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Exile for Dreamers

(Stranje House #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  184 reviews
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Tor Teen
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Kathleen Baldwin Yes, all of the characters are there. Tess's sister-like friendship with Georgie is there from the start. As Stephanie explains below, Exile for…moreYes, all of the characters are there. Tess's sister-like friendship with Georgie is there from the start. As Stephanie explains below, Exile for Dreamers is told by Tess and involves her relationship with Lord Ravencross. It also delves into her past friendship with Lady Daneska who is back at Stranje House bringing more trouble with her. (less)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars rounded up

I have an unfair fondness for this series that started out with The School for Unusual Girls and for each of the girls of the Stranje House including Miss Stranje herself and even Madam Cho so it was a delight continuing the series in Tess’ (who played a major role in the first book) POV although I have to admit that I really missed Georgie’s quirky, light and fun perspective. The plot basically revolves around Tess’ unique prophetic dreams and how the characters work together t
Paige  Bookdragon

I love the storyline of this series. I love how girls are made into something other than simpering ladies who talks about dresses. I love how each girls with different personalities are given a chance to shine.

BUT as much as I love this, Exile for Dreamers is something of a disappointment. I kinda enjoyed the first book which was narrated by Georgie but this one kinda fell flat for me. Maybe because the heroine annoys me sometimes and the romance between her and the hero is a little bit boring. W/>
Every night, Tess has nightmares. Her dreams hold prophetic elements, but always the worst, most painful foreshadowings, and she experiences everything right along with the people she’s dreaming about. So, every morning she tries to shake the torment by running around the grounds of Stranje House, a school for educating young ladies with unusual powers or talents. Her runs have gained the attention of next-door-neighbor Gabriel, Lord Ravencross, who has gained Tess’s affection in return. But now
Sara Cardon
This cover is gorgeous!

I'm a huge fan of this series - smart, strong girls at a "finishing school" - when really they're spies and saving England from Napoleon. These girls mix a cake one minute and explosives the next. Awesome.

Exile for Dreamers is Tess's story. Tess is afraid her dreams will drive her to madness. Miss Stranje's home for girls - unusual girls with unique talents and gifts - is Tess's safe haven. But a plot shatters her feeling of refuge. Tess resolves to
Lisa Mandina
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review to come at Lisa Loves Literature on Thursday.
Nicki Chapelway
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's not to like about Regency Era Gallagher Girls?

Tess was a fun heroine (*cough* and the Bex *cough* *cough*), and probably the girl that I relate to the most out of all of them, even if she is a little reckless. I like to think that I would be a bit more reasonable and take more time to think things through than her, but if I went to a girl's school for spies and I can definitely see myself as being the one to explore every secret passage way, befriend all of the animals, and le
Ever since arriving at Miss Stranje's establishment, Tess has been running - running to keep away the dreams- the nightmares that predict terrible things for good people. She runs to keep away the madness that killed her mother and grandmother. She has an affinity for the woods and for the animals; Miss Stranje's school is also a place of refuge. When some thugs try to kidnap Georgie and kill Lord Ravencross, Tess steps in to save her friends. She denies Lord Ravencross is even a friend, despite ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

While there wasn't too much plot movement from the first book, I really enjoyed reading more about Tess and Gabriel. They make an adorable, grumbly couple ;-) Can't wait for the next in the series!!
Diane Estrella
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is unusual for me to love a book so much and expectantly (and warily) look to book two with the same enthusiasm... Why? Because USUALLY book two in a series doesn't quite live up to the hype and excitement of book one. (Hello, The Empire Strikes Back) Not only was this book better than the first, but it was actually a stronger book in every sense of the word. The storyline was better. The characters, both old and new, were wonderful to see unfold. The romance was slightly up-ed as well, but s ...more
WOW I loved this book!! As I was reading, I debated on giving it 4, or even 3, stars because there were a couple parts that seemed to drag, but after that ending, how could one not give it 5 stars?!?

I loved seeing things from Tess's point of view; her character was so well done! I enjoyed all the action and suspense and excitement. It did take a little bit for me to really, really start loving the book, but by the last half/third I could NOT put it down!!!

I would also like to comment on the
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is one MAJOR difference between Exile for Dreamers and A School for Unusual Girls. We get this story from the POV of Tess, one of my favorite Stranje girls. Normally, I don't like character changes from book to book, but in certain circumstances, I love it. With this series, I love it. I hope to see a book for each of these wonderfully unique girls.

The book begins with a bang, literally. Plus a dead on knife throw. From there, it just gets better and better, as we are thrown into the live
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star for me!

So fun. I really enjoyed the first book, School for Unusual Girls, but I had the feeling I would love Exile for Dreamers more. Why? Because in the first book, we followed Georgie, who was brilliant and clever, but just a bit...annoying. This one, however, followed Tess, a girl at the school that I was constantly curious to know more about. Especially her dealings with the equally wild tempered Lord Ravencross! :D I was not disappointed at all and my need to get more i
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Starting basically right where A School For Unusual Girls left off and this time with Tess we're thrown back into the action adventure. With Lady Daneska making plans with the Iron Crown to try and kidnap Georgie, Tess believes that she must stay and protect her and those she loves - including Lord Ravencross. Not wanting to fall asleep and succumb to the horrible dreams that she has, yet needing to get the upper hand, Tess must find in herself the strength to help the girls' bring down Lady Dan ...more
3.5 stars
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it

Alright, so I read the first book in this series way back before I started this blog, and I LOVED it! So much so that I specifically requested that my local library buy the second and third books in the series since they only had the first. Well, lo and behold, a couple of days ago I got an e-mail from my library saying that they had purchased it, and since I specifically requested it, I could be the first one to check it out. Score! So I immediately downloaded it and finished book two in about
Rachel's Book Reviews
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Endings are Kathleen's strong point. Just finished reading.
Awwwww, I'm such a sucker for wounded heroes.

I'm also REALLY looking forward to hearing Jane & Alexander's story. Quirky american inventor with a prickly proper lady? Yes please.

Thorough review closer to release date. :)

(I apologize in advance for the length :P I have a tldr; at the bottom.
4.5 stars!

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Aww. Dudes, I’m such a sucker for this series. Even though I generally enjoy hist
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
I absolutely loved A School for Unusual Girls! So it saddens me to have to write this review for Exile of Dreamers because, while this series isn’t a trilogy (I believe it’s a 4-6 book series), Exile for Dreamers fell into a trap that many trilogies experience – Second Book Syndrome. For the majority of the novel, it just felt like nothing was happening – like it was all just filler. There were some minor revelations, but nothing major or overly exciting.

Despite the lack of action an
Jes Drew
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a beautiful sequel. This time we get Tess' story and she is such a unique and haunted heroine. Then there's her hero, who strikes me as a cross between Ross Poledark and Heathecliff. We get to see the continuation of love stories begun in the first book and see the beginnings of new ones. The prose is lyrical, the setting is haunting, and story is so unique. I look forward to book three!
Mary H
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is so charming, and obviously I appreciate boss girls kicking butt in regency gowns, but something just isn't quite clicking to make me fall completely in love with this series so far. Loooove Tess though. She's a dynamic narrator and super interesting. I guess I just wish the story dug deeper both in plot and in characters. The girls at Stranje House are absurdly interesting; I want to know more about all of them!
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so good! I was a bit disappointed when it switched the focal romance from the first book, but it was great none the less. I won't say too much because Madison M. is still reading it.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this series. I like how it centers on can do females in a time when they were often held back.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery, intrigue, ya
"Exile for Dreamers" the second book in Kathleen Baldwin's Stranje House series is exciting and gripping as Tess Aubreyson struggling to interpret the prophetic dreams that leave her feeling hopeless and afraid is swept up in a scheme to stop the Ghost and Lady Daneska from killing Gabriel, kidnapping the American engineer Alexander Sinclair and stealing his plans for a new warship. But what they quickly realize is that their archenemies may be gathering information to pave the way for Napoleon' ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
ah this book series is soooo good!
Kathy Martin
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
EXILE FOR DREAMERS makes Tess the star this time. Tess is plagued by prophetic dreams and also fears that she will lose her mind and die young like her mother and grandmother. Gabriel who is the new Lord Ravencross isn't going to let that happen. Despite her determination that they will just be friendly strangers, he keeps courting her.

Besides this romance plot, our heroines also have to deal with Lady Daneska returning after being routed in the first book to try to capture Tess as a
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars

An enjoyable trip to Regency England where things aren't exactly as you may remember -- Napoleon has been exiled to Elba, but he's a huge threat all around. History changed when a group of talented girls get involved with "diplomatic" missions (i.e...spy work).

This is the second book in the Stranje House series and it picks up after the events in A School for Unusual Girls. This time, the story is from Tess's point of view as she tries to balance her
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It should be noted that I received a copy of this book as part of a Good Reads giveaway.
Exile for Dreamers takes the already good foundation established in A School for Unusual Girls and builds upon it. The plot of this second novel is more compelling and and complex, with distinct plot as well as a prominent subplot. Additionally, we have the intriguing aspect of the school having to hold up to exterior scrutiny, something that was touched upon in book one, but nowhere near as much as here in book two. Fin
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-ya
Another excellent Stranje House tale, a sequel to A School For Unusual Girls. The first book was about an academy for girls who didn't fit into their neat little cubbyholes in Regency England, girls who had "abilities" that scared their families, or who liked to study engineering, or take long runs every morning. Their fed-up families would send them to Miss Stranje's school, known for its strict discipline and draconian measures.

What the clueless families didn't realize is Miss Stranje's schoo
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exile for Dreamers is the second book in Baldwin's Stranje House series. I loved it just as much as the first. This is an alternate history set in the early 1800s. What would happen if Napoleon did take over France and continued his campaign for world dominance? This book investigates just that all in the backdrop of a girls' school called Stranji House, where families send their "trouble-making" daughters who can't conform to society's expectations. Instead of learning watercoloring and sewing, ...more
Jacky Faber
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's too bad there is such a wait between books, as I didn't remember very much what happened in the previous book, which would have helped with understanding the plot of this book.

I did enjoy it though. Tess is a strong young woman but she thinks she has no future for herself and with Gabriel, Lord Ravencross, who she is in love with. The women in her family have disturbing dreams that sometimes predict the future. However, her mother went mad and Tess thinks that is her fate as wel
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Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.
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“Hatred and anger are not the opposites of love, Tess. They are backsides of the same playing cards. It is easier to flip hostile feelings over and find the love and forgiveness that have been hidden there all along, aching to be found, than it is to produce new feelings.” 2 likes
“Even if I were half dead, drugged to the gills, deaf, dumb, and blind, I would know you were here. How can you expect me to rest when you arouse such madness in me?” 1 likes
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