An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further--kill the queen herself.Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of Willia...

Details An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

TitleAn Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
  • Mackenzi
    Blurb of Officialness: "An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is a thrilling, immersive romp through Shakespeare's London, and all the intrigue, alliances, and politics that shaped it. Helmed by two feisty leading players who I fell in love with as they fell for each other, and with snappy, energetic prose that will appeal to both fans of historicals and contemporaries, there's something here for everyone. I devoured this book with ravenous joy...
  • Lola
    Two years ago, I read the first book in the author’s fantasy series – The Witch Hunter – and, surprisingly, I rated it 3.5 stars as well. What does this mean? Well, like The Witch Hunter, this one was easy to read and fast-paced. I enjoyed reading about the two main characters, two people who both have distinct personalities and back-stories that help us understand where they’re coming from.The concept is also original. Who has ever heard...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest🦇 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of: A romance where one of the characters is a murderer 🦇I was initially going to post lots of status updates for this book, because I feel like that is what you are supposed to do when you manage to finagle a prized ARC like this one - but instead I knocked it back like it was a glass of dri...
  • Sylvie
    4/5 StarsDid I finally enjoy a book that I was able to give a big fat four stars? Yes I did.RTC.This book has all the ingredients I never knew I needed to see gathered in one book:Elizabethian era ✔Girl disguises herself as a boy ✔Takes place during the Anglo-Spanish War ✔Plotting an assassination against Elizabeth I ✔Both protagonists have to perform in a Shakespearean play, presumably "Twelfth Night" ✔Young spy ✔Revenge ✔From enem...
  • Lisa
    This is such a fun unique take on historical fiction. Shakespeare, romance, disguised gender and, you know, plotting murder, made for one excellent story. This is a great standalone I highly recommend.
  • Katherine Moore
    Did you know that Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was written to capture the would-be assassin of Queen Elizabeth I?!And what do you get when you combine a cross-dressing Catholic called Katherine Arundell, out to avenge the death of her father, and put her slap-dab in the middle of merry old London?‘An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason’, of course, and it’s quite scrumptious.This romp through 1601 will have you questioning any history you...
  • Rachel Strolle
    An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is the Shakespeare book I've been waiting for. Not only does it feature the Bard himself, it features opposing protagonists who aren't aware they are in opposition. Boecker cleverly intertwines classic Shakespearean tropes with a story that feels fresh and original. In addition to revolving around Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it has the spirit and fun of A Knight's Tale and a charm all its own. It instantly...
  • Jenn
    Short, stunned take: Absolutely brilliant. Actual blurb: A tour de force blending wrenchingly complicated romance, vibrant theatre history, and deadly Elizabethan politics, AN ASSASSIN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND TREASON seduced me completely.Unofficial blurb: OMG I AM SO OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK READ IT READ IT NOW
  • Jane
    Katherine goes to London dressed as a boy with the singular purpose of assassinating Queen Elizabeth. Toby is a spy charged with discovering who’s behind this plot. Both use the production of Shakespeare’s new play Twelfth Night to execute their plans.I was highly anticipating this book, out 10/23 from Hachette/Little Brown*, and I really enjoyed An Assassin’s Guide. The characters were definitely the highlight for me, and I enjoyed seeing ...
  • Virginia Boecker
    *peeks**sees nice reviews**smiles**runs away*
  • Keplers
    I loved this so much I blurbed it"Assassins, spies, a forbidden romance, a plot to kill the queen, and secrets aplenty - all centering around Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Be still my Shakespeare-loving fangirl heart."
  • Erin Arkin
    As soon as I read the synopsis of An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker, I knew I had to read it. This book is a standalone and it has a fast pace to keep the story moving and if you like historical books focused on a plot for murder, I think you should pick this one up.The story focuses on two main characters, Lady Katherine and Toby Ellis. Everything really kicks off when Katherine’s father is executed for being a practi...
  • Eilis
    Full review coming soon but in short: you need to read this book!
  • Kalie
    This was not the book I expected it to be. In fact, I enjoyed it all the better because of that fact.
  • USOM
    I can't get over how clever An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason is. For the inner English Lit nerd, watching all the pieces of this book come together was me just yelling, "YES!" over and over again. That's almost what it was like watching me read this book. Except I was in a government building. So it was more just happy sighing over and over again. But besides the cleverness of the writing, what I loved was the assassins, weapon training, c...
  • Sylvia
    Full review: this arc at ALA. A fun addition to the historical fiction genre! I definitely suggest this book for anyone who is looking to get into historical fiction because they'll definitely fall in love with this cast of unique characters and their assassination plans, disguises, and their slight treason toward Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Nimika
    4.5 Stars! Omgthisbook.
  • mith
    Virginia Boecker has the most splendid YA fantasies that I've read. Heart eyes at this boooook!
  • Laura
    Historical fiction featuring a bold girl isn't new, nor is it new to have a female assassin (see Grave Mercy for example). The Catholic plot part might confuse readers who don't really understand the whole Henry VIII/Mary/Elizabeth I religious tussle and could have been better explained. Ditto who Kit Marlowe was. For those who do understand those subplots, this could be a fun read.ARC provided by publisher.
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers/The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Recently, I have been reading and loving a lot of historical fiction, especially after reading Shakespeare during freshman English class. I loved the Shakespearean aspect to this story, and Boecker twisted this tale magnificently. It is definitely very unique, and quite different from the other historica...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I wasn't sure what to expect out of this novel. I'll be honest, I almost DNF'ed it at the beginning because it was a bit slow, there was a large bolus of history. But then something changes around 50 pages in. Suddenly, we are thrown into the world of Shakespeare and that is where this book really shines. Two main characters dance around each other as they hunt and are hunted and also double as love interests. They are playing the main roles of T...
  • Shannon
    This book was unique and interesting and I mostly enjoyed it but the longer it took me to read it the less I wanted to read it so it took me over a month to finish. It felt very relevant to the LGBTQ trend that seems to be going on in YA and being that this is historical fiction it was a little different than the current contemporaries that this trend is usually a part of. To be honest, it just wasn't a book for me. I can see the merits of it and...