Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Ius, Dawn. Anne & Henry. , 2015. Print. ISBN-13: 978-1481439411.
Formats available: hardcover, ebook. Hardcover $9.89. Kindle $10.00.
Releases September 1, 2015
Fairy Tale retellings are all the rage today, but what happens when the love story being re-told isn’t a fairy tale, but rather a tragedy? In Anne & Henry we get to see how the initially enchanting, but ultimately tragic love story between Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor would play out in modern day, between high school students. Henry is wealthy, popular, and powerful. He’s dating the equally wealthy, popular, and powerful Catherine, who is a socially and mother-approved match for Henry in every way. Then mysterious, hard-eyed, dramatic and passionate Anne Boleyn sweeps into his life. Henry and Anne are instantly smitten with each other, and Henry is compelled by her passion and her different-ness. But Henry is the only one who thinks Anne makes a better match for him than Catherine, and eventually even Henry isn’t so sure the love he and Anne have is enough for him.
This book was a quick, enjoyable, and quite different contemporary YA romance. Those who are unfamiliar with the original and true story of Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor may miss out on much of the enjoyment the reader gains in reading this modern YA re-telling, but fans of contemporary high-school complication romances might still enjoy it. Readers familiar with history know not to expect a happy ending but the suspense of seeing just HOW exactly Henry will make Anne lose her head in this modern rendition keeps readers happily tuned in for the grand finale. Subjects of drug use, sexual content, and underage drinking are addressed, as well as reckless behavior, bullying, and familial and peer pressure. This is a somewhat shallow read that doesn’t dig quite as deeply into the characters or world as some might like, but does prove to be ultimately a quick and enjoyable read.
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Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.