This is one of my favourite all time non-fiction books. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn is like the Holy Grail for any Anne Boleyn/Henry VIII/TudorThis is one of my favourite all time non-fiction books. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn is like the Holy Grail for any Anne Boleyn/Henry VIII/Tudor Court fans. It is the most thorough and though provoking biography I've ever read. I had read other books on Anne Boleyn before, most of them were focused on all of Henry's wives. This one only glances over the other wives in relation to Anne.
I would give this book 5 Stars if it wasn't for the actual writing. The grammar was amazing, don't think that is the fault; it is the way in which he writes. The style of writing is stiff. Some of the wording feels off or forced. He seems to get bogged down at some points, and I'm not sure if it is lack of enthusiasm for those subjects or the lack of information or a plethora of information. At other points his writing is inspired and you can see just how much Anne consumed his life.
I very much enjoyed Stephanie Thornton's first novel, The Secret History. I was eagerly awaiting my chance to read this one. Well, I've finally read iI very much enjoyed Stephanie Thornton's first novel, The Secret History. I was eagerly awaiting my chance to read this one. Well, I've finally read it and I can safely say I like this on just as much. Her writing doesn't seem quite as polished, but I believe I read on her site somewhere that she actually wrote this one first. It is still very well written and thought out. It's historical accuracy is very close peppered with a few unknowns that have been bent in one direction or another for plot/character growth. She has a way of creating characters that just feel real. I felt every heartbreak and every happiness. I even cried the last oh, 30 pages or so alternating between utterly depressed and hopeful. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, Egypt, or books in general. I can not wait until her next book comes out, and will definitely be following her for a long time.
Grammar: A- Characters: A Voice: A+ World: A Overall: A Recommendation: YES....more
I was lucky to win a copy of this for a review, and I was pleasantly surprised by the book. At first I was a little nervous about this book. It is wriI was lucky to win a copy of this for a review, and I was pleasantly surprised by the book. At first I was a little nervous about this book. It is written in First Person Present Tense and I am usually not a fan of that writing. However her style was unique and well written. Jean Haus has an understated elegance in her writing style that is well educated with a side of spice and fun. Her novel revolves around a band called Luminescent Juliet that is the toast of the university. The main character, a band geek named Riley is destined to become the drummer for this band and eventually joins up. She deals with the guitarist Romeo's animosity and her parent's divorce while trying to deal with giving up her dreams. This story is the main character's roller coaster ride of an emotional journey from high school graduate to den mother to adult. Though the ending seems a little more rushed than it could be, I would definitely recommend this novel.
Overall Grade: A Plot: B Typos: B Character Growth: A Voice: A Writing: A
Recommendation: Definitely! Can't wait to read the sequels. :)...more
This is one of the better historical fictions that I've read, and it's one of my favourite genres. I do agree with a few of the reviews that her languThis is one of the better historical fictions that I've read, and it's one of my favourite genres. I do agree with a few of the reviews that her language can tend a little more toward the modern, but as the book goes on it tends to thin and even out. I think that in order to draw in a larger audience she chose to use a more modern sounding voice to allow readers to connect to the main character more. I'm an anthropology major, but my minor is history with an emphasis on Egypt. Now I don't know nearly as much about the Roman empire, let alone the late Roman empire, but it seems fairly accurate to me. I did a little research (not too much) after reading this book and it seems pretty accurate too, which is always a plus. Don't by any means take this as fact, it's listed under historical fiction for a reason. Overall, I enjoyed this book enough that I actively tried to win her second book everywhere possible with no success. I would definitely recommend this book.
Grammar: A- Characters: A Voice: A- World: A Overall: A Recommendation: YES. ...more
I've always loved history, but I've never really gotten into Italian History after Christianity entered the picture. Frieda helped me learn to appreciI've always loved history, but I've never really gotten into Italian History after Christianity entered the picture. Frieda helped me learn to appreciate the Italian Renaissance and the smart conniving women who shaped it. The information is pretty straight forward with no hedging or "interpretations" or guessing games. There is definitely no tweaking history here. The only thing that brought down the rating for me was the inconsistency. At times it felt like I was being told a story, and at others it felt like I was being led past a line of really boring men spouting off facts whenever I passed. All in all it was a great look at history and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this time. ...more