Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers What do you get when you add historical fiction, romance and assassins? A kick butt, awesome story that I loved, that's what! Grave Mercy was a great read that I was unable to put down. If you are a fan of historical fiction, you should definitely give this book a read.One of the things I liked the most about this story was Ismae, she is such a strong person after all of the years of abuse that she had to put up with. Although, it doesn't help her love men. Once she is rescued and sent to the covenant, she harbours a great hatred for men even and doesn't trust them at all. When she is sent on her mission with Duval, she thinks it will be easy, but she couldn't be more wrong. Sometimes you just need the right man to make you realize that not all men are awful. So will she warm up to Duval, can she trust him? She certainly doesn't want to!The romance in Grave Mercy isn't really shoved in your face. You know it's there, but it's a cute type of romance with a girl trying to figure out her first crush. Duval is a very nice guy, although he doesn't trust Ismae right away, she is an assassin after all! She doesn't trust him either. Can they get past these things and find love?As for the basic storyline, all we know is that there is a traitor who is close to the duchess, Ismae and Duval must figure out who the traitor is before it's too late. The French is invading and there is a lot of arguments over who the duchess should be made to marry. Once Ismae see how things work, she begins to doubt her covenants orders, is it possible they've made mistakes? Can she carry out these orders as she used to? What happens when you begin to question' Mortain's will? An overall page turning adventure, where you don't know who to trust. Grave Mercy was an exciting read full of deceit, murder and love. There are so many chapters that left off on cliffhangers that I couldn't put the book down. Although it is a bit long compared to the "normal" young adult novel, it's an excellent read. I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who likes a good kick butt heroine, romance and a bit of history. LaFevers made an awesome debut novel and I will definitely be watching out for more from her in the future! Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the oppertunity to read this book!For more reviews, visit Owl Read It