Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Shakespeare's Lady (Review)

Little did Alexa Schnee, a homeschooled student in Montana, know that a research project examining the life of Shakespeare and his "dark lady" would turn into a novel.

But that's exactly what happened.

In fact, Schnee not only has a book published (Shakespeare's Lady was released on April 1 by Guidepost Books), but she was named the Mount Hermon Most Promising Writer Award (at 17 the youngest to ever receive the award) and a first place winner of the Authors of the Flathead 2010 High School Writing Contest.

In Shakespeare's Lady, Schnee weaves a tale that examines the possibility that Emilia Bassano was not only Shakespeare's star-crossed love, but also part of the writing process behind A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I found this novel to be edgy for an inspirational tale. It exposes a dark portrait of life in Queen Elizabeth 1's royal court. It's edgy because it "pushes" the envelope with some of the actions of the characters (including illicit relationships between Bassano, a member of the Queen's court, and ultimately Shakespeare).

I'll be honest. While I like historical fiction, this novel has not been one of my favorites. It may be that my taste is changing. Or it may be that the storyline (pulled from research) frustrated me. It was a wee bit like a reality tv show set in Victorian England. However, the writing is strong. I can tell why Schnee won the writing award while penning this novel.

If you like Victorian England and historical novels, then you might want to give this novel a chance. One the scale of one to five, I give it a three.

More About The Author
Alexa Schnee has always wanted to be a writer. She loves the smell of the bookstore, because nothing in the world smells exactly like it. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her parents and her sister and brother.

She also likes shopping, playing the piano and guitar, and traveling. She listens to Indie music and drinks way too much coffee. She will never, ever like math and she will always love dancing in the Montana rain. She is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York City.

Online Resources
Buy it at Guidepost
Pick it up at Amazon
Follow Alexa's blog

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book the publisher, Guidepost. This review was not influenced by a free book, just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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