Victoria: The Queen is a journey through the life of one of the greatest rulers of her time, young Victoria. It deals with her difficult childhood, teen years, and goes until the end of her life; making sure to use history as a buffer and explanation for her actions and recourse throughout the book. It's a deep dive into one of the most political and interesting figures of recent history, and to be honest, I didn't finish this sucker. I've read it off and on for about three weeks and I just can't do it anymore. I will finish it, I just have ELEVEN more reading hours to go. It's going to take some time. I'm going to go over some of the things I liked about the book anyway.
1. Victoria's youth and attitude are explained through her experiences as a child. This goes into elaborate details about her tutor and nanny, the way her mother raised her, to the over-involvement of a strong hand of a man desperately grasping for power. It reeks of court drama, and it's horrible and interesting at varying turns.
2. Her love of Albert, Prince Consort, overshadows much of the book, similar to her real life. It goes over their strengths and the struggles they endured as they dealt with a literal power struggle in their relationship.
3. Much of her personal relationships are explored through this biography, explaining several of her missteps as a young queen.
I think this is a great read for someone very in love with history and biographies. It's almost too in depth for the average reader though. Starting out at a heavy double digit reading time, you have to really love Queen Victoria to make it through this monster length of a book, even if it is interestingly written.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review from Netgalley~
~This Book is scheduled to be released November 22, 2016~
I had the honor to talk to Sabrina Ramoth, author of The Curse of The Bruel Coven, and get some inside information on her and her amazing book! The Curse of The Bruel Coven is on sale for .99 for a limited time, so go grab you one while you can!
Can you tell us a little bit about The Curse of the Bruel Coven?
The Curse of the Bruel Coven is a bit of a coming of age story. It follows Vivienne Davenport as she discovers that not only is she adopted, but a witch plagued by a generations old curse.
Are there any books out that are good comparisons to TCOTBC?
I haven’t read either, but Beautiful Creatures and The Secret Circle are two popular books I often hear it compared to. Oh, and the T.V. show Charmed.
What inspired the story? Have you written anything similar before?
Well, the inspiration sort of came to me on a whim. Before The Curse of the Bruel Coven I hadn’t ever written anything before. I suppose I couldn’t find the story I wanted to read so I wrote it for myself.
How do you identify with Vivienne, your heroine?
Like me, Vivi cares deeply for those she loves. It’s that loyalty to family and friends that often keeps her going, even when she wants to give up.
Do you draw from your own experiences in your writing? What facets of your life do you pull from the most?
With The Curse of the Bruel Coven, I haven’t pulled from many facets of my own life except for maybe my need for adventure.
Are you working on anything right now? If you are, how is it different from your first experience? Are you more comfortable as a writer?
Right now I am working on the second book in the Bruel Witch Series. Currently it has no title or release date scheduled. And so far, the process is proving to be much different than writing the first. The first book, I just wrote, I didn’t feel the need to outline and plan every detail. But this next book needs much more planning.
On your blog you say you are still a huge fan of Twilight. In your opinion, how does something like the Twilight franchise captivate so many people?
My best friend and I were just talking about this the other day. There is always so much controversy about Twilight in the writing and reading communities. I think it’s an either you loved it or you hate it kind of thing. But the people who love it, I think it’s the story that captivated so many. When I first read it, I got caught up in the love story of Edward and Bella. It reminded me of what it was like to be seventeen and falling in love for the first time. In fact, reading Twilight is what got me into reading YA and eventually to writing it.
Is there anything you feel that we should know about you?
Not that I don’t want to offer up information-but I don’t like talking about myself. I never know what to say. After all, my day to day activities tend to be somewhat boring. And since I don’t want to fold the piles of laundry, I doubt anyone wants to read about them. I suppose in a way that is what lead me to writing. It’s an escape from the day to day monotony.
What else would you like us to know about The Curse of the Bruel Coven?
I’d like you to know that it is on sale for $0.99 for a limited time. So now would be a great time to check it out!