Review: This book is a dramatisation of the early reign of Queen Victoria. It was written alongside the ITV Show starring Jenna Coleman (and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert), so it is a mix of fact and fiction, although I am unsure as to how accurate it is, as I don’t know much about Victoria. It’s written in third-person, so we not only gather some of the thoughts of the Queen herself but other characters, such as Lord Melbourne, Sir John Conroy, Prince Albert and Leopold. We get to know how the Queen is easily influenced by Melbourne in the beginning and we see the hints of a relationship which cannot be and both of them understand this. We also see the change in the relationship between Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent once Victoria becomes more comfortable and confident as queen. Although this book is written alongside the series, it does not end where the end of series one does, although it is fairly close. The book ends in a good place but I wish Daisy Goodwin continued it up until the point where the series ends, or I at least wish she would continue writing the books to go alongside the TV series. The last quarter-or-so of the book really focuses on Victoria’s family wanting her to get married and introducing her/reintroducing her to potential suitors such as Prince Albert (her cousin). She does initially explain to multiple people that she wants to be like her predecessor, Queen Elizabeth I and remain unmarried (as Elizabeth I was known as ‘The Virgin Queen’) but of course, as we know from real history, she develops a strong love for Albert and that is where the book ends. Overall I think that the book was so brilliantly and beautifully written and I really wish Daisy Goodwin wrote more for Victoria and I am a big fan of the series as well and the book and show match up pretty well! I highly recommend this book and the TV Series, as Jenna Coleman portrays Victoria beautifully and you can really tell that she is with Tom Hughes in real life as there is such an amazing chemistry on screen like there was between the real Victoria & Albert.
Review: This book revolves around a secret that Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers about her husband John-Paul from years ago. It affects multiple people within the book so she’s going through this moral debate of does she tell or does she not? It could wreck her life but the lives of her family members and others. It’s from a third person perspective with slight focalisation from the characters. We get focalised writing by 3 characters, Cecilia, Rachel and Tess. All separate yet somehow linked through this story. At first, I had no idea how the characters linked and I didn’t fully understand the point of these 3 different characters, but as the book went on I began to understand why, and it was very cleverly done. It’s a full adult genre book and contains a theme of sex and contains some swearing, and I haven’t really fully delved into adult books, I’ve always kind of stayed with young-adult fiction so this was very different yet exciting for me to read. I did find it a bit slow at first so it took me a very long time to read but after about the halfway point, I started to pick up the pace a little. I did find some bits a little boring but I liked the addition of an obsession with history, particularly with Cecilia’s family & the Berlin wall. Overall it was a fairly interesting book and I liked the 3-way perspectives and the links between characters, it was very emotional in a way as all the characters really do seem driven by emotion, and I liked the writing style but for me it just wasn’t a 5-star book because I found the first quarter to half a little dull but it did definitely get more interesting as I progressed through the novel.
Review: This book is about 17-year-old Anna who is an American. She’s sent to an American school in France by her parents (mainly her father) with very little choice. While there, she makes friends, especially with a boy named St. Clair. Immediately we know who the love interest is, so we expect there to be some sparks between her and her love interest. The book is from the point-of-view of Anna, and even contains little email sections, including from her friends back in America. The book is full of teenage drama and does deal with some serious family issues (very serious topics) and does contain some swearing as well as a little bit of drinking (including being drunk & hangovers). There are so many hints that the characters have feelings for each other and of course, there are obstacles that get in the way but it’s nicely done. I can be a bit picky with romance books at the time but this is one I genuinely enjoyed, especially as I read the majority of it out in my garden, very fitting for the end of summer! Overall, I really did like this book and I hope to eventually continue on with Stephanie Perkins’ work as I love her writing style. I did actually think she was British because of how well she writes in British characters, but apparently, she’s American! I do highly recommend this book and I’d love to know other opinions too.