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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670013994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670013999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In modern times, Cat would most likely be a cheerleader; the king, captain of the football team. But the royal backdrop with historical underpinnings makes a far more interesting story…Readers can practically feel the embroidered ball gowns and hand-stitched lace.” –The Los Angeles Times
"I believe I found my new favorite series"-
“Longshore, who's clearly done her historical homework, takes full advantage of the Tudor standards. . . and surroundings. . .  but Cat is a completely contemporary American teenager.”—BCCB
“Longshore writes a believable novel of historical fiction with well-developed characters and entertaining . . . plot twists.”—VOYA
“A good, juicy story . . . royally riveting for the reader.”—Booklist
“A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.”—Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Kitty Tylney has always lived in the shadow of her best friend, Cat.  Then Cat worms her way into the court of King Henry VIII - and into the King's heart.  When Cat brings her best friend into her inner circle at court, Kitty is thrust into a glittering new life of fabulous gowns, opulent parties, and dashing men vying for her attention.  But Kitty soon discovers that beneath the golden veneer lies a world of secrets and lies, trysts and back-door deals, where the price of gossip could literally be her head.
Once you've clawed your way to the top, there's nowhere to go but down...and it's a long fall from the Queen of England's throne.

More About the Author

Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children and a sun-worshiping dog.

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This is an incredible story about friendship set in the court of King Henry VIII.
There are enough dramatics and multiple plot lines to keep the story flowing at a perfect pace, with the tension building from the very beginning.
Jenna Detrapani
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking into branching into the historical fiction genre.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Flame on July 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's really hard to believe that Gilt was Katherine Longshore's debut novel, the writing was well perfected and you would think she has been doing this for years. Gilt is set during the Tudor Era and Longshore kept the tale of Cat and Kitty very engrossing right to the very end.

Gilt is about Kitty Tylney and Cat Howard who also was in real life the fifth wife of King Henry VIII. The story starts off with the two only dreaming of being part of Court life and then thanks to Cat's charming and mischievous ways their dreams become reality. Cat becomes queen and makes her closest friend Kitty one of her chambermaids. And what follows is a whole lot of lies, betrayal, deception and scandal mixed in with beautiful gowns, handsome men, and lavish parties.

If you know history you know things don't end to great for the characters in this book I was actually left feeling a little sad and I hate the fact that I got no closure with Kitty's character as far as her love life went. It was all very bittersweet.

As far as the characters are concerned I could not stand Cat she was just so vile, spoiled and rotten to everyone around her especially Kitty who already had no backbone when it came to their friendship and allowed Cat to take advantage of her in well...everything. Kitty was loyal to the core to Cat even at times when she should have been selfish and for once thought about her happiness. When it comes down to it Gilt was centered around their friendship. That is what kept me reading. The relationship between the two girls fascinated me while pissing me off at the same time.

In the end I loved reading Gilt. Even though I've been reading a lot of paranormal and fantasy books lately my love for historical fiction still remains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal @ I Totally Paused! on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The new trend in historical fiction seems to be telling the story of Catherine Howard through the perspective of Katherine Tylney, allegedly one of her best friends. For those who aren't familiar with this story, Kitty Tylney is a historical figure, but not much is known about her. She lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk during the same time that Catherine Howard was there, the two were around the same age, so it's a fair assumption that they had a friendship on some level.

Although this book is about Kitty, and is told from her perspective, the tale intertwines her story very heavily with Cat's, which means that the story essentially revolves around Cat. Kitty is basically with Cat from the start, witnessing Cat's escapades while they are girls and eventually going to court to serve under her as queen. As the story progresses, Kitty realizes she is simply living a life in Cat's shadow, wanting things because Cat wants them, and not doing anything for herself.

The frustrating thing was seeing her know this, and not really doing anything about it. While Cat was definitely stuck in the situation she found herself in, Kitty has plenty of opportunities to get out and chooses to stay with Cat. Her rationalization is that without Cat, she would be nothing. However, I don't know if being grateful to someone means you owe them the potential to lose your head on the block, which is essentially what Kitty is risking in this story.

That being said, her misplaced loyalty in Cat is admirable, and it was sweet to see her stay despite her best interests. Kitty does try to stand up to Cat in a few situations, but it becomes obvious that it's a bit futile to do that. Even before she was queen, Cat was always getting her way, usually at someone else's cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on June 20, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I received this audiobook for review from the publisher. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

This historical fiction novel by debut author, Katherine Longshore, takes place during the time of the Tudor Era.

Kitty Tylney is the best friend or, more appropriately, servant of Catherine Howard (aka "Cat"), who longs to become a member of the nobility. When the opportunity arises that King Henry VIII is looking for a new wife (after the disastrous and short-lived marriage to his fifth wife, Anne of Cleves), he chooses young Cat who is about 30 years his junior.

I feel that I am in the minority here when it comes to my opinion on the book. While I do enjoy historical fiction, I have to admit that I found this novel very hard for me to get into. I surmise that my difficulty in enjoying the story stemmed from my inability to connect with the characters. I do not have to like a character to enjoy the story, but a good author should evoke a strong emotion from the reader, whether it be love and adoration or disgust and revulsion! I felt neither but, rather, was "ho-hum" about the story.

Cat reminds me of a spoiled, petulant child who always gets her way. She cares nothing for her "friends," and routinely uses them whenever she fancies to get what she wants. She cares more about her looks, material possessions, and station than anything of real importance. I did not care for her character at all. I even had a hard time liking Kitty, who considered herself a friend to Kat but also did not fool herself that she was more than she was: She had nothing and was nothing without Cat. I wanted to like Kitty, I really did, but I had a hard time respecting her choice to become a martyr for Cat.
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