Category: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Book Review: Envy (The Luxe Series) by Anna Godbersen

Book Review: Envy (The Luxe Series) by Anna Godbersen

The Good…: Envy, the third book in Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series picks up two months after Elizabeth Holland’s “rescue.” The truth is only something only a handful of people know. While society waits for Liz to reenter society, Elizabeth is struggling with a broken heart and wondering how she can go on under the […]

Book Review: Rumors (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen

Book Review: Rumors (The Luxe) by Anna Godbersen

The Good…: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I don’t know what happened, but Rumors hooked me from the very beginning, unlike the first book in the series, The Luxe. Rumors picks up three months after the events in The Luxe. I won’t go too into the story as I don’t want to write spoilers, but Rumors […]

Book Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Book Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Good…: I remember trying to read this novel years ago, but being in the 3rd grade I was unprepared to deal with the subject matter. I guess it’s one thing to watch a movie, and another to read the novel. This was really surprising to me, because the film is one of my favorite […]

Book Review: Queen of Someday & Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Series) by Sherry D. Ficklin

Book Review: Queen of Someday & Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Series) by Sherry D. Ficklin

The Good…: Author Sherry D. Ficklin brings Catherine the Great to life in her Stolen Empire series. The first book, Queen of Someday, focuses on a young Sophie struggles with political intrigue and possible ruination if she’s deemed unfit to marry Grand Duke Peter. A mercurial young man, Peter is a difficult guy to get […]

Book Review: The Luxe (A Luxe Novel) by Anna Godbersen

Book Review: The Luxe (A Luxe Novel) by Anna Godbersen

The Good…: Anna Godbersen’s writing reminds me of Edith Wharton’s when she wrote The Age of Innocence. Like that older novel, The Luxe depicts New York’s high society. Set in the 19th century, sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland try to navigate the treacherous waters of the rich and famous. Following the death of their father, […]

Book Review: The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Empty Throne (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“When a man must choose between nothing and everything he has small choice.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Empty Throne The Good…: The Empty Throne contains the same fast-paced battle scenes, political scheming, and surprising twists as the other seven novels in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories. The Novel picks up a few months after the Uhtred fought Cnut and was […]

Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Pagan Lord (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

“Five things make a man happy,” I told him, “a good ship, a good sword, a good hound, a good horse, and a woman.” “Not a good woman?” Finan asked, amused. “They’re all good,” I said, “except when they’re not, and then they’re better than good.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Pagan Lord  The Good…: I’ve enjoyed all […]

Book Review: Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell)

Book Review: Death of Kings (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell)

“Every day is ordinary, until it isn’t.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, Death of Kings The Good…: I LOVE THIS SERIES! Bernard Cornwell’s Death of Kings is another book in his Saxon Stories series to be essentially chock-full of battle scenes from beginning to end. After Alfred dies, other contenders for the crown come out of the woodwork to try to snatch the […]

Book Review: The Burning Land (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: The Burning Land (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

 The Good…: The fifth book in Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories/The Warrior Chronicles, The Burning Land, picks up about two years after the incidents in the previous book. Uhtred and Gisela are expecting their fourth child, and life couldn’t be better. Until Alfred asks Uhtred to help him fight a new Danish conquer with his sights on Wessex. […]

Book Review: Sword Song (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

Book Review: Sword Song (The Warrior Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell

The Good…: Like Bernard Cornwell’s earlier Saxon Stories, Sword Song, is full of action. In this novel, Uhtred is forced to take London back from the Danes. King Alfred sends him with his cousin, Aethelred, who has just married Alfred’s daughter Aetheleflaed and taken over control of Southern Mercia. Uhtred is sent as one of […]