Historical Fiction

Between Shades of Gray: An Authentic & Tragic Historical Fiction Novel

4/5 Stars Author: Ruta Sepetys Publisher/Imprint: Penguin Audio Edition: Audiobook, 7 hrs 46 min Publication Date: March 22, 2011 A Spine that Shines? Quite Well! Book Synopsis It's 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin's extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to… Continue reading Between Shades of Gray: An Authentic & Tragic Historical Fiction Novel

Fantasy

Gravemaidens: Fascinating Premise Despite Disappointing Execution

3/5 Stars Author: Kelly Coon Publisher/Imprint: Delacorte Press Edition: e-ARC, 275 Pages Hardcover Publication Date: October 29, 2019 A Spine that Shines? Partially *This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.*… Continue reading Gravemaidens: Fascinating Premise Despite Disappointing Execution

Action/Adventure

Scarlet: A New Take on an Old Tale

3.5/5 Stars Author: A. C. Gaughen Publisher/Imprint: Bloomsbury Children's Books Edition: Paperback, 292 Pages Publication Date: June 7, 2012 A Spine that Shines? Ehh ... Almost Initial Thoughts, Characters, & Problems This will be a shorter review since I don't have very much to say about this book. Overall, Scarlet is a creative retelling of the old… Continue reading Scarlet: A New Take on an Old Tale

Action/Adventure

The Valiant: Fierce Gladiatrix Leaves Her Mark on History

4.5/5 Stars Author: Lesley Livingston Publisher/Imprint: Razorbill Edition: Hardcover, 372 Pages Publication Date: February 14, 2017 A Spine that Shines? Absolutely! Initial Thoughts The Valiant is the first installment in a historical fiction trilogy about Fallon, a Celtic princess who is captured, taken to Rome, and transformed into a female gladiator. This was also my… Continue reading The Valiant: Fierce Gladiatrix Leaves Her Mark on History

Action/Adventure

Blood and Sand: Thracian Princess Kicks Butt!

4.5/5 Stars! "Beneath everything else, buried in rubble and the fires of conquest, she was still her father's daughter." For a debut, I was really impressed with this book. I don't think Blood and Sand has gotten enough attention. So far, it is one of the best books of 2018 for me. The Setting The… Continue reading Blood and Sand: Thracian Princess Kicks Butt!

Action/Adventure

Sky in the Deep: Viking Girl Power!

5/5 Stars! [This review is based on an ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. These are my honest opinions.] “Honor above life.” The Aska motto above signifies what a large role honor plays in Eelyn’s Viking culture. I love how Adrienne Young also plays with several meanings of family and how those interpretations… Continue reading Sky in the Deep: Viking Girl Power!