I wandered into Big W tonight, with 20 minutes to find a book.
After wading through the miles of wasted paper in their book section, I came up with this:Dear Big W,
YA fiction does not automatically mean 'paranormal romance'.
I want to read something GOOD.
Finally I found VIII (which, I've now figured out, is the number 8). I picked it up, read the blurb, flicked open a few pages and decided to buy it.
I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. I finished this in a few hours, accompanied by a beer and chinese food.
VIII follows the story of Henry VIII, and documents his decent into madness. The story begins with him as a small child, and the author managed to convey the voice of a child through first person, which I always feel is an achievement.
From there, we follow him through adult hood, and the changes he has to grow accustomed to. I won't give too much away, but you really do feel as though you're right there with him.
Meticulously researched and well written, I recommend this book to anyone thinking of reading it.