Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review: Doomed Queen Anne

Title: Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals)
Author: Carolyn Meyer
Release Date: October 1, 2002
Publisher: Harcourt
Cover Designer: Vaughn Andrews
Age Audience: YA
Genre: Historical fiction
Summary: Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England's most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and persuade him to defy everyone--including his own wife--to make her his new queen. But Anne's ambition was her downfall. This is the true story of the girl everyone loved to hate.

My Review:
I may have said this before, but Carolyn Meyer really researches her novels well! Sometimes it's hard to believe they're still fiction. All the events that take place in this book are historically accurate, so it's okay to base your knowledge of history on the events in this book.

One of the things I liked the most about this book is that while Meyer
doesn't sugarcoat the wrong things Anne did, she still portrays her as a human being with feelings. Meyer doesn't try to justify her hunger for power, yet she makes Anne seem like a person we can all sympathize with and relate to. If you've read this, I bet that there was at least one point in the book where you were rooting for Anne as queen, despite all the wrong things she did.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Tudors, and even those who aren't. Believe me, after you read one of the Young Royals books, you can't be not interested.

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