Books recommendations – YA Historical Fiction

Hello gentle reader,

I’m a big fan of the Young Adult community Epic Reads run by the fab Margot Wood and Aubry Parks-Fried from Harper Collins. I especially like their Tea Time videos (on Youtube every Wednesday at 4:30pm EST) where they talk about YA books and YA-related news. I really recommend you watch those videos if you want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of YA books.

This week they shared a fantastic chart about YA Historical Fiction and I decided to post it here, because I believe that if you write in a specific genre, you need to know (and read) what’s published in that specific genre. You can find the original list here and download it in different sizes.

Please note: there are 140 YA books on the list, most of them published after 2005, which means it’s only a small sample of what’s out there. If you print the full size image, it’s… 8 feet long!

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Take a look at the list and tell me: how many of these books have you read?

Feel free to leave me a comment below and to share the chart!

Paris in the Fall

Hello gentle reader,

As you may know, I’m lucky to be able to go to Paris quite often. Last spring I posted a few pictures of the City of Light, and since the weather has been gorgeous here in France for the past few weeks, I thought you might enjoy a few pictures of Paris in the fall…

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The Eiffel Tower

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Paris Metro – Art Nouveau Entrance

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The Sacré Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris)

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The historic district of Montmartre, where many notable artists lived during the Belle Époque (1872-1914).

(All pictures are mine, please credit me if you repost them)

Have you ever been to Paris? What’s your favourite place? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Waiting On Wednesday – 62

Hello gentle reader,

today I’m waiting on RISE OF ORION by my friend Rachel O’Laughlin. The book cover was revealed yesterday on the IceyBooks blog. It’s an Epic Fantasy and it’ll be the third book in the SERENGARD series, sequel to COLDNESS OF MAREK and KNIGHTS OF RILCH (expected publication: 2d December 2014 by Dublin Mist Press). If you’ve been following this blog, you may remember I really enjoyed Books 1 & 2, which means I can’t wait for Book 3 and Mikel’s point of view!

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From Goodreads:

After the border wars, Mikel Orion flees Serengard and seeks haven in the Desert of Aldad. Although he and his sister Kierstaz must become slaves in order to set foot inside its borders, the hot sands hold a bitter kind of peace—one he wants to keep. But he risks destroying the cover story that protects him and Kierstaz when he becomes entangled with an Aldadi girl. Aura has tragic secrets of her own, but she gives Mikel a purpose beyond his birthright…as well as scars that run deeper than skin.

Twelve years later, trouble brews among the Aldadi and the Drei alike. Trapped in a dungeon as the prize prisoner of Trzl—an orchestrator of the rebellion that killed his parents—Mikel is out of maneuvers. Even while Kierstaz gathers a force in the west to attempt his rescue, Trzl sharpens her daggers and begins to resemble the hypnotic ruler she claims to loathe…and Mikel becomes convinced that peace has never been within his reach at all.

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Have you heard about this book? Is it on your TBR list? What are you waiting on this week?

Book of the Week – Fallen Beauty

Hello gentle reader,

this week I’ve been reading FALLEN BEAUTY by Erika Robuck (published in March 2014 by NAL Trade). It’s a Historical novel set in 1920’s New York. I’ve had this book on my To-Be-Read list for a while, and this weekend I found out it was less than £2 on Kindle UK, so I bought it on a whim. I’m about 2/3 in now, and I’m not regretting picking it up. The writing is gorgeous and the world building is great. The dual POV gives an interesting insight into the lives of two very different women in the Jazz Age. It reminds me of The Scarlet Letter, of fairy tales and of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s definitely an intriguing read, and I recommend it.

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From Goodreads:

Upstate New York, 1928. Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future…

That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will…

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Waiting On Wednesday – 61

Hello gentle reader,

today I’m waiting on HALF WILD by Sally Green (expected publication: 25th March 2015 by Penguin UK). It’s a YA Fantasy and the second book in the Half Life trilogy. HALF BAD being my favourite book of 2014 so far, I cannot wait to read the sequel!

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The blurb for HALF WILD is very spoilery if you haven’t read the first book in the trilogy, so I’m only including the blurb for HALF BAD here. Because you really should read it if you haven’t already.

Half-BadFrom Goodreads:

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Have you heard about this book? Is it on your TBR list? What are you waiting on this week?

Book of the Week: The Lynburn Legacy trilogy

Hello gentle reader,

today I’m over at The Great Noveling Adventure sharing my review of the Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan.

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Take a look maybe? And let me know below what you’ve been reading this week!