I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Series: Stranje House
Published by Tor Teen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Exile for Dreamers
Also by this author: Exile for Dreamers, Refuge for Masterminds
"A School for Unusual Girls" is the first installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin.
It's 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England's dark little secrets. The daughters of the "beau monde" who don't fit high society's constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies-plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
After accidentally setting her father's stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible-until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads-or their hearts....
If you’ve been following the blog for a while you know that I don’t typically read anything historical. It’s just not my cup of tea. But this one was engaging.
I really enjoyed A School for Unusual Girls. There’s mystery, intrigue, and secret plots that must be diverted. I loved all the characters. It’s told from Georgiana’s viewpoint, but the rest of the characters balance everything out and add to the story. They are unique and have their own strengths.
I found myself flipping through the pages to see if the villain’s plans would be thwarted. I cheered for these girls that show strength and independence in a time when that was frowned upon.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see what exactly is going to happen next. I think what kept me interested is that it’s a reimagining of historical events. What if this happened instead of what really did.
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