Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley

The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley.
Publisher: Greenwillow.
Pages: 416.
When her adoptive mother dies, Katherine Bab takes the chance she has been waiting for her whole life: she moves from her country village to London, to uncover the secret of who she really is. Before long, Kat has become a favorite of Queen Elizabeth herself, and rumors are swirling - could fiery-haired Kat be the secret daughter of the Virgin Queen? Kat's got plenty of other things to figure out, as well . . . such as how to choose between her childhood love and two handsome men at court vying for her affection.

I was extremely nervous to read this. I get a bit squeamish about historical fiction, and I usually try to avoid it because I always lose interest so quickly. I’m very pleased to say that was definitely not the case with The Stolen One.

It was kind of hard to get a grip on it at first, simply because the dialogue and slang fits so perfectly with that era. But once you get used to it, deciphering it was really easy and only added to how genuine this story was.

Suzanne Crowley wrote this story very beautifully, and she created characters who do nothing but constantly pull you in. Kat, the bold and outspoken lead character, was very enjoyable to read. She went against normalcy in this book, and those are my favorite kinds of characters. I was also entertained by the sheer scandal that surrounded Queen Elizabeth and her court, Kat included. Any preconceived notion I had about this being even the slightest bit boring went right out the window.

I wish I could elaborate, but in the end, everything ties together and will make you gasp really loudly. I read the ending in a car and my poor mother nearly drove off of the road because of my reaction. There’s so much to talk about wit these characters, but I know I’d end up spoiling it, so take my word for it!

If you’re iffy about novels like this, I recommend taking this one off of that list and picking it up! It was so entertaining and enthralling, you’ll have a hard time putting it down!


  1. Great review! I've had a copy forever and I'm going to try to read it next month now!

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