That is honestly all I can really say after reading this book. I had several issues with it, and at the same time, I enjoyed several aspects abou"Meh"
That is honestly all I can really say after reading this book. I had several issues with it, and at the same time, I enjoyed several aspects about it.
The main reasons I didn't like about this book: 1. The vulgarity. Sure, this is not the most bawdy book I have ever read--but it is close. The details it gives about "whore tricks" and other sexual practices are somewhat disturbing. I can hardly imagine what a teen would think if subjected to this book.
2. The classification. I am a conneseiur of good historical fiction. Having heard of this book, I thought I might give it a try. Be forewarned this book is far from historical fiction . It is closer to a modern, more obscene version of a Jane Austen novel. Don't get me wrong, the book does have some historical evidence in it--but for the most part, it is just a romantic tale of couple after couple after couple.
3. The writing (partially). As I have read elsewhere, Gregory does one thing really well in this book: she makes you dislike the main character Anne Boleyn. I can't think of another book that I have had that much distaste for one of the main characters. Shouldn't an author try to get you to like her characters? (At least present the truth and then let you decide if they are good or bad?)
4. The plot. At times this book seemed to lack a plot. It just kind of drudged along. ...meh...
What I did like about this book:
1. The sappy romance: All one has to do is look at the cover of this book and realize that it is a sappy chick book. With that in mind, be prepared for some think romance in this book. It was Mary's later courtings allowed me to enjoy some of the romance presented in this book.
2. The writing about court: I enjoyed reading Gregory's words of how the royal court dined and entertained themselves. How most girls had dozens of fine gowns... Wine was used to "wake one up" in the morning... Other details such of those were very enjoyable for me.
3. The organization. The book was organized by season and year making it helpful to reference where you were in the story. Believe it or not, I recall that about 8 years pass in this one book.
Overall, this book was okay. It wasn't phenomenal...and I probably won't read it again. But now at least I can watch the movie and say..."Hey! I actually read this book before I saw the movie."...more
An excellent historical fiction tale of a woman who falls in love with a painter in the time of the renaissance. Though somewhat graphic at parts, I tAn excellent historical fiction tale of a woman who falls in love with a painter in the time of the renaissance. Though somewhat graphic at parts, I thoroughly enjoyed this book....more
One day while perusing some books on Amazon, I came across this book. Despite never having been familiar with the author, the premise of this book intOne day while perusing some books on Amazon, I came across this book. Despite never having been familiar with the author, the premise of this book intrigued me. I, Mona Lisa tells the story of Lisa (whose last name escapes me), the "real" woman painted in the famous artwork, The Mona Lisa. Using a stream of history in her work, the author is able to paint this story within the time of the Pazzi and Medici family rivalry.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the author's ability to keep the story moving as well as always throwing in little twists throughout the way. The book was a little hard for me to get in at the beginning, however, after about 30 pages or so, I was definitely hooked. The story is complete with most of my requirements for a decent plot: death, deception, betrayal, forbidden love...
Further, my inner feminist was pleased that the main character in this book, a woman, seemed very proactive and a little headstrong. One can definitely tell that the author took great care in how she described the fictional Mona Lisa.
If you enjoy historical fiction, I am sure that you will enjoy this book. It is very easy to read, and most of the historical characters/events you have heard of before. If not, as the author has once stated: "The nice thing about historical fiction is that it gives one an entertaining way to learn about history."...more