The Valiant (The Valiant #1) By Lesley Livingston [Review]

The ValiantRELEASE DATE:  February 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Lesley Livingston
GENRE: Young-Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
SYNOPSIS: The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival. Continue reading

In the Eye of the Storm (Storm and Silence #2) By Robert Thier

RELEASE DATE:  August 03, 2016
AUTHOR: Robert Thier
GENRE:  Historical, Adventure, Romance.
SUMMARY: In the desert, an instant turns life into death and hate into love. In the desert, everything is different. Boundaries break down, and you find yourself doing things that you would never, ever have imagined.

Lilly Linton finds this out the hard way: in the shadow of the pyramids, she and her boss, cold, calculating Mr Ambrose, must face death and danger together. Is the desert’s heat enough to melt the cold heart of Britain’s richest financier? Continue reading

The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game #1) By Evelyn Skye [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  May 17 , 2016
AUTHOR: Evelyn Skye
GENRE: Young-Adult, Historical, Magic, Fantasy,  Romance.
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
SUMMARY: Vika Andreyev can summon the snow and turn ash into gold.

Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

They are enchanters the only two in Russia and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown s Game, a duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has? Continue reading

Love, Lies and Spies By Cindy Anstey [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  April 19, 2016
AUTHOR: Cindy Anstey
GENRE: Young-Adult, Historical, Mystery, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads

SUMMARY: Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish her research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself. Continue reading

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) By Richelle Mead [Review]


RELEASE DATE:
 
 April 12, 2016

AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical,  Romance.
PUBLISHER:
Razorbill
SUMMARY: Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court. Continue reading

These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) By Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  February 9, 2016
AUTHOR: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
GENRE:Young-Adult, Historical, Mystery, Fantasy,  Romance.
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads

SUMMARY: 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. Continue reading

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen#1) By Alison Goodman [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 26, 2016 
AUTHOR: Alison Goodman
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers

SUMMARY: London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Continue reading

Storm and Silence(Storm and Silence#1) By Robert Thier [Review]

RELEASE DATE: March 19 , 2016 
AUTHOR: Robert Thier
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Historical, Romance.
SUMMARY: 
Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…

Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money! Continue reading

Passenger (Passenger #1) By Alexandra Bracken [Review]

 RELEASE DATE: January 05, 2016 
AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Time-Travel, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

SUMMARY: passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. Continue reading

Not Every Girl By Jane McGarry [Review]

RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2015
AUTHOR: Jane McGarry
GENRE: Young-Adult, Historical.
PUBLISHER: Clean Reads
SUMMARY: Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.

She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated. Continue reading