it isn’t as common I mean my last name.  There aren’t many with my name outside of my area of the U.S. so to see it in a book mainly set in another country?  LOVE.  ITD was a fun story to read and kept me very interested while reading because I was able to into a part of history I’m not as familiar with.  The idea to be able to go back and witness some of the greatest events in history is a powerful draw and I look forward to continuing this story further!  I loved how Ms Taylor tied in past innovators and left so much open for the story to continue in any direction that there are so many possibilities.  Also, I’m hopeful and anxious that we will get more of the past story from when her mother traveled as a younger woman.

Though a bit on the larger side for a YA it does read quickly and this is an absolute must for any history and Outlander fans!

 

4/5

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These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekus

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Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared. (From Goodreads.)

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The Dark Days Club – Blog Tour

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Today I’m a stop on the tour for The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.  She is sharing with us her inspirations behind writing this lovely book!

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How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1) Blog Tour


How to Seduce a Scot coverHe’s the terror of the ton…

The plan is simple:

1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;

2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;

3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves…and nothing will stop him from having her.

Source: galley from publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca. Thanks for letting me participate in the tour!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m waiting on. . .

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I’m waiting on. . .

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