Review and Giveaway! "Becoming Marie Antoinette"

"Becoming Marie Antoinette"
 by Juliet Grey

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: Aug 9, 2011 
Source: sent by publisher and TLC Book Tours

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.

Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book, more than most historical fiction. It was such a different view than what we normally see of Marie Antoinette. I feel like the author really searched deeper in her research and actually cared about Marie.

I previously had no idea of all the pains that were taken to make Marie "worthy" of the French crown. The braces that were put on her teeth, with no anesthetic at all, sound like complete torture!

As a lover of romance, of course I was the most interested in Marie's relationship with her husband, Louis Auguste. Their relationship was bittersweet in many ways, but also very sweet and genuine. I was yearning to read more about them both. It's hard to remember sometimes how very young they were when they became King and Queen.

This story was highly readable and written in a very relatable way. Not once did it feel like dry historical facts. There was also a sympathy for the characters that you don't often see in the historical fiction genre. I really liked this writing style so much more than a lot of historical fiction, because it wasn't so harsh.

I did not realize this was the start of a trilogy, so I wasn't prepared for the slightly cliffhanger is ending. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next installment.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 4/5 (I love that it looks modern)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:A wonderful, heartfelt version of Marie Antoinette's story, and this book is just the beginning.


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  1. Great review! I so want to read this! Thanks!


  2. Thanks for sharing your review. I look forward to reading this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Not an entry!

    Thanks for the review. I always love reading historical fictions on Marie Antoinette, and I just got this one on Netgalley. I guess there is one good thing about historical fiction and cliffhanger already know what happened in the end! ;)

  4. Thanks for the great giveaway! I am fascinated by Marie Antoinette, so this one sounds fantastic.
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  5. I've been eyeing this book for as long as I've known about so thanks for offering it as a giveaway!

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  6. I would love to read this, it looks interesting!

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  7. Looks like a good book! Thank you for the giveaway! I love giveaways!

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  8. Of course I got stuck on one thing, they had braces then?! Lol, I would like to red it just cos of that

  9. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I think Marie Antoinette is one of those historical characters we hear too much about, but...I like historical fiction, and it sounds like a good read anyway.

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  10. I have seen quite a few reviews of this book. I believe she is one of the most misunderstood women in history. It will be interesting to learn more about her in her early years. Something that has been seldom discussed.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

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    I can't wait to read this! I love Marie and her whole story! Sounds fantastic!

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  13. Thanks so much for this giveaway! This book looks so good!!

  14. This sounds really cool!
    I'm glad the story turned out to be a bit more than just another historical fiction book.

    :D And great giveaway too!!

  15. No need to enter me! I too very much enjoyed this story - I think that you really need to understand her young life to really "get" who she was. I most liked reading the parts that were set in the Austrian court. Great review.

  16. This looks amazing! I would love to be entered Carrie. Thank you so much!

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  17. Lovely review. I'm excited. Hope I win.


  18. Looks like a good one....!/tlukey73

  19. Awesome review! Thanks for rating it. I'd love to win a copy!

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  20. This book sounds great! Please include me in the giveaway!

  21. Thank you for your review! I've been eying this book for a while now, but with such a large page count I was worried it would become tiresome. I'm so happy you've said it's written in a very readable manner.

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  22. great giveaway
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  23. Love historical fiction though I've not read anything from this era.
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  24. I like that this is a trilogy - I think the author can put in so much more details about this fascinating historical figure that way.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

  25. I would love to read this! Thanks for the chance.

  26. I think my previous comment disappeared. Apologies if this is a duplicate.

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  27. Marie Antionette is one of my favorite characters - I'm looking forward to the whole trilogy! thank you!
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  29. Great Review! I'm adding this to my Goodreads.
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  30. Great review! I'm so much more excited to read this now!

  31. This book sounds great & like something I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!



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