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My Name Is Victoria

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  583 ratings  ·  148 reviews
By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria’s childhood as you’ve never heard it before.

Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA) (first published March 9th 2017)
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Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Thank you to NetGallery for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Two girls named Victoria. One is the princess and is held under the thumb of Sir John Conroy, and the other is the companion of the princess placed there by her father to keep an eye on the princess. With the strict living arrangement, the girls find comfort in each other even though they are not completely satisfied with their lives.

I first want to state that this book comes out (again?) on 05/08 a
Karen Whittard
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley, bloomsbury publishing plc and Lucy Worsley for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

This is a great book to introduce young ones into historical fiction. Lucy's Wealth of knowledge as always shine through. Children from age 7 would enjoy this book.

It tells
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
If you've read my review of Lady Mary by the same author, you would probably guess what I am going to say about this one, because I had basically the same problems with it. I understand that these books are maybe for younger YA readers, and that is fine; it just isn't for me. But what I cannot stand is when the character is supposed to be sixteen, seventeen, even eighteen years old and they still feel like a ten year old. Lucy Worsley needs to work on developing her characters as they get olde ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, which is aimed at older children/young teenagers, tells us of the lives of two girls named Victoria. The more famous of these two is the Princess Victoria, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. With the death of a number of her uncles, she becomes heir to the throne of Great Britain. The other Victoria is “Miss V.”, the daughter of Sir John Conroy. She is roughly the same age as the princess and becomes her companion.

Princess Victoria lives in Kensington Palace, with her mother, a
A book of two halves - the first I enjoyed; the second I didn't.

May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher (thank you!) in return for an honest review

This one was a bit disappointing to me. Last month I read a similar book from Worsley, but about Queen Mary, which I had (mostly) the same problems with as this one, so I guess Worsley's books are just not for me? Because I love lists let's sum up these problems

- Not much happens?? This is the biggest problem with both this one and Lad
George Fowles
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Worsley is a curator at Kensington and a trusted historian, I know that people’s names, the places, and events used by the story are accurate, but I also loved the fictional twist that she weaves the story around, which is especially clear in the must read epilogue. I love that she is playing with the fact that we can never truly know what life was like under the real Kensington System, and she uses the unreliability of the young Victoria’s melodramatic diaries to create a thorough enjoyable ...more
I received a copy via Net Galley.

I previously read Lucy's other YA novel Eliza Rose and I really enjoyed it. These novels are aimed at younger readers, however, I think that they are enjoyable reads and a good introduction to the historical fiction genre. When reading these books you can tell that Lucy is clearly passionate about history and has a good knowledge of the subject that she is writing about.

This novel follows a young Victoria and her companion Miss V Conroy. Miss V Conroy is placed
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
review coming to my blog soon;
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books

I received an ARC from Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Short and Sweet: A fun, easy to read take on the young list of Queen Victoria that will have you smiling and desperate for more.

When I got the opportunity to read Lucy Worsely’s debut novel last year from Bloomsbury India, I jumped in joy. While I enjoyed the beginning, and learning all about Tudor court and how it functioned, the
Greyson Richter | Use Your Words
Trigger Warnings: Sexism, abuse

Everyone knows about Queen Victoria, but of the child, she was before the crown? And better yet, what of the other Victoria? The one forced to befriend the captive princess?

“You are my sister now,” she said quietly and solemnly. “Never forget it. I love you like my sister, and you are my only friend in all the world.”

My Name is Victoria is a great glimpse into history, sharing the story of Queen Victoria when she was just a princess and the potential friend sh
Katy Noyes
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Tapping perfectly into the current thirst for all things Victoria, this will be of interest to readers older than Worsley's target age group, as well as upper primary/lower secondary students.

I loved Eliza Rose, I love Worsley's enthusiastic and passionate TV work, and think she's already done some sterling work bringing history to life for a new generation. Here, we get another unknown and (with licence taken) unusual look at scenes 'behind the crown' - at Queen Victoria's days as an i
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s the story of young Queen Victoria, told from the perspective of the queen’s playmate whose name is also Victoria, but they call her “Miss V.”

Lucy Worsley is a prolific author and the Curator for England’s Historic Royal Palaces. She has written several books about British royalty, and she’s obviously a historian who has studied the actual artifacts and settings of which she speaks. SO I enjoyed reading this, with the knowledge that it was written from an educa
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Candlewick for the eARC in exchange for an honest review

This is a really solid 3.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed the focus of this book being on the Kensington System! It's always something that has fascinated me and it always is mentioned in passing in historical fictions but never really used. I had never even thought of what it was like for those being monitored and forced to enforce the System so I really enjoyed this perspective. In addition, Worsley did a gre
Actual rating 3.5

ARC recieved via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Adult me would give this a 3.5 but I think it's a brilliant introduction to historical fiction for 8-12 year olds and if I was younger would probably be a strong 4

This is a lovely tale of genuine friendship forming between two very different little girls. Princess (later Queen) Victoria and Miss V. Conroy. Miss V. is sent to live with Victoria to give her appropriate company for age. There are questions over the loya
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was charmed by this quick read. Eleven-year-old Miss V. Conroy is taken to Kensington Palace as a companion to the the future Queen Victoria, who is the same age. But why does Her Royal Highness feel that everyone is conspiring against her? Why is the palace shabby and dirty? And why does Miss V's father seem to be universally hated?

I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did, but the story was good, I liked protagonist Miss V quite a lot, I liked the writing style that matches her
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was an interesting tale of two girls named Victoria. This book is based on true historical events but the author did her own spin on it. This book is full of friendship and the girls discovering who they are, especially Miss V. I really liked the authors spin on what happened to Princess Victoria.  I thought it was interesting and a creative twist. I don't want to say too much because I feel like I'll spoil it. It was a delightful read!

May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is a fascinating and enjoyable account and I would recommend it.
Colleen's Conclusions
I thought I would like My name is Victoria especially after reading some of the Gallagher Girls books but I couldn't get into this book.

The plot had promise, as well as the friendship between the two characters but it was so slow. The best part about the book was the dog Dash. I liked Dash a lot and my heart broke for the girl when she almost had to give him away. (Slight spoiler there.)

Thank you Netgalley for giving me the chance to read this.
Kinsey Crosby
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Debra Petersen
A well writen and entertaining novel, but I did knock off a star because of the willingness needed to overcome the obsticle of disbelief.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting twist on what really happened
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the e arc netgalley
I love historical fiction and this is no exception. This almost reminds me of A Little Princess retelling but about a real was lovely
Ana Lourdes Barrera
She beats the System!!

It's great to imagine that Queen Victoria did beat the System, and had the chance to plot against Conroy,and made peace with her mother! This has been one of the best reads!!
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A delightful reimagining of the history of young Queen Victoria.
I am a huge fan of royals throughout history and this book is a great addition to that genre. Worsley paints a very clear picture of a sassy, impetuous young queen and her closest confidante Miss V. Most of the book focuses on the two girls quite early on in their lives, when they are about 11 to 14. For this reason, the book felt more aimed toward a middle grade audience. It was quite slow going for a while but also felt quite bel
I requested this book for review ages ago knowing I would love it and I certainly did so much so that I'm currently awaiting my preorder of a signed edition to drop through my letterbox from waterstones any day now.. For me Lucy's Worsley's historical fiction really hits the spot. It's well informed and clever and I can gladly recommend it to my students without worrying that they'll get really misinformed ideas about the historical period covered.

I've been a bit geeky over Queen Victoria of lat
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't a huge fan of this book, mostly because I found the plot to be very mundane without a lot of action or stakes. While it was very nice to see a strong, loyal female friendship, that was about the only part of this book I enjoyed. In some respects, it reminded me of Jane Austen (mostly the time period and the conflicts faced by the characters), but I enjoy Jane Austen novels far more than I enjoyed this title. One advantage to this book, however, is that it's appropriate for both middle a ...more
Nadia King
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces treats readers to a peek into a version of Queen Victoria’s teen years in her historical YA novel, My Name Is Victoria.

Much of Queen Victoria’s childhood was spent in relative isolation at Kensington Palace. Her mother, the dowager Duchess of Kent along with her advisor and Comptroller, Sir John Conroy devised the Kensington System. It was a means of keeping Victoria under their control and secluded from society. They hoped to eventually rule
Kristin Davison
I would like to thank netgalley and Bloomsbury for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I loved, loved, loved the idea behind this novel!
Worsley presents the childhood of one of England's greatest monarchs, Queen Victoria, in a new light. It looks at the cruelty of the system which she lived under, very truthfully. The first half of the novel does drag a little, but picks up massively in the second 'alternative reality' half of the novel. I'm not usually a fan of alternativ
Pleasant "parallel universe" read.
Didnt quite expect so much fantasy from Lucy, but she says it's fun and she is right.

One question though: (view spoiler)
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I was born in Reading (not great, but it could have been Slough), studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, and I've got a PhD in art history from the University of Sussex.

My first job after leaving college was at a crazy but wonderful historic house called Milton Manor in Oxfordshire. Here I would give guided tours, occasionally feed the llamas, and look for important pieces of p