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Lady Katherine's father is murdered for being a practicing Catholic. She realizes that her father being a Catholic wasn't the only the secret he was keeping. He was also involved in a plot to have the reigning Queen Elizabeth I murdered. With a deep need for revenge, Katherine disguises herself as a boy to London to complete her father's mission.
Katherine decides to use William Shakespeare's newest play, as an opportunity to murder the Queen. However, Katherine doesn't realize the play is a trap to root out the insurrectionists and to destroy the rebellion.
Toby Ellis is the mastermind behind the ruse. He is a young spy for the Queen with a few secrets of his own. When Katherine and Toby are cast as the main leads, they find themselves drawn to each other. As the duo become closer will they be able to risk their mission for love?
The book felt like I was reading a Shakespearian plot with crossdressers and star-crossed lovers. The novel had an interesting premise but, I felt that the novel was a bit slow. I felt like the novel could have added more details about the religious aspect along with Christopher Marlowe. I think this would give the readers an idea of what is on the line for Katherine and Toby. As honestly, I didn't feel like there was any "urgency" or that the duo is facing any life or death consequences. Overall, it was an entertaining read but, not my favorite.
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Title: AN ASSASSINS GUIDE TO LOVE AND TREASON
Author: Virginia Boecker
Pub. Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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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.
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children, a cat named Thomas and a dog named George.
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management.
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