ARC Review: The Ballroom by Anna Hope

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Title: The Ballroom
Author: Anna Hope
Release Date/Publisher: September 6th 2016 by McClelland & Stewart
Finished: September 17th 2016
Pages: 320-ARC Paperback

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Where love is your only escape ….

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors,
where men and women are kept apart
by high walls and barred windows,
there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
For one bright evening every week
they come together
and dance.
When John and Ella meet
It is a dance that will change
two lives forever.

Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

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I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review from Peguin Random House Canada.

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ARC Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

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Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Release Date/Publisher: June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Finished: April 29th 2016
Pages: 512-eBook ARC-given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

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Review: Front Lines by Michael Grant

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Title: Front Lines (Soldier Girl #1)
Author: Michael Grant
Release Date/Publisher: January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: April 25th 2016
Pages: 576-Hardcover-Borrowed from Library
Series:
1. Front Lines
2. Silver Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.

The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.

Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

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Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

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Title: Velvet Undercover
Author: Teri Brown
Release Date/Publisher: October 20th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: September 16th 2015
Pages: 336-ARC eBook-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Samantha Donaldson’s family has always done its duty for the British Crown. In the midst of World War I, seventeen-year-old Sam follows in their footsteps, serving her country from the homefront as a Girl Guide and messenger for the intelligence organization MI5. After her father disappears on a diplomatic mission, she continues their studies of languages, high-level mathematics, and complex puzzles and codes, hoping to make him proud.

When Sam is asked to join the famed women’s spy group La Dame Blanche she’s torn—this could be the adventure she’s dreamed of, but how can she abandon her mother, who has already lost a husband to the war? But when her handlers reveal shocking news, Sam realizes there’s no way she can refuse the exciting and dangerous opportunity.

Her acceptance leads her straight into the heart of enemy territory on a mission to extract the most valuable British spy embedded in Germany, known to the members of LDB only as Velvet. Deep undercover within the court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Samantha must navigate the labyrinthine palace and its many glamorous—and secretive—residents to complete her assignment. To make matters worse she finds herself forming a forbidden attraction to the enemy-a dangerously handsome German guard. In a place where personal politics are treacherously entangled in wartime policy, can Samantha discover the truth and find Velvet before it’s too late…for them both?

From author Teri Brown comes the thrilling story of one girl’s journey into a deadly world of spycraft and betrayal—with unforgettable consequences.

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I received a free advanced copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Release Date/Publisher: October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: June 2nd 2015
Pages: 384-eBook ARC-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

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I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.

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