{Review+Giveaway} An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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{Review+Giveaway} An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

{Review+Giveaway} An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia BoeckerAn Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker
Pages: 374
on October 23, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
three-half-stars

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.

Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play--it's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

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YA Review My Thoughts

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a young adult historical fiction by Virginia Boecker. I loved this book. Honestly, it reminded me of all the reasons why I love a well crafted young adult historical fiction. This book was giving me major Cindy Antsy vibes, which is a huge compliment in my opinion, but with more adventure dashed in. I also really loved that this book is a standalone novel. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a fun read full of shakespearean drama, spies, secrets and great characters.

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is told in multiple perspectives, which was a bit hard to follow at first, because there are so many characters, but once I met allt eh players so to speak, it was easier for me to keep track of everyone and of their points of view. I am not going to lie, one of the big immediate selling points for me is the fact that it takes place in Shakespeare’s London, which is always a huge plus for me. But on top of that, I really loved the two main characters- Katherine and Toby. They are so different, but at the same time they have a lot of similar qualities that I really admired about them. They are both survivors and both very plucky.

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason does have a lot of danger woven into the plot. I mean, the story starts out with a murder and another one is plotted early on as well. But there is also a lot of romance woven in, which you all know is something I am drawn to. I really admired Virginia Boecker’s ability to include romance while still not compromising the seriousness of the danger present. The whole thing was really well done. I don’t feel like I have read this book before. It felt unique, and completely able to hold its’ own as a standalone novel. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is a really well done story that will keep you invested and interested right till the very end. Bravo, Virginia. I really enjoyed this novel.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/22/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

10/23/2018- Kat’s Books– Review

10/24/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

10/25/2018- Novel Novice– Review

10/26/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review

 

Week Two:

10/29/2018- Such A Novel Idea– Review

10/30/2018- The Young Folks– Review

10/31/2018- Two Points of Interest– Review

11/1/2018- Book Briefs– Review

11/2/2018- Mary Had a Little Book Blog– Review

 

About Virginia Boecker

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children, a cat named Thomas and a dog named George.

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

3 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker”

  1. Debra Branigan

    This is definitely on my TBR list. I love everything about your storyline. Good luck with the book.

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