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Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession (Six Tudor Queens #2) by Alison Weir: A Book Review

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Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession
Author: Alison Weir
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Pages: 561
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 Synopsis: In this second novel of Alison Weir’s epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed author and historian weaves exciting new research into the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s most infamous wife, a woman ahead of her time whose very life—and death—forever changed a nation.

     Born into a noble English family, Anne is barely a teenager when she is sent from her family’s Hever Castle to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands. This strategic move on the part of her opportunistic father also becomes a chance for the girl to grow and discover herself. There, and later in France, Anne thrives, preferring to absorb the works of progressive writers rather than participate in courtly flirtations. She also begins to understand the inequalities and indignities suffered by her gender.

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives: A Book Review

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The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
Author: Eric Ives
Genre: Nonfiction, History, Biography
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Pages: 458
Source: My State Public Library
 Synopsis: Anne Boleyn is the most notorious of England’s queens, but more famous for her death as an adulterer than for her life. Henry’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I, Anne was the first English queen to be publicly executed. Yet what do we know of the achievements and legacy of her short reign?

     In The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Eric Ives provides the most detailed and convincing portrait we have of the queen. He reveals a person of intellect with a passion for the new culture of the Renaissance, a woman who made her way in a man’s world by force of education and personality. She played a powerful and independent role in the faction-ridden court of Henry VIII and the unceasing struggle for royal favour that was Tudor politics. The consequences can still be detected today. Indeed, Ives shows th…

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli by Alyssa Palombo: A Book Review

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli
Author: Alyssa Palombo
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

     Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticell…

The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters #1) by Lucinda Riley: A Book Review

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The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters #1)
Author: Lucinda Riley
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Atria
Release Date: 2015
Pages: 463
Source: My State Public Library
Synopsis: Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.

Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vis…

Interview with Jenni L. Walsh

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Today is the anniversary of the executions of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. To remember this event, I have interviewed Jenni L. Walsh, the author of Becoming Bonnie. Becoming Bonnie focuses on the early life of Bonnie Parker before her famous partner, Clyde Barrow. This is a fascinating interview about Bonnie and Clyde and the choices they made. I hope you enjoy reading this and that you will pick up a copy of Becoming Bonnie today! I loved it, and I can't wait for the sequel! Thank you, Mrs. Walsh!


This is your first novel. How long did it take to write and get Becoming Bonnie published?

     Yes! Becoming Bonnie is my debut! It was back in 2011 that I decided I wanted to try to write my first novel. The first two attempts didn't go so well, ha. My third novel resulted in representation with my former agent, but unfortunately that project never sold. Becoming Bonnie was my fourth novel with my second agent. I'd say it took about eight months to write, seven months for…

Blog Tour: The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

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THE PEARL THIEF
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon,Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads
Synopsis: Before Verity . . . there was Julie.

     When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

     Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scots Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new exper…

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh: A Book Review

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Becoming Bonnie
Author: Jenni L. Walsh
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh--and just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Oscar award-winning film, Bonnie and Clyde--Becoming Bonnie is the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo!

     The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her, and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

     Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a w…

Blog Tour: Umberland by Wendy Spinale

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UMBERLAND
Author: Wendy Spinale
Pub. Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TBD, iBooks, Goodreads
Synopsis: What began with a reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy now twists into a stunning version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass!

     Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple.

     Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Al…

Release Day Blitz for Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh

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Becoming Bonnie Release Day Blitz for May 9, 2017 
Author: Jenni L. Walsh
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher Forge Books
Pages: 304
Book Summary: From debut historical novelist Jenni L. Walsh comes the untold story of how wholesome Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo.

     ​The summer of 1927 might be the height of the Roaring Twenties, but Bonnelyn Parker is more likely to belt out a church hymn than sling drinks at an illicit juice joint. She’s a sharp girl with plans to overcome her family's poverty, provide for herself, and maybe someday marry her boyfriend, Roy Thornton. But when Roy springs a proposal on her and financial woes jeopardize her ambitions, Bonnelyn finds salvation in an unlikely place: Dallas's newest speakeasy, Doc's.

     Living the life of a moll at night, Bonnie remains a wholesome girl by day, engaged to Roy, attending school and working toward a steady future. When Roy discovers her secret life, and embraces it—perhaps too m…

Book Blitz: Air and Ash (Tides #1) by Alex Lidell

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I am so excited that AIR AND ASH by Alex Lidell is available now and that I get to share the news!      If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Alex Lidell, be sure to check out all the details below.      This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of AIR AND ASH & a copy of A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas, International, courtesy of Alex and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About the Book:

Title: AIR AND ASH Author: Alex Lidell Pub. Date: May 2, 2017 Publisher: Danger Bearing Press Pages: 284 Formats: Paperback, eBook Find it: AmazonB&N, Goodreads
Synopsis: Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms. 
     After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with on…