While I have sort of stopped reading historical fiction as I grew older, there have been a few rare gems that I do come across now and then. The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann by Virginia Pye is one such amazing book. A love letter to readers, writers, and librarians, The Literary Undoing Of Victoria Swann is an inspiring story about a woman who chooses to defy patriarchy with her written stories.Continue reading “Review: The Literary Undoing Of Victoria Swann by Virginia Pye”
This might be my first book review of The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, but it is the second time I am reading the story. And once again, I find myself absolutely in love with the glamorous, dangerous world that Roshani Chokshi has created.
Set in the 1890’s, during France’s Beautiful Era, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is a thrilling, fantasy heist story that deeply explores the gruesome exploitation of Western colonization and systematic racism.
Ratings: ☕☕☕☕☕ (5/5)
- An incredibly brave, kick-ass heroine torn between doing right by her family and pursuing her own dreams? Check.
- Struggle for feminism and freedom? Check
- A filthy rich, high society family with dirty secrets and skeletons in their closets? Check.
- A fast-paced, cardiac arrest inducing mystery? Check.
- Swoon worthy, bittersweet romance? Check.
If you like all of the above, then you are bound to fall in love with Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves–an epic, thrilling, page-turner story about an elite young woman who gives up all the glamour of her high profile life in the pursuit of truth and justice.
I did. I really did. In fact, this book was so wonderful that I’m having an extremely hard time writing this review. How am I ever going to sum up the perfection this novel is in a 1000+ word review?
5 out of 5 stars: ★★★★★
Without a doubt, the most haunting story I have ever read.
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This book is more than a story about the Second World War. Following the stories of a sixteen-year-old blind Parisian named Marie-Laure LeBlanc and an eighteen-year-old incredibly talented German named Werner Pfennigg, All The Light We Cannot See drives home the senselessness of wars and the loss of innocence and great minds for something as trifle as want of power.