Review: The Sisters of Versailles

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

sistersofversaillesTitle: The Sisters of Versailles

Author: Sally Christie

Series: The Mistresses of Versailles #1

Published: September 1, 2015 by Atria Books

Pages: 432

Source: eARC

A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.

Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot – and women – forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.


Wow….what an amazing insight to the world of King Louis XV! He is actually one of the French King’s I know nothing about but now I remember that Doctor Who did an episode on his other mistress Madame Pompadour who was in “The Girl in the Fireplace”. I didn’t realize that he had other famous mistresses before her!

We follow all four sisters POV as they learn to navigate the vipers of Versailles court while also trying to out do each other. Each sister is known for something different and each has her own personality. Louise the oldest is ok pretty but she is naive throughout the whole book and she never thinks badly on anyone. Pauline is considered the “ugly” sister but she has ambition and likes power. Diane cares only for food and fashion, she has no ambition to do anything besides eat and play. Marie Anne is the prettiest of the sisters and the most cunning. She will do whatever it takes to stay in power and in her position. Hortense is the narrator and she comes and goes but has no POV of her own except at the beginning and end.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I just had to know what happened next, who was going to become the next mistress or the one toppling down. I had no clue what the exact fates of each of these girls were so it was shocking at times to find out what happens. I felt drawn into Versailles and Ms. Christie does a fantastic job of conveying each sisters own personality differently and in a unique way. I never got confused as to who was speaking and the pace was great-though a little slow since I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened next.

I look forward to reading the next in this series and I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy historical fiction and to find out more about these unknown sister mistresses!

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Review: The Prince and I

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

princeandiTitle: The Prince and I

Author: Karen Hawkins

Series: The Oxenburg Princes #2

Published: August 25, 2015 by Pocket Books

Pages: 400

Source: eARC

Gregori Romanovin, Oxenburg’s warrior prince, is escorting his grandmother to a house party deep in the Highlands when he and his entourage are robbed at sword point by a group of ruffians led by a man the locals have dubbed “The Scottish Robin Hood.” The battle-savvy prince instantly realizes there’s something different about this thief, and it’s not just the Scottish accent—it’s the fact that “he” is really a “she.”

Lady Murian, a young widow out for revenge against the powerful earl who killed her husband and stole his birthright, is now living in the woods with her family’s banished retainers. To stay alive, she and her band of men rob rich nobles coming to visit the evil earl. But when she ambushes the Prince of Oxenburg’s golden coach, she gets far more than she expected. For when the prince uncovers her true identity, she’s afraid that he might be the real thief…of her heart.


I randomly picked up the first book in this series a couple of months ago and though I didn’t really care for it I figured I would give the second book a try and WOW! What a much better story!

Lady Murian is hiding under the cloak of Robin Hood and her merry men as they steal from coaches on their way to visit the powerful earl who killed her husband. But one such stop changes everything as they ambush one of the Prince’s of Oxenburg. The Prince known as Max wants to learn more about these thieves and why they look so hungry. Once he finds out the truth he does everything he possibly can to help!

This book was soo much better than The Prince Who Loved Me-the first in the series. Murian was such a likable character! She was strong and stubborn but it didn’t overshadow the plot. She was set in her ways but was open to ideas and help. She didn’t turn away help but she knew what she wanted. Even though she loved her husband she realized that they were young and she could learn to love again. I fell in love with Max in the beginning but then he started to get a little annoying near the end but that might just be me. He didn’t want Murian to get hurt and not let her in on the plans and that bothered me but I guess it’s also the time period. Some of the scenes were steamy but I kinda glanced over them-wasn’t in the mood to read steamy scenes last night but they were pretty good.

I would recommend this book more than the first one in the series and I look forward to reading the novella that just came out and the next in the series!

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Stacking the Shelves (26)

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A weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews where I discuss books I got for review, bought or borrowed. I also highlight what’s been going on in my life, what you missed this week and whats coming up! Also its ARC August! So an update on how many ARCs I’ve read so far!!!!

For Review

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My Life:

Only 1 week left of my AmeriCorps service!!!! I only have to work 32.5 hours this week to complete my 1700 hours of service! Can’t believe it’s almost over!! It’s been so amazing and I gained so much experience! I will make a post about my year in Vermont so all of you can love it just as much as I did!

Finding housing in Utah is sooooo difficult! It’s either too expensive for one person to live or I can’t find a roommate that lives close enough to where I need to be! AHHHH!! I spend most of my time stalking craigslist to find an apartment. It’s been so stressful and on top of that I need to start packing to go back home!!! But being able to read this week has allowed me to help with the stress so I’m glad for that!

What you missed this week:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: I only chose 7 authors that I’ve read the most from!
  • Review: Lumiere (3/5 stars)
  • Review:The Last of the Firedrakes (2/5 stars)

Coming up this week:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-buy authors. This one should be fun!

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I am soooo proud to say that I have finished 5 books this week!!!! Though one was a comic book so I guess that sorta counts? Another was also not on my list of books to read but I just HAD to read it and OMG it was amazing!!! I will be gushing allll about it in my review which sadly won’t come out until October (sorry..I’m such a tease!)

Finished:

winter crown sistersofversailles princeandi muirwood comic spinning starlight

Still working on:

the banished hunter determined heart awholenewworld awake

I hope all of your weeks went well and if you are doing the ARC August I look forward to reading your posts!