Book: The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

20454635The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: January 13, 2015
Series: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Book 2
ISBN: 978-1455502127
Genre: Fiction – Paranormal, Horror

Synopsis: In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln’s shocking death. Henry’s will be an expansive journey that first sends him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia’s October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination.

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Book: Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Publish Date: March 13, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780385741507
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Historical, Mystery
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Synopsis: High society, murder, romance, and intrigue fill this seductive Venetian tale. In a city of secrets, what’s yours worth?

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiancé, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

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Book: Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
ISBN-13: 9780547628349
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy
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Synopsis: Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

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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Book: Edenbrooke

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish Date: March 27, 2012
ISBN: 0373210507
ISBN-13: 9781609089467
Genre: Fiction – General Fiction, Historical
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Synopsis: Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will she be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

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Book: A Temptation of Angels

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Publisher: Dial
Publish Date: March 20, 2012
ISBN: 0803737262
ISBN-13: 9780803737266
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Historical
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Synopsis: Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
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Book: The Académie

The AcadémieThe Académie by Susanne Dunlap

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Publish Date: February 28, 2012
ISBN: 1599905868
ISBN-13: 9781599905860
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult, Historical
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Synopsis: Dangerous liaisons abound at an exclusive all-girl’s boarding school in post-revolution France.

Eliza Monroe—daughter of the future president of the United States—is evastated when her mother decides to send her to boarding school outside f Paris. But the young American teen is quickly reconciled to the idea hen—ooh, la-la!—she discovers who her fellow pupils will be: Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine Bonaparte; and Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the famous French general. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to figure out that the two French girls are mortal enemies—and that she’s about to get caught in the middle of their schemes.

Loosely drawn from history, Eliza Monroe’s imagined coming of age provides a scintillating glimpse into the lives, loves, and hopes of three young women during one of the most volatile periods in French history.

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Book: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker: A NovelThe Dressmaker: A Novel by Kate Alcott

Publisher: Doubleday
Publish Date: February 21, 2012
ISBN: 0385535589
ISBN-13: 9780385535583
Genre: Fiction – Adult, Historical
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Synopsis: Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic’s doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. 
 
Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky. 
 
On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period’s glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.
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