A list dedicated to young queens, flappers, and war victims. The beautiful thing about historicals is that even separated by centuries, teenagers are always still learning who to trust, who to love, and who they are.
The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry
Joan’s mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. However, the more they seem to argue amongst themselves, the more Joan feels like a political pawn. This culminates with her marriage to the king of Sicily, a man ten years her senior. As war settles on the horizon, Joan finds herself testing the waters of politics and learning who to trust.
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (Bloody Jack #1) by L.A. Meyer
After the death of her parents, Mary Faber took to the streets of London – but when she sees the chance to join the British navy as a ship’s boy, she takes it, forging a new identity Jacky Faber. If she can successfully hide her identity, she can find that life at sea suits her – and if she can’t, Mary – Jacky – might find herself in more danger than she knows.
Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys
It’s 1950 and the streets of New Orleans are starting to become too small for Josie. Known around the city as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants bigger and better things. However, when the mysterious death forces Josie into a struggle between her mother, her conscience, and the woman who raised her, Josie is caught between following her dreams or staying in this underworld.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. As Rose tells her story to the world through the contents of a journal given to her before leaving, Rose finds hope in the arms of her fellow prisoners.
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court with her, she is thrust into a world of glamour, intrigue, and cut-throat politics. No longer in Cat’s shadow, she finds herself caught between two allegiances, two lovers, and two sides of herself. As Kitty witnesses Queen Catherine’s rise and fall as a lady-in-waiting, she finds that being a good friend could cost her her head.
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich in 1939, meagering out a living by stealing the thing she loves most — books.With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids; as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Prisoners In The Palace by Michaela MacColl
When Liza’s parents die in a carriage accident on the way to begin her social debut, she is left penniless. Looking for a way to survive, she finds a job as a lady-in-waiting for Princess Victoria: young, trapped, and isolated. As Liza burrows deeper into the world of servant gossip and politics above-ground, she may just be able to change her fate, find true love, and secure Victoria the throne.
Vixen (Vixen #1) by Jillian Larkin
Seventeen year old Gloria just wants to be a flapper — the late nights, smoky men, and everything that comes with it. However, she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, heir to one of Chicago’s most powerful families, and so her party nights are over before they’ve even begun. Clara, Gloria’s goody-two-shoes cousin, is in town for the wedding and despite her demeanor, she’s not as pure as she leads people to believe. Lorriane, Gloria’s best friend, is tired of living in Gloria’s shadow and when her envy spills over into the real world, no one is safe.
The Luxe (Luxe #1) by Anna Godbersen
This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. However, when a big secret shakes the foundation of their position, everyone is a threat to their dominance. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. However, when her carriage overturns into a river and New York’s most dazzling socialite is left for dead, rumors go flying.
The Season by Sarah MacLean
Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued in a house full of older brothers and their friends. However, this aren’t exactly the qualities good Victorian men are looking for in a young lady. Her mother can dream. However, as her season approaches, Alex is thrust into a world of murder and mystery when the Earl of Blackmoor is killed and his son asks for her help in solving the case.