I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on October 23, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction
Source: the publisher
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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 not always a fan of historical fiction, except when it is in the times of Queen Elizabeth and all the crazy Tudors. So, when I read about this book where someone wants to kill the Queen and does so by way of Shakespeare’s play, I’m definitely intrigued. And the book did not let me down. In fact, it was SO much more than I could have asked for.
Ugh, this book was so fun! It focused on the two main characters, Lady Katherine and Toby Ellis. And neither of them really know one another, because Toby is a spy and Katherine is posing as Kit, a boy, and actor in the play with a plot to avenge her father’s death and murder the queen. Not complicated at all. This book and the Shakespeare play it is telling the story about, is Twelfth Night, which was kind of a fun spin. Ya know, since Kit is Katherine and a girl dressing as a boy falling in love with the boy who thinks she’s a boy who also is trying to find the person trying to murder the Queen which is also her. Like I said, not complicated at all.
The pacing is fast and you never get bored once you really get into the story. I practically read the book in two or three sittings, and that’s just because I’m a mom and I can never do anything in one sitting. ALSO, it is a standalone, which I have come to appreciate more and more as time goes by. Series are great, but wrapping things up in one book and not having something long and drawn out certainly can be nice. This book was perfect for that, so I’m glad to have jumped in the world and jumped right back out, on my way to something else.
I recommend this to those who loved Lady Jane, historical fiction, or murder plots (and really, who doesn’t?). It’s cheeky good fun.
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