Tag: historical

Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane | Review

April 25, 2017 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane | Review

Review: Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane I’ve already told you all about my wild excitement at Maud, as well as my obsession with all things Anne of Green Gables. So let’s dive right into Maud. =p My first thoughts when reading MAUD: This reads like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books! There’s something very simple, direct, and 19th century about the prose in Maud, and it instantly brought me back to all my moments learning about pioneer life as a child. Here’s the thing, though: this is not an idyllic time. Unlike L.M. Montgomery’s whimsical Anne of Green Gables, teen Lucy Maud […]

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane | Waiting on Wednesday

Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane | Waiting on Wednesday

Guys. Gather round. Let me tell you a story. So it’s no secret that Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite heroines of all time. I’ve been fascinated with her and with author L.M. Montgomery for a very long time. So when I first heard about MAUD, a YA novel based on Montgomery’s teen life a few years ago? I freaked out. Not only did I hear about it, but I heard about it from a friend. My friend Melanie Fishbane, who I met through book blogging. And the reason she was telling me about it? Because she wrote […]

Waiting on Wednesday: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

Waiting on Wednesday: A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood

I am so late with the WoW, but I just heard about it, and I’m in love. YA stories that talk about bad-ass women on the fringes throughout history? Seriously, sign me up! I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever read Elizabeth Wein, Leslye Walton, and Marissa Meyer from this enormous list of authors, but I love them and I BELIEVE. Is A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS on your TBR? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know and I’ll stop by! —– “Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book […]

Review: Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

September 10, 2013 / 5 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things Author: Cynthia Voigt (website) Illustrator: Iacopo Bruno  Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: eARC from publisher on NetGalley Publication date: September 10th 2013 (today!) My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Goodreads synopsis: Max Starling’s theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife’s acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Starling’s equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she enjoys a good adventure as much as […]

Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

August 30, 2013 / 12 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Early Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire  Author: Elizabeth Wein (website | twitter) Publisher: Disney Hyperion (Doubleday Canada in my country!) Source: eARC provided by Disney Hyperion on Netgalley (thank you!) Expected publication date: September 10, 2013 My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Goodreads synopsis:  Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Waiting on Wednesday: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW pick is a companion to one of my 5-star books this year: Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity companion) Author: Elizabeth Wein Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Hyperion Books in USA/UK) Expected publication date: September 17, 2013 While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible […]

Review: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

March 11, 2013 / 15 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze and Gold Author: Jane Nickerson Publisher: Albert A Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books Source: eARC requested through Netgalley Publication Date: March 12, 2013 (tomorrow!) My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Goodreads synopsis:  A sweeping Gothic thriller based on the spine-chilling “Bluebeard” fairytale 17-year-old Sophia Petheram has been sheltered by her doting family all her life, until the day her father dies. It’s 1855, and with no money and few options, she goes to live with her guardian, the mysterious Bernard de Cressac, at the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi. Sophie has always longed […]

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

January 31, 2013 / 16 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity Author: Elizabeth Wein Publisher: Doubleday Canada Publication Date: May 15, 2012 (first published Feb 6, 2012) Format/Source: eBook borrowed from Toronto Public Library; read for January Toronto Forever Young Adult Book Club meeting Length: 352 pages My rating: 5 out of 5 stars From Goodreads:  Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

Waiting on Wednesday: Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW pick is one I found through Atlantic Wire’s YA to Watch For list: Starstruck Author: Rachel Shukert Publisher: Delacorte Press Expected publication date: March 12, 2013 From Goodreads:  A golden age of glam . . . Every week they arrive in Los Angeles–beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It’s all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she’s discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She’s more than ready to escape […]