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Book Review: The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

The is not the kind of book I usually review. In fact, this is the kind of book I tend to avoid. Unpronounceable names during a time period I know little to nothing about? I'd usually run away. Fast. But I gave it a whirl and I was impressed. Maybe you will be too!

The Wicked and the Just follows the story of Cecily as she moves to Caernarvon. She's quite spoiled and always wants her way. While most of the story is told from her point of view, there are short chapters told from the point of view of her servant Gwinny, a Welsh girl who feels like the English have stolen her home and land. And they kind of have.

Cecily wants to fit in with the other town girls, even though she hates the fact that she lives in town. Her father is a blustery, loud man and he wants her to eventually marry a good man and settle down.

There are parts that almost feel like a 13th century Mean Girls. Cecily is often mocked for her backwater ways and the other girls in town don't readily accept. The first 200 pages of the book is basically just about Cecily dealing with everyday life, being horribly mean to Gwinny and her brother, while also being bullied herself.

But then!

There's a twist that I won't give away, but I'm pretty sure some of the images from the end of this book will haunt me forever. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for interestin historical fictionn in 8th grade and up.

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