Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Review: The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pub. Date: June 30, 2009
Age Range: 12 and up
416pp

Katherine Bab – AKA Kat always knew that she would never marry and she‘s determined to find out who she really is. Grace – Kat’s adoptive mother is keeping secrets from her and claims it’s better she not know for it would bring certain misfortune. After Grace passes away, Kat flees to London leaving her child hood friend Christian broken hearted to uncover these secrets for herself.

She’s determined to find information on her birth parents even if it includes lavishing in the luxuries of beautiful stitches and gowns. She’s always dreamed of meeting Queen Elizabeth who has a striking resemblance and temperament as Kat which only brings the question: Is the Queen Kat’s birth mother?

While at court, Kat catches the eyes of two other men who may or may not have their own agenda for winning her heart. Grace has always warned Kat to stay away from Queen Elizabeth and to be wary of wolves at the Queen’s Court.

Will finding these answers doom her to a life she does not want because she doesn’t know her own heart….

This novel is beautifully written, I was fascinated with Katherine’s story and how it tied into Queen Elizabeth’s period. I love the characters in this book. Kat is a strong protagonist and she’s very outspoken which is not what one would expect in her era for a woman. The depiction of Queen Elizabeth is fascinating. I was also intrigued by the inner working of the Queen’s court. I loved the details about the designs and stitch work on the Queen’s gowns. Crowley did an amazing job with the imagery, it was like viewing everything through Kat’s eyes and I relished every minute of it. I wish I could express how outstanding this book is, but I can’t find the words because it is much more than what I’ve written but I don’t want to spoil anything. Find out for yourself!

This is a beautiful story and one that I would definitely read again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

49 comments :

  1. Yay! I'm glad you liked it! I want to read it soooo bad. I sounds amazing and thanks for posting this review.

    ~Briana

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  2. Not an author I'm familar with but you still make it sound like a very inviting book with your review. I'll have to read it.

    Also, I just wanted you to know I've nominated you for an award. More info at: http://ladyvampire2u.blogspot.com/2009/07/ive-been-awarded.html

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  3. I don't usually read historical fiction, but this one sounds so good! Plus, you gave it 5 stars, so I definitely want to read it!

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  4. I've been seeing this novel around lately! Not really a big fan of historical but I think I'll look into it!

    Oh! You won my David Inside Out contest! Contact me at faked_sugartone at hotmail with your shipping address! Congrats! :)

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  5. I have read about this book recently. Your review, however, has help to land this book solidly into my TBR list...hoping for a August or Sept. read.

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  6. Oh man first the great author interview now with this review I am going to have to get this book!

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  7. I really can't wait to read this book! I'm entering your giveaway and hoping for it! This review just cemented the deal! I think it sounds awesome!

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  8. Queen Elizabeth having a long lost daughter? Not sure how I feel about that were that actually true in the novel. Some historical slights I can forgive, but some I just can't. :P

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  9. Wow great review! I can say I'm definitely intrigued. This book sounds so good. This is actually the first review of this book that I've read. I bet others will like it as much as you did.

    I definitely want to check this one out when I get a chance.

    -Breanna

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  10. This is a new author for me, but the book sounds great, not enough spoilers! I guess I'll have to add it to my TBR!

    Thanks for the great review!

    Dottie :)

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  11. I love that cover. I can't wait to go grab a copy! I hear they are already on shelves. :)

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  12. Reading about the inner workings of the court sounds so interesting!

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  13. I love historical novels that deal with courts. This one sounds really good and I am totally in love with the cover. Great review!

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  14. This makes me want to read this book even more! I love historical fiction and stuff like that. And I really love the ones that deal with the courts, mainly either Queen Elizabeth or Henry the 8ths courts!

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  15. Thanks for your review. It sounds really good. I like historical fiction. The book cover looks amazing.

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  16. This story reminds me of the book Ophelia by Lisa Klein. Except that one was based on Hamlet. But a good book nonetheless. I look forward to reading this one. Her good job with imagery is what really makes me look foward to it.

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  17. I think the cover is what attracted me first to this novel. Its so...vibrant! So beautiful.

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  18. You're review makes me want to read this book! It sounds amazing. I love how its tied in with the Queen!

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  19. This sounds like an amazing book. I love reading historical fiction! Great review. =]

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  20. wow! 5 out of 5 now I DEFINITELY have to read this!

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  21. very informative review. got me wondering about this book.

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  22. I'll have to read it if you gave it 5 stars! How cool would it be if Queen Elizabeth was your mom? And you didn't know it?!

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  23. A must read if you give it 5 stars! I am always interested in a strong protagonist, but yes, it is surprising for a woman of that era.

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  24. This sounds exactly like my kind of read! I can't wait to read it.

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  25. I've heard such great things about this book all over the place, I can't wait to read it! I find Elizabethan England fascinating!
    Great Review, Cheers
    julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

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  26. I'm glad their are some romantic interests in the book - I'm easily bored if there are not. Kat seems like should would be a good heroine.
    Sara

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  27. Sounds amazing. I really want to read this at some point. The cover is just GREAT.

    -Lauren

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  28. You can't find the words to express how good it is. Really. Well, I haven't read anything that made me feel that way in a long time. This is definitely going on my TBR list. Have to see if it's really that good.

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  29. I am fascinated by Elizabethan History, so this really intrigues me. Thanks for the awesome review!

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  30. I want to read this book more than I've wanted to read one in a looong time. That's a really good review too. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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  31. Great review! I love to read historical fiction & this book seems to have the unique perspective from Kat's point of view rather than Elizabeth's.

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  32. After just reading the review, I am hooked. I want to read it so badly. Kat sound like a great character.
    Thanks for the contest. I posted on the authors review and I am a follower.

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  33. I cannot resist 5 star review books like this!

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  34. How cool that the audience for this is 12 and up - I hadn't realized it was a YA book - now it intrigues me even more!

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  35. sounds entertaining
    curious how it will end up
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

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  36. I have been wanting to read this forever! I even bid $50 for a signed copy in the Briget Zinn Auction, but lost. Need to get it asap!

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  37. Great review! Now I want to read it!

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  38. I love historicals and your review has made me want to read this one all that much more!

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  39. Great review.The Stolen One sounds wonderful.

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  40. I thought your review was quite well done, but what caught me the most was the last sentence; the "I would read it again" part. That, more than anything, makes me want to read the book.

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  41. I can't wait to read this book, I love any book in the Elizabethian age.

    Christy

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  42. I'm not usually into historic type novels, but this sounds like a great read!

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  43. This book sounds really good! I particularly like how is asks whether the "virgin queen" could have had an heirs (which would have totally changed how history would unfold)

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  44. Nice review. I love books with strong female characters. This is also my favorite time period.

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  45. I do enjoy this time period, as you mention, the clothing was spectacular - I'm glad I found your site.

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  46. This is totally outside of my usual choices, as I typically do not read historical fiction, but I am dying to read this one!

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  47. I love historical fiction books and this one sounds amazing!

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  48. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the heads up.

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  49. I'm always up for a beautiful story.

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