Thursday, September 4, 2014

'The Empress Chronicles' by Suzy Vitello

Published by Diversion Books

In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.
One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.
When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is such a sweet and realistic yet imaginative story... does that make sense??
We are told the story of two teenage girls, each using their own narrative. You really feel like you are looking into their worlds as you read each characters portion.
We are introduced to Liz in Oregon and Elisabeth who is back in time trying to find her own way.
Liz & Elisabeth become connected in a way that will change history!!
The story moves along really well and the characters are woven together in a way that really attaches you to them. You can understand the ways that the two girls are similar and how they are troubled by their own times, and connected at the same time.
This is a book that young and a little less young can enjoy! 
Grab your copy today!!!

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