Show Us Your Books: Far Far Away + Fatal Throne

Posted September 11, 2018 by shooting in Book Review / 30 Comments

It’s the second Tuesday of the month and time for another Show Us Your Books, hosted by the lovely Jana and Steph. Come link up with us or just hop around and find some new books to read!

As I write this, I’ve read 97 books this year. I made my goal for 100 books, so obviously I will make that and go beyond. I don’t really care about the amount of books I read in a year – I do the Goodreads challenge more so just to keep track of what I read – but it’s still fun to hit your number!

Show Us Your Books with a #bookreview for Far Far Away and Fatal Throne, among others #ontheblog #bookbloggers Click To Tweet

First up, let’s see what I’ve reviewed on the blog since the last Show Us Your Books link-up:

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf – it even includes a fun gift to go along with the book! (review here)

The Long Way Around by Quinn Anderson AND The Academy by Quinn Anderson (review here)

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz (review here)

And now, a couple new book reviews to share!

I actually read and reviewed this book back in 2014, so you can read my review here, or just check out my mini review below. The reason I re-read this book is because my book club read it last month. I knew that I’d loved the book, but I couldn’t remember set details, so I made time to read it again so I could better discuss it. The verdict this time around? I really loved it, so at this point, I highly recommend!

Basically, Far Far Away is narrated by Jacob Grimm (from the Grimm brothers), and it follows Jeremy Johnson Johnson. Jacob hasn’t moved on after his death, and he thinks that protecting Jeremy might be his way of doing so, but he also just really cares for Jeremy and wants the best for him. This isn’t a fairy tale re-telling, but it does feel like a fairy tale. Also, since it’s narrated by Jacob, it has an adult quality to it – so I think this would be a great read for young adult and and adult readers. Everyone in my book club really loved the book too, and they are all older than myself (I’m 28) if that tells you anything.

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candance Fleming, M.T. Anderson, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson is such a great novel. It’s categorized as YA, but I think adults would really love it too.

Obviously you can see that it’s written by a variety of authors and that’s because each of the wives is written by a different author and M.T. Anderson is Henry VIII. I think this set-up was a great idea and it was done very well. Each wife has their particular story told, and with different authors writing, it felt like different women. In between each wife, M.T. Anderson has a few pages in Henry VIII’s point of view about that particular wife/time period.


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Fatal Throne was such a good book! It’s about King Henry VIII and his wives but what makes it so interesting is that each wife, and the King, were written by different authors. The sections went in order of the wives and then there would be a small section in between these with Henry’s point of view. ? What do you think? Would you read this? Do you know much about Henry VIII and his wives? Remember: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived! ?? * * * * * * #fatalthrone #bookstagram #queens #queensandkings #kinghenryviii #book #royalty #anneboleyn #books #bookish #bookworm #booksofinsta #booksofig #booksof2018 #historicalfiction #historicalfigures #england #amreading #reading #yabooks #yabookstagram #youngadultbooks #youngadultfiction #multipleauthors #recommended #bookrecommendations #bookrecommendation #bookrec #bookreview

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 I think every single wife was fascinating, and I loved learning more about them. Yes, this is a fictional account, so aspects of it did have me wondering “did that really happen?” but I feel like the authors tried to stay as true to facts as they could. This is one that I would really recommend reading as well, whether you know much about King Henry VIII or not!

Tell me: Do any of these books stand out to you? Have you read any of them already? Share your thoughts!

Don’t forget to enter my fun giveaways before you go:

Your choice of book from my list – New Required Reading giveaway (it’s a blog hop so enter more giveaways too). Open until September 18 and it’s INTL.

Two Mermaid Prize Pack giveaways (each one has a book and two other suitable items). Open until September 28 and it’s U.S. only, I’m afraid.

30 responses to “Show Us Your Books: Far Far Away + Fatal Throne

  1. Fatal Throne sounds like a fun one. I love the idea of having a different author narrate each wife, that’s such a creative idea. I may have to pick that one up!

  2. You are doing awesome on your reading challenge this year! I know you’re going to go above and beyond 100 books at the rate you’re going and that’s amazing!! Far Far Away sound interesting to me, and I like that it isn’t a “new” book because sometimes it’s easier to find books like that at the library!

  3. i am quite intrigued by Far Far Away! my book club has read books that i’ve already read recently, i re-read two but skipped the other, and i was useless in the discussion for the one i skipped haha.

  4. Great job already almost meeting your goal for the year! I think this is the first year in a few years I’m not going to even get close to mine. Fatal Throne sounds so interesting- especially with different authors for the different wives.

  5. Fatal Throne is SO awesome! I agree that every singe wife had a very intersting and well written story. Like I had no idea that I needed to know so much about Henry VIII’s wives but looks like I did because after I was done, I spent literally WEEKS down Wikipedia rabbit holes on each wife! I met two of the “wives” at ALA and basically fangirled all over them hahah.

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