Hello everyone! It’s time for this month’s recommendations! I’ve read a few really great books set in historical time periods this year, so I figured I’d make historical settings this month’s theme! Let’s get started!
First up we have The Diviners by Libba Bray. Set in the 1920’s, this book follows the main character, Evie, a girl with secret psychic abilities, as she is sent to live with her uncle, the owner of a museum dedicated to the supernatural in New York City. When a murdered girl marked with an mysterious symbol is found, Evie, along with several other supernaturally gifted individuals, becomes involved in the search for the serial killer. This book is the first in what will be a four book series, and it honestly has to be one of my all time favorites! All of the characters are very individual and well written, there’s so much diversity and representation, and the story is this great blend of fantasy elements, character interactions, atmospheric creepiness, and amazing use of the historical period.
The second book I have to recommend this month is Front Lines by Michael Grant. This book actually takes place during an alternate version of World War II in which women were allowed to fight in combat, focusing on the experiences of three female soldiers through the war. I just recently read this book, and it has to be one of my favorites this year! The writing style is very addicting, the concept is really interesting, and even though there are a lot of characters, each one (especially the main three) is unique and well written. This is also the first in a series, so I’m really excited to see where it goes from here!
Next we have another 2016 new release: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Set in a fantasy version of Tutor-era England in which some people hold the ability to transform into animals, this book retells the story of Jane Grey, adding elements of magic, humor, and a much more uplifting story. This has to be one of the most hilarious books I have ever read, and everything about it (including the characters, magic system, and especially the writing style) is super clever and unique! If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is definitely one I’d recommend.
The fourth book I have to recommend is something I consider a bit of a YA classic A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This book (the first in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy), set in a girls boarding school in Victorian England, begins when the main character, Gemma Doyle, starts to have visions of supernatural “realms” and a mysterious “order”. She, along with a group of girls from the academy, soon become involved in the powerful and liberating magic of the “realms”, discovering dark secrets about the school, “The Order”, and themselves in the process. This is one of those series that is really hard to explain, but is absolutely worth the read. The whole thing just emulates this very gothic feeling with amazing, well developed female characters and addresses the issues of the time period so well, and I will never stop fangirling over it!
Finally, the last book I have to recommend this month is Vixen by Jillian Larken. This book is the first in a trilogy revolving around three girls as they become involved in the flapper culture of the 1920’s Chicago. The first, Gloria, while preparing for her high-society wedding, secretly takes a job as a singer in a speakeasy, falling into a forbidden relationship in the process. The second, Clara, attempts to leave her former flapper lifestyle behind her as she conceals a secret that could ruin her reputation, and the third, Lorraine, develops devious plans based on her envy of her best friend, Gloria. I will say that this series can be very dramatic, but it’s also really fun to read. There’s lots of intrigue, romance, and interesting aspects of the time period, and it’s all around a great historical fiction series!
Well that’s about it for this month! See you next time and thanks for reading!