I’ve been enjoying a lot of historical fiction novels lately and I think it’s time that I Recommend some of my favorites. Although, not all of these are set in the same time period, they still hold a common theme, they’re all YA. I’ll probably post a separate one for cozies, since I’ve been reading a ton of them lately as well.
Anyways, lets get on with the recommendations.
Jackaby by William Ritter
I came across this novel by accident. I needed to buy another book to get free shipping and this just happens to be at the right price. I’m so glad that I had a chance to pick it up because I enjoyed this series immensely. I love the main characters, I love the setting and even Jackaby is a character that you eventually grow to love by the end of the first book. Set in the late 1800’s, Jackaby is an extraordinary human, in terms of he can see things that most cannot and so he is in charge of those that gets a little bit too difficult for the regular mortals to handle. Told in a similar fashion as Sherlock Holmes, you really can’t help but be gripped by this series.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I enjoy YA novels that centers around the Jack the Ripper murders, and Maniscalco’s novel is no different. I may not be as in love with the first book as I am with the rest in the series, but I think it does a marvelous job in being the first. It was able to introduce us to all the characters we grow to love as the series progress and the setting itself is just as amazing. Set in the 1800’s we are taken to different parts of the world, following our young heroine embark on a journey of self identity and young love. Along the way we are treated to some gory mysteries. I still have to finish the last book in the series but I’m hoping it will be a great ending to a great series.
Diviners by Libba Bray
This series took forever to finish, but when the last book came out I had to pick it up. I love everything about this series and even though the ending was not one that wholly enjoyed, I think it was still fitting for the characters. Set in the middle of the Roaring Twenties, Eve and her hand of friends must stop evil from spreading with the help of their powers. To be honest, I really enjoyed the minor characters more than the heroine herself, but like I said overall, it was still a great read. I enjoyed the historical depiction of Bray of the Roaring Twenties, with the speakeasies, the 20’s slang and the jazz movement. Definitely a must read if you’re into the 1920’s era.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
This novel is technically more fiction than historical since it does touch on more of the zombies rampaging through 1900’s America, than the actual American history. I still enjoy the “historical” context of it, in terms for the rights movement that many were fighting for and the overall lives of black people during those times. It’s definitely a great read and I’m currently in the middle of the second novel.
A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood.
An anthologies of stories of women fighting for their rights between the 1700’s to mid 1900’s. I enjoyed almost all the stories in the book and even those that didn’t grip me still told an amazing story of women’s fight for equality. This is a great read, not only for its historical content but also the liberation of women. The title itself is already amazing!
So that’s it for my recommendations for historical fiction. Let me know down below if you have any recommendations similar to these books!