Saturday, 20 November 2010

On My Wishlist #3

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. Each week I'm going to choose 3 of the books on my wishlist that I am dying to get my hands on but haven't bought yet.  These will be a mixture of released, unreleased, old and new.

My 3 picks for this week are all YA historical fiction:

For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death? Inspired by the mysteries that have long surrounded the last days of the Romanov family, Susanne Dunlap's new novel is a haunting vision of the life-and love story-of Russia's last princess.

I've heard good things about this book and as a fan of historical fiction it sounds exactly like my kind of story.  It's published by Bloomsbury and the hardback edition is out now.

Set in Talia, a parallel world very similar to 16th-century Italy, the narrative follows Lucien, who in our world is very ill. Given a marbled notebook to use as a diary, the notebook is the unexpected means that transports Lucien to this dangerous new world; a world that thrills to the delight of political intrigue and where a life can be snuffed out with a flash of a merlino blade. The city of Bellezza (Venice in our world) is astonishingly evoked, with a filmic eye to detail, from the sensuousness of silks and velvets, to the thrill and danger of assassination attempts both and foiled and successful. The world of Talia is unforgettably and convincingly real.

After having just read and enjoyed 'Troubadour' by Mary Hoffman, I definitely want to check out some of her other books.  This is actually the first book in the Stravaganza series and it sounds amazing - mystical and magical!  It's published by Bloomsbury and is out now.   

The greatest unsolved mystery of American history--what happened to all the colonists who landed on Roanoke Island in 1587? This novel traces the fortunes and misfortunes of one Cate Archer, banished to Virginia by a jealous Queen Elizabeth because of her dalliance with Sir Walter Ralegh. What will be her fate in this dangerous New World?

As a Shakespeare buff, I loved 'Ophelia' by Lisa M. Klein and since then I've had my eye on several of her other books.  This one has a gorgeous cover and sounds really intriguing.  It's published by Bloomsbury and out now.


  1. I hope you get your books.

    This week I read two books off my wishlist but I added about twice as many to my list. As always, I'm wishing for a mixture of books.

  2. Haven't heard of these books before, they sound interesting. Hope you get to read them soon :)

  3. Haven't heard of these books either, but I like historical fiction. Love the covers! Have a look at my list

  4. I really liked Cate of the Lost Colony! I hope you get your hands on a copy. I really want to read Anastasia as well. Great picks!


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