Published by Diversion Books
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
About The Author
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).
MY Review: I still don’t entirely know what to make of this book. I went into it expecting one thing and getting something pretty different. There are two different point of views in different time periods, you’ve got one in the modern day and another in the 1800’s. The historical point of view is that of Sisi, who once she marries Franz Joseph will be Empress of Austria. The two characters are linked by personal things going on in their lives.
So here’s the thing, the magic is not what I expected at all. It wasn’t done in a way that I particularly liked and at times I felt like I was reading two different books. The book is sometimes awkward but I did have a good time reading it. I’ve said it before, a book does not have to be perfect for me to enjoy it. It certainly suits specific audiences over broader ones and I think that might put some people off.
While I did have some problems, mostly in the historical part of the book, I still think the book is worth a read, though maybe for those wore are either big fans of this sort of historical or really into contemporary books that talk about issues like OCD and such.
Also, was I wrong in thinking this is supposed to be a standalone? Because it kinda seems a bit open ended.