Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Traitor Angels

Author: Anne Blankman
Goodreads Rating: 3.62
Pages: 400
Format: E-ARC from Publisher for Blog Tour

Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

 I really loved Blankman's duology about Hitler Germany, and my love for this book, while not as great, I was still deeply entertained by this title. This book has so much in terms of mystery and love, both familial and romantic, that you never stop guessing who you can and can't trust.

This book was a little slower than her other title, but I owe that more to the time period than the author. Life is much faster with cars than with horses, but overall this book was thrilling from start to finish.

The characters in this book help bring the period to life, from Elizabeth, who is too smart for her own good to Antonio, the Italian whose own motives are questionable. It was easy to fall in love with these characters and root for or against whichever the case may have been.

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Anne Blankman may have been meant to be a writer because her parents named her for Anne of Green Gables. She grew up in an old house with gables (gray, unfortunately) in upstate New York. When she wasn't writing or reading, she was rowing on the crew team, taking ballet lessons, fencing and swimming. She graduated from Union College with degrees in English and history, which comes in handy when she writes historical fiction.

After earning a master's degree in information science, Anne began working as a youth services librarian. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family. When she's not writing young adult fiction, she's playing with her daughter, training for races with her husband, working at her amazing library branch, learning to knit (badly), and reading.

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