Spy for the Queen of Scots

Spy for the Queen of Scots As lady in waiting to Mary Queen of Scots the beautiful Ginette known as Jenny is the young queen s closest childhood friend Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court surrounded by enemie

As lady in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette known as Jenny is the young queen s closest childhood friend Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary s own scheming half brother, James Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress ButAs lady in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette known as Jenny is the young queen s closest childhood friend Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary s own scheming half brother, James Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

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  1. Theresa Breslin was born and brought up in Kirkintilloch, a small town in central Scotland She is the recipient of the Carnegie Medal, Britain s most prestigious children s book award, for Whispers in the Graveyard, and her books for young people receive critical acclaim and appear regularly on children s book award short lists in the United Kingdom A longtime librarian, Breslin was awarded lifelong honorary membership in the Scottish Library Association for distinguished services to children s literature and librarianship.

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  1. Refreshing to read about a different version of mary queen of scots I love anything to do with this time period and I liked that the author sympathised with Mary I know quite a bit about this time period but not much about Mary queen of Scots except for the negative s about her So found this a very interesting read filled to the brim with history and for the YA audience a romance Definatly a good book if you want a look into this time period Will definatly check out from this author.

  2. Review by Shelly Jenny, close friend and companion of Mary, Queen of Scots, has grown up at the French royal court a place of ruthless ambition, intrigue and deceit When Jenny overhears a whispered plot, and several mysterious deaths take place, she turns spy for Mary Now I love a good historical novel and was really looking forward to this one as I don t know too much about Mary Queen of Scots The story starts with a prologue of Mary facing her execution and then transports you back 29 years to [...]

  3. I ve always been fascinated by Mary, the last Queen of Scots so I was intrigued to read this historical fiction of most of her life It s divided into two parts, the first one takes place in her youth when she lives in France and the second part is her life in Scotland when she returns to take her throne after the death of her widowed mother The first part was very interesting to me, because although I know to take everything in a historical fiction like this with a grain of salt, it was still su [...]

  4. If you re into Historical YA, I would definitely give this book a read It features a likeable main protagonist, Jenny, who throws herself in danger to protect her friend and Queen, Mary acting as a spy and snooping around the castle There is also a sub plot arousing the mystery of Jenny s friend and love interest, Duncan, who is literally the definition of suspicious The context was woven in so well into the story all of the details historically and socially It s fascinating to see the character [...]

  5. This book was absolutely amazing Ever since I started watching the TV show Reign, I ve become very interested in the time period of Mary Stuart and this was a new, fresh take on it which I really loved The politics were easy to follow and the romantic interest was very slow burn but it was SO worth it in the end The writing style was beautiful, I found it really easy to visualise everything that was happening on each page, from the location to what the characters were wearing The writing flowed [...]

  6. Friends, beware the ending in this book is so downright shitty you ll probably cry blood if you read this.IF, you read this.Review to come

  7. The first genre that I ever really got into is historical fiction and that is a genre that I continue to go back to, even now I ve actually already read this book but, as I was suffering from severe Reign withdrawal, I decided to dive back into the world of Mary, Queen of Scots but with some different characters and something that was slightly historically accurate It was actually very interesting to read this book after watching Reign because now I can see all the links and connections between [...]

  8. 3.5 stars When it comes to historical fiction and me, we don t always gel, but I always try to give it a go Even though I didn t fall in love with Spy for the Queen of Scots, I m glad I read it.Right from the get go Spy for the Queen of Scots is highly political, exactly like the time during which Mary lived Politics is one of those things that I ve really known about or been that interested in, but with the history and the lovable characters, I was easily able to just go along with it I think t [...]

  9. Long live the daughter of James the Fifth, rightfull heir to the trhone of ScotlandThis is a good book, that s for sure Spy for the queen of Scots is a good historical fiction, and those who want to know the story of Mary Stuart would fine a good source of infomation in this book, buuut I m a big fan of the scottish history and, England and Irland , so I knew a lot about Mary Stuart before reading these book Soooo I didn t fine anything new in the story, it didn t contain any curious thing apart [...]

  10. More of my reviews can be found on my blog, Booktastic Reviews My past experience with historical fiction has been well, not so good That s why I d made it a rule to never pick up another historical book But then this one came through the post It wasn t expected I put it aside, dismissing it doubting it would be something I d like Then, surprising myself, I ended up picking it up I don t know what came over me but, suddenly, I just wanted to give it a chance And I m glad I did It turned out to b [...]

  11. At school, we never really covered Mary Queen of Scots I m English, so naturally my history teachers never really delved into Scottish affairs when covering the Tudors, it was just sort of a Yeah and Elizabeth thought that Mary might be a threat and had her executed, now moving on So for me, this book was totally fascinating I had only read about the end of Mary s life in forgotten paragraphs in the corners of yellowing textbook pages, so I was easily drawn in to the tangles of the French and Sc [...]

  12. Great historical read packed with information, yet most of the characters main ones at least really seem like humans There s a sprinkling of humour here and there to keep things humane and there s a nice love story which builds throughout the book At times you really fear for Jenny and Mary s lives as the brutal Tudor world is brought to life For me, though, this book really dragged Four hundred pages seemed like way too many I have read books over 900 pages long before it is the writing, not th [...]

  13. This is a historical fiction and I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed the novel Throughout the book, I worried for the life of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lady Ginette also known as Jenny Jenny is the main character and is written in first person to show her perspective on certain aspects of this book This novel charts the life of the famous Queen of Scots My one fault with this book is that there was little about the uprising and rebellion against Mary and there was nothing of her l [...]

  14. This educational and fictional read follows the Lady Ginette, one of Mary Queen of Scot s ladies in waiting, as she tries to protect both her best friend and her Queen in the constant conflict between Scotland and England as the Royal succession is challenged Mary continues her mother s fight to bring peace between the two countries but secret enemies surround her Lady Ginette falls in love with a man she knows nothing about His frequent disappearances trouble her and she finds out very little o [...]

  15. I actually have a good few feelings about this book I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and I actually managed to read the whole thing without it feeling like a chore I feel like historical fiction can definitely be a drag, however the way this book was written really enveloped me I enjoyed meeting, and getting familiar with the characters, and I was made to feel connected to some and begin to heavily dislike others It gave a good insight into the politics behind the Queen of Scots, while keeping it [...]

  16. I rated this as five stars because through all the tedious political stuff, the enormous amount of Lords and Earls where I ended up not knowing who was who and the ending that wasn t quite right for me, it was actually a very well thought out plot line The extensive amount of research that went into the making of this book amazed me and I was so happy that it wasn t a half done job Just to rephrase, the death part of the ending was great, just not the next part after that It was one of those boo [...]

  17. OH MY GOD I M IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK When I got ahold of this book, I honestly didn t think I ll be a 100% into it, but surprise surprise, I was hooked from the beginning I loved the politics, scandals and scheming in this The main thing I loved though, was the romance between Ginette and Duncan I was rooting for them from the beginning and I m ecstatic with how they ended up My one disappointment though was that there wasn t much about what life was like for Ginette and Duncan once they got the [...]

  18. I absolutely love historical fiction but I have never read anything on Mary, Queen of Scots I found this to be a very interesting piece of literature I thought the book was well written, however I had a couple of problems keeping up with the characters as there were so many, I felt I could not get to know who each character really was but I could not fault the author as there were probably that many people involved in Mary s story.I don t know much about Mary, Queen of Scots but this book has ma [...]

  19. I really loved this book It was so good, I loved how it was in two parts and how it made clear that Mary Queen of Scots was a woman who had a lot of difficulties in her life Her first husband dead, along with her second, miscarriage of twins and her third husband a cruel man But through all this her maid Jenny remains close to her and supports her even while she has personal problems.I love this book and I would recommend it to many people.

  20. I picked this book up when I was in edinburgh in a charity shop and thought I would give it a go as love the tudor period I started reading it a week after I had been to Edinburgh and while I was there I had been to the castle and holyrood so while reading the book I could imagine being back at the places I enjoyed the book and author has done her research which I liked Loved the twist in end think bits went on a bit but did finish book in 3 days I would read this author again.

  21. Was a good book though found it was focusing on the battle between the scots lords rather than the main charecter this was my only problem with this book i don t know how accurate the history in the book is as i haven t study the story of mary but either way it was done well to put a fictional charecter into history.

  22. I really like History and to find a History related book that was actually very interesting was a dream come true It was a joy to read and i m glad it still kept true to the real life events surrounding Mary, Queen of Scots I would definitely recommend this book and other books by Theresa Breslin.

  23. Ok ik geef het op De kans dat dit boek ooit uit geraakt is dicht bij 0% Ik weet niet wat het is met dit boek maar ik raak er gewoon niet in vooruit Het is geen slecht boek maar toch Ik vind het deels wel jammer want ik keek er echt naar uit om dit boek te lezen.

  24. DNFed This book is just a really, really hard book to read I don t know if it s the pace, or the excessive use of exclamation marks, but it is really hard to read Full review will be posted at theimmortalreaders.wordpress sometime this week.

  25. We actually didn t finish this neither of us loved it and sadly now that Elise is in high school, she reads her own books, on her own time, which is usually well past my bedtime We do pass books back and forth, so we are still sharing books, just not reading them together.

  26. I loved this book from beginig till end.I dont normally like historical fiction but this book and code name verity really griped mee story line was excellent and it will really help me with my studies this year

  27. Super enjoyable read and a perspective of Mary Queen of Scots which I haven t read I liked that the author didn t depict her as evil or stupid but rather unprepared for the huge challenges she was facing.

  28. This book is definitely one of my favourites whether or not it is completely historically accurate I like how this book follows Queen Mary s life but through the eyes of her best friend Jenny as it adds an interesting perspective to an otherwise well known story.

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