The Hummingbird Dagger

The Hummingbird Dagger

1833. After young Lord James Ellerby witnesses a near-fatal carriage accident on the outskirts of his estate, he doesn't think twice about bringing the young woman injured in the wreck to his family's manor to recuperate. But then she finally regains consciousness only to find that she has no memory of who she is or where she belongs.Beth, as she takes to calling herself,...

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Title:The Hummingbird Dagger
Author:Cindy Anstey
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The Hummingbird Dagger Reviews

  • Sophie

    I think this is my favourite of Cindy’s! Review to come.

  • Bitchin' Reads

    Oh man, I finished this days ago and forgot to update the status. It was an interesting story. Reads like a murder mystery written in the same style as Austen, Bronte, and their contemporaries. It was slow to start, but by the halfway mark it really picked up.

  • Stacee

    I’ve enjoyed all of the Cindy’s previous books and considering the murder aspect of this one, I was all in. Sadly, I’m wondering if 3 stars is too high of a rating.

    I liked Beth and James well enough. It’s an interesting set up and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow as they leaned on each other. Caroline was a lovely friend and I liked how supportive and accepting she was. The characters were easy to root for, yet also a little flat.

    Plot wise it was a struggle. It was quite boring and fel

    I’ve enjoyed all of the Cindy’s previous books and considering the murder aspect of this one, I was all in. Sadly, I’m wondering if 3 stars is too high of a rating.

    I liked Beth and James well enough. It’s an interesting set up and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow as they leaned on each other. Caroline was a lovely friend and I liked how supportive and accepting she was. The characters were easy to root for, yet also a little flat.

    Plot wise it was a struggle. It was quite boring and felt longer than it should have been. This was the slowest of slow build ups and the reveals don’t really start until near the very end. A big issue was the formatting of the e-arc. There wasn’t any sort of page break or show of POV switch...and there were several jumps in each chapter.

    Overall, I liked the idea, but this story felt really drawn out. And even though there were loads of things happening, it lacked the tension a plot like this should have.

    **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Jessie_Book

    This book starts with a bang and the rest is basically a whimper. If your into flat characters sitting around talking to each other the way I imagine robots do this is the book for you. There is no emotion on a single page. None of the characters have chemistry together making every conversation painfully boring to read. The brother of the main guy in the book was the only interesting one but thats not saying much, I can't even remember his name. There is a mystery element that is kind on intere

    This book starts with a bang and the rest is basically a whimper. If your into flat characters sitting around talking to each other the way I imagine robots do this is the book for you. There is no emotion on a single page. None of the characters have chemistry together making every conversation painfully boring to read. The brother of the main guy in the book was the only interesting one but thats not saying much, I can't even remember his name. There is a mystery element that is kind on interesting but they don't do much with it. If you have to choose between watching paint dry and reading this book I would recommend the paint.

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Cindy Anstey's latest novel

     caught my attention when I saw it described as Regency literature for YA.  You all may remember I decided to give the YA genre a fair shot last year and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

    So when I saw a book written in the style of Jane Austen full of mystery, mistaken identity, and an MC in grave danger who has lost her memory, I was all in.

    The new Lord James Ellerby is stunned to witness his young brother Walter racing carelessly into t

    Cindy Anstey's latest novel

     caught my attention when I saw it described as Regency literature for YA.  You all may remember I decided to give the YA genre a fair shot last year and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

    So when I saw a book written in the style of Jane Austen full of mystery, mistaken identity, and an MC in grave danger who has lost her memory, I was all in.

    The new Lord James Ellerby is stunned to witness his young brother Walter racing carelessly into the path of an oncoming carriage near Hardwick Manor.  The carriage accident leaves a young woman injured.

    Lord Ellerby finds the situation curious and instead of leaving the lady to continue on her journey, he brings her to his manor to be seen by the local physician.

    Upon waking, the woman finds she has no memory of who she is or why she was traveling by carriage.  She suffers the same terrifying nightmare each night, about a dagger shaped like a hummingbird dripping in blood.

    Lord Ellerby's sister Caroline believes the unidentified woman to be a lady and believes her family will soon come to find her.

    While waiting for her memories to return, the Ellerby family calls the young lady Beth and she becomes Caroline's companion for the time being.

    Beth's identity becomes more confusing when a man arrives in town claiming that he is her brother.  It is thanks to the kindness and protection of the Ellerbys that she isn't sent away with the man, who quickly disappears.

    With the death of a young maid in the manor, a failed attempt to grab Beth and Caroline on horseback, and eventually an attempt on her life, Beth realizes the intent is not to recapture her but to kill her.

    James and Caroline will not give up on finding Beth's real identity and who and why someone wants her dead.  They soon find that someone is willing to risk everything for a vote in the House of Lords and Beth may not be the only lady in danger.

    is heavy on mystery but light on action.  Most of the story is simply conversations about discoveries made by the characters, who never fully develop.

    This will be a fun book for readers who enjoy Regency, mystery, and/or historical fiction.  It's listed as YA but it doesn't quite fit in the genre in my opinion.

    Thanks to Swoon Reads and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  

    is scheduled for release on April 16, 2019.

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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    Whenever I hear an announcement for a new Cindy Anstey book, I get excited. She usually has the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and YA regency romance. Unfortunately, The Hummingbird Dagger missed the mark for me.

    Plot-wise, this book was kind of all over the place. The first half seemed to drag on, alternating between Beth being in danger and the characters trying to conduct a surreptitious search to figure out her identity. Overall, it felt repetitive. The ending was my favorite part, ever

    Whenever I hear an announcement for a new Cindy Anstey book, I get excited. She usually has the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and YA regency romance. Unfortunately, The Hummingbird Dagger missed the mark for me.

    Plot-wise, this book was kind of all over the place. The first half seemed to drag on, alternating between Beth being in danger and the characters trying to conduct a surreptitious search to figure out her identity. Overall, it felt repetitive. The ending was my favorite part, everything came together nicely and the action flowed smoothly. But it all happened rather quickly. I would have preferred the reveals to have been spread out a bit more to increase the tension in the rest of the book.

    I also found it hard to connect with the characters. I liked Beth, Caroline, and James but never really felt like I knew them. They just didn’t jump off the page like Anstey’s characters usually do. Plus the dialogue wasn’t quite as witty or funny.

    I think The Hummingbird Dagger had an intriguing premise but ultimately didn’t quite live up to it. I’m definitely still going to pick up Anstey’s books in the future though!

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Rebecca

    After seeing the cover and synopsis on NetGalley, I couldn't request the book fast enough. Despite the interesting beginning, the rest of the book fell flat. The storyline itself was slow paced and uneventful. Furthermore, I found myself mostly unattached to any of the characters. The constant abrupt changes in scene/time was never denoted and proved confusing and eventually frustrating. (Even if this was due to early review status, it should not have been presented this way.)

    Sadly, this isn't

    After seeing the cover and synopsis on NetGalley, I couldn't request the book fast enough. Despite the interesting beginning, the rest of the book fell flat. The storyline itself was slow paced and uneventful. Furthermore, I found myself mostly unattached to any of the characters. The constant abrupt changes in scene/time was never denoted and proved confusing and eventually frustrating. (Even if this was due to early review status, it should not have been presented this way.)

    Sadly, this isn't one I'd recommend to my historical mystery friends. If this hadn't been a review copy, I probably would have DNFed it.

  • Becca | Pages & Postcards

    I don't know much about this book but that cover *gasp*

  • Alyssa

    Yaaaasss, OF COURSE I want to read Cindy Anstey's next book???? DUHHHH???? 😍😍😍😍

  • Kayla Brunson

    I have been “reading” this book for about three weeks now. I have dropped and picked this book up quite a few times. I think it’s about time to call it quits and DNF. I read up to about 48% of the book and NOTHING was happening. It was just a ton of dialogue.

    I did like the idea of the book and love a good Regency novel, but the execution wasn’t very good for me.

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