Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ONE FOR ALL by Lillie Lainoff! I’m so excited because I have SO MUCH to share with you today! First, there’s my review, AND my aesthetic board, THEN there’s new posts on #booktok and #bookstagram, PLUS more information about the author and tour! And now without any further ado, let’s get to the review!
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.One for All by Lillie Lainoff
Published on March 8, 2022 by Farrar Straus and Giroux
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Steampunk, Thriller, YA
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An OwnVoices, gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love.
Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone in town thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but “a sick girl”; even her mother is desperate to marry her off for security. But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father—a former Musketeer and her greatest champion.
Then Papa is brutally, mysteriously murdered. His dying wish? For Tania to attend finishing school. But L’Académie des Mariées, Tania realizes, is no finishing school. It’s a secret training ground for a new kind of Musketeer: women who are socialites on the surface, but strap daggers under their skirts, seduce men into giving up dangerous secrets, and protect France from downfall. And they don’t shy away from a swordfight.
With her newfound sisters at her side, Tania feels for the first time like she has a purpose, like she belongs. But then she meets Étienne, her first target in uncovering a potential assassination plot. He’s kind, charming, and breathlessly attractive—and he might have information about what really happened to her father. Torn between duty and dizzying emotion, Tania will have to lean on her friends, listen to her own body, and decide where her loyalties lie…or risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.
This debut novel is a fierce, whirlwind adventure about the depth of found family, the strength that goes beyond the body, and the determination it takes to fight for what you love.
- OH MY STARS I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!
- someone call the CW and make this into a tv show RIGHT NOW PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!
- #ownvoices chronically ill rep is just *chef’s kiss*!!!
- VERDICT: read this as soon as you possibly can!
what i loved
I LOVE ALL OF THIS SO SO SO MUCH!!!! but yeah, my FAVORITE part was definitely the exploration of Tania’s POTS. I don’t have POTS myself, but I am chronically ill, and all the descriptions of what Tania felt and experienced felt so familiar. Several of the quotes below are about being a “sick girl” and wow, I just really appreciated that. I also love love love the sisterhood element of this book! The worldbuilding was fantastic, the characters were amazing, and I absolutely love this book so so so much!!!
what i didn’t
okay, I actually have one tiny thing that I didn’t super love about this, and that’s the random French in the book. Most of it comes with a translation right after, but not all of it, and I wish the entire book was just in one language. But that’s it! Everything else, I absolutely LOVED!
90% Tania, 10% Aria!!!
Why did i read it?
someone said “retelling with #ownvoices chronic illness” and I came RUNNING!
will i re-read it?
YES DEFINITELY I ALREADY CAN’T WAIT!!!
three words to describe the book
sisterhood, betrayal, intersectionality
I really really want a CW show about this book! I think if whoever was in charge of Reign was allowed to adapt this, it would be PERFECTION!!! so… someone who knows how tv contracts work, get to work on this PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!
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- #the three musketeers retelling you never knew you needed!
- #but dizzy spells suck
- #reader main character and author are all ownvoices chronically ill
I have like three different aesthetic boards started in canva for One For All, but none of them look right. So instead, I’m linking you to my pinterest board! Here’s my aesthetic board for One For All!
What do you think about One For All? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!