I love historical fiction, but it tends to get cast aside in favour of science fiction and fantasy for me. Enter The Familiars, a gorgeous book set during the 17th century witch trials in England, with a cover that I couldn’t resist. I won an early copy of this book back in July and am kicking myself for not reading it sooner! This debut novel investigates class, privilege, female friendships, and the danger of being a social outcast, all with a touch of the unknown.
Happy Friday! I cannot wait for this weekend -- I get to see friends, go to a book event in London, and relax a little! The number of books I read in a given week is going to decline here soon because, well, you'll see why.
The YA book world is currently buzzing about The Gilded Wolves, a new heist novel from Roshani Chokshi that looked like so much fun. It has heists! Diversity! 17th century Paris! Magic! What’s not to love? I went into this book with high expectations, and while I liked it well enough I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to at the moment. While there were aspects that were good, I had some issues with other parts.
I always say how much I love historical fiction, yet I don’t read it nearly as much as other genres. When I heard about Kate Atkinson’s Transcription, it sounded like the exact kind of book I’d like to read. It was my first book by Atkinson and I’ll definitely be picking up more from her.
I always say that I love historical fiction, however I so rarely read for it. When my sister Julia and I started our podcast You’re Never Going to Read This, I knew I was going to be recommended a fair amount of historical fiction. The Lake House was indeed one of Julia’s pick for me, and I’m so glad I ended up reading it. This book has its ups and downs, however I thought it was one of the most beautifully atmospheric historical fiction books I’ve ever read.
The Electrical Venus jumped out at me because it is historical young adult fiction -- something I don’t think you see very often. On top of that, the book is set in Georgian England, which is even more of a rarity in YA. Although I didn’t know much about it, I decided to give it a shot.
Welcome to my stop on The Toymakers blog tour! I'm so pleased to be doing something a little different with this post. Below, you'll be able to read the opening pages of this marvellous and magical new book. With just the right hint of childlike wonder and magic, Robert Dinsdale's writing is guaranteed to ensnare the senses.