4/5 Stars

Summary: “The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.”

A couple months ago I read the book, Victoria, that this show is based on (or the other way around, I’m not sure) and I finally got around to finishing the show!

If you liked the book, you will not be disappointed by the series—and you will probably be excited to know that season one goes beyond book one so you get to know what happens after that annoying cliff hanger.

The first 4 episodes, I think it was, deals with everything that happened in the story.  The two are very similar so if you just finished reading, it might be a little bit boring since you already know exactly what is going to happen.  But then it gets onto new plots that are interesting and fun to watch.

I wouldn’t say Victoria is my favorite period tv shows, but it is a good one that will leave you wanting more (which I think they said is coming in 2017).  Very similar feel to The Crown if you watched that over on Netflix (if you haven’t you should).


Victoria – Daisy Goodwin


4/5 Stars

Summary: “In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.”

I was really excited when I found out I received an ARC for this book!  I am obsessed with historical dramas and I’ve never seen or read anything on Queen Victoria, and her life sounded interesting.

Right away I was drawn into the story and had to stop myself from actually googling her to find out what was going to happen next quicker.  It’s a looong book, and took me longer than it should have to finish, but it kept my attention the whole way through.

Daisy Goodwin does a great job getting into Victoria’s head and bringing this real person back to life.  She apparently did a lot of research from Victoria’s actual diaries, which I would love to be able to read myself (I don’t know if that’s something people can just do?)

I was a little disappointed by the ending to be honest, which was a bit of a let down.  For how long the book was, the ending felt too quick.  I’m not sure if there is meant to be a sequel, but I’m really hoping that it’s not left there!

I think there either is already or there is going to be a series with the same topic written by the same writer, and I can’t wait!

Everyone who loves books like Outlander or shows like The Crown needs to go get this book.