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Subject: Phillipa Gregory's new book
Date Posted: 7/4/2012 1:12 PM ET
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I know she has some fans here, and I've been a huge fan of her historical novels.

But just be aware: her new novel "The Changeling," set in 14th centure Britain, is definitely YA, and getting terrible reviews.

My prob was there was nothing on the cover or anywhere to indicate YA, and it's very, very.....simple. I know a lot of people like that, but I usually don't. I'd rather have something a little grittier, or realistic. This book is so nothing-there I'd think even a teen would be disappointed. I just found it was YA when I checked some reviews on another site to see if I was the only one who did not like it. At least I'm not alone!

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 1:26 PM ET
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I'd heard it was YA. If I recall from the Goodreads page it was clearly marked as YA. Not going near it, nor the next in her Cousins war books. I'm done.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 1:37 PM ET
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IIRC, Cathy posted a link to an excerpt from the book some time back. I skimmed it. Looks like a lot of the current reviewers had the same issues with it I had. I found it damn near unreadable.

I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance but gave up on her when I couldn't finish The Constant Princess. It chafes me that not only does her writing seem to get worse with each book, she plays fast and loose with history and pretends that's how things really happened. And she's now labeling herself as a trained historian - gag!

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 4:11 PM ET
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Now that you mention it Felicia we did chat about the YA book here. The historian myth ticks me off. The fluff at the front of the ARC for Lady of the Rivers from the publishers all but states her doctorate is in history (not quite, but strongly insinuates). I've seen bloggers state it, and I laughed myself silly when I was reading the unnamed author's notes at the end of her historical novel hat stated the same *fact*.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 4:57 PM ET
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I liked Earthly Joys, but I am struggling to get to the end of Virgin Earth.  It really drags and I think better editing would have been in order.  The jacket of Virgin earth states she has a Phd in eighteenth Century literature from the University of Edinburgh.