In a nutshell: Alice is unloved by her cruel mother, thought to be rebellious and mad. When her father - her only solace - is gone, Alice looks for love wherever she can get it. When she meets Henry Prince in a chance encounter she thinks the Abode of Love is the answer to her prayers, not another prison.
Condensed thoughts: This definitely felt like a book of two halves with not much narrative crossover linking the two parts - Alice is home and desperate, and then she isn't. I liked the story, and the fact that is was based on real history, but I can't say I was blown away. I was expecting a bit more darkness to the writing than there was. It just lacked atmosphere for me.
In a nutshell: Katherine never wanted to be Henry VIII's sixth wife, but now that she is, she must navigate the court, her rivals and her husbands bad temper, or she will pay with her life.
Condensed thoughts: If you are a fan of historical fiction or Tudors I truly cannot recommend this book enough. I instantly loved Freemantle's Katherine and the writing was exciting, engaging and emotionally charged. Queens Gambit brought wonderful light to a less-explored Queen's story. Not to be missed!
In a nutshell: After brain surgery, Alex and his friend Chloe try to unravel the mysteries that surround his parents' strange behaviour.
Condensed thoughts: I struggled with this book. I didn't really click with Alex's narration and found the ending good but confusing (I had to google it to check I had understood right!) It was definitely a quirky read, and although not for me, I do think it's worth a look for people wanting a "conciousness" type of narration and a good final revelation.