Received through Kindle First Reads.
This book was phenomenal. It was such a pleasure to read. I found it difficult to put down. I was immediately hooked on the storyline. On the whole it is hard for me to pinpoint exactly what made this book so great because it has so much going for it. But I think my favorite aspect was the retelling of history through Livia's eyes. I really like that Smith humanized Livia as a historical figure and showed her perspective on the situation. Smith also did a very nice job of having Livia's anger at the sexism that surrounded her evolve throughout her lifetime, creating the person that history is familiar with, a figure that sought power and went around the system to get it. Overall, this was truly an amazing read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.