Like the Luxe Series...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I was reading all my wonderful comments the other day and came across Bella's comment about how, sometimes, the young adult section of books are limited of readers' favorite genre.  The genre that day that I had spoken about was historical romance.  After reading the comment:

I love YA Historical Fiction, though apart from The Luxe I can never seem to find any...

I began thinking if there was any more YA historical romance books out there.  That brought me to where I realized I had read some YA historical romance not too long ago. 
So this is just the first of a series of posts I would like to do for you wonderful readers out there.

So does anyone like the Luxe series?
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
(from Goodreads:)
In the self-contained world of young Gilded Age Manhattan socialites, Elizabeth and Diana Holland reign supreme. Or so it seems. Scratch the surface, though, and you can detect festering jealousies that threaten to topple them. Elizabeth suffers a more literal fall when her carriage overturns and she is carried away by the swift East River current. That's only the beginning of the action and suspense in The Luxe, the launch volume in a teen series by Anne Godbersen's.
Well, I found a bunch more great novels, if you've loved the Luxe series:
Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela McColl
One of my personal favorites.  You can read my review HERE.
(from Goodreads:)
London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen? Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is as rich in historical detail as Catherine, Called Birdy, and as sizzling with intrigue as The Luxe.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle series) by Libba Bray
I read this series a while ago, but I still love to open up my copies and read my favorite parts.  This series is great!
(from Goodreads:)
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
This book is also one of my favorites.  This is like a fairy tale story that is so much fun to read!
(from Goodreads:)
After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there’s the small matter of Rupert’s beautiful and nasty fiancée...
I'd love to hear about your favorite YA historical fiction picks!  Have you read any of these and what do you think of them?  Has this post inspired you to read any of these if you haven't?

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