Sunday, May 19, 2013

{Review} Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer

Victoria Rebels
by Carolyn Meyer
Pages: 265
Release Date: January 1, 2013
by Paula Wiseman Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders. Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.


*A copy was provided by Simon & Schuster for review purposes*




Every once and a while I get a craving for some historical fiction, and I always turn to Carolyn Meyer when this happens.  I was reading and loving her books even before I started blogging.  I’ve always been secretly interested in historical fiction based on famous queens, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, and now Queen Victoria.  This book, like most of Meyer’s, depicted perfectly a side of Victoria that is very interesting.  It’s shows how she grew from a child to a 24 year old queen, and all her struggles to get there.  I loved Meyer’s writing style, and it was interesting to learn about Victoria’s childhood and all the people who affected her as she grew up.

Victoria was a very different character than I’m used to.  For one, she actually lived as some point, and in this book the author can give her a personality she didn’t have.  In my opinion, Victoria was a very strong woman, but at times stupid and selfish.  From the events described in this book she sometimes held grudges that would prove fatal to someone, and was stubborn when she was in the wrong.  But, by the end of the book, when she is a grown and experienced woman, I did like her.  I got to learn a lot about her, as well as Sir John Cavoy, Victoria’s mother’s “friend”, and Albert, and Daisy, and Uncle Leopold, and a ton of other historical figures.

Meyer is a master at historical fiction, and she always manages to make her novels interesting yet informative.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and can’t wait to read more of Meyer’s books.


4.5 pink flowers


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