Published by Simon and Schuster on September 1st 2015
Genres: Family, General, Royalty, Social Issues, Young Adult
In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school.Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved. Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life. Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both? Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry beautifully reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.
Most people know Anne and Henry’s story, but not like this.
Anne & Henry is one of the most unique modern retellings ever. Dawn Ius takes on the old, but still ever so fascinating relationship between Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor and spins it into something very different and fresh. Not to mention the fact that it is so wildly entertaining. I don’t usually read many contemporaries, and yet I was all over this one.
Anne’s portrayal was perfect. In fact, she was the best character in the entire book and the most imperfectly perfect human among a sea of fakers, social ladder climbers, and jealous queen bees. She didn’t fit in the ‘right crowd’ or have the ‘Tudor approval’. She was herself, which of course wasn’t too popular with Henry’s terrible, truly awful pack of friends.
Henry was a real piece of work. His feelings were all over the place about Anne and despite everything he said he wanted and didn’t want, Henry pretty much let his friends manipulate him into what they thought was best for him. He was selfish and cared more about his precious image more than he did for Anne. That was obvious after a certain dangerous situation, in which he blamed her. What an A+ politician he would be.
There are other familiar names that come up in the story, like Anne’s sister and the next lady love in Henry’s life. I wanted to see more of Jane (Dawn please write this). And also a few other symbolic familiarities to the real Anne and Henry that are recognizable at various points in the story.
I loved how creative the end was. I will admit that I actually read the last page first because I have no self-control and just had to know how things turned out. 😀
If you love anything to do with the Tudors, modern retellings, and contemporaries..you should definitely read Anne & Henry.
I would like to thank Simon Pulse for letting me have an ARC of this awesome book! Now I want to share it with one of you guys! 😀
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