Book Review: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

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Sexy and deliciously entertaining, Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius is a seductive and clever twist on one of history’s most well-known and ill-fated love stories.

anne and henryHenry 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.

History comes alive in a whole new way, as Ius retells one of the world’s most infamous affairs, set in a modern American high school. It’s a clever twist on a classic story, and Ius tackles the challenge of translating a factual story into modern day fiction brilliantly. It’s fun to see how she manipulates the story of Anne and Henry to take place — believably — in a contemporary high school setting. And the story itself is as entrancing to read, regardless of how well you know Anne and Henry’s doomed romance.

The concept of studying history to understand the present is given new meaning with Anne & Henry, as Ius juxtaposes the 16th century British monarchy against contemporary high school patriarchy. And though heads may not literally roll in this version … the story of Anne & Henry is just as captivating — if not more so — than it ever has been.

Anne & Henry is in stores now.

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