Game of Secrets by Kim Foster

Game of Secrets

Felicity Cole sells flowers in the streets of Victorian London to feed herself and her young brother. But she has a close-guarded secret--her brother is a Tainted, born with special abilities that society fears and a shadowy organization called the Hunstsman scours the country to eliminate. When Felicity becomes the target of one of these individuals, she discovers something horrible: she's Tainted, too.Rescued by a mysterious gentleman on the ev...

Details Game of Secrets

TitleGame of Secrets
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherSky Pony Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Game of Secrets

  • Hamad
    I usually start my reviews by a quote I liked from the book, well I didn't find anything spectacular here so I won't put a quote this time! That does not mean that it has a bad writing style, but it was just mediocre?!I like fantasy and fiction standalones because there are not many of them and because I don't want to engage into a whole series every single time I read this genre -and I read it a lot since it is my favorite- and when I read the s...
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    Game of Secrets is a story that is set in London during the late 1800’s. In this setting the society is divided between the normal people and the Unnaturals. People who look normal but display abilities that are not possible for the average person are called unnatural. Or, they are also referred to as the Tainted because it is believed that somehow their blood had become tainted by something otherworldly. If someone was discovered to be tainted...
  • Amanda
    You can also find my review herehttps://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....Game of Secrets was great. It was a book that combined some of my favorite topics to read about; spies and supernatural abilities. It was incredibly fast-paced and the plot was interesting. By the time I had reached the fourth chapter I was absolutely hooked. I tore through this action packed novel within 24 hours.  The pacing of the novel kept me turning the pages as the a...
  • Jackie
    **2.5 but rounding up** This book is a bit of a wonder in large part because it stays pretty one note but there’s enough there that I could see it doing better in later books, the only question is whether or not they’ll be more. ‘Game of Secrets’ follows orphan Felicity Cole, a street vender hoping to make enough money to support herself and her kid brother when unknown enemies rip her life apart and while sitting in a jail cell waiting o...
  • Mayumi
    2 STARS I can’t really talk about this book without including a few minor spoilers so – spoiler alert. ‘And no matter what else I may be, I will always be common.’ Literally this book summed up in a quote. ^ So this was kinda bad… It wasn’t terrible, it was just full of cliches and tropes we’ve all seen before, and had an annoying protagonist. Felicity Cole is an orphan who is devoted to taking care of her ‘Tainted’ brother by ...
  • heather
    I have a lot of feels going on inside of me over this book. My emotions are running wild and I am not exactly sure if I loved this book or just thought it was okay?? Hence the 4 star rating, I figured somewhere in between was good:)Felicity (love the name BTW) lives in a world where some folks have special abilities and they are called "tainted". You do not want to be tainted because it is very much frowned upon and most of the time you are given...
  • Lindsay
    Felicity lives in fear that the Peelers will discover her younger brother is Tainted and he will be ripped away from her. With both parents dead, she takes care of her brother by selling flowers in London's market. One day a carriage appears with two menacing men taking pictures of the poor residents trying to sell food, remedies, and items for their own survival. A brawl erupts between these men and her boyfriend/best friend Kit that results in ...
  • Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳
    Although it is a different story, it read just like the same as typical YA novels.'RTC.
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and we are always looking to expand our young adult collection and promote young adult fiction especially in high schools to involve more teens into loving reading again. This book in particular I was a fan of because it gave a twist on the Victorian Era and the adventure in the plot was very captivating. I hope Kim Foster makes this a series because I think our reader's will be asking about it. T...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog This is likely going to be one of my most disappointing reads this year considering the premise sounded so interesting and the book began promisingly enough. But by half way through, this began to hit every trope/cliche in the YA genre (and not even creatively at that) and the writing began to feel rushed and simplistic through to the end. It felt as if the author spent a ...
  • Stephanie L
    ARC provided by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! --2.75/5 stars--I always love me a good Victorian setting to a fantasy novel; it's somehow comforting--yet also anxiety-ridden at the same time. Maybe it's because of all the drama that inevitably follows, or the politics of the time, or maybe the way the steampunk genre always seems to be set in the Victorian era. This novel does not fall into the steampunk genre in an...
  • Jamie Coudeville
    I did really like this book, loved the main character and the worldbuilding but it just all went a bit fast. I think the storyline progressed a bit too fast and maybe it would've been better as a duology though I wouldn't rule out a sequel since certain things were left up in the air. Also, the ending confused the hell out of me. Did that mean what I think it meant? Basically, gimme a sequel.
  • Christine (allthingschristine)
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review. In no way have the publisher or the author influenced my review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book definitely didn’t disappoint me which made me very happy. It doesn’t so much focus on the etiquette and such of the time period, which makes sense given as Felicity is training as a spy and assassin which would not be run of the mill in Victorian L...
  • Gabrielle
    I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded interesting and I thought that it could be a good pick me up for the fantasy genre that I needed. Sadly, this book didn't do any of that. It wasn't bad, but because it was such an okay book, I'm not fully sure how to put my thoughts into words, but I'll try.Within the first few pages, there's already action happening and peo...
  • Annette
    Game of Secrets is a magic book, but the historical setting is what really amped up the appeal.Felicity is doing her best in Victorian London to keep herself and her little brother surviving. It isn't easy. Her brother must stay hidden since he is Tainted. His special abilities, if found out, will get him caught by the Huntsmen, and he will surely be killed.As Felicity herself is in danger of being taken by a Huntsman, a mysterious man, Hawksmoor...
  • Becks
    Okay so this review is going to be spoiler city, y'all. Consider yourself warned.First of all, pretty much nothing happens the entire book. It's flat, uneventful, and just chock full of uninspired rehashes of YA tropes. The only "unique" thing about the book was ironically the thing for me that turned it from a 3 star borefest into a 2 star nightmare. Apparently, our protagonist is supposedly so unhinged that she created and kept up an imaginary ...
  • Emilie
    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The synopsis of this book sounded great, so I did not hesitate to download a review copy. Once I finished the book, however, I realized that I was a bit underwhelmed. It was not a bad book, but it was not a great book either. It had most of the YA Fantasy tropes and was pretty predictable. There were a couple of twists thrown in, one of which did surprise me. But it did not a...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    What you should know: I can be as finicky as the worst toddler with his/her food when it comes to YA Fantasy. Don't even get me started on Dystopian. Historical fiction is usually fairly safe, so I went for this one after reading the blurb. I should probably mention that I'm totally down with steampunk or pretty much any plot that has Queen Victoria having some specialized and unknown force for good in her pocket. I might want to see someone abou...
  • Erin Arkin
    Game of Secrets by Kim Foster is a book I knew I wanted to read as soon as I read the summary. A historical fantasy with a spy school for people born with special powers…SIGN ME UP!! Felicity Cole sells flowers on the streets of London to provide for herself and her younger brother when one day, things go terribly wrong. Not only is her brother’s secret of being a Tainted (someone born with special abilities) revealed, but the boy she loves i...
  • Mary Beth
    This was a very good book. I can’t even think of how to describe it. Spy story with paranormal abilities I guess. It could make a good series.
  • Cat
    So annoyed that I had to finish this book. I’m writing a review of it but I really don’t want to. It was a massive waste of time.
  • Sandy Lu
    YA Pygmalion meets Nikita meets The X-Men. What's not to love?
  • Laura
    Dickensian-era London, people with special talents, warring factions between those people, and a young woman taken from her usual life of flower selling (luckily not named Eliza) to learn airs and graces and special tricks. We've read this before, right? And sadly, this series does nothing new in the genre.eARC provided by publisher.
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)I adored the intrigue and mystery in Game of Secrets. It's like Foster walked straight into my head and said, let's pull out some fantasy, Victorian London, and spies. Seriously. It's that in a nutshell and that alone makes it so good. Can I go to spy school? Although not really because I'd be dead before I got there. I'd be as...