About the book:
Title: EXILE FOR DREAMERS
Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Pub. Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
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A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure "completely original and totally engrossing."
Tess can't run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing but death and grief, and Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother. Until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her friends at Stranje House from Lady Daneska and her lover, the Ghost-agent of Napoleon, who has escaped from Elba. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?
"Enticing from the first sentence." -New York Times Book Review
A School for Unusual Girls is a great next read for fans of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series and Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series.
I was so excited to get to be a part of this tour, as I really enjoyed the first book in the series, A School for Unusual Girls. Something I really liked about this one is that we got the story from a different girl's viewpoint, and I'm hoping that the next book will be yet another one of the girls! The first book was told from Georgie's point of view. This time we get Tess's point of view. Tess is kind of the strong, silent character. She has prophetic dreams, as well as a connection to animals. And, she likes to run. Every morning she goes running. And usually she will meet Lord Ravencross at a certain point. One day when Georgie decides to go on the run too, some men show up and try to capture Georgie. Lord Ravencross, Gabriel, come up to try to save Tess from the men, and ends up getting shot. They are able to stop the men, killing them. But before that, they hear some unsettling talk. It seems that Lady Daneska, once a girl at the school, and Tess's best friend then, is out to capture Georgie, or maybe it is Tess she is after. It seems that Daneska had told Napoleon about Tess's dreams, and he is really a believer in dreams and the psychic, and wants to use Tess to help him fight his war. But there are other things Napoleon might want in the house. An American who is working on building a submarine type of boat. He had escaped from Daneska and the Ghost and was being hidden at their school while he continued to work on the plans. Yet another secret they must try to keep from getting out. The girls plan to try to capture Daneska and feed her the wrong information, and hope that if they "allow" her to "escape", she will take that info back to Napoleon, and cause him to not be prepared. Their plan will have many road blocks, as well as take many turns off the planned route. And in the end, there will be more for all the girls to think about and do to help their country. Not to mention Tess will have to admit her feelings for Ravencross, and decide if he is worth giving a chance for her future. And there are new romances on the horizon, that I hope we will see in future books!
That's a bit scattered review I know, but I didn't want to give away anything important. It's good. There, go read it!
About Kathleen :
Award-winning author - Kensington published four of Kathleen's Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.
News and more at: www.Kathleenbaldwin.com
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