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

  • 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...
  • Mackenzi
    Yo this book is capital-R Rad.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • mith
    Virginia Boecker has the most splendid YA fantasies that I've read. Heart eyes at this boooook!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Megan Lyons
    3 1/2 starsThis was an interesting read. It was not at all what I expected. Because of the title and cover, I was expecting it to be more like “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue,” something more lighthearted and humorous. Expectations aside, I feel like the novel could have used a bit more humor. It is a well researched historical fiction novel set around political plots and espionage, but it does also parallel the comedy “Twelfth ...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Fun Shakespearian romp, if your idea of a romp includes an assassination plot. But honestly, the assassination plot keeps the plot going even though the really interesting part is watching Kit and Toby's relationship develop. It's fun to be in Shakespeare's theatre, as the gender-swapping of the characters heightens the gender-swapping that is taking place in Kit's real life. I did not completely predict the ending as there are so many twists and...
  • Gigi Lefebvre
    I'm always tentative when it comes to Shakespeare YA books because I've read my share of bad ones that have a poor interpretation of the Bard. This book, however, was great! The main characters, Katherine/Kit and Toby both had great motivations and great chemistry with each other (also ye olde bisexual representation? HELL Y E A H). Not to mention they did Twelfth Night, which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and the man himself was clever...
  • TatumReads
    From the first paragraph, this book captured my attention! There was something so unique about the premise, that sets this story apart from any other historical fiction I have ever read. I loved the whole Shakespearean aspect of the book and thought it was done really well. I do think the ending was a bit rushed, but other then that, this book was a great read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Shakespeare, romance, or historical fiction...
  • Jennifer
    Boecker blended so many wonderful elements together to create a very intriguing historical fiction story! The characters are fun and the writing takes you seamlessly into the era. I only wish the build up to end didn’t feel so rushed, and we had a more complete finale for Kit and Toby. Still highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author!
  • Kristin
    Often engaging but just as often tedious. Lots of vivid period details, but there were a lot of plot holes. I also was hoping this was going to be funny and maybe mirror some of the hijinks of the play performed in the book. It was mostly serious throughout. Probably it will sell well, but it needs work.
  • Elsie
    The last of the proof copies I picked up at TLA. I loved this novel. Set in Elizabethan England with Shakespeare, spies, and a love story. What's not to love. Boecker developed characters with depth and her plotting was terrific. I even read all the end notes about how she came to develop and write this book.
  • Marika
    Fun from start to finish. The research by Boecker was excellent. I’ve been searching for great YA during the Tudor era and this hit the spot. Thankful for the excellent bibliography and afterword by the author as well.
  • Chi-Chi
    I really enjoyed the Witch Hunter books so I went into this with high hopes. It was an ok read, but nothing that thrilling. Characters performing Twelfth Night while essentially going through it in real life as well. Overall the romance seemed a bit forced and the ending quite rushed.
  • Gaby