Book Reccomendations

The 1800’s: Orphans, Thieves and Wonderful Women

Our Teen Trendsetters read VENOMOUS KISS by Fiona Paul this month. VENOMOUS KISS is a historical romance set in Renaissance Venice, so we asked them about their favorite historical time periods! Check out Trendsetter Rose’s post below.

The 1800’s: Orphans, Thieves and Wonderful Women

As a feminist, it might be surprising that my favorite books are set in the 1800’s. After all, women didn’t have many rights and were oppressed by things like the patriarchy, class differences, and societal expectations. This, however, is the exact reason why I love books set in this era. Whether it’s Elizabeth Bennett taking control of her love life or Gemma Doyle relentlessly searching for information about her mother’s murder, these books feature badass young women who break boundaries and show women that we have the power to change our situation.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Reading this book is like a right of passage. Pride and Prejudice has everything you could possibly want in a novel. Smart, passionate female protagonist? Check. Interesting, fully-rounded secondary characters? Check. Quiet, brooding love interest that’s secretly a giant nerd? Definite check.

2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


This is one trilogy that I could read a hundred times without getting bored (and almost have!).  After Gemma Doyle has a vision of her mother’s murder and later witnesses this vision come true, she is sent to Spence Academy, a girls’ academy full of secrets. Add in three new best friends, and a magical group called The Order, and you have an adventure full of magic and mystery, all framed by the hardships these girls face in Victorian society.

3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


If you haven’t heard of this one, you’ve definitely been living under a rock. Set in 1878, it tells the story of Tessa Gray, a girl who must team up with a pair of Shadowhunters – human/angel hybrids who hunt demons  – to find her missing brother. Cue enemies, adventure, and the Mortal Instruments trilogy to binge-read once you’ve finished this one.

    4. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross


Meet Finley Jane, a sixteen year old growing up in steampunk London who is taken off the street by an orphaned duke. She joins a group of teenagers with special abilities (like her own – no spoilers!) in order to investigate a criminal known as The Machinist. Strong characters, supernatural forces and a touch of romance make this book a must-read.

5. The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton


On a journey that goes from the poverty-stricken streets of London to the glamorous Royal Palace, The Faerie Ring tells the story of a pickpocket named Tiki who unknowingly steals the ring that holds the truce between the English royalty and the Fey of the Otherworld.  Cue Tiki’s life getting thrown into disarray as people hunt for the ring – and by association – her.

  1. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee


This novel follows Mary Quinn, a tenacious young orphan and thief who is given the chance to study at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Despite its stuffy name, the school is actually a cover for an all-female detective unit known as The Agency. When the time comes to put what she has learned to the test, Mary is forced to use her wits to uncover the secrets she looks for and possibly uncover some secrets of her own along the way.



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