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Cindy Anstey, fan of alliteration, brings us Duels & Deception, a tale of ladies, law clerks, and licorice. I mean love.
Elizabeth Wein is back, with a prequel to Code Name Verity.
Want to start exploring the world of historical YA fiction, but don't know where to start? We've got you covered.
The Ship Beyond Time, the follow-up to Heidi Heilig’s debut novel The Girl From Everywhere, continues a voyage through time and feelings.
Mary Balogh makes hanging out at an orphanage a tantalizing affair in Someone to Hold (this is not as weird as it sounds).
In the summer of '76, two boys form a friendship born of tragedy and sealed with the promise of excitement, first loves, and alternate uses for mini golf statues. Setting Free the Kites by Alex George.
Jennifer Latham's brilliant Dreamland Burning is so much more than just the story of a girl uncovering a historical mystery.
Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant proves that you can take a girl away from her warrior clan, but you can’t take the warrior out of the girl.
In The Dark Days Pact, Lady Helen returns to find that even when one is spending their summer at the beach, dastardly and devious plots lurk just beneath the waves.
S. Jae-Jones weaves a lush melody of love and loss in her debut novel, Wintersong.
Sherri L. Smith's Flygirl is a World War II-era tale of a young black pilot who will do whatever it takes--including presenting herself as a white woman--to be allowed to fly.
Brian and his ten-year-old daughter Sophie review Varmints, the perfect graphic novel to read when firing your pistol into the saloon ceiling while spitting tobaccy and dealing poker.
Katherine Arden’s new fairy tale, The Bear and the Nightingale, is the perfect story to cozy up with during a cold winter’s night.
Looking for a character-driven WWII novel? Look no further.
Things get heated in The Burning Page, the third book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
Performing for one night only! You won’t want to miss Liza Ketchum’s The Life Fantastic, a novel in three acts.
Enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front, but found it too chipper and upbeat? Have we got the book for you!
Michaela MacColl’s latest, Secrets in the Snow, pits a fictional Jane Austen against family drama and a mysterious murder.
Rae Carson’s Like a River Glorious, the second book in The Gold Seer Trilogy, moves the action off the cross-country trail to a settlement in California, but that doesn’t mean it becomes any less dangerous.
Monica Hesse's Girl in the Blue Coat captures WWII-era Amsterdam beautifully, but reduces Jewish people to footnotes in their own story.
The second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City, turns the tired “damsel in distress” trope on its head.
Millard Nullings (with a little help from Ransom Riggs) shares a collection of folk stories with a peculiar twist in Tales of the Peculiar.
Get to know more about 926 Augur Lane’s resident specter—and the evil that lurks in the shadows of New Fiddleham—in Ghostly Echoes, the third book in William Ritter’s Jackaby series.
Do you like historical, supernatural, and romantic fiction all wrapped up in one book? READ ON.
Debutantes, dances, and demons, oh my! In The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, Lady Helen will never forget her first Season.
Lucinda Gray’s The Gilded Cage is a Gothic-ish mystery with a heroine who won’t let the man (or men) get her down.
In a game as old as time, Death and Love play a high stakes game with mortals.
Kiersten White’s And I Darken, the first book in her new Conqueror’s Saga series, examines what life might have been like for a female Vlad the Impaler.
Go on an adventure through alternate universes to procure obscure books in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library.
Investigate murder and a missing gem in A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, the first in the new Alternative Detective series.
Julie Eshbaugh’s Ivory and Bone takes ideas from Pride and Prejudice on a time-travel trip back to the Stone Age.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows put a fantastical spin on the history of the Nine-Day Queen in My Lady Jane.
Historical fiction meets modern-day crime investigation in Joy Preble’s It Wasn’t Always Like This.
Stacey Lee once again brings the tears, friendship, and beautifully-written history in this novel about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Cat Winters brings us a Hamlet retelling set in rural 1920s Oregon.
Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of the Sands, mixes Arabian nights with Wild West days (and superpowered afternoons).
This charming historical anthology is the cure for common history.
Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere, takes you on a trip through time and interpersonal relationships.
Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas mix Austen-esque sass with superpowers in These Vicious Masks.
Michael Grant’s Front Lines imagines a world in which women were allowed—and drafted—to fight in WWII.
Once again, Ruta Sepetys' beautiful book is going to make you ugly cry.
Lee Kelly's captivating new novel immerses you in a 1920s world in which Prohibition didn't ban alcohol--it banned magic.
Fans of The Diviners and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will love The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, about a 1907 Los Angeles socialite who wants to solve murders.
Embark on a whirlwind tour of sights and years with Alexandra Bracken's Passenger.
Half In Love With Death didn't live up to its 1960s serial killer promise.
In a world gone mad, there's only one man who can save us. And that hero's name is...Charlie Chaplin? What the hell? But he's only one of The Sixteen Burdens.
Mackenzi Lee’s Frankenstein retelling, This Monstrous Thing, breathes new life into the classic tale.
In Da Vinci’s Tiger, L.M. Elliot takes an educated guess at the story behind one of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest works.
Get your sleuth on with Jennifer Donnelly's These Shallow Graves, a satisfying mystery set in 1890s New York.
Ryan Graudin's Wolf By Wolf creates a terrifying past in which the Axis Powers won World War II -- and one girl sets out to catalyze their downfall.
Appearances are very deceiving in Katherine Howe’s The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen.
Garth Nix’s latest novel, Newt’s Emerald, mixes magic with Regency romance.
Go back to a time when traveling 20 miles per day was extraordinary and the Oregon Trail was (much) more menacing than a 2-D video game with Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger.
Abigail Rook and R.F. Jackaby are back on the case in William Ritter’s Beastly Bones, a no-less delightful follow-up to his debut novel, Jackaby.
Fill up yer canteens and oil up yer Colt pistols before you head out on the trail with Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road.
Ashley Hope Pérez's Out of Darkness is everything a reader could want in a historical novel.
Sarvenaz Tash takes us back to the original Woodstock concert, for a Three Day Summer.
In Shanna Swendson’s Rebel Mechanics, magic is a gift of the nobility—and industry is the yell of the revolution.
Blood might be thicker than water, but as the charming heroines of Jessica Day George's Silver in the Blood find out, that might not be such a good thing...
Michaela MacColl returns with another mystery based on the real life of a literary lady with The Revelation of Louisa May.
Our Royal Diaries review series comes to a fitting end with Catherine: The Great Journey.
Warm up after a long cold lonely winter with Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven.
1849 Missouri: two teenage girls are running from the law, pretending to be boys, and heading west on the Oregon Trail in Stacey Lee's Under A Painted Sky.
Teenage foster siblings Teo and Em fly above 1930s Ethiopia in Elizabeth Wein's Black Dove, White Raven.
Look past the odd character names in Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst, and you’ll find an action-packed historical novel with a little paranormal business thrown in for flavor.
Other leopard-based wordplay considered for the title included "a leopard can't change its spots," but when the leopard is a princess as badass as Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, she can do whatever the hell she damn pleases.
Kaiulani: The People's Princess proves that sometimes two great flavors—in this case, the Victorian Era and Hawaii—really do taste great together.
Silver People, a poetic novel by by Margarita Engle. Wanted: stalwart young men for large scale construction project in Panama. Bring your own shovel. No whiners.
Now this is a princess book.
In her debut novel, I'm Glad I Did, acclaimed songwriter Cynthia Weil gives us a taste of what life was like for aspiring young female songwriters in the 1960s.
Explore the cosmos with Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars, the latest in our Royal Diaries review series.
Check out award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick's The Ghosts of Heaven - AND CUE "THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA"
Claire Legrand’s Winterspell, a retelling of The Nutcracker, takes Clara’s magical Christmas dream to a whole other world.
The second book in the Dispossessed series—The Lovely and the Lost—falls prey to a bit of Bridge Book Blues, but is entertaining nonetheless.
Happy Thanksgiving! In the Royal Diaries book Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Patricia Clark Smith provides the non-Pilgrim perspective.
She's the Man? Man-arch? Monarch? Get it? Never mind.
Can a fifteen-year-old oracle of Apollo save ancient Greece from ruin?
Robin Talley's debut is nuanced, compassionate and powerful, and manages to skillfully balance a compelling story with two very difficult historical and cultural subjects.
The Royal Diaries series gets its Taíno girl power on with the story of Anacaona.
Spend an hour and a half watching Jeremy Renner wearing tight leather and wielding a ranged weapon? Don’t mind if I do.
If you’re looking for a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher that is a little less bleak than the original … Bethany Griffin’s The Fall is not it.
A turn-of-the-20th century father will do anything to cure his daughter of a dreaded curse, which dooms her to think for herself, in The Cure For Dreaming.
The Royal Diaries series goes to India with Kathryn Lasky's Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, and it is way better than that time the Cheetah Girls went to India.
The second book in Colleen Gleason’s Stoker and Holmes series involves steampunk, the occult, mysterious men—and builds on an already great series.
Maria reviews The Royal Diaries: Mary, Queen of Scots, which is apparently based off some CW show.
If you like your consulting detectives with floppy hair and their partners with a sassy attitude, then William Ritter’s debut novel Jackaby is for you.
Maria, She-of-NorCal, reviews Anna Kirwan's Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal, a Royal Diaries story about She-of-Lakamha-Citadel in the land called Bacal.
Maria reviews the Royal Diaries book Elisabeth: The Princess Bride, which is, to some extent, a kissing book.
Maria gets down to business reviewing Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, another entry in the Royal Diaries series.
The Cahill sisters go on one last treacherous magical adventure in Jessica Spotswood’s Sisters’ Fate.
Maria takes a break from reviewing Royal Diaries books to review Royal Diaries made-for-TV movies.
Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You looks at a mixed-race family in 1977 small-town Ohio struggling with the death of their golden child.
A flight full of screaming babies might be slightly more fun than watching View from the Top. But, the movie does have Mark Ruffalo in it.
In the third Royal Diaries installment, Carolyn Meyer's Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, heavy is the head that wears the crown.
Mandy C. spends time with the "family-oriented retelling" that launched a thousand Merthur shippers.
Maria continues her procession through The Royal Diaries series with Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile
Care for a little adventure à la National Treasure or The Mummy? Queue up this movie, which features Michael Sheen masquerading as an Eastern European magician and Sam Neill sporting a fabulous moustache.
Find yourself mired in Sherlock gifs, wondering if and when a new series will ever come to pass? Amanda gives you Portia Adams, granddaughter of John Watson, who is here to scratch your Holmesian itch!
Mandy C. is totally enamored with the story of the red-haired, faerie killing, Buffy-like main character in Elizabeth May’s The Falconer.