Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott



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I received this book from the December Owlcrate. At the time I had just finished learning a lot about the renaissance in my World History class, so it’d seemed like destiny that this book would show up in my mailbox. I decided to give it a try and also hoped it might help me study for my test. It did a bit, I learned more about the social class system in renaissance Florence than I could remember from class and I learned a lot about the great, Leonardo Da Vinci, who is a main character in this novel.

One of Da Vinci’s paintings is of a girl name Ginevra de’ Benci, this book is about her. Elliott was inspired by the girl in the painting, she’d wanted to know more about her. After reading this book, I am glad Elliott had because it was fantastic. She captured renaissance Florence in her palm and let it out through her descriptions of the city in its prime.

Ginevra is an interesting character to read about. She was connected to the Medici, a family in power in the time of the renaissance. She was also a poet, and one thing interesting about this was that there are only nine words left of her poetry, “I beg your pardon,  I am a mountain tiger”. The prologue sets the story, getting the reader ready for what to expect and also introducing the reader to what had captured Elliott’s interest in writing this tale, the painting of Da Vinci’s Tiger, Ginevra de’ Benci.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of the renaissance and big history buffs. Also, if you love art, especially Da Vinci, you might really enjoy it.


Booktubeathon Update Day 3

I am so happy, I was actually able to finish A Clash of Kings today! That dragon has been conquered! Now I will be starting my third book. I hope to finish by the end of tomorrow, and possibly even start a fourth. Who knows, I may just have four books finished by Thursday.

Pages read today: 197

Total pages read: 604

Books Finished: 2/7

Challenges Completed: Same First Letter of Last Name, and Read a Book Without Letting Go of it.

Booktubeathon Update Day 1 + Day 2

Alright so I was too busy yesterday to post an update, so I’ve decided to combine today with yesterday’s.

Day 1:

I was only able to read to pg. 662/969 of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. Since I’d previously started at pg.557 that brings my page count for day 1 to: 105

Day 2:

This day was more productive, I finished my first challenge and read Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries Vol. 2 by Hey-Jin Jeon and Kiha Lee (192 pages long) in about an hour while keeping it in my hands at all times. I also got to pg.772/969 of A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (only 197 more pages to go). Page count for day 2: 302

Total page count so far: 407

Booktubeathon TBR!

Alright so booktubeathon is the reason I got into book blogging. I would have never discovered book blogs without it. I’ve been participating in it since it first started but I haven’t actually made any posts about it. I usually watch all the booktube videos I can and participate in the twitter feed. This year I plan to treat it like any other readathon and post daily updates on my blog. I will be on twitter as well (you can find my twitter on the sidebar). Also, if you might’ve noticed that I haven’t posted much in the last few months. That is because school got pretty insane (I also took a summer school course that took up all my time). However, I shortened my course load for next year and I should have plenty of time to get back into blogging.

Also my tumblr or booklr which is a new thing I have found will be my main social media feed for all things bookish. I find it’s easier to post on there then to post on wordpress. Link to that is also in the sidebar.

Alright, now onto my booktubeathon TBR!

Here are the books I will be reading and the challenges they complete:


1. Blue on the cover: More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

2. Same first letter of last name: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (bonus, same last name) I’m currently on pg. 557/969 so I’m really just finishing it but it’s the same length as a normal book so I’m counting it as one.

3. Read someone elses favourite book: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (my best friend Dani’s favourite)

4. Read last book acquired: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

5. Finish a book without letting go of it: Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries Vol. 2 by Hey-Jin Jeon and Kiha Lee

6. Read a book you really want to read: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

7. Read 7 books: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Good luck to all who are participating, I’m super stoked to begin reading and seeing all the booktube videos. Hopefully once I’m off at university I’ll be able to begin my own booktube channel!

Top Ten Tuesday {30}


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie and so I chose to do…

Top Ten Fairytale Re-tellings

10. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Red Riding Hood


The movie was so good, and the book worked so well with it. A great take on Red Riding Hood.

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)


Cyborg-Cinderella deserves a spot on this list even though I have yet to read it.

8. The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1)


This series is so well connected. It encompasses so many different fairytales, and I love it.

7.Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Strands of Bronze and Gold


This is a re-telling of Bluebeard, which I had not known much about before so the ending was a surprise.

6. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing, #1)


This is a different take on Sleeping Beauty and a lot more realistic which I love about it.

5.Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty


Beauty and the beast, one of my favourite tales.

4. Stray by Elissa Sussman

Stray (Four Sisters, #1)


This basically inspired by fairytale structures in general.

3.The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)


This book is unbelievably good, it’s a re-telling of A Thousand and One Nights.

2. Entwined by Heather Dixon



This book is the reason I fell in love with fairytale re-tellings. This one is about the 12 dancing Princesses and it is my fav.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)


I just love this book, it’s inspired by Beauty and the beast and it is almost like a re-telling so it fits with this list.

What are your top ten’s for this weeks, and what do you think of mine?

Bout of Books 13: Wrap-Up

 Bout of Books 13

For more information about the read-a-thon, check out my introductory post.

Books Completed

1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

2. Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

4. The Heir by Kiera Cass

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

6. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

6/7 books completed. I’m pretty pleased with what I have accomplished. I cannot wait for the next read-a-thon so I can have motivation to plow through more books.

Bout of Books 13 Day: 5 Challenge/Reading Update

 Bout of Books 13

For more information about the read-a-thon, check out my introductory post.


I read to pg.317/388 of The Wrath and the Dawn today.

Completed books: 4

Pages read: 1474

Books left: 3

Haven’t got much left of The Wrath, hoping to finish that today and marathon the rest of my books on Sunday, wish me luck!

And now for the challenge…

Favourite Bob13 Read


The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

And once I finish The Wrath and the Dawn, that may become my new favourite, we’ll see. The ending could disappoint.