“I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith

I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Livia Drusilla, who grew to be one of the most powerful women in ancient Rome.  The story begins as Livia overhears her father plotting to kill Julius Caesar.  In order to cement a political alliance, her father marriesRead more

“The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse is a dystopian fantasy novel set in a world that vaguely resembles ancient Rome, but with more ever-so-slightly more  gender equality and with fancier dresses (the cover pretty much sums it up).  Kestrel is a general’s daughter, and as such, she’s forced to choose to either join the military or get married. Read more