Mademoiselle Boleyn Book Review

Title: Mademoiselle Boleyn

Author: Robin Maxwell

Published: October 17th 2007 by NAL

Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Romance, France

Pages: 352

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar_empty

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This book amazing! I seriously did not want to put it down, but I also didn’t want it end. The great part of this book is that it explores a part of Anne Boleyn’s childhood that is not usually talked about. The author does a great job of imagining the French court during Francois I’s reign and I found myself spellbound within this world. As well as creating as magical setting, she also manages to make Anne human and likeable.

This was the first book this year that took me longer than a few days to finish. It’s not something you should read if you’re looking for a quick read. However, that’s not a bad thing. It’s full of wonderful details and since it is based off of true events there is a lot to cover. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction and the Tudors will love it. Also important to note that one of the main characters is King Francois I, who is a very colorful character but it is nearly impossible to find any novels on him.

The book is about Anne’s time at the French court during her childhood. While I knew she had spent some time in France I didn’t realize how long she was there. She basically grew in France all side her sister Mary, who is also a main character. It delves into Europe’s battle for the Holy Roman Empire as well as daily court life. And Anne and Mary relationships and scandals with the Royal family. The only issue I had with it was the amount of sex mentioned. I don’t mind sex, but a lot of it mentioned here is more on the rape, abusive side. Not all but I’m warning you to not read this if your not comfortable with a lot of sex talk, good or bad. This is the reason a knocked off a star.

Overall, this book is very good ans will have you rooting for Anne and you also learn a lot about her childhood and time spent in France which is usually left out of her story. I also liked how we get to learn about Mary and king of France, up till they are enemies. This was beautifully told and I didn’t want to put it down. Not a quick read, but you will enjoy every moment.

Perfect for those who love Anne and the Tudors but want to read a part of her history that isn’t usually told. Will be reading more from this author in the future and it has got me back in the Tudor frenzy so I’m currently looks for recommendations on other good book about them and the French courts as well. What are your thoughts and do you have any recommendations? If so let me know down in the comments! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more posts like this one.

10 Books from My Childhood(Teen) Years I Would Love To Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is book from our childhood that we would like to revisit. I was surprised at how difficult this was for considering how much I read as a kid. However, I think most of the problem is that I have a horrible memory. Really, I’m only 25 not 85 I swear! Anyway on to the books:

1.  A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle 1): I loved the first two books and I need to read the third still, but I’m currently on Libba Bray’s book The Diviners and loving it!

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2. Harry Potter Series- Come on, this has to be on everyone’s list right? This is the book that really got me reading when I was little.

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3. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle- It was about pirates and while I don’t remember much about the plot I do know I was obsessed with it and made all my friends read it. So, it must have been pretty amazing.

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4. Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile-57 B.C.(The Royal Diaries)- The Royals Diaries were the best, i could probably read the ones I never got to today and love them as a 25 year old. I was obsessed with Cleopatra and Egypt when I was younger. I even had a mummy kit that included removal organs. Are you getting a picture on what kind of child I was? Anyway I loved and reread this book many times and I still love Egypt and Egyptian history.

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5. Little House on the Prairie- I read these for the school AR tests but feel in love with them.

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6. Bunnicula- This was a hilarious series about a vampire bunny. It was so weird and dark, totally up my alley.

bunnicula book series

 

7. Charlotte’s Web- This a sweet book and I totally wanted to named my future child Charlotte even though I hate spiders.

charlottes web book

8. Twilight- I know some are going to roll their eyes at this one, but hey it fun and entertaining. And way more cool than the movies.

twilight vampire book

9. The Vampire Academy Series- I still haven’t finished this series yet so I really need to reread the first few, it’s great by the way!

vampire academy series book

10. The Princess Diaries- I’m so excited that there is going to be a new book in this series called The Royal Wedding!!!

princess diaries book series

What are your favorite childhood books or books you would like to reread? Let me know in the comments. Please like, share, and follow if you enjoyed this. Don’t forget you can also follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook, click the Social Media tab at the top of the page to see them.

Birthday Haul 2015

My birthday was this week and I went a little crazy with my spending. Oops, but how else was i supposed to celebrate turning 25 if not to spend a ridiculous amount of money? Note: I actually don’t spend a lot of money and to the average person this probably isn’t a huge haul, but it was to me!

First: Sephora

sephora sample haul

  • They’re Real Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
  • Brow Bar To Go by Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • OCC Lip Tars in Clear Primer,Narcissus, and Rollergirl
  • Color Correcting Primer by Smashbox
  • Blue Glitter Eyeshadow by Sephora

 

Second: Charlotte Russe

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  • Elephant Cup with Cubes
  • 4 Gold Above the Knuckle Rings

 

Third: Charlotte Russe and Barnes and Noble

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  • Gold Phone Case by Charlotte Russe
  • Reflective Tortoiseshell Sunglasses by Charlotte Russe
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard 
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (my current read)

 

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We Were Liars Quickie Book Review

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Published: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Romance, Family

Pages: 227

My Review: starstarstarstarstar

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This is going to be a very quick review because I can’t say much about it without giving anything away.

The writing style of this book is very poetic and kind of reminded me of the writing style of The Book Thief. So if you like a more straight forward type of book than this it’s not for you. But, if you are a sucker for beautiful writing then this is right up your alley.

There was so much hype around this that i wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. Sometimes, when I book has a lot of hype around it it can be disappointing because I just can’t live up to it all. But, it was wonderful and I absolutely loved it. The story blew me away. This was memorizing, sometimes like a car crash in that you want to look away from what’s happening but you can’t. This book made me both cry and laugh. And left me shell shocked in the end.

This makes for a very quick read that you will be talking about far longer than it actually took to devour it. Especially since I felt the the end left me with an unanswered question, but not in a frustrating way. This is a mystery does builds up perfectly and it was impossible to figure it where it was heading, and that’s what I really loved about it.

Have you read this book yet? What did you think about it and where you able to figure it out before the end? Let me know in the comments and if you enjoyed this review please like, share, and follow for more posts like this one.

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is books we plan to read this spring. I have a long TBR list in general so I picked out the books that I want to read first for this list. If you see a book that looks interesting click on it and it will take you to the goodreads page.

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What books due you plan on reading this spring? Let me know in comments! Also if you have a Top Ten Tuesday post link me to it, I love seeing other lists. If you enjoyed this then please like, share, and follow for more posts like this one.

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation Review

I was so excited to try this out this foundation since I’m a huge fan of Kat and I’ve heard so many positive reviews of it through out the beauty community. I waited so long to try it out because it’s a bit on the pricey side for me at 36 dollars. But, this Christmas I received a Sephora gift card so I thought why not?

The packaging is beautiful

The packaging is beautiful

My first thoughts on this foundation were that I love it. It’s full coverage which I actually need at moment since I have been breaking out like crazy recently although I have no idea why. I actually think that it’s called Lock It Tattoo Foundation because it’s heavy enough to conceal tattoo’s, but don’t quote me on that.

However, I also later found some problems with it as well. First, it has a bad chemical smell. Has anyone else noticed this? Second, it oxidizes which is a major bummer. When I first apply it, it matches my skin perfectly. But, after a few minutes it turns a kind of orange color and looks awful. I’m hoping the summer months will darken my skin and maybe then it won’t matter, but I can’t be sure.

Overall, I thought I paid way too much for this foundation. It has great coverage but due to the smell and oxidization I won’t wear it right now. My final review is

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I’ll revisit this sometime in the summer but until then I’ll be using my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation which I love and reviewed last week!

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The Orignals: The Rise Book Review

Title: The Originals: The Rise (Originals #1)

Author: Julie Plec

Published: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books

Pages: 352

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampire, Television, YA, Historical Fiction, Werewolves

Rating: starstarstar_emptystar_emptystar_empty

Source: Goodreads

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I was really excited to read this since I’m a huge fan of the show. I had high expectations, but sadly it didn’t live up to the show. The author had so much to work with: great, complex characters and 1722 New Orleans. What could have been great was in the end simply boring.

By the time I was half way through the book, I had still felt like nothing had happened. I could sum up the events in a small sentence: Elijah found a house, Klaus found a lover, and so has Rebekah. That was about it. The book doesn’t pick up until about the last 50 pages. Other than the end it was a pain to get through. I knocked off 2 stars due to the pure boring nature of it.

Another huge problem for me was the insta love. It was love at fist sight for both Klaus and Rebekah, but was Rebekah’s love that bothered me the most. I don’t want to give too much away for those who want to read the book. But, lets just say there are strange circumstances that make her relationship awkward for me. Plus, their relationship moves way too quickly, it’s completely unrelatable or real to me. I knocked off 1 star for these reasons.

In the end I think this is only a book for fans of the show. The characters aren’t introduced properly and they appear flat in personality, so that if a reader was coming across them for the first time the characters would appear dull and forgettable. You have to rely on what you know from the show to know them in the book.

I personally wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, even fans. However, it does leave you wanting for more at the very end, but I don’t know if it worth going through another boring 200 and something pages for the next one waiting for it to get good too. Would you read the next one if you’ve read this book? Do you think it worth it? Let me know what you thought about this book and the series in comments. If you enjoyed this then please like, share, and follow for more posts like this one.