Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau 

“People make terrible choices out of fear of losing what they hold dear.” – Dividing Eden

I’m generally not a big fan of dual perspectives but this story did it well, the chapters oscillates between Carys and Andreus; royal twins who must battle it out for the throne yet one is a sworn protector of another and keeper of a dark secret. It’s like watching a bomb being set off except the characters knows nothing but you (the reader) sees everything. The plot is fast paced and it explores the themes of duty, honour and power. I liked that Carys is portrayed as a strong female character who is strategic, gutsy and honourable but still has her own faults and vulnerabilities. Dividing Eden has court intrigue, politics, magic, villainy and characters with secrets, it’s a great set up for the next book! Recommended for fantasy lovers that likes strong female characters, political intrigue, trials and tribulations. 

– NJ

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My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Riveting read for those who like history with a twist!

My Name is Victoria is a sensational read about the young Queen Victoria in a fictional setting. It’s an interesting read that explores the young Queen’s life from when she was a young princess up to adolescence. I enjoyed the themes explored including friendship, loyalty, and selflessness. There are some twists and turns which did surprise me. I recommend this book for young readers who like history and learning about Queen Victoria’s struggles growing up in a royal household and fighting the “system” that she was born into. The chapters are set at different life stages of Queen Victoria as well as well known landmark settings like Kensington Place and Winsor Castle. I particularly liked the illustrations at the beginning of each section which depicts the setting of the story and the black silhouettes at the beginning of each chapter which gives the book a fairy-tale vibe. This book makes you want to learn more about the monarchy and the secrets behind what it is like to be royal. It’s a worthwhile, well researched and entertaining read!

– NJ