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3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
If I'd never hoped to live in a world of goodness and truth—if the priestess of Diana, then Leander, and Joanna, hadn't shown me glimpses of it—maybe I wouldn't have minded being shut out of it. Maybe the preacher's death wouldn't have trapped me in a dungeon, the dungeon of my own self.

Her name is Salome. You may think you know her story—how her seductive Dance of the Sev
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published April 10th 2007)
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Jul 30, 2010 Arya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Salome's mother becomes involved with Antipas, a high political official in ancient Rome, Salome begins to see her mother for what she is, a jealous and power hungry woman. But after spending her whole life practically worshipping the ground Herodias walked on, even thinking of them as sisters, it is hard for Salome to accept. But as Antipas's sights switch from mother to daughter, there is no denying Herodias's cruelty to her Salome.

As Salome realizes that power and seduction are the two m
Sep 17, 2009 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed this. but then, i've always been fascinated with the "bad girls" of the bible. i'm not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but the fact that this was more ancient historical fiction made it a lot more interesting. really, not all that much is known about salome except for her lineage and role in john the baptist's death. it is interesting to wonder what would drive a teenage girl to ask for an innocent man's head on a platter and this book does a good job of connecting historical ...more
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Aug 06, 2008 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Booklady
After I read this historical novel about Salome, the girl who demanded the head of John the Baptist, I picked up the New Testament to read how the Biblical account compared with the novel. To my surprise, Salome is not mentioned by name, and the accounts (only two--in Matthew and Luke) are brief. Gormley did a lot of research into the history and cultures of the time to flesh out the Blblical bare bones of this story. Her Salome is a somewhat naive young girl who gradually comes to realize that ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book! I loved reading this story from Salome's perspective.
Feb 21, 2017 K.F. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but somehow less complex than it should have been

Salome is infuriating as a main character, because she doesn't think for herself. But then I remembered, she can't be much more than 13 or 14 when the whole "John the Baptist's head" thing takes place, and also she's constantly treated a pretty pawn and not encouraged to think for herself really. It definitely reminds me of Shabanu and other books featuring this type of weird power dynamic of the underage girl and the greedy old man..
Jul 11, 2009 Meredith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-literature
The misleading cover depicts Salome as preteen girl playing dress-up in the 1980's rather than a young woman living in the Roman Empire at the beginning of the Common Era, so the reader might not expect this to be the story of the Salome who did the dance of seven veils for her step-father, a King Herod, and then asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter as a reward. (Her mother put her up to it, the poor little fool.)

Salome is mediocre historical fiction on an interesting subject. The
T.R. Horne
Nov 18, 2013 T.R. Horne rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book. I was surprised that I even found it interesting because historical/biblical novels are like the death ray to a reader like me. I loved the way the writer kept the flow and the wording in step with the times. I do understand that some people who are raving historians may find the story lacking in some areas but if you read it with an open mind and for the sheer enjoyment, you will find yourself flipping pages so easily that you won't realize you've come to the ...more
Rebecca Huenink
Oct 30, 2013 Rebecca Huenink rated it liked it
I didn't realize this was a young adult novel when I began reading it. Even so, for many who don't have a solid grasp on life in the early A.D. time, this drew a nice picture of the viewpoint from that of a young princess. Whether Salome was as naive in reality is hard to know, but the author is careful to add the facts that do exist to the post script, something I appreciate.
Salome is the daughter of Herodias, one of many in the large family of King Herod. Forced to do as she is told, and livin
Nov 15, 2013 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Mid-way through the book I was thinking that I didn't like this book that much because Salome, the primary character was a young girl that was passive and without depth, and so far the story was an overview of what was happening around her and TO her; however, the last few chapters were redemptive and interesting: Salome sees her mother and step-father for what they are and despite limitations of her age, experience, and the culture and time in which ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Jes rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, 2014
I really loved the Red Tent and since then I have been interested in tales about women in the Bible. Granted my religious education is pretty much non-existant, so all I knew of Salome was that she had John the Baptist's head served up on the plate...and the quick version given by the Salome character in True Blood. My biggest impression previous to this book came from the rather graphic picture of a pretty woman looking at a head dripping blood on a platter in my CHILDREN'S Bible.

So I came in t
Beth Wiley
Jan 20, 2014 Beth Wiley rated it liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was intrigued by it because it went along the same path as The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, that is a historical fiction novel based around a woman in the bible. I thoroghly enjoyed the description and historical references around the story. It was a quick read (YA) but I felt like I learned something! However, I have 3 daughters that all read YA books and not sure they would enjoy this due to the historical nature. It would be a great school read, w ...more
Mary Steiner
Nov 15, 2013 Mary Steiner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adult, historical fiction,bible
Recommended to Mary by: won on goodreads first reads
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads. I didn't realize this was a young adult read when I entered to win this book so I sat it aside to read when I had nothing else. To my surprise I found it very enjoyable. My knowledge of the Bible is sketchy from my long ago childhood but it seemed right to my rememberance.
Nov 16, 2013 Krystle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Salome was fantastic. I don’t usually read historical fictions, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I found Salome to be an interesting character with an overwhelming need to please her mother. About half way through the book I couldn’t put it down.
Dec 03, 2013 Nikson rated it really liked it
Very easy to read, and quite fun. Very short. Definitely a young-adult book. It was fun to "link up" this book with another book, Claudia, daughter of rome, because of overlapping characters.

I did not sleep well after reading this book.

Actual rating: 3.8
Nov 08, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Won the book on Good Reads. I did like how the author went into details of what her life was like. Watching how her mother treated her and the unfolding of her Innocence. Sad that she asked for the head of John.
Jennifer Swanson
Nov 01, 2014 Jennifer Swanson rated it liked it
interesting book - enjoyed the more in-depth look at biblical characters
Shanna Smith
Viewpoint of Salome as a teen. Not too bad
Jan 05, 2008 Karla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perspective of the young woman who was responsible for the beheading of John the Baptist. YA Fiction.
Sarah Crowell
A great quick read! Definitely more fiction then historical accuracy.
Jul 06, 2008 Kara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-biblical
The book that answers the question - why did she ask for his head on a plate?
Jun 23, 2012 Vicki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
A fictional look at the great granddaughter of Herod and her role in the death of John the Baptist and how she lives her life afterward. Ok
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Born in Glendale, California, Beatrice grew up in Southern California. After graduating from Pomona College, she worked in publishing near San Francisco. There she met and married Robert Gormley, and they moved to Massachusetts. They have two daughters.
Since age 9 Beatrice had wanted to become a writer. But it wasn't until after her children were born that she really focused on her writing. In 1
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