About Silver Tongue• Paperback: 274 pages • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (April 20, 2015)
The Colonies lost the Revolutionary War. Now it’s 1839 and the North American continent is divided into three territories: New Britannia, Nueva Espana, and Nouvelle France where seventeen-year-old Claire Poissant lives. Claire has a magical way with words—literally. But a mystical power of persuasion isn’t the only thing that makes her different. Half-French and half-Indian, Claire doesn’t feel at home in either world. Maybe that’s why she’s bonded so tightly with her fellow outcasts and best friends: Phileas, a young man whose towering intellect and sexuality have always made him the target of bullies, and Sam, a descendant of George Washington who shares the disgraced general’s terrible, secret curse. But when Sam’s family is murdered, these bonds are tested and Claire’s special ability is strained to its limits as the three hunt the men responsible into dangerous lands. Along the way they cross paths with P.T. Barnum, William Frankenstein and other characters from both history and fantasy as they learn the hard way that man is often the most horrific monster and that growing up sometimes means learning to let go of the things you hold most dear.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me this e-book to facilitate my honest review.
This isn't normally the type of book I get into, but the description really got me interested and I'm glad I read it! It's certainly a mix of genres--not quite historical fiction, but more what I would call alternate historical fiction, which is a fun concept and draws you into the book to keep reading that I've never experienced before. I loved Clare as a main character--she was so multidimensional and interesting. I feel like despite the sometimes confusing cross in genres, that readers could really relate to her struggles, especially the young adult audience. She's struggling to find out who she is in a world that is constantly changing--we can all relate to that despite the fact that the book is set in the past.
Sullivan's writing is strong and engaging--it took me awhile to get into the story but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend this interesting read!