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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!

After coming across several raves about The White Queen, I knew it was a book I had to pick up. To sum up my feelings: I LOVED it.

This book is the first of Philippa Gregory’s trilogy, The Cousin’s War, which covers the War of the Roses (a battle for the throne between the House of York and Lancaster). The White Queen depicts the war from the perspective of the York House.

From the beginning of the book Elizabeth’s strength is obvious and as I continued to read I grew to respect and admire her indomitability; from the moment King Edward IV fell in love and married her, to when she became queen of England, to when she had to make life or death decisions about her children who were in constant danger. Through all the misfortune and hardship she was put through, I definitely formed a strong opinion towards the Lancaster House. And even though I don’t doubt that the next book, The Red Queen, will be just as enjoyable, I find it difficult to believe that I will be able to change my view of the opposite house.

This book is fast-paced, dangerous and kept me on my toes. It would not only greatly appeal to those who are into historical fiction but I would also highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great read. Considering my high expectations, I’m surprised how the book blew me away.

What have you been reading?

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