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Waiting on Wednesday: Enchantee

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Enchantée

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

To Be Published: February 5, 2019
by Flatiron/MacMillan

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic her mother forbade her to use, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Though Camille’s resentment of the rich is at at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, when she meets a handsome inventor she believes liberty and love may finally be possible.

But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie—before Paris burns… [summary from Goodreads]

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Realistic fiction with a hint of magic thrown in is one of my favorite types of stories. Add in the backdrop of the French Revolution? Count me in!

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Pulp

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Pulp

Pulp by Robin Talley

To Be Published: November 13, 2018
by Harlequin Teen

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go. [summary from Goodreads]

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A few things I love: Historical Fiction. Parallel Timelines. Romance!

So, clearly, this is the book for me! I’m very intrigued by the 1955 setting and can’t wait to see how the two girls’ stories tie together.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

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

To Be Published: October 2, 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books

Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.

Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

[summary from Goodreads]

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The first book in this series was so entertaining that I pre-ordered this book halfway through reading the first. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is a feminist book about the power of female friendship, and I cannot wait to see Felicity take on these new adventures.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Review

Let’s Talk: My Lady Jane

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My Lady JaneMy Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Published June 7, 2016 by HarperTeen
512 pages
Amazon | B&N
Source: Purchased


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Edward is the sixteen-year-old king of England, and he happens to be on his deathbed, unfortunately. He’s pretty upset about this considering he would rather be planning how to get his first kiss than planning who to give the crown to when he dies. His counselors persuade him to name his cousin Jane as his successor. However, to secure the line of succession, Jane needs an heir. Which means she needs a husband. Edward agrees to marry her off to Gifford (call him G). Jane would rather read all day than become a married lady — or the queen — and G has a few secrets of his own — like he spends his days as a horse. Edward, Jane, and Gifford become wrapped up in a plot to save England. Can they take back the kingdom before it’s off with their heads?

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“No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”

MY LADY JANE is nothing like any book I’ve ever read, and yet combines the best of all the books I’ve ever loved. The story takes place in sixteenth-century England during the reign of the famous Tudor family. I knew nothing but the name ‘Tudor’ before reading this and am now pleased to say I understand the line of succession, the names of the rulers (and the many wives…) and how it all played out. And I never felt like I was getting a history lesson.

I don’t want to give too much away because this book is best enjoyed with surprises intact, so I’m not going to tell you anything more about the plot, except that you will LOVE IT. The dialogue was quip and funny and the whole book was totally over the top, but in the best way possible. Jane was a heroine that many of us can relate too – she loves books above all else wants nothing more than to spend her days filling her head with knowledge. But when the time comes, she is also a bad ass lady who will stop at nothing to protect her friends and to do what’s right.

I really enjoyed that this book was a spin-off of history. It makes me sad for the real Lady Jane Grey, who I wish history could have seen more of before she was unjustly beheaded. I wasn’t sure what to think of the Eðian storyline at first — certain people who can turn into animals? It sounded far-fetched and unbelievable but ended up being just the right touch of magical realism. It just WORKS within the story and I didn’t question it at all as I read. In fact, it made for some of the funniest most enjoyable parts of the book. It’s of course a retelling of the infamous Protestant/Catholic divide of the time, but instead the divide is between Eðians and the Verities who hate them for it.

Jane, Edward, and Gifford are all unique and developed characters who I loved equally and who were all equally essential to the storyline. Some books with multiple POVs leave me feeling like I love one character and don’t want to switch to the other, but that was not the case here! Even though the chapters switched off between each character’s POV, the story continued on very neatly and never felt jumpy.

MY LADY JANE will keep you engrossed until the end. It will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters and never want the story to end. After 512 pages, I still wanted more!

 

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