Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
This should have worked for me. Paranormal set in Tudor times during Elizabeth I's banishment to Woodville.
Ugh. Such petty, mean-spirited entitled characters.
Cannot believe was published in U.K. first as a Random House Children's book (in U.S. by Harlequin). It's pretty dark with the type of witchcraft that uses bloody entrails and suspected witches are tortured and put to death in probably more detail than should be in a children's book.
Cruel magicks deemed "harmless" ... nope. I realize M.C. was a girl in a misogynistic world, servant class, etc. But still often petty and unthinkingly self-involved; an unlikable and often hypocritical bunch of unsympathetic characters.
The time period is an interesting one, as are some of the rare glimpses of Elizabeth (who here condones and even participates in witchcraft). But that's more because I find that setting interesting than because this book made it interesting.
I should have DNF'ed. What kept me going: a quick enough read, reading during Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, a library borrow meaning I read first, with unbelievably high reviews and recommendations from friends. Seriously, what were they thinking to praise this?
ETA: I should add that M.C. also keeps the (pretty much do everything for her even if against own beliefs and best interests) love interest dangling.