Well, I've surprised myself and managed to finish my book before the January 25th deadline!!!
As a recap, ARC stands for Artful Readers Club, and is the brainchild of Darcy. Darcy wanted a new challenge this year, so came up with reading a book a month then writing a review and creating a piece of art inspired by the book.
You had to choose you 12 books on January 1st (I joined in a couple of days later). My book list is in the left had bar of this blog, but you can also see it here.
Pop over to Darcy's blog for more information.
Now on to my January book, which was "The Red Queen", which was written by one of my favourite authors Philippa Gregory.
The Review -
Now, I love Philippa Gregory novels, and read anything fiction regarding the Tudors (that's well written). I'd read the White Queen some time last year so was looking forward to getting the Lancaster side of the story!
I do find it hard to read a book if I don't empathise with the main character, and in her younger years when married to Tudor at just 12 years old, then being married off to Stafford, leaving her son with the York loyalists the Neville's, I did empathise with her. There were even some tears shed!
As she gets older and bitter, more determined for the fall of the Yorks and putting her son on the throne I just got tired of her and understood why some Tudor historians refer to her as t' old bat! She was not a likeable character which made things hard going at times. I loved the glimmer of hope that came with any interaction with her brother-in-law, Jasper Tudor though and felt a pang of empathy a kin to earlier chapters when his letters were short.
In the end, I found reading the battle scenes more engaging, and the final one I was on that field with Henry.
The Art -
So we have the house of York and the house of Lancaster, which eventually joined together with Henry Tudor, the singular aim of Margaret, to get her son on the throne!
I've started February's book already, and don't have the foggiest idea what I can do art wise for "The Hunger Games".