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  • Jul 8, 2010
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Phillipa Gregory always writes detailed and entertaining (sex, scandal, love, etc) novels about long-ago english royalty, and "the other boleyn girl" is my favorite. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. The books are written in such a way that almost imagine she had read the character's most personal diaries. Though  they are long they go fast, and keep up a good level of suspense.
Set in the time of Henry the 8th, "boleyn girl" covers the beginning of that kings infamous foray into executing sterile wives. It's easy to understand why Mary Boleyn falls under the kings spell- married young and without choice, and swept up by power and wealth. Eventually things get out of control and just as quickly fizzle out, only to get more complicated! how that wasnt much of a spoiler hahah.
this book is for romance/thriller/intrigue readers. The books are sexy, but also knowledgeable (its the only way ive ever learned about those eras) and just plain smart and detailedt. the characters are well-balanced and realistic, and you see their different arcs throughout the novel, their moments of power and desperation. by the end, you really know what makes them all tick. definitely recommend it, especially for fast readers- these books are full of detail and are super long- it will take event the biggest book nut a while to get through it, and its fun!

for (older) young adults, not children. the movie sucked, dont see it.




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review by . July 01, 2010
I could not put this book down! It had every aspect of a great read. It was disturbing, interesting, sweet, backbiting, and encompasses all of that with a bit of truth. The story of Anne Boleyn isn't completely accurate, but there's a lot in the history that is still unknown. The main points were fairly on track. I owned this book for months without picking it up and then the day I did I read the entire thing almost continuously. When not reading, it captured my mind and imagination and …
review by . July 22, 2010
   This was the first book of Phillipa Gregory's that I read, and it lead to my enthusiastic enjoyment of her others. This book, while following the known historical facts of the Boleyn women, illustrates the emotion and personalities associated with the schemes and betrayals everyone was involved in the Boleyns' and King Henry VII's lives.  The book is well written and captivates the reader's attention immediately. If you have not yet experienced Gregory's work, …
review by . July 12, 2010
I love this book because it gives you the scoop on the Henry VIII situation that is so famous, but also gives you a perspective on the Bolelyn family and the female perspective of that era.  It is perfect for those interested in history, but who fall asleep reading history books.  It also "colors" the history so that there is more drama and plot than history books. 
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
i only read the book once and if i remember right it was pretty good, and the movie was pretty entertaining.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
An exciting look at English court life and the machinations employed by those closest to the throne to expand their wealth and power.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This is a good historical rendition of one of Henry's VIIIs tragic wives.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
A fascinating look at Anne Boleyn, a woman at the crossroads of significant changes in Western society.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and definitely a sucker for the real-life soap opera that was the Tudor family, and although I am sure that The Other Boleyn Girl is not the most strictly historical source for information on Anne Boleyn it is certainly another interesting take on what the personal details that we may never know the truth of may have been.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Such a great book AND movie. This story can really suck you in and make you feel like you were part of the story. It's intense and keeps you guessing.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
If you have ever been jealous of a sibling, and love romance and revenge, a great read! Also a great movie but books always beat the shows!
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The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife. Originally in paperback.
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