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Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred with
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Hardcover, 265 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Paula Wiseman Books
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Becky
Jan 18, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readin2013
I absolutely loved this book. But I tend to always like Carolyn Meyer's historical fiction. And I have great interest in Queen Victoria. If you enjoyed watching Young Victoria, there's a good chance you'll enjoy reading this book. Half of the novel focuses on Victoria's childhood and her strict upbringing, the second half focuses on the first six or seven years of her reign. Only the last few chapters focus on Victoria as wife...and mother.

Relationships matter in this book. We see this at the v
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Sonya ❤ Sᴄʜᴜʏʟᴇʀ ❤ (formerly Nᴀᴛᴀʟʏᴀ)  (hasn't read HP)
DNF at 41%
I was bored by this book and found the main character childish, blank, and hard to sympathize with. It annoyed me that, though I do care about accuracy, the author INSISTED on using CAPITALS a LOT and it was very ANNOYING (isn't it?) because that was how she wrote in her diary, and she used "very" about five times per chapter. There was little significant change between her behavior at age ten and at sixteen and she kept repeating the same things over and over again. First it is
"Everyo
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
The young Victoria lives with her overbearing mother and her governess Daisy. Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother listened to her advisor, Sir John Conroy more than Victoria would like. We first meet her at a young age, when her step sister, Feodore, is preparing to get married and leave England. Throughout Victoria's childhood, her uncle, Kind George IV, is not in the best of health, so everyone knows that Victoria will soon be queen. Her mother uses this as an excuse to keep ...more
Olivia
Jul 23, 2013 Olivia rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. It was a pain to even finish and it felt like it had no plot whatsoever. Others might have liked it but it just really didn't agree with me as a reader. Let me talk about the reasons why I disliked this book...

1) The writing was EXCESSIVELY annoying and repetitive. I couldn't BELIEVE how much caps and underlining there was. It was not at ALL amusing. <- This is pretty much how the whole book was written. Even though in Queen Victorias real di
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Mara
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Surprisingly, yes, though if it weren’t a historical fiction novel I probably wouldn’t like it. But it’s a clear indication of what the book will be about, and the character impersonator is in a profile, which I don’t usually mind.

Characters: At first, the Reader is presented with a picture of young Victoria which we can easily sympathize with. Here’s a girl who grew up with seemingly everything, being a princess, and yet she virtually led the life of a prisoner, as Sir C
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May
Apr 27, 2013 May rated it liked it
I discovered this book totally by accident, but I'm glad I did! I have loved Meyer's other books of the early lives of princesses and queens, and I did enjoy this one.

The book, written from Victoria's point of view, chronicles her life from a young age up to the first several years of her reign as queen. At first, the writing style of using ALL CAPS and underlining things for emphasis was distracting and made the writing seem stilted, but in the author notes at the back it explains that this is
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Holly
I found this by accident on the shelf. I really haven't read that many of Meyer's books, but I knew of her and what she wrote about. When I saw this one was about Queen Victoria, especially when she was young, I knew I had to read it. As a big fan of The Young Victoria movie, I figured this was a must-read.

Having what background I did from The Young Victoria was great. No, it's not entirely accurate, but it's still pretty close. And it gave me faces to go with characters, like John Conroy and Le
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Crowinator
This is one of those cases of the book not fitting the reader (or vice versa). I found it tedious, far too mild to be as fascinating as it should be, considering the historical subject, but I think readers who like historical fiction -- especially personal narratives from the point of view of young female rulers -- will enjoy it, as long as they don't expect a rip-roaring story. But I found it NOT AT ALL AMUSING. (This is an inside joke for those who have already ready the book and I may elabora ...more
Ruby
Apr 18, 2016 Ruby rated it it was ok
This would be a 1-star book except for the fact that it does cover some historical facts. Otherwise, the writing is incredibly boring/dry. There is virtually no imagery or any sense of real excitement; I am an avid reader, and I just could not immerse myself in the book. The author has an extremely irritating tendency to capitalize and underline words for no apparent reason, and the words themselves are quite repetitive. Every other line in the book is, "I am VERY MUCH AMUSED." Or, "I liked it V ...more
Nancy Bandusky
Jul 20, 2014 Nancy Bandusky rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable read about Victoria, a princess who must learn to hold her ground while those around her attempt to take control since she is in line to become queen. As long as the reader doesn't look at the family tree prior to the start of the novel, the story will unfold as it happens - which is delightful instead of knowing the end before it has begun.

Due to the fact that at this time in history English royalty no longer really "ruled" but rather the prime minister and Parliament did,
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Linda
Jul 10, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm a pushover for books about royalty, especially British royalty, and Queen Victoria is my favorite. Many of the books I've read are about the grown-up queen. This historical fiction book is about Victoria as a girl. The story of her early life, up through her marriage to her beloved Albert and the birth of their first three children, was gleaned from her personal diaries. It shows her as a very real person and not the stern elderly Queen dressed in black that is shown most ...more
Jody
Jul 06, 2014 Jody rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Victoria starts out as a young girl living with her older sister and her mother. Her father has passed and Sir John Conroy has been taking control of their household much to Victoria's annoyance. She hates him and continues to reiterate this throughout 3/4 of the book over and over again. She is being groomed to take over the throne to become the queen of England after the demise of King William. Too much of the book is taken up giving example of why she hates him and her mother. Otherw
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Books Her
Apr 18, 2014 Books Her rated it really liked it
***** 3.5/5 stars

Overall the book was as expected – a great first-person and emotional account of Queen Victoria’s development into the ruler she is know today but lacking the character development outside of Victoria herself.

Recommended readers:

ages 13+/teens- dealing with a what they think is an overstrict parent
History lovers – events of the books are accurate with some interpretation

Read the full review: http://booksforherreviews.com/2014/04...
Xena Elektra
I've only done light research on Victoria, so I'm not that knowledgeable on her life and any comments made about her (the real one) are given with what I do know.

First, not every story is worth telling. There's tons of historical figures but not every one of them had an interesting life and Victoria appears to be one of them. Dull, very dull. That's my impression of her story and this book did not help.

Given that an author "must" be historically accurate as possible when writing in this genre,
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Small Review
Yup, I still don't like Victoria. Carolyn Meyer does a good job though. Full review to come.

Originally posted on Small Review

I don't like Queen Victoria. I try, I really do, but I can't stand her. At least, fictional portrayals of her. I only read this book because Carolyn Meyer wrote it.

Victoria certainly had a rough childhood and I totally sympathize for her with that monster of a mother. Given all that, I do understand why she developed the way she did and why she did the things she did. Car
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Alexa
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-mg, read-in-2012
First Thoughts: What interests me the most about this book is how it gives me a little more insight into the life of Queen Victoria as she was growing up. It's written in a way that feels truly personal and casual, and that's very easy to make sense of.

(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

It's really been a while since I've been able to indulge in anything remotely even close to historical fiction. This makes me sad, since I've always been fascinated with history in general, especially when i
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Sherry Thompson
Mar 03, 2013 Sherry Thompson rated it really liked it
Victoria, the future queen of England, is the subject of Victoria Rebels, a new historical fiction novel from Carolyn Meyer. We see the British Empire through Victoria’s eyes as she grows from a very young princess into a young married queen.

The novel begins in 1827, when Victoria is age eight and under the care of her mother, German-born Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Victoria’s mother is being advised by her longtime friend, Sir John Conroy, who aspires to rule England through Vic
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Elaine
Feb 02, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
Title: Victoria Rebels.

Author: Carolyn Meyer.

Genre: Historical Fiction, History, British History, Retelling, Humorous.

Plot: Using diary entries and letters as the inspiration and bases for her story, Carolyn Meyer weaves a wonderful fictional picture of England's "strong-willed and short-tempered Queen Victoria." The story begins when Victoria is eight years old and learns that her beloved older sister is being married off and shipped away to Germany in a few months' time. The two sisters are na
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Heidi
Interesting. Sent me on a few mini research quests to learn more. It's interesting how much I am fascinated by the British monarchy/history from 1800-1900 (and the vast connections to other countries). One would think I'd know more about my own country's history and leaders. Oh well. So, I enjoyed the book for helping me learn a few more things about that era, especially about a monarch who I've come to admire for various reasons. I also liked that it portrayed her more realistically and less id ...more
Chelsey
Jan 06, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it
Any story concerning any Royal has my immediate vote. Victoria definitely has my vote. I have always been intrigued by stories following the Queen Victoria and this one mainly revolves around a younger Victoria and her time before she was actually Queen. Victoria’s older sister, Feodore is about to be married and move away to Germany with her new groom, leaving Victoria with her mother and the awful Sir John, who advises her mother on every subject pertaining to her young daughters. The only ple ...more
Emily
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


*A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review purposes*

Every once and a while I get a craving for some historical fiction, and I always turn to Carolyn Meyer when this happens. I was reading and loving her books even before I started blogging. I’ve always been secretly interested in historical fiction based on famous queens, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, and now Queen Victoria. This book, like most of Meyer’s, depicted perf
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Elizabeth "Liza"
Feb 08, 2013 Elizabeth "Liza" rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, historical
A few years ago I saw the PBS movie Victoria and Albert and I have to confess to love this type of stuff. I’m forever watching Jane Eyre, all the movies based in Austen’s books, and so on and so forth. Of course with a house full of boys, I watch all of these by myself :) Anyway, when I say Victoria Rebels I was very curious about it and I ended up reading it on the same day I got it.

I will not recap here the story of Queen Victoria because you can look that up in Google. The book stars when Vic
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Dorothy Bandusky
Apr 22, 2014 Dorothy Bandusky rated it liked it
This novel tells the story of the early life of Queen Victoria. She is portrayed as very likable and is thus easy to root for. The conflict between Victoria and her mother, as well as other characters, is highly interesting.
However,I found it unclear at the beginning of the book how old Victoria was supposed to be. Still, this novel is one of the most enjoyable of Meyer's Young Royals books, especially as this novel covers much more than just the Queen's childhood.
Hillary
Oct 21, 2014 Hillary rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story of young Victoria, but I found the writing boring and simplistic. I can't tell if the author did this on purpose (to mimic Victoria's personal diary writing style) or if it is actually the way this author writes. I was able to out the book down with ease, since I was not captivated at all with the writing. I'm going to try one more book by this author, but if the style is the same, that will be the end of it.
Goldie Browning
May 01, 2016 Goldie Browning rated it it was amazing
"Victoria Rebels" is a fascinating portrait of the young Queen Victoria, before she was queen.. The author's meticulous research and the use of Victoria's own journals shines a fascinating light on the emotional struggles she faced with a controlling mother, who was in turn controlled by the ambitious Sir John Conroy. An excellent, well-researched historical novel.
Patricia Tennant
Aug 17, 2014 Patricia Tennant rated it it was amazing
I loved this book- she made me feel like i was there with Victoria experiencing what it was like to be the queen and in love. It was a very easy book to read with a lot of interesting trivia along with the story which I could not put down.
Beth
Aug 11, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, 2014
Teens who enjoyed the movie The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt will love this more detailed version of the troubles of the iconic queen. Although, bewarned: romance between her and Albert plays a much lesser part.

Amanda
Jan 16, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
I liked this book. Ive always been interested in Queen Victoria so when this book was announced I was very excited. Unfortunatly this book was only 250 pages and led up to her third child (with many gaps in between). I wished that this book had gone on for a couple hundered pages more and dealt more with her as queen than her as princess. Another thing I found wrong with this book was its over simplification of everything. I mean I know that this book was meant for YA readers but cmon there are ...more
Yoonmee
Feb 24, 2013 Yoonmee rated it liked it
Cute story about Queen Victoria's teen years as told through her voice. I couldn't tell if the author, Meyer, deliberately made Victoria's voice/tone somewhat simplistic b/c she's a teenager during most of the book or if that's just Meyer's writing style. The writing is definitely in the "tell instead of show" camp, which I'm not a big fan of, but that's just one of my personal biases. All the underlining of words got to be incredibly annoying, but, thankfully, Meyer explained at the end of the ...more
Amber
Nov 07, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
When I checked it out, I didn't read it very much. But when she was being coronated and was queen, that's when it got interesting for me. Also, I didn't know Victoria was Anastasia's great-grandmother.
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