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The story of Mary Tudor’s childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Mary’s rights to the throne. Believe it or not, it’s all true. Told in the voice of the youngThe story of Mary Tudor’s childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Mary’s rights to the throne. Believe it or not, it’s all true. Told in the voice of the young Mary, this novel explores the history and intrigue of the dramatic rule of Henry VIII, his outrageous affair with and marriage to the bewitching Anne Boleyn, and the consequences of that relationship for his firstborn daughter. Carolyn Meyer has written a compassionate historical novel about love and loss, jealousy and fear--and a girl’s struggle with forces far beyond her control....

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ISBN : 9780152019068
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Number of Pages : 227 Pages
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Mary, Bloody Mary Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-02-10 16:02

    I made it about 100 pages into this one, and then had to put it down. It reads like a 5th grade biography report, when the students have to dress as the person they research and tell you about "their" lives. It was all, "I'm Mary and I did this and then I thought that and this was good and Anne was a witch and then I learned Latin and then! Then I had the sweating illness!" And then I, Sarah Gransee, put the book down and started something else.

  • Hetti
    2019-02-13 19:03

    Unfortunately, despite having read and loved this as a child, as an adult I believe it has a few good points, but a weak and abrupt ending and sometimes nonsensical writing. I will be reading the second book though, and it's certainly got me reminiscing - and interested in Tudor historical fiction! It even reminds me of when I studied Mary at A level! ☺️ happy times.

  • Erin
    2019-02-20 19:08

    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I wage a personal war against the stereotypes that plague stepfamilies. I grew up in one and am now a stepmother in my own right. Still, I am big enough to accept that ‘wicked’ is sometimes an all too accurate description. One such example is the case of Mary Tudor and her stepmonster, Anne Boleyn.Mary was born the beloved daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine. Their only surviving child, she wanted for nothing. She lived a blissful existence, the cherished heir to the throne, until the arrival of Anne Boleyn. Mary's father was not known for his fidelity but Anne was unlike any of Henry's previous mistresses. Ambitious and cunning, Anne's seduction of England's king set in motion a chain of events that would alter the course of the entire nation. Henry's daughter Mary would be one of Anne's most tragic victims. As Anne's star rose, Mary's fell. She lost her mother, her father, her title, her inheritance and eventually, even her legitimacy was thrown to the wind. She was forced into the service of her infant sister, Anne’s daughter Elizabeth, and came under fire for her Catholic faith. Had Mary been a few years older she may have been spared this fate, protected by an alliance to foreign kingdom. A few years younger and she may have been restored to favor before she was considered a spinster. Fate, unfortunately, is a fickle mistress. My only criticism of Meyer's work is that it focuses less on Mary than it does the impact Anne had on her life. While an important aspect, I was disappointed to never get a sense of who Mary actually was. Mary, Bloody Mary is a solid if somewhat concise introduction to the early life of Henry's oldest daughter, picking up shortly before Anne's arrival and concluding just after her execution. While not the whole story, I admire Meyer's decision to omit the more graphic events of Mary's tenure as Queen from the narrative in consideration of the target audience. That being said I am firmly against the censure of history and greatly appreciated the appearance of these details in the historic notes. Recommended to adolescent readers of Tudor fiction.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-02 16:05

    When I was a very young girl in grade school, I was in the library scanning my fingers across the titles as I walked down aisle after aisle of bookshelves. I stopped at this title, because I knew Bloody Mary as that game you played at slumber parties where everyone goes into the bathroom, shuts the door, and chants Bloody Mary in hopes of getting scared. Little did I know that Bloody Mary was the nickname of Princess Mary Tudor, and as I read the book, I had yet to realize that the Princess was an actual historical person. When I realized this by the end of the novel, I was greatly intrigued. It was because of this book that my love for studying the Tudors & the English monarchy sparked. Now as a young lady I read about how horrible Queen Mary was, however this book portrays her completely different. Even if it is fictional I have a soft spot for Mary because her life was not all that great even when she finally got to be Queen. This book is wonderfully written, and Carolyn Meyer does an excellent job at creating a character out of Mary Tudor. I also suggest you take a look at Meyer's other books on royalty.

  • Redfox5
    2019-02-09 14:16

    Mary is not remembered as being a great Queen, the nickname Bloody Mary should tell you all you need to know regarding her reputation. But it's easy to forget, just how terrible her upbringing was.This book takes you from Mary as a young child all the way into her twenties, just after the death of Anne Boleyn. She had everything stripped from her, her title, her legitimacy and is taken from her mother. Forced to wait on her new sister who has taken her place and she also lives in fear that she will be assassinated at any time.It's aimed at teenage readers, the book is written in an interesting enough way. It would certainly pique your interest in the subject and hopefully prompt you to find out more factual information.However I feel it does young readers a disservice by missing out key moments and just making things up. The story is good enough to avoid this, the facts are more exciting than fiction! I don't normally mind when historical fiction books take liberties but you can't call a book 'Mary Bloody Mary' and then hardly touch on the religious upheaval that gave Mary such a determination to turn the country back to Rome when she became Queen. This was a massive part of her life and was only mentioned once.Also Lady Susan is a completely made up person. Norfolk didn't have a child called Susan. This is something that can quickly be checked online. If you are going to make up a character, it really needs to be one thats not related to one so well known. And don't even get me started on the talk of marriage to the already married Cromwell!This aside, it was an entertaining read and will satisfy a fix for any Tudor fan and would keep the attention of someone who doesn't know much about the subject.

  • Qui
    2019-01-27 17:13

    Well, because of blogger I was able to finish this book in almost no time at all. I'm quite proud of myself. On to the review!"As a baby, Mary was adored by her father, who carried her around on his shoulder and displayed her for the court to admire. But as his marriage with her mother, Catherine of Aragon, waned for lack of a male heir, Henry began an affair with the beautiful Anne Boleyn. Mary was convinced that Anne was a witch. Didn't everyone know she had a sixth finger? And wasn't it Anne who persuaded Henry to declare his first marriage invalid? As the king grows ever colder, Mary is banished to a distant house, forbidden from seeing her mother, left to wear rags, and finally--at Anne's bidding--summoned back to court to be a servant to her baby half sister Elizabeth. Once there, Mary lives in constant dread that she will be poisoned or sent to the executioner's block in one of her father's rages. By the time Anne Boleyn herself is beheaded, Henry's first daughter has become the bitter and angry woman who was to be known as Bloody Queen Mary for her savage religious genocide. Carolyn Meyer, long acclaimed for her teen fiction, accurately captures the glitter and grandeur as well as the brutality of this fascinating period in history."First Impressions:*shrugs* It was good. Nothing special really, it's just a normal historical fiction. I wasn't exactly drawn in nor was I turned away. Setting:I love that whole era when it comes to books! It's really interesting to read. It always makes me go "O.O Girls got married at 12 to 40 year old men???" every time. Plot:*shrugs* It was good. Based on real events. I didn't feel any particular love for it.Writing:*headdesk* This is where it lost a star. It just sounds like a fifth grader wrote it. "I, Mary Princess of Wales, did this to my father, King Henry, who is married to my mother, Queen Catherine from Spain." Not only was she constantly mentioning the titles of various lords and ladies and kings and queens every time she talked about them (this could be historically correct, so if it is, ignore that comment), but it was very tell-ey.Characters:I liked the characters okay. I mean, I really had no opinion on this part. They weren't horrible or boring, but Mary did get really obnoxious at times.Rating:I'm a bit confused about what to give this book. It was geared towards 9-12 year old girls and yet...the word bas**** is used every other page. I understand that it was a very common word back then and that it was a big part of the book, but it wasn't really necessary. Also, there was a pretty vividly described birth scene. Again: this book is for 9 year old girls? I would never let my younger cousin read this book at that age. So, it still has a PG rating, but I don't recommend it for anyone under 12. Recommend it to?Historical fiction fans. Should you read it?You can if you want. I'm not a huge fan of all historical fiction and I only read this because I was in the mood for a good one. However, I didn't find it satisfactory. I'm probably going to go re-read a Dear America book or something.So, if you're a really big historical fiction fan, you can read it. You'd probably like it.

  • Emily Farrar
    2019-02-08 16:09

    I was shocked by some of the events that occurred in this book. There is so much I would like to write up about it that I think I’ll forget much of it.I’ll start by saying that I was not able to set this book down. I enjoyed it. But it also reinforced my opinion that being royalty would truly stink. Although watching The Queen while reading this helped fuel this argument even more. While reading this books I was wrapped up in a bunch of emotions for the characters: complete hatred at Anne Boleyn, resentment to Mary’s cold father King Henry, sorrow for her mother who I had come to know in Carolyn Meyer’s Patience, Princess Catherine A Young Royals Book, and shock at how such a somewhat sweet-sounding girl who had so much unfortunates in the early part of her life (mainly teen years) turned into the queen who killed so many. Now I am now going to read Doomed Queen Anne A Young Royals Book, and see if the feelings I have formed through Bloody Mary and other stuff change. I am enjoying greatly reading about his point in history. Once I finish the other two books by Caroline Meyer about this time, I plan to read Nine Days a Queen The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey which I looked at a while ago which is about Jane Grey (I believe that is the correct name) who ruled between Edward and Mary.

  • Christie
    2019-02-08 11:09

    First sentence: "Anne was a witch; I never doubted it."Most people know, or think they know, Bloody Mary. The queen of England who killed all the Protestants. But, once, she was a young girl. As a child, she was doted on by her mother and father, being their only living child. Then Anne Boleyn came into the picture, promising to give Mary's father, Henry VIII, the son Mary's mother had not. Mary suddenly finds herself a bastard and shunned from court. She is separated from her mother and made to wait on her half-sister, Elizabeth, like a common servant. Her pampered life as princess no longer exists, and she has to beg for the king to even send her money for new clothes. It is a lot for a teenage girl to handle.This book was ok. It was a good fictional take on Mary Tudor's early life. It did a good job of showing how far she fell after Anne Boleyn's rise to power. It is a very heartbreaking story and it makes you very sympathetic to Mary's plight. However, these are the only good things about this book.This book is pretty abysmal when it comes to historical accuracy. Names were changed (Francis Weston becomes Francis Peacham for some reason) and people were in places that the historical record indicates they never were or were, in fact, somewhere totally different at the time. (view spoiler)[ The romance aspect with Reginald Pole felt very shoe-horned in. Yes there was talk of Mary marrying Reginald Pole, but it just seems strange that she would be head over heels in love with a man almost 20 years older than her that she had never met.(hide spoiler)] The way the passage of time was recorded was ridiculous. I don't mind if you are going to jump 2 or 3 years in the future, but separate it with a chapter or give dates or something don't just make it part of the narrative. Sometimes years passed in one sentence (and then I was 16. A few months after my 18th birthday...). It made for a very frustrating read. If you like reading about the Tudors, you might like this book. It gives a different perspective than most Tudor books do. However, if you are looking for something historically accurate and well-written, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Erin
    2019-02-16 14:58

    This almost received only a 1 star from me. Why the exception? I love historical fiction. I was very interested in learning more about Mary, the oldest surviving daughter of King Henry VIII. I had seen Carolyn Meyer's books on the shelf at the library and was curious. I picked this one up as well as her book on Princess Elizabeth, half sister to Mary. I was very disappointed with the overuse of the word bas____. Yes, after King Henry divorced his loyal and faithful wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary was considered an illegitmate daughter. Which is the definition of bas____. However, just because the term was used frequently and was a common way back then. It is not now. Now days it is a very offensive term. So, why use it so frequently in a book targeted to 9-12 year old girls. I was reading this outloud with my daughter. She could not even say the word she was so embarassed. I just skipped over the word during my turn to read, or left out the sentence. I was also disappointed with the description of the birth of Mary's half sister, Elizabeth. I quote, "Shelton shoved me into a place near the foot of the great bed. I was shocked by what I saw. There was blood everywhere and Anne's sweat-drenched hair spread out on the white pillow like a dark stain, her onyx eyes glazed with pain. 'Tell the king his son is born!' she shrieked, and with one last heave the baby, slimy with blood, slipped into the world." Something so sweet and miraculous should be described as such. If I were a 9 year old reading this, I would never want to give birth. The image it creates for a young girl, would only create that type of birth for her. Even though I wanted to quit reading it, I was curious as to how the rest of the book was. Except for those two things, I did think it was an OK book. Very interesting. Gave the reader an insight into that time period and style of life for Mary, who eventually did become Queen of England.

  • Saniya
    2019-02-05 13:54

    I, who hates history like Tom hates Jerry, actually enjoyed this book. I hate the style of writing, the names of kings and I guess, EVERYTHING, in 'History' type books. But I think this book was the only exception.Not that I got fooled by the cover, name and plot of the book..... Okay, I admit, I just read this book because of those things, but it was really an interesting book to read and like.And OMG! The Tudor TV show was like, really good! =D The characters in this book are the same as shown in the TV show. The story grabs your attention from the very first chapter and makes you want to read the rest of the book. But trust me, "Bloody Mary" is nothing. Don't think this book will be about witches and ghosts. The thing that made me eyes go o.O was the marriage settlement or engagement of Mary when she was only 2 years old? Seriously?! She got offers till she was 13. Old generation suck. You want to marry off your child at the age of ten? Na-uh! And she acted way too mature for her age. Poor girls at that time. Thank-god this story went till she was seventeen or else I might have been sick or something.I liked how the author translated every sentence in Latin or French to English. It was easy to understand and I really liked the author's writing through-out the book. The only thing I hate was the lack of characterization. No one was described that deeply to make me feel special about him/her, Even Mary wasn't that described. I guess I only liked Reginald because he was her love interest. Salisbury and Susan were also okay. Others were just blah.The ending was ok too. It was like, I am reading "Great Expectations" or something. I just started liking Mary but then BOOM! The last page made Mary look so evil, I was like, "Okay. I don't like Mary after-all." It was an easy going, predictable book to read and I will give this book 4/5 stars =)

  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    2019-02-05 11:06

    It is not often that I give five stars, but I absolutely loved this well-told story of Mary Tudor, and her rise, and fall within her father, Henry VIII's court. It was interesting to note, that despite the book's title, Princess Mary was a very kind, caring person, and in my opinion became a bit like her father, with executions, and torment, whilst on the throne for her five year reign.

  • Debbie
    2019-01-25 15:17

    OMG! Do something Mary or shut up. Great read. Good characters. I don't know how historically accurate tho. Dates, people, etc spot on but Mary worships Henry VIII and damns Anne Boleyn as a witch. Can't wait to read Beware, Princess Elizabeth.

  • Emily
    2019-01-21 18:56

    I actually found it sad. I feel bad for poor Mary. But what a great read into here life!

  • Sarah Van Wichelen
    2019-02-02 19:06

    The only time I got a 10/10 on a history test because I had read this book.

  • Saundra
    2019-01-30 14:12

    This is the story of the childhood and adolescence of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Meyer does an excellent job of recreating the historical setting of England in the 1500’s, describing settings and attire and many other aspects of royal and peasant life in those times. The history is so entwined in the story that the historical aspects are not conspicuous, which is enjoyable and keeps the reader feeling like they are reading an enjoyable story, not a history lecture. For example, at one point Mary describes her father. “He was dressed in close-fitting hose that showed off his muscular legs. Over these he wore red velvet trunk hose stuffed with cotton wool to form an onion shape, and slashed to display glints of silver under the velvet. His doublet of quilted black velvet was covered all over with pearls and other jewels. In my eyes, King Henry was the handsomest man in the world.” The central figures are well researched and well described. Mary and her caretaker, Countess Salisbury, are the central figures in the story. Mary’s character was true to the history that is documented of her, including her temper, her health problems, and the fact that her father would brag that “this girl never cries.” Mary cherishes her father’s pride in her, and keeps her tears secret. Mary is a complex character, at times sad and alone and fearful, and at other times brave and stubborn and proud. This is part of what makes the book so fascinating, the many facets of the character of Mary, all intertwined in the story of a girl growing up in a time dominated by the desires of a King. One recurring line through the book is “As the King wishes…” None of the characters in the book are superheroes, and all seem captured by the realities of a turbulent time in England’s history. This book was well researched. I was impressed with the detail that produced additional insight into a life that is commonly overlooked because Henry VIII and Elizabeth are somewhat more captivating. As the author points out, “While Mary has often been described as a gentle, merciful person, because of the brutality of her reign – although no more brutal that those of many European monarchs – history remembers her as Bloody Mary.” Teens may enjoy looking at typical depictions of other historical figures, and doing research to find out if they could see another side of that person. I think that teens would enjoy the aspects of history in this book, and would especially comparing and contrasting it with depictions of Mary in modern media. Other interesting activities could include looking at gender roles in those days compared to modern times, and diagramming the characters to understand how many connections the families back then had to other nobility. It could also prompt good discussion of ethics and the implications of poor rulers on the countries they are responsible for. I spent time reflecting on what it would have been like to never be alone, with people always watching and listening, and to feel that you did not know who you could trust. The book did a great job at highlighting the precarious position Mary spent most of her life in. Although this book is full of history, it moves along quickly. I enjoyed reading about Mary, and reflecting on what caused her to become the woman she did. I enjoyed the descriptions of Elizabeth, and will probably read Beware, Princess Elizabeth, next.

  • Brennaf
    2019-02-12 19:11

    The title of my book is Mary, Bloody Mary, written by Carolyn Meyer. This story is an informational and riveting historical fiction. I think that the the theme or message that is being portrayed is to no matter what persevere, and to put on a brave face no matter how difficult it may seem. This story took place in the 1500's in London, and in the outskirts of London. Most of this story takes place in beautiful homes in the country or in the rustle and bustle of London's finest castles and estates. The story is told from Mary's point of view, she is also the main protagonist. Some of the major characters are Mary's "beloved" father King Henry the eighth. Mary's mother Catherine of Aragon was also a key player in this story. Catherine has quite an interesting story, she was widowed and then married her previous husband's brother( King Henry the eighth).Then there is the wretched Anne Boleyn. Anne steals Mary's father's heart. She is a treacherous and deceitful woman, but that is not what King Henry thought. Poor Princess Mary has what seems to be a perfect life and then everything come to a halt. Her father the King has the church annul her parents marriage, so her father could be with his mistress Anne Boleyn. King Henry marries Anne making her Mary's stepmother. Mary hates her stepmother, but not as much as she hated her new baby step sister. This new baby steals any chance that Mary might of had at becoming the queen. She endures it all her parents no longer being married an evil stepmother and sister, being stripped of her title, losing the little attention her father gave her. She suffered through a horrendous childhood, but in the end it pays off.I would not change anything in this book I thought that Carolyn Meyer did an exquisite job at writing this. l like how she uses characterization, and really portrays Mary's very strong and unpredictable temper " I don't care what he wishes! My father pays so little attention I doubt he even remembers who I am! " Another thing I enjoyed was how much detail and how she used imagery beautifully for example this quote " A thin smile creased Salsbury's face, and she set down her embroidery hoop and dabbed at my cheeks with a fine linen handkerchief." I have also read Carolyn's Beware Princess Elizabeth I enjoyed this book much more. Not a second of this book is dull. It is full of betrayal, action, romance, and in some parts a bit of comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. It is an amazing book all types of readers would love it.

  • Laura
    2019-02-08 19:11

    'Mary, Bloody Mary' is a heartfelt illustration of the early life of Mary Tudor. From a young age, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine is involved in her father’s politics. Several times he betroths her to much older men, only to break the engagement for reasons outside her control.The genuine love which Mary has for her father turns into rebellion after her third betrothal. She begins to see that her happiness plays no role in the game.When lady Anne Boleyn appears at court, her father soon forgets his planning and begins a scandalous affair that will tear the kingdom apart. Convinced that he needs a male heir to continue his legacy, king Henry will sacrifice everything to marry Anne. Even his wife and daughter…The character of Mary Tudor, who is caught up in these tumultuous events, surprises the reader with wit and maturity. One could call her a feminist. She sees the limitations of her time and demands equality in various ways. When the young princess is with her maids, she can be herself and show feelings. But in public, at court or with her father, every word and move is a trained performance. The coldness within the Tudor family is the first but not the last thing that will break your heart in this book. Anyone looking at it from an educational standpoint will shake their heads.In stark contrast to the cruelty and neglect Mary experiences from her father, her true friends and her mother play supporting roles as the plot unfolds. There is also an element of faith, which carries Mary through her darkest moments. After she has been imprisoned for treason, she reaches out for divine help: “I prayed. I believe that God heard me because I became tranquil. I waited, and God waited with me” (p. 167).In a world where status equals fate and pregnancy soon becomes politics, the different key players fight over who will reign England after the king’s passing.The novel is insightful and realistic, facing some of the inhumane decisions which intrigue and the struggle for power bring with them. Recommended reading age: 15+

  • Jess
    2019-01-27 18:59

    Chapter book - historical fictionYoung Reader's Choice Award Winner, Intermediate DivisionFor middle school & upMary, first daughter of Henry VIII, tells her story, from age ten to twenty, as she observes from afar her mother's removal from the throne and the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn.Meyer accomplishes two impressive tasks in this book, giving the reader an insight into the formation of Mary's character and managing to encapsulate a tumultuous period of Tudor history for young teens. Through Mary's eyes, we see her early life as a beloved child, her political role as her father plans a series of engagements to powerful men, her powerlessness as Anne Boleyn begins to influence the king, and her relationship to her half-sister, Elizabeth, who she does not know whether to love or hate. Enough historical details fill the story to give a sense of life in Tudor England, but the story must spend so much time on plot development, as a complex piece of history unfolds, that the story often lacks a real richness of time and place. Mary is a compelling character, but many of the supporting characters are not fully fleshed out. The tone, however, is entirely appropriate for the middle school reader, and those interested in historical fiction or the drama and turmoil of the early lives of monarchs will find much of interest here. A historical note concludes the book, giving a brief overview of the rest of Mary's life.Booklist's review captures the intensity of the story as well as Mary's emotions. It also points out how the story "underplays Mary's religious perspective," which was at the back of my mind as I read the book; emphasizing this element would have gone a long way towards explaining Mary's actions as queen. Publisher's Weekly calls the story "accessible" and "sympathetic," but feels the pacing is sometimes uneven.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-01-30 17:03

    Many years ago I was very active on bookcrossing and Bookobsessed. Sites where you shared your book and the reviews I wrote were mostly like friendly letters. I did warn you. Thursday, December 15, 2005 Thank you so much Megi! It just arrived 2 minutes ago. You know that it is scary to open packages around Christmas, but because I remembered you telling me you were planning to send me 2 RABCKs somebodies and nobodies and this book, I took the chance. Really happy with this book. I do need to read the other books in the Henry VIII episode (Books about his wives) first, but this will be great to read when i have read those.on Sunday, January 29, 20068 out of 10 This book was fun. After finishing The lady in the tower by Jean Plaidy and The Secret Diary of Ann Boleyn by Robin Maxwell this morning, I was interested to read this book, the view of Mary, who of course hates Ann Boleyn. I finished it in 30 minutes. Very easy and fast read. I think the Royal Diary series are great for teens. (and not only for teens). I give it an 8, because it is such a good idea! This book will travel back to America. Offered this in a swap and it is going to Bounty.

  • Carolina Casas
    2019-01-27 15:56

    I read this book on my first year of college and it brings so many good memories. It was my first book on Mary that got me really hooked and renewed my interest in her family. There is a clever foreshadowing at the end where Chapuys tells her Elizabeth will be her rival and she refuses to believe this and embraces her little sister. Mary had a tough life, she was the pearl of her father's world one day then suddenly she found herself unwanted and cast off. At first you feel a bit frustrated. Why can't she just accept what happened and move on with it? Her life would've been so simpler but then you see things through her eyes and how her mother has raised her since birth to believe that she -and only she- was her father's true heir and you come to understand her pov. The end is bittersweet because you know she and her sister won't get their happy ending. Mary's story is the story of Cinderella without the happy ending and Carolyn Meyer has done a good job writing Mary's early life.

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-02-03 15:09

    This is the story of the early years of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. She goes from being her father's beloved Princess to a bastard child when Henry turns his attention to Anne Boleyn. Mary has to face being separated from her mother and being humiliated by Anne who forces her to be maid to the new Princess Elizabeth. Mary is helpless as her mother dies alone and can never forgive Anne for destroying her family.This was an interesting read because we are used to hearing about the bloody reign of Queen Mary, but these books give you an insight into why she turned into such a bitter, jealous and unhappy woman. The book is written in the form of her thoughts as events unfold and I found this to be a good historical fiction novel. It would be a good introduction for a young adult into the Tudor world.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-15 12:55

    Wonderful teen book on the young life of Mary Tudor or Mary I. I was so absorbed in the book, I read it in a day. Mary, the first child of Henry VIII, lives a charmed childhood until her father decides that he will not have a male child with her mother, Catherine of Aragon. He becomes convinced that Anne Boleyn is the woman who will get that done. He fights for years for a divorce, rejecting his first wife and calling his daughter a bastard. Mary goes from being Princess of Wales to being a servant in her half-sister's household. She is the one who expected to change her diapers and take care of the messy work of having an infant. She endures abusive orders from Anne from afar which is not alleviated until Anne's death. The novel obviously contains fictional elements but stays within a framework of fact. Very interesting novel for teens about an historical event.

  • Michelle {Book Hangovers}
    2019-02-11 17:55

    I've recently became super intrigued with The Tudors and the Young Royals, wives of Henry VIII and all of his mistresses, children and illegitimate children. I've had this book in my bookcase for a while now, totally forgotten until a good friend mentioned it. Now she has lit a spark, my interest burning for more knowledge.This book was a short yet interesting look at Henry VIII's daughter, Mary Tudor. It was gripping and intense enough to often leave me teary eyed. My heart definitely went out to these people of our past.What a great read. And I can not wait to do more reading on this scandalous royal family.

  • Tracy Gomez
    2019-01-23 13:08

    The book, "Mary, Bloody Mary", was a really good book. My favorite part of the book was when she has to move away from her mother and all the emotional, sad, and exciting things happen from there. I recommend this book who like emotional, princess, and royalty books. Another part that I like about it is the part that I did not expect to happen which is when she comes from crown princess to palace servant. Even though she does or does not become queen.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-21 19:03

    Nice book! I love Carolyn Meyer's work! This book really gives insight on the young life of Mary Tudor. I think of her in a different way after this book. Everything's usually pretty biased about her, but after reading this it shed some light on her true personality and what will make her so hateful in the future.

  • Namerah
    2019-01-27 18:11

    this book proves how obsessed the tudors were with becoming king/queen.they wanted power,power,and.........more power!seriously?they could live a nice simple life but they themselves crapped it up to elevate their status in a worthless society of proud nobles who were too full of themselves.although i did like the way the book was written.

  • Jen
    2019-01-25 11:05

    #1 in the series, great suspicious start!Mary I of England..the bloody Mary... and all her interesting tales and the bloody rumours of Court. Sister to Elizabeth I, this is a fascinating tale of her fear of Elizabeth I.. and that she might lose her throne.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-04 18:52

    I still remember reading this book-- this book and the Princess Elizabeth Royal Diaries book are part of the reason why I'm studying Early Modern English history. Meyer did a fantastic job with Mary.

  • Manuel Baltazar
    2019-02-09 16:19

    i think it was a great book i liked the way they described Mary and her feelings to be understood, they really went into character development and used literary devices like a pro, one of the best books about revenge ive read yet.

  • Kelcey Murdoch
    2019-01-27 18:06

    Loved this book in high school, just to read it and still like it!