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304 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2015
"Henry raises his eyebrows - twice. Holy shit, he's hot."
"She's hard, rebellious, and - hot. Christ, she's hot."
"This girl's like a ticking bomb with a missing kill switch."
”’She drives a motorcycle,’ Catherine says, as though this fact alone isn’t fearless and sexy, but further reason to send her out with the trash.”The worse thing that happens to her is that she gets expelled from the school. That’s nothing compared to getting your head chopped off. The danger, the suspense, is all gone. An event in the past like that just doesn’t translate well to the future, simply because all the things that made it so deliciously fascinating can’t be done anymore.
”I’m a follower. Picking up where my brother left off. Living another man’s life. Maybe not by choice, but it doesn’t make it any less true.”Poor Henry can’t seem to get out of his older brother’s shadow. This Henry (no word yet on whether he’s the eighth Henry in his family), is the poor little rich boy who’s bound by family expectations and “duty”, so to speak. The real Henry VIII did somewhat live in his brother’s shadow, but whether he was burdened by that or not hasn’t been determined. I actually found this Henry to be somewhat likable, even with all the whining that he does.
”Fuck her... Screw all of them and their pretentious judgment. I won’t let these people, my past, my guilt control me.”Anne Boleyn just doesn’t give any fucks what people think (much like the real Anne), and I think that part was really refreshing. I was interested to see how the author would portray this Anne Boleyn, since her real life counterpart’s portrayal has been debated over hundreds of years. Was she the conniving seductress, or an innocent girl who was caught up in the royal intrigues of the court? Here, Anne is portrayed as kind of both. She’s certainly no angel, but she’s also a very sympathetic character at the same time. She’s not into Henry for the money, power of fame; she’s in it because she loves him. While some of her actions here may be questionable, motive is not one of them
”Catherine. Smart, popular, and she gets me, or at least the ‘me’ everyone thinks they know.”Usually, dating a sibling’s significant other is a major no-no, at least in today’s world. This is another one of those ‘it worked well back in the 16th century, but it sure as hell wouldn’t fly today’ concepts. The author’s portrayal of Catherine Aragon is very interesting indeed. The real life Catherine didn’t go quietly, but she didn’t show any overt signs of jealousy the way this Catherine does. And she certainly didn’t go around slut shaming people like this one. I actually hate to admit it, but I was more on Anne’s side this time around. Catherine was a class A, number one beeyotch. There was literally nothing about her that I liked (and we’re supposed to feel sorry for Catherine, for cripes sake).