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Holiday 2017 Blair Best Books - Historical Fiction

Here are my favorite historical novels that I read this year. All the eras: from the 1700's to the future. These are the titles at the top of my list!

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A more vivid and humorous young lord does NOT exist in YA literature. Or anywhere. You will fall in love with Lord Montague on the first page like I did, and enjoy his madcap adventures as he travels 18th Century Europe with his best friend, and possible love interest, Percy, along with his wickedly intelligent and sarcastic sister, Felicity. Naughty and hilarious, savor every single page. (And keep your eyes peeled for further adventures: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) will be released on October 2nd, 2018)
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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Adri has been chosen for the next mission to Mars. She has worked her whole life to be on that ship, but in the days before launch, staying with a distant relative, Lily, she finds journals and letters from two other young girls: Catherine, living through 1934 Dust Bowl, and Lenore, living in London during WWI. Their stories captivate Adri as she wonders how they survived their hardships and how they all came to be part of her life. Part mystery, part story of survival, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and love through the ages.
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Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2) by Richelle Mead

Mira is not like the other girls of the Glittering Court. She is a war refugee and only wants to use her time in the court to gain her freedom. She goes through the motions of dance classes and etiquette lessons during the day, but at night she joins a group of pirates and renegades who fight injustice and while earning money to free her brother.
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The Shadow Cipher (York, #1) by Laura Ruby

The Biederman twins and their friend, Jaime, try to save their New York City apartment building from destruction by solving a fifty-year-old puzzle left by the Morningstarr family that built it. A steampunk adventure!

Silver Stars (Front Lines, #2) by Michael Grant

The continuing saga of the four young women from Front Lines, an alternate history where women are soldiers serving in the army in WWII. This sequel surpasses its predecessor. The incredible vividness of the battles, both emotional and real, took my breath away. One of the best war novels you will ever read.
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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Loo has spent her life on the road with her father, moving constantly from one town to the next. When she reaches the age of 12, her father decides that it is time for them to settle down permanently. He chooses the hometown of Loo’s deceased mother. Loo’s curiosity about the life of her mother and her grandmother who she is forbidden from speaking to, leads to the discovery of the story behind each of the 12 scars on her father’s body. An epic journey of crime, suspense, and family.

The War I Finally Won (The War That Saved My Life, #2)

Now that Ada has finally had surgery to remove her clubfoot and she has officially moved in with her guardian, Susan, it seems like she could be content, right? But with WWII raging, a German refugee in their home AND the always-prickly Lady Thorton all living under one roof, Ada finds it difficult to truly feel welcome or safe. Anywhere.