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Monday, May 27, 2013

Victoria Rebels, by Carolyn Meyer.

Life is difficult for young Victoria.  Her mother's friend and confidant, Sir John Conroy, rules her mother and her world with an iron fist.  All Victoria wants is a bit of freedom, but it is not to be.  This book covers the period from when Victoria is around 11 years old and the heir to nothing, through becoming the heir to the English throne, then Queen, and ending with her marriage to Prince Albert.

I found this book very difficult to enjoy.  The characters for the most part were nasty creatures and unenjoyable to read about.  The continual complaining about the same things over and over again became increasingly tedious, until I began to lose patience and compassion for Victoria.  The style of writing in which this was written I found to be a bit annoying, although I recognize that it was done by the author in an attempt to emulate Victoria's own style in her diary.  Unfortunately, the result was that it came out stilted in many instances.  Finally, the book ended very abruptly at an odd place in Victoria's life.  Over all this book was very disappointing.  2.0

 I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher.  This did not affect this review.

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