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Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Fairy Tale: Bluebeard

Trigger Warning: This post will discuss verbal and emotional abuse.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson is a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale set in the American South in 1855. And what’s so interesting about this book to me is how it deals with the idea of freedom. What does it mean to not have agency over yourself? To be unable to express your own personality?

The story is this; Sophia Petheram, fourth child of a poor family whose father has just died, is moving to live with her “fabulously rich” godfather from Boston to his home, Wyndriven Abbey, outside Chicataw, Mississippi. Since her father has passed away and Sophia is seventeen and underage, her godfather Monsieur de Cressac is taking her in. Though they have never before met, de Cressac has always had a special interest in Sophia, sending her elaborate gifts on each of her birthdays, and Sophia in turn has created elaborate fantasy stories about him that kind of come across like those “most interesting man in the world” commercials.


And de Cressac doesn’t disappoint. His home alone is more than enough to impress – he transplanted Wyndriven Abbey stone by stone from its original location in England, along with every object that was in it. Not only that, but de Cressac has many stories about his world travels to impress Sophia with – in her eyes, he is quite the adventurer.

But here’s the issue. We all know this story is about Bluebeard. It says so right on the cover. We all know who de Cressac really is and what he’s capable of doing. It doesn’t help that as Sophia settles into Wyndriven that she slowly uncovers clues about four previous wives that have lived there, the first divorcing de Cressac, and the other three dead; one during childbirth, one by suicide, and one from consumption. And we also know this creepy fact; all of them were redheads. And guess what color Sophia’s hair is? You guessed it. Red.

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YA Book Master List

Hi guys! This is the list you need if you’re looking for your next YA book, with some middle grade and adult fiction included. Many books could fit into multiple genres, so I placed them as I saw fit. For the sake of space, more genres (dystopian, contemporary, etc) are below the cut.

Science Fiction/Hybrids:

  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Beta (4) by Rachel Cohn
  • The Fifth Wave (3) by Rick Yancey
  • Gone (6) by Michael Grant
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Across the Universe (3) by Beth Revis
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (5) by Douglas Adams
  • Skinned (3) by Robin Wasserman
  • Mila 2.0 (3) by Debra Driza 
  • Maximum Ride (8) by James Patterson
  • Unwind (4) by Neal Shusterman
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • Uglies (4) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Partials (3) by Dan Wells
  • These Broken Stars (4) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Starglass (3) by Phoebe North
  • Virals (5) by Kathy Reichs
  • What’s Left of Me (3) by Kat Zhang
  • Glitch (3) by Heather Anastasiu
  • The Prophecy of Arcadia (2) by M.H Soars
  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

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A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in March 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases - but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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Book of the Day: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

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When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.


Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (09/03 - 15/03)

ACID by Emma Pass ✤ March 11th

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland ✤ March 11th

Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells ✤ March 11th

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson ✤ March 11th

Resistance (Replica #2) by Jenna Black ✤ March 11th

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule ✤ March 11th

 Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!

Trees of Reverie’s September Read-a-thon: TBR

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (the only reread I am currently planning - I’ve had a craving lately…)
  • The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
  • The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  • Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
  • Deliverance by C.J. Redwine
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey 
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Booktown Bookclub)
  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand (ARC)