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 William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play--it's a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play's leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason Details

TitleAn Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316327343
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    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 of putting on a play to kill a king or queen? This was th 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 of putting on a play to kill a king or queen? This was the first time I heard of it, and I certainly do wonder now what else the author is going to come up with in the future. Surely it’ll be an astonishing idea as well.But although it is unique and not at all a chore to read, there was something missing, the same thing that, if I remember correctly, was missing in The Witch Hunter too. The reason for my inability to give it four stars or more. And that thing is… seriousness.Somehow, I couldn’t feel the danger. Both Katherine and Toby step into trouble at different points in the novel, and yet I was already imaging how they would step out of it. In my mind, it was never a question of whether they would get hurt or not—the tone of the story didn’t make me believe any scene was a matter of life and death.As it happens, I also thought it became repetitive after a while, and to create the illusion that it isn’t, in fact, repetitive, the author weaved these romantic scenes that sometimes make it feel as though we’re not reading about an assassination plan anymore but about two star-crossed lovers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you enjoy romance in your Historical Fiction reads and are excited by the idea of a woman dressing as a man and experiencing the world like never before, this is right up your alley. All I’m saying is I did notice the repetition and find that the author could have added more action scenes to the plot and seriousness to the tone. But once again, it reads quite well and the characters are three-dimensional. The story is original and entertaining and I genuinely wanted this to become a series at some point and I only wish that for stories with characters I don’t want to immediately say farewell to. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    Yo this book is capital-R Rad.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
    January 1, 1970
    i desperately need this and no i will not calm down 'cause i literally can't
  • Sheharzad ⚘
    January 1, 1970
    if the TITLE didn't already have my hands itching for this book, then that BLURB surely had me screaming at that release date!!granted, october 2018 isn't that far but... i'm also an impatient little shit who doesn't believe in the combo of intriguing storyline + ridiculous months-long release dates. it's torturous for us book lovers. absolutely abhorrent. how dare they dangle such interesting ideas in front of us and make us wait?! smh 100% unimpressed.
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  • Rachel Strolle
    January 1, 1970
    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 found a place on my all time favorites shelf.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Keplers
    January 1, 1970
    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."
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY SHIT THIS QUEEN IS BACK AND WITH WHAT KIND OF BOOK MAN!! SHE IS TRYING TO KILL ME AND I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER ABOUT IT!!!I loved the The Witch Hunter duology so much and this one sounds even more perfect I AM GONNA PEE MYSELF!
  • Vernie♡
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm.. that title and that cover remind me greatly of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.. but since Mackenzi Lee herself enjoyed it, I'll give it a go.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh, I want this now
  • Sylvia
    January 1, 1970
    Full review: https://sylreads.wordpress.com/2018/0...Got 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.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    Virginia Boecker has the most splendid YA fantasies that I've read. Heart eyes at this boooook!
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Arc received from the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review. [ releases: November 2018.]
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    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 historical fiction books I have read. With the setting bein 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 historical fiction books I have read. With the setting being the Elizabethan Era, I knew I would love this story. Add spies and romance, and I knew it had to be five stars. The characters and plot were very developed and I grew quite attached to them during my time reading this story. Very clever and very well written. My only wish was that the ending wasn't quite so rushed, I definitely needed more to this story.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    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 Twelfth Night, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays 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 Twelfth Night, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and so because this was a bit of an homage to that, I adored it. For particularly Shakespearean buffs, this is a must read.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    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 I can see others really enjoying it but I'm not a 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 I can see others really enjoying it but I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare and I've never read Twelfth Night so I just kind of faked my way through (it's not necessary to read it but I'm sure you would get more out of this if you had).
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Virginia Boecker’s The Witch Hunter series. I have a feeling that this book is going to be quite interesting, as it has Shakespeare elements to it. I am not usually one for historical fiction, but this one is too intriguing to pass on.
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  • Oda Renate
    January 1, 1970
    Beauuuuuutiful cover!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Megan Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    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 Night” in some ways, which would have been a great opportu 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 Night” in some ways, which would have been a great opportunity to add some humor. I think it was a bit of a missed opportunity. That being said, it was an interesting read, and quite different from a lot of other books in YA. It seemed well researched, and I learned some really interesting history about the role that a performance of Richard II that was part of a 1601 rebellion. The novel was clever, and instructive, but was a bit slow at times. I also much preferred Toby’s POV chapters to Katherine’s. However, by the ending I was hooked, and it made me want to find some other Shakespearean themed novels to read.*I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Alexa Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    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 turns, you can't quite figure out what twist or t 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 turns, you can't quite figure out what twist or turn the characters will wind up in. This also provides a very enjoyable idea about the existence of Twelfth Night, a weird play for Shakespeare. I think romance lovers and Shakespeare nerds unite with this title.
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  • Gigi Lefebvre
    January 1, 1970
    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 and funny, just the way I would've imagined him. 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 and funny, just the way I would've imagined him. I read this in a day and throughly enjoyed it!
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  • TatumReads
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elsie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Marika
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    WOW I LOVE THIS BOOK AND KIT AND TOBY SO SO SO MUCH 😍
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