Descendant of the Crane By Joan He [Review]

Descendant of the CraneRELEASE DATE: April 9th 2019
AUTHOR:
 Joan He
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company

SUMMARY :

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Continue reading

To Best the Boys By Mary Weber [Review]

To Best the BoysRELEASE DATE: March 19th 2019
AUTHOR:
Mary Webber
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical Fantasy, Adventure .
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
SUMMARY:

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope. Continue reading

Smoke and Key By Kelsey Sutton [ARC Review]

Smoke and Key

RELEASE DATE: April 2nd 2019
AUTHOR:
Kelsey Sutton 
GENRE:
Young-Adult,  Historical-Fantasy,  Horror, Romance .
PUBLISHER: Entangled: Teen
SUMMARY:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it. Continue reading

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) By Roshani Chokshi [ARC Review]

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)RELEASE DATE: January 15, 2019
AUTHOR:
 Roshani Chokshi
GENRE: 
Young-Adult, Historical Fantasy, Mystery, Magic.    
PUBLISHER:
Wednesday Books
SUMMARY:

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. Continue reading

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