League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

League of American Traitors

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he le...

Details League of American Traitors

TitleLeague of American Traitors
Release DateAug 8th, 2017
PublisherSky Pony Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews League of American Traitors

  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    RATING: ★★☆☆☆ / 2 Wanted-to-Like-it-but-Didn't StarsREVIEW: I received this book from Sky Pony Press in exchange for an honest review.In general, I loved the idea for this book. The notion that the descendants of America's most famous and infamous figures are still embroiled in a war of duels and intrigue is a solid place to start. I want to know more. I want to read the heck out of that idea. Unfortunately the details and execution did...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    3.5 Stars “Deception is our only ally now.” This was a really fun take on American History. There was a lot of humor and action, with a big cast of characters. We follow Jasper Mansfield, the last living descendant of Benedict Arnold, as he’s brought into a world where the families of American heroes and traitors still battle it out. Jasper learns more about his history as he tries to change his future in this quick and engaging read. Thi...
  • Bunny theshybooks
    League of American Traitors by Matthew LandisRelease Date | August 8th 2017Amazon Publishing | Skypony PressMy Rating | 3.75Review | Spoil FreeI was sent an ARC of this book from the lovely people over at Skypony Press! I was super excited when they sent me a copy because it is said to be a mashup between Hamilton and National Treasure!“A fun story that twist history and conspiracy into a tale of friendship and danger!”I had a lot of differen...
  • Celeste_pewter
    Nope. I wanted to like this book. I think the author has frankly created a brilliant premise, which deserves to be explored. Unfortunately, the absurd writing and characterizations make the book tedious, and close to impossible to read. Whomever edited this book did Landis an extreme disservice, by not recommending another pass. I bought the book on Tuesday, and am I'm still trying to dig my way through it. There are:* Disjoined paragraphsThere's...
  • Trisa
    I received a free copy of League of American Traitors as part of the FFBC Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.Enter the GIVEAWAY on my blog, Absolute Bookishness. (Ends 8/11/2017.)Seventeen-year-old Jasper and his father, James, weren’t on the best of terms. Still, despite years of neglect, strange behavior, and drunken bouts, his father’s sudden death comes as a surprise. As does a strange presence at his father’s funeral, a man cl...
  • Katie
    Oh, how I wanted to love League of American Traitors. It had such a promising premise but the execution just didn’t work for me. While it’s a quick read that definitely has it’s fun moments, there just didn’t anything that makes it stand out among the many other young adult novels available these days.From the very beginning of the book, I had issues with the plot. Everything was just so unbelievable. I’m sure there are many descendants...
  • Les Joseph
    *4.5 action packed stars!*Who knew a history lesson could be SO MUCH FUN?!?! Matthew Landis has written one hell of a roller coaster ride of awesome that's for sure. A brilliant mix of past and present blended with humor and life or death situations made League of American Traitors one the best books I've read this summer. Sure you have to suspend belief a little, but not THAT much. Jasper, Nora, Sheldon, Cyrus, Byron and the rest are all just wo...
  • Neil (or bleed)
    I think my very limited knowledge of American Revolution and History contributes to why I didn't enjoy this book so much. It's not boring, mind you, but I felt just so uninterested with the book.
  • Roxanne
    Thank you to Sky Pony Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.Jasper has just buried his father when a strange man approaches him about his father's will. Jasper figures there isn't anything worthwhile and blows the guys off. A few days later the brakes on his car fail and he ends up in the river. A woman saves him, but then they start torturing him asking him questions about IT, whatever it is. Jasper has no clue b...
  • Jessi ♡
    while i don't particularly care about USA history, the premise of secret societies pulled me in. it was interesting enough, and it began action packed, except at some point it became too mellow for me.
  • Allison
    This book was a great mix of history and adventure, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I know my middle grade students will, too!
  • Sara Vessichelli
    Really well written. I enjoyed the storyline even though I'm not a super big fan of American history. Nora was my favorite character. I especially loved the epilogue.
  • Paige Green
    Rating: 3/5Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Contemporary?Recommended Age: 14+ (violence and suicide/mental illness issues were present, and gun play)Pages:242Author WebsiteAmazon LinkDisclaimer: I received this book courtesy of KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Synopsis: When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a wo...
  • Belle Brennan
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.What if it doesn't take a professional historian to unearth one of our nation's biggest secrets? What if it just takes a seventeen-year-old boy with a devastating fate to dig up the secret that would change the way we think about our founding fathers? What I loved most about this book was that it was written by an eighth-grade social studies teacher w...
  • Ashley Elliott
    I wanted to love this book and just no... The concept is awesome, I love National Treasure and Hamilton and it's blurred as a mix of both and it just didn't deliver. Jasper was an okay main character but he's the only one with close to a personality. The guns got way more time than any of the side characters and it felt really unnecessary. Also there was a lot of violence that just didn't make a lot of sense. You had 2 girls Lacy the girly girly ...
  • Kelsey Wheeler
    I am really not a big fan of history, but Matthew Landis has made learning a little about it fun. I really enjoyed all the mentions of the different historical figures. League of American Traitors is a roller coaster ride that’s for sure. A mix of past and present. I loved the main characters sense of humor. He also had great sarcasm. The writing is all around both humorous and serious.Every character in this book is defined by what their ances...
  • Kathryn
    3 & 1/2 stars Overview "We all die, Jasper. The question is, what will we die pursuing, and is that cause worthy of our lives?"This was an interesting story. The first half was a little dull to get into but once it picked up it really got interesting. I love historical fiction so much but, American history doesn't excite me that much. Matthew Landis really got me interested in the topic though. I never thought I would enjoy reading about the Amer...
  • Bret Applequist
    League of American Traitors is a wonderful read, especially for its intended audience. I suggest keeping that in mind as you read. Too often, as book lovers, we lose sight of this. It is easy to interpret the author’s relational personality as you read. As stated in the back of his book, Matthew Landis is a middle school educator, and that comes through in his first novel. Relevant characters, witty sarcasm, and dry humor play a big part in mak...
  • Jaina Rose
    This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.Okay, let me start by getting rid of the elephant in the room: Hamilton. I have actually never seen Hamilton (or listened to its full soundtrack), but I know enough about the musical to hazard a pretty good guess that League of American Traitors is nothing like it. Sure, the book's got some mentions of Revolutionary War-era historical figures, but they're definitely not the focus of the boo...
  • Kyera
    The premise of this book is much more intriguing than its actual execution. Jasper is the descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. After the death of both of his parents, Jasper learns that there is more to his world than he ever knew. He learns that for hundreds of years, the descendants of both the heroes and villains from American history have been on opposing sides. The heroes' descendants, who call thems...
  • Cassi
    This book combined so many things that I absolutely love and I couldn't help but be excited about reading it. I am such a fan of historical mysteries and one involving traitors and the American Revolution is so completely up my alley. And this was definitely a good read but it didn't totally blow me away.One thing I really liked about League of American Traitors is that it is an extremely plot-driven book. It's a much more thrilling and action-pa...
  • Jennifer Mays
    Seventeen year old Jasper Mansfield is used to traitors. His father abandoned his mother and him, and now that he's dead, Jasper couldn't care less. But then, a mysterious stranger comes to meet him at his father's funeral and tells him about his infamous American legacy: Jasper is the sole surviving descendant of the American traitor Benedict Arnold. Jasper is in the mist of a war between the heroes and traitors of American history that has been...
  • Joshua
    If you're reading this, this book is not in any shape or form like the film NATIONAL TREASURE, or the Broadway play HAMILTON as written on the cover by Bustle. It is extremely misleading. At best, this book is similar to the Harry Potter series in that we, the readers, follow a recently orphaned boy whose parents have died. This all being in the opening chapters. And as you progress, this boy is later admitted into a private boarding school for d...
  • Justicereads
    What an exciting historical fiction novel! I remember reading that League of American Traitors was a mash up between National Treasure and Hamilton, and it was just that! I couldn’t have been happier, as I am an avid National Treasure fan! I like history more and more as I’m experiencing it through these types of novels specifically. This was the first historical fiction novel that I read that wasn’t WWII based, so I was a little nervous to...
  • Lisa Holloway
    This is a great book for high school students, especially boys! Sometimes it can be hard to find books for this age group. It was fast paced, action packed, and one wild story. There were traitors, duels, mysteries, chases, gunfights, and secret societies. It was one of those books that I looked forward to reading because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. It was not predictable.Although the main character was well developed, I wou...
  • Max Baker
    Thank you Edelwiess for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest reviewI read to have fun. Sure, I can appreciate a super deep and artistic book/super sad and emotional book, but above all else I just want to have fun. I want to smile and enjoy the experience regardless of genre or type of story. League of American Traitors is exactly like that. It's fun, it's face paced, and its incredibly well researched.I really appreciate whe...