I’m always on the hunt for some good historical fiction, and An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason caught my eye for a few reasons. First of all, I don’t think we see enough YA historical fiction so it always catches my eye. I love the book's Elizabethan setting, but I was totally blown away by the plot. I was incredibly exciting to read this, but I think it was a great idea in theory and less so in execution. This review may sound a little harsh despite the three stars I gave the book, and that’s because I’m so sad about its wasted potential.
Today I’m bringing you three flash reviews for books that are not even remotely related. Why are they in this post together? Because they were all incredibly quick and short reads -- one is a graphic novel and the other two are novellas. Take a look below at my thoughts on Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jenn Wang.
March was such a busy month -- I feel like it completely flew by! I had so many life changes in March, including preparation for moving to a new job and studying (and passing!) by driving theory test. I did, however, still manage to get some reading done, although I didn’t read as many books as I had wanted.
Daisy Jones and the Six is the latest novel from the author of much beloved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I read and enjoyed last summer. I was incredibly curious about Daisy Jones, which tackles the history of a fictional 70’s rock band, and decided to give it a try before the hype truly set in.
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.