R. F. Kuang's adult historical fiction (with a touch of fantasy) novel about race, language and the necessity of violence.
Maedline Martin's historical fiction novel about a surviving bookshop in London during the Blitz and the love of reading.
Erin Morgenstern's much beloved fantasy novel, The Night Circus. Magical realism and a mysterious circus.
Elodie Harper's reimagining of Pompeii, slavery and brothels. Feminism at its best.
【 SPELLBREAKER 】 ★★★ This was a pleasant read. Genre: Fantasy, Historical FictionAuthor: Charlie HolmbergPublished: November 2020Publisher: 47NorthPages: 300 (paperback) I feel like my opening line perfectly captures my neither-here-nor-there-ness about this book. I enjoyed it, it was good. I'm not raving about. I probably won't continue the series. The first thing that drew me … Continue reading Spellbreaker by Charlie Holmberg | Book Review
【 THE BRIGHTEST STAR 】 ★★★ Slow and gentle, if a little unexciting. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Emma HarcourtPublished: July 2022Publisher: Harlequin FictionPages: 386 (paperback) Thank you to Harlequin for a review copy. I am absolutely in love with the cover for this book – isn't it just the prettiest thing you've ever seen? I'm also … Continue reading The Brightest Star | Book Review
【 THE WEARING OF THE GREEN 】 ★★★★ Gentle historical fiction about the goldrush era in Australia. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Claire SaxbyPublished: April 2022Publisher: Walker BooksPages: 192 (paperback) Thanks to Walker Books for a copy of this for review. It's been a long time since I read middle grade historical fiction and I'd forgotten how … Continue reading The Wearing of the Green | Book Review
【THE DIAMOND EYE 】 ★★★★★ Kate Quinn has done it again. One of the best books I've ever read. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Kate QuinnPublished: March 2022Publisher: William Morrow & CompanyPages: 435 (hardback) If you haven't read Kate Quinn yet, then you are depriving yourself of some of the highest quality historical fiction out there. I … Continue reading The Diamond Eye | Book Review
【 WINGS OF FURY 】 ★★★★ A twisty-turny retelling of Greek myth with women taking the lead. Genre: Mythology (retelling)Author: Emily R. KingPublished: March 2021Publisher: 47NorthPages: 302 (paperback) I've been really excited to read this book and so glad that I finally have. Before reading this, I thought premise sounded really cool and there were … Continue reading Feminist Greek Myth in Wings of Fury | Book Review
【 ANATOMY 】 ★★★★ An intriguing, but addictive-to-read book. Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Dana SchwartsPublished: January 2022Publisher: PiakusPages: 335 (paperback) I find the cover of this book so strange – but having read it, it's oddly fitting. It makes me both drawn in and pushed away at the same time. To sum it up, overall I … Continue reading Love and Science in Anatomy | Book Review