Friday, 3 May 2013

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan Blog Tour - Early Review + Giveaway

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)Title: Maid of Secrets

Series: Maids of Honor #1

Author: Jennifer McGowan

Expected Publication: 7th May 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review


Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril. 

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.

A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…

My Review

I loved this book! It had just the right amount of mystery and thrill, balanced with romance and excitement. It was as good as I'd hoped and more.

There are a few things I love in books, things that usually keep me glued to the page. One is historical fiction, throwing in a little bit of history and the feel of someplace lost to time. Maid of Secrets took place in Queen Elizabeth's court. Another is mystery, preferably a murder mystery, it gives off just the right amount of eerie, intriguing and dashingly dangerous. Maid of Secrets gave us the gruesome tale of poor Marie. And romance is of course something I can never get enough of. For that, Maid of Secrets gave us Rafe. Lovely, lovely Rafe..

*coughs* Erh-hem, yes where was I?

The story was fantastic and I never knew what would happen next. Each of the characters was unique and well thought out and they really brought the story to life. I loved the idea of the maids and thought each of their talents fit perfectly together. Rafe was a totally crush-worthy man and I loved any scene that had him in it. All the characters were fantastic and Meg was superb as the MC. I didn't want this book to end and I'm so glad this a series so I continue to be a part of this fantastic story.

Maid of Secrets grabbed me from the get-go and that didn't ease until I'd taken in the final words, on the final page. I absolutely adored this book and cannot wait for the rest in the series! Thank you Jennifer McGowan, for writing such a fabulous tale! This is set to be one of my top book series!

5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer McGowan writes Young Adult romance full of swash and buckle. Her first novel, MAID OF SECRETS, debuts in Spring, 2013 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Age: Royal Secret
Came From: A small town in northern Ohio
Became a Maid of Honor: After bringing her tale of spygirls to the noble city, and winning the favor of the great house of Simon (& Schuster).
Special Skill: Matrix-like reflexes, superior strength, fabulous wit… okay, ah – we’ll get back to you on that.

Author Links
Website - Goodreads - Twitter


Signed copy of Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan + Swag!

-Ends May 15th 2013

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Find the rest of the TOUR HERE!


  1. I like a bit of mystery/ puzzle solving, and this sounds like it could be interesting.

    Don't think I actually have a favorite Historical fiction novel. Usually whatever I'm reading at the time is my 'favorite', but some novels do stay with me whereas others do not.

  2. This book sounds really good. I'm a fan of historical fiction novel and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy this book.

    My favorite is The Borgias.

    Thanks for this giveaway :)

  3. That's great to hear, Myra!

    Thanks for joining the tour ;) Great review, glad you liked the book!

  4. maid of secrets sounds a great book..
    can't wait to read it..
    thx u for the chance ;)

  5. I loved Maid of Secrets! Marie's gruesome story hooked me with its mystery and RAFE <3 HAHAHA I NEED SPANISH COUNTS IN MY LIFE! Absolutely agree with you that this is a gripping and intense historical fiction :)

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

  6. MAID OF SECRETS looks like such a fabulous read. I'm actually looking forward to the entire series. So many favorites, but OUTLANDER comes to mind immediately.

  7. Sounds aweseome, thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    I don't read that much historical fiction, but I recently loved I, Coriander.

  8. This sounds like my favorite kind of book as well. Thank you for the review. I love that era. I enjoy mystery, intrigue and romance. This sounds alike a uniquely fun book.