The Confessions of Frannie Langton: review! // not another slavery novel

I am so happy I had the chance to read this novel. It bent a lot of my expectations and taught me that going into a book blind can be a great thing! More people need to know Frannie’s story, which is why I bring you this review today.

Title: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Author: Sara Collins
Genre: Historical Fiction, adult
Published on May 21st, 2019 by Harper
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

London, 1826. The city is a frenzy awaiting to hear the outcome of Frannie Langton’s trial. The Jamaican maid is being charged with two murders, that of Mr. and Mrs. Benham, her masters. Frannie swears she did not kill anyone, but the evidence seems damning — slave, whore, black, seductress — and the prosecution is itching to have her hung. But for the first time, Frannie tells her story in this book.

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Trigger warnings: mentions of rape, gore, miscarriage, physical and emotional violence

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Does Historical Fiction Always Need to Be Accurate? {chatty corner}

Hello, friends! Today’s post is one I have thought of for a very long time. I’m a major lover of historical fiction. In fact, that’s probably the genre I read the most. But where does history end and fiction begin? Just how much can we murky up the lines? Lately I have read some books that were maybe a little too fictional even though they were based on historical events. So I want to discuss this topic with you and hear your thoughts!

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The Satapur Moonstone: review! // a gripping crime novel set in 1920s India

Last year, I had the pleasure of picking up The Widows of Malabar Hill, the first book following the life of female lawyer Perveen (review here). Needless to say I loved it and was super excited to pick up the sequel. Surprisingly, I would say I even loved this one more!

Title: The Satapur Moonstone
Author: Sujata Massey
Genre: Crime, historical fiction, adult
Published on May 14th 2019 by Soho Crime
Rating: 4 stars

During the rainy season in India, 1922, Perveen Mistry, one of India’s only female lawyers, is called by the British Raj to settle a dispute between the two Purdah-observing marahanis of the princely state of Satapur. After the marahja’s sudden death and the first male heir was killed in a tragic hunting accident, everyone seems to think there is a curse plaguing the royal family. But Perveen is called to decide on the young, future maharaja’s education. Should he be homeschooled? Sent to a boarding school in India? Or should he attent a prestigious British school?

But trouble seems to follow Perveen, as she quickly finds herself between a rock and a hard place. Cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas soon spring up and threaten everyone’s safety. How can Perveen rotect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?

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Romanov: review! // lots of magic but problematic

If you have ever been somewhat fascinated by the demise of the Romanovs, then I’m sure your interest will be piqued by this book. I was so excited to finally read it, but unfortunately, I ended up disappointed… Fasten your seat belts, this will be a lengthy review!

Title: Romanov
Author: Nadine Brandes
Genre: young adult historical fiction
Published on May 7th, 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The history books say I died.
They don’t know the half of it.

As the Bolshevik army takes the Romanov family into exile following the revolution, Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov has one important task: to smuggle a magical Matryoska doll. In it, there is a spell that could change the fate of the Russian family. As the Romanovs are taken to Yekaterinburg, spell masters from all over Russia are being hunted and killed, and Nastya could be next.

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Beeline: review! // a fascinating look into spelling bees and the gen z 🐝

Hello, pals! Today I’m bringing you a review of a book I absolutely adored: Beeline by Shalini Shankar. It brought me out of my reading slump due to how engaging and gripping it is — which isn’t always easy, given that it’s a nonfiction book!

Title: Beeline
Author: Shalini Shankar
Genre: nonfiction, social sciences (anthropology)
Page count: 336 pages
Published on April 30th by Basic Books
Rating: 🐝🐝🐝🐝

The National Spelling Bee has become more competitive than ever. The kids who participate are all part of the new emerging Generation Z. While at first glance this generation seems to be made up of overachievers and Tiger Moms, Shalini Shankar takes the reader on a more in-depth exploration of the youth born after 1997. What are their goals and aspirations? Where does their drive to win the Bee come from? How has the world they grew up in shaped their willingness to compete?
Through interviews and academic research, the author unveils a diverse America with a focus on Asian American families eager to bet on human capital.

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