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Book Review: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

16 Apr

Book cover for The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson CoatsTitle: The Wicked and the Just

Author: J. Anderson Coats

Genre: Historical Fiction YA

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Release date: April 17, 2012

Challenge: YA Historical Fiction Challenge

Source: DAC ARC Tour

Summary: Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

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Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

5 Apr

Book cover for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversTitle: Grave Mercy

Author: Robin LaFevers

Series: His Fair Assassin #1

Genre: Historical Fiction YA, Fantasy YA

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published on: April 3, 2012

Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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