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Book Review: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Today I’m going to review The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I am a huge The Tudors fan and I love to read books based on historical events. I don’t know why but I’ve always felt attracted to the Henry VIII’s story. I really can’t pinpoint what is it that makes it so interesting to me, but I can’t help that I’m obsessed with it.

I decided to buy this book after finishing The Tudors a couple months ago (I know, I know I’m late to the party- save it) and I thought it would be a great idea.

This book it’s a little different to The Tudors’ series because it’s from the point of view of Mary Boleyn (The sister of Anne Boleyn) and even though it says it’s based on historical events you can tell that situations had been altered to make it more appealing to the story (as if it wasn’t interesting enough!).

I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading the book and I couldn’t stop reading it. What’s interesting is that this book it’s like Titanic. You know how it’s going to end, but you still can’t stop watching it because you want to know how they get there. Well, the same thing happened here, even though I knew how it was going to end, I wanted to know what happened and how they got there so I couldn’t stop reading.

I have to admit that this book has a lot of haters because it’s not as accurate as you may think or hope. Like I said before, you can tell that personalities were altered to make the story more appealing. And that’s kind of what didn’t make me love this book. In a world as complicated as the Royal Court you can’t have characters that are good and self-righteous and characters that are just plain crazy and evil. Nothing is black or white; everything is a huge grey mess. And I think that Philippa Gregory could have taken advantage of that grey mess and write a really interesting book.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading the book; it was hard for me to put it down. The only thing I have an objection with is that the characters’ personalities could have been a little more complicated (as I’m sure they were in real life) and deep. But I have to admit that I might buy more books from the saga because I really enjoyed reading them.

So I would say that if you really enjoyed watching The Tudors and you are not too picky when it comes to accurate historical facts, you’ll enjoy this book. If you want to know how it felt like to live in the court and how desperate people were to climb to the top and be the king’s favorite, you’ll enjoy this book. If the only thing you only care about is the facts… well, don’t read this book and read a History book, a more accurate one where the only thing you’ll only get is facts.

Anyway, if you want to give this book a try I would leave a link right here where you can get a great deal on this book and you can get it delivered to your house for free –it doesn’t matter where you live! Besides, it’s 43% off, it IS a great deal!

So tell me, have you read this book? Do you enjoy it? Do you think I’m overreacting and the book was perfect? Do you hate it? Do you like The Tudors? Is there any historic character that you enjoy reading about? So please leave me a comment, I would love to read it! Thank you so much for reading this and if it’s the first time visiting ITBC feel free to check out the rest of the blog! I hope I see you next time…. Bye!

-L.S.

 

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