ARC Review: The Light in the Labirynth, by Wendy J. Dunn

The Light in the Labyrinth Wendy J Dunn

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Tudors

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book in the Read Now section of NetGalley, I just had to get it! I am a sucker for a Tudor historical fiction, and I have been very interested in Young Adult historical fiction lately, it’s a subgenre I haven’t read much of, but I really like it!This is the story of the fall of Anne Boleyn, told by the point of view of Kate Carey, daughter of Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary. Raised in the countryside by her mom and her stepfather, Kate dreams of going to court with her aunt, the Queen of England, her image so full of glamour and majesty. When she finally gets the chance to do that, Kate finds herself immersed in the political drama and all the gossip of court, a labyrinth of fake smiles, strict rules and secretive plots.

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Review: Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

Add to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

I don’t suppose this review will be a surprise if you read the Wolf Hall one. I absolutely loved this book. It follows the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and as Wolf Hall, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who is under the favor of Henry VIII. The Boleyn family will not allow Anne to be replaced so easily and will use any power and influence they have to prevent it. At the same time, a shy, quiet girl catches the eye of the King: Jane Seymour. Continue reading

Review: The Last Tudor, by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads

I wanted very much to read this book, so when I saw this gorgeous edition, it was impossible not to get it immediately.

The Last Tudor is not the story of Queen Elizabeth I, but of three of her cousins: Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey. Jane Grey is to inherit the throne when her cousin King Edward VI dies and famously becomes the Nine Days Queen, a martyr for the protestant faith. Katherine was a carefree beauty that sparked jealousy in Elizabeth and her fury when Katherine secretly marries for love. Mary was a little person, no taller than four feet, who possessed extraordinary ability to survive the unpredictable wrath and jealousy of Elizabeth. Continue reading

Review: Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell #1) by Hilary Mantel

6101138Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction

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My boyfriend was peacefully reading the book #2 of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy in a train trip last year, when I started creepily staring, almost drooling over the pages, until he told me what book it was. I have a thing for thick books – they just look so beautiful and full of promises – so I was immediately convinced to put it on my TBR.

I have recently mentioned this book in the review from The Other Boleyn Girl, but this book is by no means in the same style. If you liked The Other Boleyn girl and are looking for something similar, this book may not be for you. I recommend reading some more reviews before getting into this one. Continue reading

Review: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

818588Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend:  Yes, with restrictions

Genres:  Fiction, historical fiction

I came across this book as a suggestion from Goodreads right after I read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (see a theme?) and my sister-in-law gave me as a gift (thank you!). After reading a Tudor-themed book, it is mandatory to spend the next minutes/hours lost in Wikipedia articles about every character. Continue reading