historical fiction


Review: The Rule of Four

Title: The Rule of Four
: Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Release Date: June 8th 2005
Pages: 450
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Mystery
Purchase: The Book Depository

It’s Easter at Princeton. Seniors are scrambling to finish their theses. And two students, Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris, are a hair’s breadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili–a renowned text attributed to an Italian nobleman, a work that has baffled scholars since its publication in 1499. For Tom, their research has been a link to his family’s past — and an obstacle to the woman he loves. For Paul, it has become an obsession, the very reason for living. But as their deadline looms, research has stalled — until a long-lost diary surfaces with a vital clue. And when a fellow researcher is murdered just hours later, Tom and Paul realize that they are not the first to glimpse the Hypnerotomachia ‘s secrets.

Suddenly the stakes are raised, and as the two friends sift through the codes and riddles at the heart of the text, they are beginning to see the manuscript in a new light–not simply as a story of faith, eroticism and pedantry, but as a bizarre, coded mathematical maze. And as they come closer and closer to deciphering the final puzzle of a book that has shattered careers, friendships and families, they know that their own lives are in mortal danger. Because at least one person has been killed for knowing too much. And they know even more.

Based on the synopsis, I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, the story and mystery did not blow my mind like I expected and the writing was often tedious and long winded.Continue reading


Review: I’ll See You in Paris

I'll See You in Paris CoverTitle: I’ll See You in Paris
Author: Michelle Gable
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: February 9th 2016
Pages: 400
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Source: Netgalley
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❝ Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won’t Laurel tell her the truth?

The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This is such a charming book and I enjoyed every second of it!Continue reading


Review: The King’s Sisters

26098417Title: The King’s Sisters (The Cross and the Crown #3)
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Release Date: December 8th 2015
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
Source: Netgalley
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❝ It is now 1542 and another queen, Catherine Howard, has been beheaded for adultery. The king falls into a deep melancholy and questions the faith and loyalty of those around him. Catherine has found herself in a unique position as a married former nun. Now she is a wealthy widow. She has two children, a boy who has successfully joined the young prince’s household and a daughter who lives with her at Richmond Palace, home to Henry’s cast-off fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, now designated “The King’s Beloved Sister.” Catherine also enjoys the attentions of widower Benjamin Davies. But England has changed again. Anne of Cleves hopes for reinstatement as queen―until questions arise about the finances of the houses she keeps. Catherine, as one of the king’s “reformed sisters,” is singled out, just as she realizes that she is carrying a third child. ❞

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. My expectations differed from the actual reality of the book, but I did enjoy it nonetheless.Continue reading


Review: Code Name Verity

verity1Title: Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1)
Publisher: Egmont Press
Release Date: February 6th 2012
Pages: 441
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
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❝ Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? ❞

There are so many things I loved about this book, to the point that I literally could not think of a single criticism. It was that good. Not only is it World War II themed, it’s about women being awesome, and it gave me a tremendous amount of feels (which is not a bad thing). 

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Book vs. Adaptation

Book vs. Adaptation: War Horse

Title: War Horse
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Play adaptation: Nick Stafford
Genre(s): Drama, Historical Fiction

❝ Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.❞

The theatre adaptation of War Horse is based on the children’s book of the same name written by Michael Morpurgo. We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the show so I can’t illustrate, but believe me when I say that it was a true wonder to experience. If you have the chance to see the theatre adaptation, wherever you are, take it. You won’t regret it!

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