What I’m Reading This Week: Beasts, Stowaways, and Forgotten Rooms

April 13, 2017

Oh my dog, peeps, such a good week in reading land! I insist that you add each of these books to your TBR pile.

Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Huge shout out to the tweenager nephew on this one. He kept at me to read it for like a year, and I am so glad I finally got it on my library list!

I’m starting with this one because it’s the one that made me go WTH???? repeatedly at the end of it. This is a YA book based on Captain Cook’s three-year voyage on the Endeavor. It’s told from the viewpoint of Nicholas Young, an eleven-year-old stowaway on the ship. Why did I say WTH? The author puts a lovely note at the end of the book talking about how she came up with this story idea. Turns out Nick Young was actually a stowaway on Captain Cook’s ship! Hesse did her research and found the ship’s passenger list showed a young boy popping up well into the Endeavor’s journey. So she built this story around his viewpoint. Holy crab nuggets, folks. This is bloody brilliant storytelling here.

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Lauren Willig, and Beatriz Williams

You will notice I have an unhealthy obsession for Karen White’s Tradd Street women’s fiction series. I also dig Lauren Willig’s standalone novels quite a bit as well. And Beatriz Williams? Why not! I’m listening to this on audio, and I am making up excuses to find listening time. It is spellbinding. Gilded Age, Jazz Age, and WWII stories wrapped into one. And it’s all centered around a forgotten room in a Gilded Age mansion in New York. There is so much to love about this perfectly executed women’s fiction. Absolutely download it today!

To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

If I hit a historical romance novel rut, I always look to Hoyt, and she delivered on this one. This is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast trope, and boy, is it a twist. I read this in a few hours straight. (Sitting on the kitchen floor actually helping my poor distressed puppy dog get to sleep at night.) And I didn’t notice my bum going numb. That’s how articulately Hoyt weaves the traditional B&B tale into a new web. But I should warn you – the dog dies in this one. Yeah, I know. And there’s not even a warning on it!

What are you reading this week?

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