I just took the prompt as is – books literally set in the past. Well, I’m not sure about the timeline of the one book for a bit. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has all the prompts and the books that she posts you can see here (link to be updated when she posts hers). Okay, let’s go!
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Curse of the Specter Queen by Jenny Elder Moke (GR/SG/My Review) – Set in the 1920s and it’s a fun duology (unsure if author wants to add anything else to the series as it definitely has that Famous Five serial series vibe). I really enjoyed these books (by Jenny Elder Moke, but Famous Five is pretty fun too).
MAY THE HAZEL BRING YOU WISDOM AND THE ASPEN GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU…Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn’t return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam’s peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose – to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher – one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?
Indiana Jones gets a refresh with this female-driven mystery adventure, set in the 1920s, full of ciphers, ancient relics, and heart-stopping action – the first in a brand-new series!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (GR/SG) – I’ve now finished the second book and will start the second season of the tv series and while some of the book is set in present (unsure of how present in the book but I’m pretty sure the tv series is more present than the books), a good part of the plot focuses on the past. So it counts!
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (GR/SG) – I recently read the book and watched the movie. Loved the book, hated the movie (more to come about both soon). The book is set in the late 1908s and while the movie tried to do that, it felt like they just put the actors into the scenes and took their phones away. Anyway, very much read the book and avoid the movie.
1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. . But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act… different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby.
Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries – and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco (GR/SG/My Review) – Yes, the third book is out but no I haven’t read it yet because I guess I’m trying to use it as a reward or it could just be my Christmas present to myself (since when I eventually get to the third book and the waiting times it should be about that time).
One brutal murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…
And an intoxicating romance.
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked—princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson (GR/SG) – Ok, so, I’m still in the middle of reading this but I am enjoying this and I hope to keep carry on enjoying it.
WANTED – Bloodmaid of exceptional taste. Must have a keen proclivity for life’s finer pleasures. Girls of weak will need not apply.
A young woman is drawn into the upper echelons of a society where blood is power in this dark and enthralling Gothic novel from the author of The Year of the Witching.
Marion Shaw has been raised in the slums, where want and deprivation are all she know. Despite longing to leave the city and its miseries, she has no real hope of escape until the day she spots a peculiar listing in the newspaper seeking a bloodmaid.
Though she knows little about the far north—where wealthy nobles live in luxury and drink the blood of those in their service—Marion applies to the position. In a matter of days, she finds herself the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger. There, Marion is swept into a world of dark debauchery. At the center of it all is Countess Lisavet.
The countess, who presides over this hedonistic court, is loved and feared in equal measure. She takes a special interest in Marion. Lisavet is magnetic, and Marion is eager to please her new mistress. But when she discovers that the ancient walls of the House of Hunger hide even older secrets, Marion is thrust into a vicious game of cat and mouse. She’ll need to learn the rules of her new home—and fast—or its halls will soon become her grave.
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Sometimes when I’m reading I don’t notice a lot of details – like characters, names, faces, whatever year the book is set in. There’s a lot in a book to process in your brain and mine…. yeah so anyway! What books have that you’ve read that are set in the past? Tell me down below and let’s see if I’ve read them too!
2 thoughts on “Top 5 (books set in the past) Tuesday”
This definitely gave me some new material for my tbr pile! 😀
A Discovery of Witches sounds intriguing as does the Grady Hendrix book 👀
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Both are really good books! Although the Discovery adaptation (to me) is miles and miles better than Hendrix’s one lol
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