One of the things I’ve been hearing people talk about over the past year or so are the “monster mash-up” books that have been growing in popularity. It sounded amusing to me, so when Jackie asked if I’d like to read and review Boleyn: Tudor Vampire by Cinsearae S., I didn’t hesitate to say “yes”. I’m glad I did too, because it was definitely a fun read.
Tudor England. It is during the reign of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. As her time in power nears an end, Anne is greatly disheartened by the false accusations of adultery, high treason and incest she is arrested for, and the cold-heartedness of her father for his lack of defense in her honor. Upon her death, she vows revenge on those who have wronged her, and the simple change of her death sentence from beheading to hanging grants her the opportunity to execute her wish on those who betrayed her.
Unknown forces of inconceivable dark magic abounds. Anne discovers she has risen from her grave because of her denouncement of God just moments before her hanging, and resurrects two others from their untimely, wrongful deaths–her brother, George, and her favorite court musician and dear friend, Mark Smeaton. This unlikely trio will drive Whitehall Palace to madness, bringing those closest to Anne to their knees, begging for mercy and forgiveness.
Every once in a while I like to suspend all reality and lose myself in something that is, what I consider to be, a guilty pleasure. Boleyn: Tudor Vampire is everything it should be – fun, campy, gross and completely over-the-top, which definitely fits the bill. In short…it was a blast to read. I’m not going to delve too much into the details, because I don’t want to ruin the story. I’ll just say that it starts with Anne’s beheading and how she becomes the first Tudor Vampire. Then with the help of her brother and a couple of old friends, you follow her as she seeks revenge on King Henry VIII and those who have wronged her. A small warning…some of the descriptions in Boleyn: Tudor Vampire are not for the “faint of heart”. If you have a weak stomach or not a fan of violence then this is probably not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a fun read, I’d definitely recommend it. It was a quick read and it kept me amused from beginning to end. Not to mention the fact that it had a surprising, yet quite pleasing ending. Kudos to Cinsearae S. for writing such a fun “monster mash-up” book!