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Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor) Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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The thing that allured me into reading Maid Of Secrets was how this book's description reminded me of Grave Mercy! Another thing that tempted me into requesting an ARC of this book was the cover which I love because it's unlike most YA covers. Maid Of Secrets is definitely a promising start to a new series that fans of Robin LaFevers and historical fiction will love!
Maid Of Secrets is a mystery set in the court of Queen Elizabeth during a visit from members of the Spanish court. There were a bunch of unpredictable plot-twists and turns that kept me reading. Maid Of Secrets pulls off an intriguing mystery filled with suspense and surprises. Even though there have been countless books about Elizabeth and the English, Maid Of Secrets is still an extremely original novel. The author blends historical and romance plot points to make this book an entertaining read.
The author definitely created distinct and interesting characters in this book. All of the maids were very different from each other and I could easily distinguish them. I have only one complaint about one of the maids is how McGowan didn't really take advantage at all of Sophia being a seer and I expected there to be a bit of paranormal aspects because of her ability. Her ability didn't really contribute to the plot unlike the other girls' abilities. It kind of felt like Sophia was kind of useless because her lack of activity in this book. I definitely would like to see more of the other girls in the next books and see their abilities challenged further by political obstacles.
The romance in this book doesn't take up a big portion of this book.Read more ›
Plotwise, the book had so much going on and it was such a interesting flow of events. The complexity within the plot involved much more than just Meg and the danger that came with being a spy. There is her loyalty to the Queen, the friendships she earns and quite a lot of sneaking about and discovering. The writing complemented the plot so well, with all the subtexts and clues offered which make it an excellent suspense novel. The instability in the court, the fearless Queen and the overall element of paranoia were portrayed quite realistically.
The romance is somewhat overwhelmed by the political intricacies woven and while Rafe was interesting I am not his fangirl yet. Nevertheles, the other love stories and the ones which might develop offered so much more than the main one and the friendships between the girls, especially Meg and Jane is so cute that I wish I had such friends. Considering how little time they had together, they still come to each other’s aid without any pettiness. I am looking forward to reading more of these brave and spirited Maids of Honor.
Meg Fellowes was just a teenager, making a living off stealing from the audience of her acting troupe's play. She's the best thief in London. Unfortunately, her luck runs out and she is thrown into the Queen's dungeon. The young Queen Elizabeth sees Meg as being an asset and recruits her to join her exclusive Maids of Honor court. These five ladies are all highly trained in the art of weaponry, language, and spying skills. Together, the Maids of Honor must protect the Queen, complete tasks their masters instruct them to do, and find anyone who threatens the throne. But by doing so, Meg and her fellow maids find themselves in grave danger. Can they not only protect the Queen and her throne, but also prevent a killer from attacking again? To sum up the book in two sentences: "All of them guessing, with questioning eyes. Five pretty maids, all of them spies."*
I'll cut to the chase. I've never read a historical fiction novel before. Quite frankly, I've avoided them like the plague. I didn't grow up during that time period, I don't understand the language, I don't understand the things that went on back then. Why on earth would I bother reading one if it didn't make any sense to me? I seriously laugh at myself now. WHY WAS I BEING SO DUMB?! After reading MAID OF SECRETS, Jennifer McGowan has made me into a historical fiction lover! I really can't believe I had been scared to read a novel like this before. McGowan drew me in from the very first chapter and I just couldn't get enough of these characters, the elaborate gowns, the balls, the Queen, everything that went along with living inside the Queen's castle. McGowan did a beautiful job writing this story and never once made me lose interest.Read more ›
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Fast paced, fun read. I couldn't put it down! Elizabethan England, intrigue, secret passages...what's not to love.Published 6 months ago by Cari
Just okay--a little interesting but pretty unbelievable. Once the author had a character say "I've got your back". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suellen M. Herwehe
I'm a huge fan of medieval England and just medieval times and royalty in general. Also a fan of mixing history with fantasy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elyse
Originally reviewed at http://www.shaelit.com/2014/08/review-maid-of-secrets-by-jennifer-mcgowan/
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This book was a fun romp--humor, romance, suspense, political intrigue--through Elizabethan England with young female spies in the Queen's court. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christine Kohler
Making a living off poket money you just happen to stumble upon is one this but when young Meg Fellowes picks the wrong poket her life will be changed forever.Published 18 months ago by MDC
Set in the early reign of Queen Elizabeth, 17-year-old Meg is a pick pocket who is plucked off the streets of London to train as a spy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sarah J. Frey
I wasn't sure about this series, but once I started reading I was hooked. Lots of mystery and just enough romance to make it a great read. Highly recommend!Published 19 months ago by J Hart