Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Blog Tour: Review: The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello

Published by Diversion Books

In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES serie s by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to th e past to unlock the future...

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 1 5-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.   She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfr iend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep h er sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one histor ical 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 tha t 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



I wasn’t difficult to fall in love with this book. A wonderful coming of age novel that took me on a journey into the lives of two girls from very different eras, it was filled with romance and heartache.
I enjoyed getting to know both Liz and Elisabeth. They were quite different but yet so similar. Although Liz started off as more of a reclusive type with her many problems, she developed and grew into a much stronger character, whilst Elisabeth was quite feisty and rebellious in her youth she too developed and changed under the duress of family pressure and her duty to her country.
I loved how Vitello drew comparisons between Liz and Elisabeth’s lives and how in many ways it was like history was repeating itself, but with the chance to rectify the past. This book was enthralling and drew me in from page one. Well written with an easy flow, it left me wanting more.

About The Author

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critiq ue group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and priz es (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).
Twitter: @suzy_vitello

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