Currently Reading: Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

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Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 4.23.15 PMAnne & Henry

by Dawn Ius

71/289 pgs

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?

My initial reaction to finding this book on Goodreads:

Um what is this? How does their romance make any sense outside of the context of Tudor England? and is his girlfriend supposed to be Catherine of Aragon? that poor girl. is he going to make himself the head of a new church??? is he going to chop off her head?? What are the modern equivalents these acts? This sounds soooooo strange and I NEED to know exactly when it will be released so I can read it.

So when I saw it in the library I got it right away. And then had to renew it because it sat on my bathroom floor for 2 weeks without me even touching it.  So I finally decided to pick it up yesterday and I’m a bit…confused.

I’m only 70 pages in but I’m just not really feeling it. This is a weird story to make the transition to modern times because so much of it is extremely based in the context of history.  Yeah, you can make Henry president of the student council and is now  dating his dead brother’s girlfriend (because she is worthy of the Tudor family), but it doesn’t really mean the same thing, especially when he has a controlling mother who is forcing him to do these things.  I mean, I don’t know that much about the British monarchy (especially the Tudors) but I think the King of England can overrule his mother.  Also, there is way too much trying to make me sympathize with him, who is in fact, the “bad guy” in history.

I am liking Anne so far, but I think Ius has destroyed Catherine.  Again, I’m not a Tudor scholar (everything I know comes from wikipedia, Philippa Gregory books and The Tudors tv show) but I always had the impression that Catherine was extremely religious.  I always felt bad for her, but I hate her in this book.  She is your typical blond, bitchy cheerleader.  And for her to go from dating Arthur to Henry doesn’t really make me like her any more when you remove the  arranged marriage part of the equation.  Did she have to prove she never slept with Arthur in order for Henry’s mommy to approve of the swap?

I’m going to stick with it because I really want to see how Ius modernizes decapitation.