Blog Tour & Giveaway: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

  “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.”

Two words to describe this first book in a brand new trilogy about Marie Antoinette: deliciously addictive. I honestly could not put it down and could not be more thrilled that there is more to come. While historical fiction about Marie Antoinette is not hard to come by (throw a book in the fiction section and you might hit one), Juliet Grey’s work Becoming Marie Antoinette still comes off fresh and exciting. While all the background we know about Marie Antoinette is still there, there is so much more detail and historical reference that Grey brings into her work. It’s definitely one of the best historical fiction works I have read in years.

The perspective in this first book is a very young ‘Toinette. The first person narrative truly brings you into the life of the young child that Marie Antoinette was as she was transformed into a Queen. It begins in her childhood and follows her life into Versailles as the dauphine of France. She is young, innocent and almost unrecognizable for the figure she will become. It’s a side of Marie Antoinette I had never really truly considered in many ways. And thus far…she’s extremely likeable. It will be intereseting to see how she develops further down the line as she ages and steps into the royal slippers of a Queen of France.

Well-researched and lovingly written with sparkling details-this new trilogy is not one to be missed by any lover of historical fiction or Marie Antoinette centered works. This book ends and leaves you wanting more. It’s almost a tease being so good…now the wait for Book 2 begins.

Don’t want to take my word for it? Make sure to check out all the other stops on this TLC Book Blog Tour for Becoming Marie Antoinette.

Book Giveaway

One lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own copy of Becoming Marie Antoinette. Giveaway ends midnight EST August 18, 2011. US/Canada addresses only please. The winner will be chosen by and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply comment below telling us which historical figure you enjoy reading about most…

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53 responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

  1. You’ve convinced me that I need to read this. I can’t think of any historical figure that I particularly like to read about.

  2. kim

    Oooh, I have been going through a Marie Antoinette phase and have the Kirsten Dunst movie to watch tonight! So happy there is a new book on her and it is a trilogy, so we have something to look forward to! Crossing fingers-would love to win!


    • stilettostorytime

      Kim- You will love this book then. I have read most of the historical fiction pertaining to Marie Antoinette over the years and I have to say this is one of the best. I cannot wait to see what the trilogy has in store for us. The books are said to cover everything from childhood to death.

  3. I love reading about Martha Washington. She was an amazing figure. Thanks!

  4. I can’t wait to read thus! My all time favorite historical figures have git to be the Tudors….I just can’t get enough of them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Oh, there are lots of historical figures that I’ve enjoyed reading about. Some of the people that my daughter & I have read about this past year include: Peter the Great, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Gladys Aylward, and Michaelangelo.

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. +1 email follower

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  7. +1 following on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

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  8. Georgina

    I enjoy reading about any of Henry VIII’s wives

  9. I love reading about George Washington or Marie Curie believe it or not ^^ edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  10. Katie

    I love genealogy, so I really love reading books about people I’ve found a family connection too. Marie Antoinette has always interested me though.

  11. Hi there,
    You know I’m not sure if I have a favorite character actually. I like to read fiction where history is woven throughout and not necessarily about one particular character…Kim

  12. I am already a follower…

  13. I am also a follower on twitter, pinkim95

  14. SiNn

    awesome give away ty for the chance


  15. SiNn

    ima follower

    as SiNn and a subscriber

  16. SiNn

    im a twitter follower


  17. lisadgibson

    Hmm, maybe Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt. There are so many interesting people from history to read about. This book sounds particularly enthralling.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  18. lisadgibson

    Oh and I’m already a follower, not sure if I am on twitter or not. I’ll have to check that out. But I think so. 🙂
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  19. Suz Reads

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win! I like to read about many different historical figures -Queens, Kings, and I recently read a good book about Madame Tussaud. Anything and everything 🙂

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  20. Suz Reads

    I follow on GFC as Suz!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  21. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction in general, but do like it by certain authors or on certain subjects. I’m currently reading Madame Tussaud, and it has gotten me interested in Marie Antoinette. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  22. I follow: nfmgirl

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  23. I follow on Twitter: nfmgirl

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  24. Oh, jeez! How can I name just one?! From Cleopata to Eleanor of Aquitaine to Beryl Markham . . . it’s just not possible. I will admit that I don’t know much about Marie Antoinette, but this sounds like just the book to remedy that! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  25. +1 I follow on Twitter (@aseaofbooks)

  26. I love reading about historical figures, especially the women! My favorite historical figure to read about is Anne Boleyn 🙂
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  27. I am a Twitter follower: @jwitt33

  28. Rae

    I remember reading one about Cassandra that has stuck with me for years, and Cleopatra. The Tudors are always good for a story, too. I’d like to find a good one about the Medici, or the Borgias, as well. That would be a tale!

    • stilettostorytime

      Rae-Would either of those have been Margaret George’s works? She’s my favorite historical fiction writer and her “Cleopatra” is probably my all time favorite historical fiction work.

  29. Na

    Historical figures I enjoy reading about include The Bronte Sisters, Anne Boleyn (a tragic life) and Aldolf Hitler. I usually read about historical figures in non-fiction books. Marie Antoinette appears to be such a colourful figure and I’m interested in her life story.

  30. Na

    I am a GFC follower.

  31. mamabunny13

    I like reading about the Tudors.
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  32. mamabunny13

    I follow Stiletto Storytime via gfc as mamabunny13
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  33. mamabunny13

    I follow Stiletto Storytime on twitter @mamabunny13
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  34. Margaret

    I tend to be interested in the Tudors but honestly I love history in general. I’m a follower. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  35. samantha

    Love reading about the Tudors era
    great giveaway
    follow via gfc

  36. Michele L

    I love to read about the tragic figures in history like Marie Antoinette and Anne Boleyn.
    I’m a GFC follower: Michele
    Twitter follower: @rlawrence110
    rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

  37. following on twitter as cmom3

  38. I read a lot of historical literature years ago when I taught 6th grade social studies. There was a book I really enjoyed about King Henry the 8th and all of his wives. This book sounds very interesting and I would enjoy having the chance to read it!

  39. carla

    im so into these kind of books and would love to win!

  40. carla

    i follow you on twitter! (@carlamarie97)

  41. clair

    i love this author! marie antoinette fascinates me. would love to read it!:)

  42. clair

    i follow you on twitter! (@cnmvbp)

  43. clare b

    i need a new read and this book seems pretty good. fingers crossed!

  44. Pingback: Juliet Grey, author of Becoming Marie Antoinette, on tour August 2011 | TLC Book Tours

  45. stilettostorytime

    Congratulations to nfmgirl! You have won your very own copy of “Becoming Marie Antoinette”. Thanks to all who entered and make sure to check under giveaways for other great offers. Until then Happy Reading!

  46. You got me with “deliciously addictive” – sounds good to me!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

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