Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Review: An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker

Philipa Gregory meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith in this witty and thrilling action-adventure novel of star-crossed asassins in Elizabethan England.


by Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

I'm very rarely disappointed by a book. The reasoning behind that is because I'm very careful vetting what books I plan on reading. Is the synopsis promising to me? Is it from an author I respect and have enjoyed in the past? Is the subject matter of interest to me? Typically, if all the above are a solid "YES" than I am likely to read it, and for the most part, enjoy it. Sadly, that isn't always the case, and with An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason, it didn't quite turn into the kind of book I thought it would.

Diving into An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker was not as easy as I thought it would be. I immediately came across with issues, and I couldn't root myself into either the story or into Toby or Katherine's perspectives. At this moment, after first picking up the novel, I felt that giving myself the opportunity to return to it at a later date, after only completing six chapters, would probably be best and might give me the time to choose a better moment to dive back into it again. About a week later, I continued on, but I only found myself enjoying it only slightly. I grew to enjoy Katherine's perspectives, the intrigue of the plot, and the romance, but still felt completely disconnected from the story. Even so, I don't feel that the fault was in the book itself, but rather that the subject matter was not as interesting to me as I had initially hoped. With that said, I feel that readers with a love for historical YA fiction will enjoy An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason.

2 / 5 Cupcakes

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