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Doomed Queen Anne

(Young Royals #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,934 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England's most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and persuade him to defy everyone--including his own wife—to make her his new queen. But Anne's ambition was her fatal flaw. This is the true story of the girl everyone loved to hate.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2002)
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Jun 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Tudor-ophile or history freak.
Shelves: historical
This is the basic story of Anne Boleyn and how she weasled her way to the throne by marrying Henry VIII. It is a young adult novel so it's very easy to read and very easy to understand (history is not always easy to keep straight) but I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Tudor era, or if you just love historical fiction.

This is my first Carolyn Meyer novel though I have Duchessina on my to-read list. Meyer portrays Anne and her history as accurately as I am aware of. I have s
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will ALWAYS love this book. It's what started it all for me. I went on to read all sorts of novels about Anne Boleyn; I came to love her and recognize her as my idol. My idol, my hero.
Anyway, it is a young adult book, so of course it can't be littered with sex scenes and giant words and such, but it was very historically accurate. It got dates and years right to my knowledge; it was a thrilling overview and when I read it in the seventh grade I wasn't able to put it down.
I would recommend it a
Dec 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, nerd, young-adult
Anne Boleyn spends a lot of time plotting ways to get Henry VIII to marry her. Her scheming pays off, and then she's executed.

A large part of the story can be summed up thusly:

Henry VIII: Anne, sleep with me!
Anne: No thanks. Besides, withholding sex is the only weapon in my arsenal, so you're gonna have to make do with cuddling and heavy petting.

It got tedious after a while.

It's hard to know what Meyer's intention is here, because sometimes she attempts to make Anne a sympathetic character, but
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of history, which is way I picked this book up a few years ago when I was a sophomore in high school, despite the fact that it was aimed toward a younger age group. All I can say is that I'm glad I did. Though clearly for the mind of a young adult, its a very intriguing story. This is the frist book I ever read about Anne Boleyn, and it has inspired a huge adoration for the historical fiction. I'm actually a history major going into my senior year and hoping to eventually ...more
I started this book but didn't finish it. I wanted to find out if it was suitable for a Christian school library. There was far to much immorality in it that I immediately rejected it. Children do not need to be exposed to such material.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was an unpleasant story. The writing was good, and I like all the other Carolyn Meyer books I have read. The problem that bothered me was the subject matter. It is depressing to read about a girl that you know will be executed. Her personality as interpreted in the book is similar to Scarlett in Gone With the Wind. She is wilfull, selfish, prideful, hard-hearted, and cold. Meyer does a good job of making a case for WHY she is that way, and the main character gets my sympathy, but not any ap ...more
Hanna  (lapetiteboleyn)
A wonderful book for children, but the shoddy history and distinct lack of sympathy for Anne makes me wince.
Olivia P
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer is a book about Anne Bolyen and always being the ill-favored child between her brother, her sister and herself. Anne was never the favorite in her family. Growing up Anne had always attended the court, attending court meant always getting a chance to see or maybe even meet King Henry the Eighth. Anne made a mistake instead of bowing down to the king she stood, yelled his name, and waved. This embarrassed the family very much and poor Anne was sent away from her ...more
Michelle Kwait
Historical Fiction



Meyer follows Anne Boleyn, at first the younger, ill-favored sister of the mistress of King Henry VIII, through her subsequent rise to royalty. Rather than follow the same fate as her sister, Anne insists upon marriage-- cleverly using her virginity as a shield, and her wits to keep Henry enthralled. King Henry defies counsellor, wife, and church to marry her, yet the marriage is not all it seems. After providing a girl, but not the son he s
Molly Murphy
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Carolyn Meyer for sticking up for Anne Boleyn! Some people hate her for "causing Henry to divorce Catherine" but the truth was that he was going to divorce Catherine regardless of Anne and Anne was the wife he happened to choose next. Anne was a clever, ambitious strong young woman who may have had a couple selfish moments but overall was a good person and certainly not the seductive man-eater some people portray her as. I love Carolyn Meyer's storytelling- she an ability to pack de ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(Beware minor spoilers)
I think this is my favourite book from the Young Royals series. It revolved around the point of view of Anne Boleyn, and it's definitely really interesting. What I love about it is that even historical figures portrayed and viewed as 'evil' could seem so innocent in the book, especially Anne. I didn't know who she was, and I had no clue about the time period she was in, so by reading this book, I thought she was an innocent girl. Carolyn Meyer does an excellent job in expr
This book follows Anne Boleyn as she plans to gain the affection of King Henry and become the Queen.

Although I enjoy reading about this period and I liked this book I don't feel that it offered anything new. I've read a lot of Tudor fiction so I have seen the story of Anne many times before. This book didn't feel very different from other books that I have read.

In this novel Anne is shown to be extremely ambitious and as a result, I felt little sympathy for her. The book is quite short so ever
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I adored this book. I found it in a used book shop about a year and a half ago, and I was hooked as soon as I started to read it. I am a huge history buff, but when I picked this up I had no idea who Anne Boleyn was, and when I showed it to my mom she said I should defiantly read this book if it is about her. I must tell you, I couldn't put it down, and it remains as one of my most favorite books. From then on, I have kept my eyes open for every other book in the series which I mostl ...more
Linda Lipko
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have an obsession with Anne Boleyn. She is my favorite historical figure. She was a complex, vivacious woman who captivated Henry VIII and was instrumental in bringing about the protestant reformation ion England. For some reason if I see a book with her name in the title I think I have to buy it and read it.

This one sat on my shelf for awhile and it seemed like a quick read on a day I was tired. While it was ok, it was not good. While I know that historical fiction takes liberties with accura
Marcia Adversalo
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
In general, I enjoy historical fiction. I like it when I can find young adult historical fiction that catches my attention. The writing in this book is not the best I've ever read, but it is interesting and I think will hold the attention and interest of its intended audience.

One of my students told me that adults don't understand what "drama" is really like for teenagers because we've never experienced it. I think I'm going to guide her to this book so she can see that "drama" has been around
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Meyer has an extraordinary knack for writing about historical women in a way that makes them not only relatable, but also understandable to a young audience. That comes through most of all, I feel, in this book. Anne Boleyn was a very well known figure in history, and in many accounts she is portrayed as haughty and aloof. Meyer gives Anne a more human personality, you can see her as a person, a queen and as someone persecuted for something she did not do. Meyer gives voice, in unique ways each ...more
Emily Farrar
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was good. I warmed up to Anne Boleyn a little bit more after reading this. But I noticed something about this...
I don't think Carolyn Meyer could get into the feelings of Anne Boleyn as well as she could the feeling of the girls in the other books. The whole book seemed a little rushed through... Like she couldn't connect with the character.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly clean for a story about King Henry 8th, it's the point of view by Anne Boleyn his second wife. I loved this book, it was amazing and the author puts together a classic of classics. No swear words, very surprising but what's even more surprising then there is no swear words is no honey-room scene in the book unlike Cosette:a sequel of Les Miserables but I going to a different book, when you are reading about King Henry 8th please read this.
I'm very glad I have re-read this. I can see why it drew me in like it did as my first book I ever read on Anne Boleyn, although if I were to pick it up for the first time now I would have been very disappointed. I think it is a great book for starters on Anne and is still one of my top books for that reason.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book made me love Anne. I was just a young kid, reading this for a book report for school and I totally connected with her. After I gave my report, the teacher pulled me aside and said, "But wasn't she a horrible person, you didn't mention that?!" I agreed with her because she was the teacher but from then on, she became my favorite wife and someone I look at with pity and pride.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy learning about this time period. My ancestry line dates all the way back to Mary Boleyn sister of Anne. This author is very knowledgable. Anne Boleyn is a very determined woman to get her way. I did have sympathy for her towards the end. Her miscarriages and her stillborn and of course her execution on false charges brought on by the king wanting to marry yet another woman.
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For a short, young adult book about Anne Boleyn, I found it to be intriguing, intense and straight to the point. It kept me very engaged as does everything I read about these women and their lives with Henry VIII. I very much recommend this book and the rest of the books in the Young Royals series.
I read this a while ago, I find the whole historical chapter fascinating.
Molly Cinderella
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Sometimes you need to be nostalgic on vacation.
Carly Chermak
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Doomed Queen Anne a romantic thrill ride seen through the eyes of Anne Boleyn as she tries to steal the young heart of King Henry VIII. The third in the Young Royals series by Carolyn Meyer explores the twists and turns of this romance and betrayal between King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as she will do anything like destroy a marriage to become Queen of England.

"Scholastic says great for young adult audience."

"Ruthless,Scandalous, crooked."

The one thing that entices the reader is the dra
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Doomed Queen Anne” follows the life of Anne Boleyn through her childhood, her relationship with King Henry VIII, becoming Queen of England, until the end when she loses her head. It highlights the important historical moments, while focusing on her desire for power and growing passion for King Henry VIII.

I think that “Doomed Queen Anne” is the best of the Young Royals series by Carolyn Meyer. Anne was easy to understand and pity, as well as distrust. I really enjoyed how my feelings towards Ann
Alisha Kane
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Violet Perry
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls 7th grade+
Shelves: 2020-reads
Well, as you know, this book is about Anne Boylen, one of the wives of King Henry VIII. It was deffinetlynot what I expected. It focused a lot on before she became queen, and how long she had to wait yadda yadda yadda. Then finally 40 pages to the end she became married, had Elizabeth, and died. The novel started when she was maybe 3 years old, and progressed from there.
Throughout this novel, I learned some things and developed a new POV about the queens and princesses. I learned that Anne was
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I always enjoy a good historical novel about Tudor England. The story of Anne Boleyn is particularly fascinating. I think that’s the main reason I read this book so fast. The writing itself was only so-so; I felt it lacked good pacing, and especially towards the end seemed rushed. But it is a book for younger readers, so it is an appropriate length. And the author does do a good job of portraying Anne’s character in a balanced way — she is neither the pinnacle of virtue nor an evil witch queen. ...more
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more

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