Book Review: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

IMG_0704Title:  Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Genre:  YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Length: 289 pages
Format: ARC Paperback
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Rating – 5/5!!!!!!

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.

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Good morning everyone!! Today is Saturday and it’s a three day weekend so I am super excited about that and hoping to get some good reading time in. I started that off by finishing my read of Anne & Henry  by Dawn Ius. I requested this ARC from Simon Pulse and was SO delighted to open my mailbox one day and it was sitting there in all it’s hot pink glory (I love this cover btw) so I want to give a BIG thank you to Simon Pulse for giving me the chance to read this book for an honest review!

I originally encountered this book when searching through upcoming releases on Goodreads’ Listopia feature, as I sometimes do for hours on end. I have to be honest and say that the cover really appealed to me so I decided to click on it and read the description. As soon as I read the description I was hooked. I don’t get around to reading alot of YA contemporary books but after reading this one, I am going to try to read more. When I read that this was a contemporary spin on the romance of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, I knew that it was a must read for me.

This book is told in the dual perspectives of both Henry and Anne. We meet Henry first and learn that he is the youngest son of the Tudor family which is a highly respected, influential and rich family in his town of Medina. The story opens at a party where Henry is escorted by his long time girlfriend Catherine. He seems to have everything…a rich family, a prospective political future, he’s the quarterback of the football team and the list goes on but we also learn that he has a tragic story as well that leaves him internally conflicted. At this party he sees Anne for the first time. She’s the new, mysterious girl who has just moved to his hometown. She’s rebellious, sexy and bold…successfully spinning Henry’s world off of it’s axis.

Woah. This was a whirlwind of a story and a total hurricane of a romance. I really liked how the romance was adapted to a high school scenario. It definitely seemed very real to me, as though the events that transpired in the book could definitely happen in the high schools of today. I really loved this book and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I enjoyed the romance aspect of it, I did feel like they fell in love really fast but I think for this story it really works. For me this book was a roller coaster ride of emotions that finally ended in my total devastation. I have a book hangover…it was such a good book. Very nicely done. I just love how this story was translated into a modern scenario. I definitely think that if you are a history buff you need to go into this with an open mind, it’s an adaptation so it doesn’t exactly match what we know of the actual romance of Henry and Anne but there are fun tidbits thrown in that you will remember from history class. And the last freaking sentence of this book!!! I just can’t!!!

I’m not going to give any spoilers because you must read this book.  I gave it a five out of five stars.The only issue I had with it was I wasn’t fully satisfied with the little of what we got from Anne’s background. I really wanted to know more about her life before her move to Medina, but even so, I really loved her. That small issue I had with it was far overshadowed by all the feelings I had for this book and all the fun I had when I was reading it. It’s a pretty light read and trust me, you will be so into it that the read will go really fast. This is a book that I definitely recommend and is probably among my favorites of this year. I will definitely be getting a finished copy of it!

If you have read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. If you read it in the coming days, weeks or months and want to come back and share or fangirl with me, please do!

Happy reading everyone!

(P.S. I hope you like the picture of this ARC I took on my bookshelf the other day. I normally use the Goodreads book covers but this time I decided to take my own pic because it was just too gorgeous to not)

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