Am I being too picky?
In writing my review of Michaela MacColl’s Prisoners in the Palace for the Kirkus blog (posted yesterday), I once again realized that while I love a good historical novel, and I love a good romance novel, and I also love a good historical romance, I can’t think of any YA historical romance that I’ve truly enjoyed. Partly this is a matter of perspective—how much romance a book needs in order for me to consider it a romance novel (as opposed to a novel having a romantic subplot) may differ from your preferences—but also because I don’t think many YA historical romances without paranormal elements are published these days. Also, the historical romances that I have tried just did not work for me.
I mean, there are some YA historical novels I’ve loved, and some YA historical romances I…was less than enthused about. And there are times I get annoyed when there *is* a romance in a historical novel, because it feels unnecessary and unconvincing. (Though to be fair, this is not just a problem in historical fiction.)
And I have no idea where I was going with this post. Anyway, go and read the review!