Blog Tour & Giveaway: Historical Heartthrobs by Kelly Murphy

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Historical Heartthrobs - Kelly MurphyPublisher: Zest Books (January 7th 2014)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Source: Zest Book
For: Historical Heartthrobs Timeless Crushes blog tour
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them? Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).


Historical Heartthrobs is a non-fiction book looking at historical figures and rating their hearttrob-iness*(not a real word*).

It’s a pretty fun way too get to a look at historical figures. There’s lots of pictures and the book provides a “Vital Status” for each figure which is a quick guide to the time frame, who they are, and what they’re famous for and more in-depth information for each person. There’s fun facts and quotes for each historical figure and also a “Heat Factor” scale which is determined by sex appeal, charisma, accomplishments and moral virtue (or lack of).

It’s definitely an  interesting way to get your history on. There’s an wide range of historical figures from the really famous (like Cleopatra) to the slightly less, from athletics, to artist, poets, politicians and more. It was a little weird to have more “villainous” historical figures and checking out their “heat factor” (like John Wilkes Booth & Leni Riefenstahlm) though than again, there are bad guys in history right?

{*Thank to Zest Books for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.


Zest Books is giving away to one lucky winner a signed copy of Historical Heartthrobs and cool swag to boot! (US/Canada only)


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Here’s a peek of the book!

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Historical Heartthrobs_Kelly MurphyAbout Kelly Murphy:

Born and raised among the sprawling cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, Kelly Murphy now writes from her child-sized apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in Brokelyn, Brooklyn BasedChic Today, NCTE’s The Council Chronicle, and various other publications. A Penn State graduate, Kelly currently works in publishing. Hallie Fryd is the author of Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends), which was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Winner in 2012.

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0 Replies to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Historical Heartthrobs by Kelly Murphy”

  1. This sounds really fun. I’ll definitely have to check it out. I love learning about history, but I hate reading boring textbooks, so this sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the introduction!

    1. I love history too, but yeah some textbook are so dry, so I love reading kids history books or books like this with a twist (: If you’re in the US or Canada, definitely check out the giveaway for a copy!

  2. Interesting book premise

  3. I love history too. This looks like maybe a different kind of history book. I absolutely love the cover. This one’s different.

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