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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 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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Olivia
Jul 23, 2013 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 diary
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Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
Dec 09, 2015 marked it as left-behind
Shelves: new-challenge
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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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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Maria Copeland
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Victoria didn't come off as very mature in this book, and as other reviewers have said, some stylistic things (use of caps & underlining) got on my nerves. Also, it falls into a trend I've noticed with other historical retellings; the story is so busy checking off chronological boxes for plot points that it neglects a greater narrative, and it's hard to come away with any particular conclusion about the book as a whole. ...more
Lindsay Heller
I think I may be approaching Victoria saturation with itv's very pretty series and Daisy Goodwin's novel to go along with it. Even the file The Young Victoria covered these same years. But... they are the best years (cause Albert, duh) and this book brought them to life very well.
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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Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2013 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
Linda Lipko
This author does a very credible job of writing YA books which tell a historical event. In this book, Carolyn Meyer tells the story of young Victoria. Destined to be queen by a happenstance of Uncles who either die early, or who have children, none of which are legitimate. Shortly after her birth, Victoria's father dies, leaving her mother and a caretaker,

Exceedingly dominating and controlling mother, Victoria leads a very sheltered life and Kensington palace. Victoria is also controlled by Sir
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May
Apr 21, 2013 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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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
Heather
Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
The childish voice of the story made me feel as though I was reading from a 5 year old's point of view, not a young royal lady, in her teens. I couldn't muddle through the overwhelming immature writing and personality of Victoria to finish.
Leia Rose
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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Jeni Enjaian
Unfortunately, I left writing the review for quite a while after I finished this book. (That's what happens when you are a teacher and the next weekend fills up with wedding festivities for your aunt.)

While I enjoyed this book much more than Meyer's other "Young Royals" novels, the book still lacked the depth of good character development, crucial for good fiction, an unavoidable stumbling block for this type of historical fiction.

While I do not recommend this book, I also do not recommend again
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Mackenzie
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book, but it was just...good. I understand it's a diary of a headstrong teenager who just wants her way, but it got exhausting at times. Seemed very rushed once she was crowned. I also empathize with her on how overbearing mothers can be a pain, no matter how much they care. Idk it was interesting seeing this different side of one of the longest reigning monarchs and was still a good read.
Amber Hastings
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly about 3 1/2 stars -- I don't love this in the way that I loved Doomed Queen Anne and Beware Princess Elizabeth, but I was also the target audience when those were written and I first read them.

A good fictionalization about Victoria's life, I grabbed this one after watching The Young Victoria one too many times.
Mary Bronson
I thought this book was great! Once I got started it was hard to put down. I love reading books about Queen Victoria and I thought Carolyn Meyer did a great job telling her story. I loved how it was in journal form, but it did not seem like that. I thought everything flowed nicely. Now I want to read more by Carolyn Meyer and more about Queen Victoria.
Claudia Staude
Mostly read this to feed my interest of late in all things Victorian 🥰.
The YA level of this keeps it from delving too deeply into the more interesting chapters of her life. I find Victoria a bit too self-focused in this version, and perhaps she was, having been raised to believe the world revolved around her. Interesting read.
Rachel
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun, quick read.
Reader Girl
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Victoria doesn't make herself out to be a very pleasant or happy person. All of the inbreeding and cross marriages of royalty are very apparent in this story.
Kate
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good!
Megan
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Polekat
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
It was okay to pretty good until the last few chapters, and then it went rapidly downhill. Would not recommend as a clean read.
Chelsey Wolford
Nov 07, 2012 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
Elaine
Nov 28, 2012 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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Alexa
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Dec 28, 2012 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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Emily Blake
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 perfectl
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Olishka
"Victoria Rebels" by Carolyn Meyer follows Queen Victoria's life as the prisoner of Kengsington as a small child, to her young queenship, through her earliest years with Albert. ITV Victoria has popularized the queen the last couple years, yet often with grave misconceptions--that she was in love with the reactionary Lord Melbourne, that she was a social justice queen, that she was the embodiment of female empowerment, and that she was a classical beauty - and none of this is like the real queen ...more
Elizabeth "Liza"
Aug 10, 2012 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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