Tag Archives: historical

Bright We Burn, by Kiersten White

As this is the third book in a series, I won’t say too much about the story. This is the continuation of a story based on a fiction version of the man later known as Vlad the Impaler, or alternatively, … Continue reading

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The Poppy War, by RF Kuang

Rin is a war orphan who does everything she can to escape the life of an opium-smuggler’s errand girl and become one of Nikara’s elite trained soldiers. With the country drifting once again toward war, Rin discovers that learning to … Continue reading

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I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, by Marisa de los Santos

It’s the last few days before Clare’s wedding, and her misgivings about the whole thing have reached a crisis point. As she struggles through a panic attack, she’s comforted by an elderly stranger named Edith. Edith gives Clare the courage … Continue reading

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Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson (audio)

Eighty years ago, there was a kidnapping and murder at the Ellingham Academy, a special school for individual learning in Vermont. Stevie Bell, a new student at Ellingham, is determined to solve the cold case. Then a new mystery arises, … Continue reading

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The Girl on the Velvet Swing, by Simon Baatz (audio)

Subtitled: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century Trigger warning: sexual violence Spoiler warning: These are actual events, so I will discuss details. In the early 1900s, Evelyn Nesbit was raped by architect Stanford White, who … Continue reading

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The City of Brass, by SA Chakraborty

Nahri is a con-woman in 19th century Cairo with a few magical abilities that she uses to survive. Then one night, those magical abilities accidentally call a djinn to her, and suddenly she’s on the run from demons and discovering … Continue reading

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Protected: Into the Bright Unknown, by Rae Carson

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The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge (audio)

Imagine a tree that grows only in the dark and thrives on a diet of human lies. When well fed, the tree bears a bitter fruit, and when eaten, the fruit shows visions of secret knowledge. Now imagine a young … Continue reading

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All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater (audio)

From GoodReads: Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad … Continue reading

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Now I Rise, by Kiersten White

After And I Darken, the paths taken by the three main characters have diverged. Lada (Vlad the Impaler) has gone back to Europe to try to claim the throne of Wallachia. Mehmed (sultan of the Ottoman Empire) plans to conquer … Continue reading

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