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Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,222 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
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 to persuade him to defy everyone--including his own wife--to make her his new queen. But Anne's ambition proved to be her fatal flaw.
Library Binding, 230 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jun 21, 2007 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Tudor-ophile or history freak.
Shelves: historical
This is the basic story of Anne Boleyn and how she weasled her way to the throne by marrying Henry VIII. It is a young adult novel so it's very easy to read and very easy to understand (history is not always easy to keep straight) but I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Tudor era, or if you just love historical fiction.

This is my first Carolyn Meyer novel though I have Duchessina on my to-read list. Meyer portrays Anne and her history as accurately as I am aware of. I have s
”A remarkable, intelligent, quick-witted young noblewoman... that first drew people into conversation with her and then amused and entertained them. In short, her energy and vitality made her the center of attention in any social gathering.”- Retha M. Warnicke

Setting:France and England; 1507-1536

Coverly Love?:Yes; I love the alluring qualities of the shadowy face. It makes Anne Boleyn’s character all the more mysterious.

Plot:From the time she was a child, little Anne Boleyn has never found fa
Dec 25, 2008 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nerd, young-adult, 2008
Anne Boleyn spends a lot of time plotting ways to get Henry VIII to marry her. Her scheming pays off, and then she's executed.

A large part of the story can be summed up thusly:

Henry VIII: Anne, sleep with me!
Anne: No thanks. Besides, withholding sex is the only weapon in my arsenal, so you're gonna have to make do with cuddling and heavy petting.

It got tedious after a while.

It's hard to know what Meyer's intention is here, because sometimes she attempts to make Anne a sympathetic character, but
Jun 10, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of history, which is way I picked this book up a few years ago when I was a sophomore in high school, despite the fact that it was aimed toward a younger age group. All I can say is that I'm glad I did. Though clearly for the mind of a young adult, its a very intriguing story. This is the frist book I ever read about Anne Boleyn, and it has inspired a huge adoration for the historical fiction. I'm actually a history major going into my senior year and hoping to eventually ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will ALWAYS love this book. It's what started it all for me. I went on to read all sorts of novels about Anne Boleyn; I came to love her and recognize her as my idol. My idol, my hero.
Anyway, it is a young adult book, so of course it can't be littered with sex scenes and giant words and such, but it was very historically accurate. It got dates and years right to my knowledge; it was a thrilling overview and when I read it in the seventh grade I wasn't able to put it down.
I would recommend it a
Olivia P
Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer is a book about Anne Bolyen and always being the ill-favored child between her brother, her sister and herself. Anne was never the favorite in her family. Growing up Anne had always attended the court, attending court meant always getting a chance to see or maybe even meet King Henry the Eighth. Anne made a mistake instead of bowing down to the king she stood, yelled his name, and waved. This embarrassed the family very much and poor Anne was sent away from her ...more
Michelle Kwait
Historical Fiction



Meyer follows Anne Boleyn, at first the younger, ill-favored sister of the mistress of King Henry VIII, through her subsequent rise to royalty. Rather than follow the same fate as her sister, Anne insists upon marriage-- cleverly using her virginity as a shield, and her wits to keep Henry enthralled. King Henry defies counsellor, wife, and church to marry her, yet the marriage is not all it seems. After providing a girl, but not the son he s
Dec 27, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an unpleasant story. The writing was good, and I like all the other Carolyn Meyer books I have read. The problem that bothered me was the subject matter. It is depressing to read about a girl that you know will be executed. Her personality as interpreted in the book is similar to Scarlett in Gone With the Wind. She is wilfull, selfish, prideful, hard-hearted, and cold. Meyer does a good job of making a case for WHY she is that way, and the main character gets my sympathy, but not any ap ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me love Anne. I was just a young kid, reading this for a book report for school and I totally connected with her. After I gave my report, the teacher pulled me aside and said, "But wasn't she a horrible person, you didn't mention that?!" I agreed with her because she was the teacher but from then on, she became my favorite wife and someone I look at with pity and pride.
Jul 02, 2013 Rica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Beware minor spoilers)
I think this is my favourite book from the Young Royals series. It revolved around the point of view of Anne Boleyn, and it's definitely really interesting. What I love about it is that even historical figures portrayed and viewed as 'evil' could seem so innocent in the book, especially Anne. I didn't know who she was, and I had no clue about the time period she was in, so by reading this book, I thought she was an innocent girl. Carolyn Meyer does an excellent job in expr
Nov 23, 2015 Brandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy learning about this time period. My ancestry line dates all the way back to Mary Boleyn sister of Anne. This author is very knowledgable. Anne Boleyn is a very determined woman to get her way. I did have sympathy for her towards the end. Her miscarriages and her stillborn and of course her execution on false charges brought on by the king wanting to marry yet another woman.
Oct 17, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I adored this book. I found it in a used book shop about a year and a half ago, and I was hooked as soon as I started to read it. I am a huge history buff, but when I picked this up I had no idea who Anne Boleyn was, and when I showed it to my mom she said I should defiantly read this book if it is about her. I must tell you, I couldn't put it down, and it remains as one of my most favorite books. From then on, I have kept my eyes open for every other book in the series which I mostl ...more
Linda Lipko
I have an obsession with Anne Boleyn. She is my favorite historical figure. She was a complex, vivacious woman who captivated Henry VIII and was instrumental in bringing about the protestant reformation ion England. For some reason if I see a book with her name in the title I think I have to buy it and read it.

This one sat on my shelf for awhile and it seemed like a quick read on a day I was tired. While it was ok, it was not good. While I know that historical fiction takes liberties with accura
Molly Cinderella
Aug 20, 2015 Molly Cinderella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Sometimes you need to be nostalgic on vacation.
Marcia Adversalo
Mar 17, 2012 Marcia Adversalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general, I enjoy historical fiction. I like it when I can find young adult historical fiction that catches my attention. The writing in this book is not the best I've ever read, but it is interesting and I think will hold the attention and interest of its intended audience.

One of my students told me that adults don't understand what "drama" is really like for teenagers because we've never experienced it. I think I'm going to guide her to this book so she can see that "drama" has been around
Ariel NIna
Aug 02, 2015 Ariel NIna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in 1520 in England. Anne the main character is considered out of all her family one of the ugliest maidens in the family. She later is accompanied by her older sister, Mary, and Anne finds out that her sister is the mistress of King Henry VIII of England. Anne jealous of her sister promised herself that she would become the second wife of King Henry. So when King Henry finally gets over Annes sister, Anne decides to take matters into her own hands and tries to get the king ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Tianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE learning about history and the major historical figures in important eras so I really loved this book!
I have read this many times and it's always interesting and worth reading.
It is amazing how much power a book has....a mood it can idea/perspective it can give you!
Some books perceive Anne Boleyn to be an evil witch women....and some show us a lighter side of her.
This book gives you a bit of both but you definitely get a merciful feeling towards her....and some sympathy too. She
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
I’ve always liked the story of Anne Boleyn, the woman whose ambition propelled her up to the greatest heights. Unfortunately, the higher you rise, the farther you have to fall. And, oh, did Anne Boleyn fall to the lowest of the low.

Doomed Queen Anne is the story of her rise and fall, told in journal form on the eve of her execution as she recounts the events that lead up to it. It begins at her unhappy childhood and comes around full circle, which always adds a tinge of sadness to the narrative.
Molly Murphy
Thank you to Carolyn Meyer for sticking up for Anne Boleyn! Some people hate her for "causing Henry to divorce Catherine" but the truth was that he was going to divorce Catherine regardless of Anne and Anne was the wife he happened to choose next. Anne was a clever, ambitious strong young woman who may have had a couple selfish moments but overall was a good person and certainly not the seductive man-eater some people portray her as. I love Carolyn Meyer's storytelling- she an ability to pack de ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the letters. It gave the book more substance. But let me tell you Queen Anne got what she deserved. She treated her step daughter like crap. And she was just another flavor of the month to Henry. The real villain in this story in my opinion is the King. He was so unfaithful. And clearly had no knowledge if Biology. The man determines the sex of the baby. Your fault, douche bag! You don't murder people just because they won't give you a male heir. Poor Queen Catherine. Such a religiously ...more
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
For a short, young adult book about Anne Boleyn, I found it to be intriguing, intense and straight to the point. It kept me very engaged as does everything I read about these women and their lives with Henry VIII. I very much recommend this book and the rest of the books in the Young Royals series.
Emily I
Mar 01, 2015 Emily I rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself picking up Meyer's young adult novel due not only to my library's limited English-language resources and literature, but to a personal interest in the Tudor family, a curiosity as to how Anne Boleyn was presented, and a nostalgia for one of Meyer's other young adult novels in the series, "Mary, Bloody Mary", which I read as a young teen. "Doomed Queen Anne" deserves four stars for its lush descriptions of decadent wealth and political machinations in Tudor England, as well as for ...more
I found this one less interesting than other of Meyer's books. The first part of the book was very enchanting, learning about Anne's young life and ambitions. However, after a while the storyline turned slow and dull. Anne was an ambitious lady, however that ambition was what led to her tragic end. In this book it shows how her character changes, from a young and happy girl, to an obsessed and crazy woman. Towards the end it is visible how desperate she was to become Queen, and I believe that it ...more
I read this a while ago, I find the whole historical chapter fascinating.
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I'll declare my allegiance here and now, I am 100% Team Katherine. I loathe Anne (even if she does spell it with an e). I can't help but feel a sense of smug righteousness whenever it comes time for Anne to lose her head in whatever story I'm reading or watching (including this one).

Carolyn Meyer wrote Anne in a way where even my hard heart softened for her enough to feel a smidgen of pity. The girl sure did have a crappy family. Plus, I couldn't help but admire
Jan 30, 2012 Baillie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, Carolyn Meyer did not fail me! This book was both depressing, and touching. Anne is very determined, and she got what she wanted (or just about), but ended up falling hard.

I loved every single character, even the bad, because they made the story all the more interesting.

I loved this book so much, and I already have Catherine of Aragon (Which I should have read first!) and Princess Elizabeth (In someways, a sequel to this book), but I'm putting down Meyer for awhile. I don't know why, bu
May 12, 2013 Me rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting.

Most of us know that Henry the VIII had multiple wives. Most of us generally know their fates, and how the creation of the Church of England came about. For those of us who are more interested, we know some about the three children.

Doomed Queen Anne shows so many other tiny tidbits that it's amazing. I knew the general story, I'd read books on Elizabeth, Mary, and Edward. I knew the rhyme with what happened to his wives. I never actually though of the wives' stori
Sabrina Williams
This book is a great book because Anne went through a lot just to get king Henry's attention to notice her and when he did he knew that it would be hard for her to be his wife. She promised him that he would have a baby boy if he would marry her. He tried so hard that queen Catherine would not accept the divorcing. Between him and her and she didn't want him to marry a younger girl to marry him. I say this book is good for people who like history.
Mar 05, 2011 Daria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4point5-stars
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 powe
Jul 22, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Carolyn Meyer's best works in my humble opinion! Anne Boleyn is one of the most fascinating historical characters ever and the author brought her to life in a way few people have. I like that in this book she was presented as being, not evil, but flawed, like most of us. However there were a few Anne Boleyn stereotypes I didn't appreciate. (e.g. her sixth finger, her mole, her affair with the king)
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