Da Vinci's Tiger by L.M. Elliott
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Historical
Source: Personal Collection
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Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families. - via GoodReads
I was taken in by Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott. I purchased the December 2015 OwlCrate because I wanted to give the subscription box a shot. Da Vinci’s Tiger has a rather gorgeous cover. I was interested in the time period and I was hoping for a strong story.
Da Vinci’s Tiger is definitely not plot driven. I was expecting more from the story. If anything the story was about Florence, its economy, the Medici and their fall, and platonic love. Needless to say it took me quite a bit to get into this. I even set it down and read a few different books before finally finishing this one.
This book was character driven and I still could have loved it except I didn’t much care for any of the characters. Da Vinici’s Tiger was more about Ginevra’s development as a person. A woman of her time didn’t have many options so she was kind of dull. Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t even a major character. That kind of bummed me out. da Vinci was in the story but it was less than I had anticipated.
I struggled with Da Vinici’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott more than I would have liked but it spiked my interest in the historical period. I spent a lot of time Googling different names and places. That part was worth reading the book alone. I didn’t love the book but it sparked my interest in history and that is what saved it.