Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's WoW picks are:
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
"When Maude Pichon runs
away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as
quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad.
The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the
beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.
Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the
Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle,
Maude is deemed the perfect foil.
But Isabelle has no idea her
new "friend" is the hired help, and Maude's very existence among the
aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she
learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer
her deception continues, the more she has to lose."
Sometimes historical books can be a little stuffy, but this one just sounds like a lot of fun! Love the idea of the "beauty foils" (were there actually such agencies back then?).
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
"Anna Van Housen is
thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen
she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium
Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily
navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in
1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have
never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her
true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at
nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever
lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat
downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with
gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so
hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the
stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the
illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?
Illusion is the first book in a new series. Each book in the series will
introduce a new historical figure, whose legend is shrouded in magic,
along with the young woman whose fate is irrevocably tied to his. The
through line in each of the books will be The Ghost Club, the real life
secret society that was founded in 1862 by the likes of Charles Dickens,
Sir Conan Doyle, and W. B. Yeats to advance mankind’s knowledge of the
paranormal. The first three books in the series will deal with Houdini,
Aleister Crowley and Rasputin."
I'm sticking with the historical theme here. The premise of this one reminds me very much of Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, but the scope of the series as a whole seems much broader (and rather ambitious!). I'm interested to see how the author ties everything together. (Is it just me, though, or is the girl's eye on the cover kinda creepy?)