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The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots

(Young Royals #7)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,293 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone. Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hopingthat a husband will help her secure the c ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
Apparently, there's this big world of Carolyn Meyer YA-style historical novels that I've never really known about. I guess I should, considering that I enjoy historical fiction and some YA novels so much, but for some reason I never really knew about these books, and after looking at Meyer's rather long line of bio-historicals surrounding women in history, it seems that this began as a more child-oriented approach but, with the popularity of Philippa Gregory and other historical fiction, it grew ...more
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Not my favorite in this series, but still a solid edition. Review to come.

Originally posted at Small Review

I feel like I become more and more of a fan of Carolyn Meyer with each book I read. None have totally amazed me (though The Bad Queen is by far my favorite) but by this point I've come to look at her historical fiction books as a solid, dependable standby for when I want "good enough to be satisfying" historical fiction.

And The Wild Queen did totally satisfy my desire to read more about Ma
Beka P
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I would have given this book 3 stars because I don`t like the story; but chose to give it 4 because Carolyn Meyer is an Amazing writer! Imagine all the work she put into this historical fiction book. She had to dig up alot of facts and dirt on this Queen of Scots.
Positives The author put everything together to perfection, and loved the historical epilogue.
Negatives sad sad sad sad!

Young Mary must leave her home of Scotland to go to France, where she will be raised with her husband to be, the
Darque  Dreamer
I debated about writing a review for this one for my blog and I just don't feel like it. It was very dull and boring. It read more like a historical accounting than a historical FICTION. Though I would love to learn the true details about Mary Stuart, I picked this up for a bit of entertainment and hoped for something like Reign. I was sadly disappointed and will not be reading anything further from the author...
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am obessed with Mary Stuart now, not sorry.

Bonus points: my husband is a (very) distant relation.

Seriously though, what a story this girl has. This book had me up until the early hours of the morning reading (just the next chapter), or getting lost in the maze of Wikipedia articles about European royalty. It has been years since that has happened. I have such a renewed love of history because of this series. Stop everything and read it.

The queen herself is a firecracker. She could have been
K.C. Rivers
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings about this one, though I mostly liked it. I felt it started out a lot stronger than it ended. There was more detail, more emotion, and much more "show." By the end, it felt like I was being told a list of facts about the character. While still interesting to a point, I wanted more of a story than a history lesson. The author could have expanded on certain relationships more, and left out a few of the details of the parties/masques or surroundings that frequented the storyline.

This wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. I think part of the problem was that Mary was a very difficult person to relate to. I think the story is true to history, and I find her life very interesting. I feel sad for her, but I feel like she brought some of her troubles on herself. It's interesting how she wanted to be Queen of England, but she never was. Instead, her son and all of his descendants until now are the monarchs of England.

There was some content in here. Conjugal union was di
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. I chose this book because I love historical fiction and learning about royalty. I also had heard a bit about Mary, Queen of Scots, and I wanted to learn more. The way this book was written gave me so much information about her life, but in an engaging way. It’s told in Mary’s perspective, so you get to understand where all her beliefs and actions come from. Additionally, it goes from the beginning of her life all the way to the end, so we see the whole spectrum. And, sh ...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? No. While I love the dress (I have a thing for pretty dresses) and the castle in the background, the cover is leering at me.

Characters: Mary isn’t the most sympathetic character. She’s rather spoiled and makes all of the wrong decisions - and all because she wants the English throne. The only time I felt sorry for her was the fact that practically everyone she thought she could trust used her, and she was never taught to be wary of those who surround her. The rest of the
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Let me begin by saying that I love historical fiction and I love Scotland, and parts of this book were very interesting. But as a story (plot, characters, detail), it failed me so often that I almost abandoned it. And the main reason I didn't abandon it is that out of principle, I don't abandon books (unless they are inappropiate).

I think the problem with this book is that the author tried to do too much. Meyer is trying to describe the entire lifetime of Mary, Queen of Scots, from a first pers
This latest entry in the Young Royals series is about Mary, Queen of Scots, who was the only legitimate child of James V of Scotland and granddaughter to Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII of England. From birth, Mary was in danger of kidnapping by the English and her own country was torn by warring factions. At a young age, she was sent to the French court to become engaged to the dauphin. Mary enjoyed her time at the French court once she got used it it. By the time they were married, Mary h ...more
Inis Fal
Oct 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Years before I had read this particular book in the Young Royals series, I read Carolyn Meyer's Beware, Princess Elizabeth, and I loved it. Miss Meyer has a real talent for writing historical fiction, and draws you into the stories of the young ladies that she writes about, so that you feel a part of the story, which is not at all an easy thing to do. Her details and settings are lavish, realistic, and very enjoyable to read, not to mention the fact that she chooses fascinating time periods to w ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've long been a fan of Carolyn Meyer, having read all her "Young Royals" novels, and I must say this is one of her best. "The Wild Queen" is a magnificent, epic story based on the harrowing, and in many ways mysterious, reign of 16th-century Scottish queen, Mary Stuart. Although the story spans some forty-five years, it is a fast-paced, enjoyable read, rich in historical detail, vivid descriptions, and well-drawn characterizations.

After a pampered childhood at the French court, in preparation f
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, 2012
I rather enjoyed the first part of The Wild Queen, but once Mary returned to Scotland after the death of her first husband it felt like the story was just a stream of facts. I still enjoyed reading those, but would have liked to seen more development of the story.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good in that I hadn't read much about Mary of Scots so it gave me some good insight but it wasn't very well advanced in the history or writing. Considering it was meant for a younger age then I am that's probably why.
Sandra Guerfi
Jul 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
If one went solely by the character of Mary in this book, it is no wonder she lost control of her reign. Her portrayal is annoying to say the least, pathetic at the best.
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Katherine Basto
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would give this book a 3.5 rating. I love and enjoy a good Mary Queen of Scots read. This was a condensed version and Myers did her best to include everything right up to her execution. The first part was interesting--Mary's early life in France under King Henri and her life at court.
But I think Meyers had a daunting task to tell the whole sordid tale and sometimes it felt like she was trying to cover everything. Then again, something was lost in the story. There were many characters that came
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good story about the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. This story takes place from the time that Mary was a young child of 6 and was sent to France to live to the time when Queen Elizabeth of England had her beheaded for treason at Fotheringhay castle. Throughout the novel Mary makes many unwise decisions regarding her reign, mainly with the men in her life. But being so young and not really having any family to guide her, she made many decisions that turned out to unwise. She was a stro ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, it's no Philippa Gregory, that's for sure. I think the book could have delved into Mary's character a bit more. Now, she seems more of a stupid queen, not listening to other people's advice, than a wild queen. But as a biography, it describes Mary's life quite well. Since she is the ancestor of the current royal family, I think that is reason enough to get to know her better. I just wish that somebody (ping, Ms. Gregory!), would write a better book on her. On the positive side, the book re ...more
Jeni Enjaian
Everything I said about another of Carolyn Meyer's books, "Cleopatra Confesses," holds true for this book as well.

The title of this book, "The Wild Queen," with the exception of one or two mentions in the narrative, feels wildly inappropriate for the protagonist as portrayed by Meyer. I have read plenty about Mary, Queen of Scots, before, both fiction and nonfiction. This book ranks dead last in all I have read about her.

I do not recommend this book at all.
Natasha Hurwitch
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book, in my opinion, of the Young Royals series. The overall biographic perspective feels more right, in a sense, to me, than the other Young royals books, that focus on only a few years of the royal's lifespan. The syntax and diction also feels much more sophisticated than the other books in this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fictitious biography of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this take on Mary Queen of Scots story. She was truly an interesting figure in history and with so much uncertainty around what she may have or may not have done. It is also interesting to think of what may have happened if Mary had been able to stay Queen of France or made better marriages when she returned to Scotland.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book after I started watching the TV show Reign which got me really into the history of Mary Queen of Scots. I didn't want to read some boring history book about Mary Queen of Scots, but I wanted to be swept away into her story similar to how Reign the TV show got me interested. I thought this book achieved that. Mary Queen of Scots is a fascinating historic figure with love and power really shining through in her life and this book was able to use those things to make a story that c ...more
Odessa Taft
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this historical fiction on Mary Queen of Scott's. The historical details seemed right on and this was the first book on Mary that incorporated most of her life whereas others focus on my on her time in France captivity in England. There were some minor typos in the book but the story was riveting!
Moriah Snell
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting book about Mary, Queen of Scots.

Narrated by Mary as she awaits her execution, it begins at her birth, travels through her childhood, focuses on her adulthood, and finishes with her death.

Definitely an adult read, Mary tells us her mistakes and hard past through wiser eyes. She is honest and weary.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
i'm pretty sure i read all the other books in this series when i was in 3rd grade but after finally reading this one, i have to ask: who let me read these kinds of books as a child
Marla Haley
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading it immensely

yes, the book is historical fiction of sorts, but I still found it entertaining and informative. I recommend it as an interesting fun read
Lindsay Bragg
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this was the best in the series, but possibly because it was the most interesting subject matter. A fun read. Relatively quick, darker/more adult than the others.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gripped throughout the whole book.
More detail was given to childhood Mary's experiences, but I learned a little more about the Bothwell period than Reign, which led me to this book.
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