Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Prussian spies, stressful tension, and many tears.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys  Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: YA Historical Fiction World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths … Continue reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // Prussian spies, stressful tension, and many tears.

7 Historical Fiction Book Recommendations for people who don’t read Historical Fiction

Hey! I'm linking up with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish for today's post. The theme was "10 Book Recommendations for __." Obviously, there are not ten suggestions in this post, because 1) the number 7 is so much better than the number 10 and 2) there is a tragic scarcity of YA … Continue reading 7 Historical Fiction Book Recommendations for people who don’t read Historical Fiction

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Villages made of trees + forest spirits that want to kill you.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: September 20, 2016 Genre: YA Fantasy Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid … Continue reading The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst // Villages made of trees + forest spirits that want to kill you.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Flat characters, dull plot, and one disappointed me.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Rating: 1.5 Stars Release Date: October 10. 2017 Genre: YA Fantasy Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a … Continue reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // Flat characters, dull plot, and one disappointed me.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // Wyverarys and Soap Golems.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: May 10, 2011 Genre: MG Fantasy Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her … Continue reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente // Wyverarys and Soap Golems.

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly // Victorian murder mysteries + swoony reporters = heaven.

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: October 26, 2016 Genre: YA Historical fiction Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon like all the girls in her class she ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo … Continue reading These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly // Victorian murder mysteries + swoony reporters = heaven.

All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry // Harrowing, hopeful, and beautiful.

All The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry Rating: 4.5 Stars Release Date: September 26, 2013 Genre: YA Historical Fiction Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends … Continue reading All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry // Harrowing, hopeful, and beautiful.

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine // Fairies, Rapunzel, and nostalgia.

  The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine Rating: 4 Stars Release Date: Genre: MG/YA Fantasy In this compelling and thought-provoking fantasy set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine introduces a spirited heroine who must overcome deeply rooted prejudice—including her own—to heal her broken … Continue reading The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine // Fairies, Rapunzel, and nostalgia.