The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern [Review]

The Night CircusRELEASE DATE: May 24th 2012 
AUTHOR:
Erin Morgenstern
GENRE: 
Adult, Fantasy, Magic.    
SUMMARY: 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

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An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason By Virginia Boecker [Review]

An Assassin's Guide to Love and TreasonRELEASE DATE: October 23rd 2018 
AUTHOR:
Virginia Boecker
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Historical, Romance.
PUBLISHER:
 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY:

When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.
Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play. Continue reading

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White [Review]

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth FrankensteinRELEASE DATE: September 25th, 2018 
AUTHORS:
Kiersten White
GENRE:   
Young-Adult, Historical, Retelllings, Horror.
PUBLISHER:
Delacorte Press
SUMMARY:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. Continue reading

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) By Kerri Maniscalco [Review]

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)RELEASE DATE: September 18th, 2018
AUTHORS:
Kerri Maniscalco
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Historical, Mystery, Thriller.
PUBLISHER: 
 Jimmy Patterson
SUMMARY:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship.

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Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black [Review]

RELEASE DATE: August 07th, 2018
AUTHORS: 
Terry Bailey Black
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction.
PUBLISHER:
Tor Teen
SUMMARY:

Early Libba Bray meets Stalking Jack the Ripper and William Ritter’s Jackaby series in this richly atmospheric Gothic tale of murder and romance in 1850s New England

Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Continue reading

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist)RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2018
AUTHOR: 
 Renee Ahdieh
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Historical-Fiction. 
PUBLISHER:
Hodder & Stoughton
SUMMARY:

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice – to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. Continue reading

Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) By Justina Ireland [Review]

Starry eyesRELEASE DATE: April 03rd, 2018
AUTHOR:  
Justina Ireland
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Horror.
PUBLISHER: 
Balzer + Bray
SUMMARY:
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. Continue reading

The Tombs By Deborah Schaumberg [Review]

The TombsRELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2018
AUTHOR:
Deborah Schaumberg
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, Steampunk, Magic.
PUBLISHER:
Harper Teen
SUMMARY: 

Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. 

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Blood and Sand (Untitled #1) By C.V. Wyk [Review]

Blood and SandRELEASE DATE: January 16th 2018
AUTHORS:
C.V. Wyk
GENRE:
Young-Adult, Historical, fantasy, Action, Fiction.
PUBLISHER:
Tor Teen
SUMMARY: 

FORGED IN BATTLE…

FROM THE DUST OF THE ARENA…

A LEGEND WILL RISE

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

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Silence is Golden (Storm and Silence #3) By Robert Thier [Review]

Silence is Golden (Storm and Silence, #3)RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2017
AUTHOR:
Robert Thier
GENRE:
New-Adult, Historical, Romance, Adventure.
PUBLISHER:  Pronoun
SUMMARY: 

Silent. Cold. Chiselled perfection. That is Rikkard Ambrose, the most powerful business mogul in Great Britain.

Free-spirited. Fiery. Definitely NOT attracted to the aforementioned business mogul. That is Lilly Linton, his personal secretary and secret weapon.

The two have been playing a cat and mouse game for months. So far, Lilly has been able to fight down and deny her attraction to Mr Ambrose. But what happens when suddenly, the dark secrets of his past begin to surface and they are forced to go on a perilous journey into the South-American jungle? A journey they can only survive if they band together? Continue reading