Tag Archive for YA Historical Literature

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2) by Mackenzi Lee

If you loved Monty’s story, you can rest assured that this companion features both him and Percy in equal measure. That said, there are great passages of time where they’re locked out of the story in favour of Felicity, Sim, the Muslim-woman who agrees to pay Felicity’s way to Germany, and Johanna, Felicity’s childhood friend from whom she’d distanced herself for the past few years after a difference of opinion. This novel is primarily an exploration about the different places available for women at the time. Just like Felicity, both Johanna and Sim find themselves unable to pursue the roles that they wanted for themselves just because of the gender they were assigned at birth. Read more →


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Now that I have read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I can say without a doubt that it was so well done; it’s a story that is funny and heartbreaking, an amazing adventure and about letting go of the residual shame of who are to live the life you want. In other words, it’s a very important book to pick up with a range of diverse representation set in an 18th century world, which rarely, if ever, gets a chance to show characters like these ones in exactly this way. If you are queer, asexual, biracial, have chronic illness, or have pursued a career for which you wouldn’t be allowed in the 18th century, then trust me, you’ll get a lot out of this novel. Read more →

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Secrets Blog Tour: Interview with Kelley Armstrong & Giveaway

I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to interview her for YABookShelf.com, and I’m over the moon that one lucky U.S. or Canadian reader will win the Secrets 7-book box set through my blog. I hope that my questions and Kelley Armstrong’s thoughtful responses will get you excited to check out at least this book if not all of the books in the series. Read more →


Win 1 Of 2 Paperback Copies of Alchemy’s Daughter!

I really enjoyed learning about the tumultuous period before and after the Bubonic Plague begins sweeping through Europe through the eyes of a strong, independent woman, and I’m sure that you will, too. Today, as the subject heading of this post suggests, you have a chance to win one of two copies of this award-winning book, Alchemy’s Daughter. Read more →