Tag Archive for YA Historical Literature

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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 →


Alchemy’s Daughter by Mary A. Osborne

Finally, this award-winning novel speaks to the experience of loss and grief in a way that will resonate with both teen and adult readers, even ones like myself, who typically shy away from this historical period. It reminds us that we can wallow in the darkness of despair when we lose the one we love or when someone we know dies, but when we’re able to find a way to move forward authentically, there will be something beautiful around the corner, even if it is only our own, personal growth.

For these reasons and many more than I can delineate in this review, Alchemy’s Daughter is one that will continue to resonate with me for a long time coming just like the earlier book in the Alchemy Series. Read more →


Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

If you still haven’t read Rose Under Fire, then pick it up today. Wein brings back the themes that readers have grown to love about her novel, Code Name Verity, and even gives us glimpses of some of our favorite characters, like Maddie. While the main characters may be fictionalizations, readers of historical fiction, in general, and YA historical novels, in particular, will appreciate the factual truth of everything Wein shares about one of the darkest periods in the 20th century. Read more →