I don't remember signing up to review Traitor Angels (it's hard to keep up with anything when you're sick), but I'm glad that I did. I have a speciaI don't remember signing up to review Traitor Angels (it's hard to keep up with anything when you're sick), but I'm glad that I did. I have a special place in my heart for history, but when you throw together British history, religious history (science so has a place in religious history), and art history, I am so on board. Traitor Angels had all of those, as well as a sweet romance, making for a fun read.
First off, I have to say that this book is not historically accurate. No, I'm not just talking about the chase for clues, but there were some liberties taken with Milton's family. That sort of thing does not bother me, but it's there. Elizabeth was still a fun character that I don't think would have been nearly as interesting if her real life would have featured. Fiction makes for better stories sometimes.
Did I say chase for clues? Of course I did! I am so happy that this is becoming more of a thing in YA because there is nothing better than reading "coming of age" novels that has young people playing race and chase to find clues or solve mysteries. Traitor Angels has Elizabeth, Antonio, and maybe a friend or two going to various destinations in 17th century England.
I like to read for descriptions of various places, food, and dress when I read historical fiction and fantasy, and Traitor Angels did not disappoint. With the scavenger hunt, I got descriptions of certain areas, as well as what people used to write, dry ink, etc. It was so very cool for the nerd in me.
Traitor Angels was a fun and sweet read for me, and I hope there are more books like this soon. This is an author that I will be checking out in the future, and if you're interested in this book at all, I recommend picking it up....more
I know I've said before that I tend to avoid American historical fiction when I'm choosing my reading materials, but I had no problem with picking up The Uninvited by Cat Winters because I enjoyed her writing in her debut, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. The writing in The Uninvited was just as good, if not better, because putting the book down and doing other things (like work) made me pretty angry.
The Uninvited is a very character-driven novel, as it follows Ivy Rowan adjusting to her new life away from her family in Buchanan, Illinois. Everything is in an upheaval from World War I and the flu epidemic, so nothing is easy for her. Since Ivy feels so enormously guilty about the murder her father and brother committed, she keeps going back to the Schendel furniture in hopes of making amends with Daniel. The development of that relationship was slow, but worth it in the end.
When I saw that The Uninvited was about ghosts, I expected them to be a lot more present throughout the novel. It is not at all what I would necessarily consider a ghost story. Ivy caught glances of various dead friends and relatives, and she knew that foretold some death in the coming days.
I do want to bring it up, though I cannot say much about it, but there are certain turns of the plot that I did not see coming from a mile away. I had an idea in my mind of what The Uninvited was going to be about, and it was not THAT at all. Having said that, it made the experience of reading the book so much better.
If you're a reader of historical fiction or a fan of Winters' YA, you need to go out and find you a copy of The Uninvited. Being as it was released in trade paperback, it shouldn't be too expensive. I can almost guarantee that it'll be a reread, or you'll at least be sharing it with friends.
To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an advance copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me....more
Books dealing with time travel are usually very hit or miss for me, and young adult ones in the genre are usually more of a miss. Since I am ever theBooks dealing with time travel are usually very hit or miss for me, and young adult ones in the genre are usually more of a miss. Since I am ever the optimist, I wanted to give The Girl from Everywhere a chance. I will admit that I wasn’t in love with the book by the time I finished it, it was a fun ride.
The Girl from Everywhere is about Nix Song, a mixed race Chinese girl that time travels with her father. Her father is from modern-day New York, but she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 1868. The other characters aboard the boat are from other eras in history, though not quite what you would expect. Their interactions with one another are pretty fantastic, especially Nix and Kashmir. Nix’s relationship with Slate, her father and captain, is well-written and believable. Both of their angst comes across beautifully. The characters off of the boat, except for Joss, were not my favorites at all, and I didn’t really understand the point of them.
The best part of The Girl from Everywhere was the history. I haven’t read much about the history of Hawaii – fiction or non-fiction – and I’ve learned enough that definitely makes me want to do further research on the fall of the monarchy, if nothing else. (Guilty pleasure alert.) Heilig wrote it in such a way that I felt like I was there with Nix. Yes, they traveled to places other than Hawaii, and they read just as true, too.
Since I said I would be honest, the end of The Girl from Everywhere was not as good as the beginning. For the first half of the book, I felt like I could read it forever, but as the plot progressed and the various tensions heightened, I wasn’t as invested in the story. I don’t know if it was the characters on the island or the love interest that felt forced, but I lost some of my excitement in reading it.
Though I had some issues with The Girl from Everywhere, I still think it’s a great debut, and we’ll be seeing great things from Heilig. I, for starters, can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an advance copy of the book briefly for reviewing purposes through Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review. The book was likely provided to the tour by the publisher or author, which has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own....more