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Gilt Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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“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
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I liked how Gilt was from the perspective of Kitty rather than Catherine. I'm sure most of us are familiar with King Henry's string of wives, but what about the people closest to them? Sure, it's dramatize for the sake of fiction, but it's still interesting to learn more about the lesser known people of the time. Despite being best friends all their lives, Catherine does treat Kitty quite poorly and takes advantage of her loyalty. Then when she's queen, she's even worse, since it's now Kitty's duty as her chamberer to do her bidding. I felt awful for Kitty a lot of the time, because she's forced to keep so many secrets which will eventually be her downfall, because she has knowledge of treason. Catherine is definitely one of those love to hate kind of characters.
However, I found myself annoyed with both of them in the middle of Gilt. Catherine could best be described as self-centered and boy crazy at the start, but once she's married to Henry, she becomes incessantly whiny. I could not stand her most of the time! On the other hand, Kitty was too goody-goody and perfect. She always does as she's told and goes along with everything, not really forming opinions of her own.Read more ›
I was in the mood for a soap opera, and as absolutely nothing beats the Tudor court for juicy scandal and drama – something Gilt’s lushly appointed cover promised in spades. This novel marks Katherine Longshore’s first young adult foray into Henry VIII’s glittering world, and she couldn’t have picked a more perfect subject than Henry’s infamous teenage bride, the ill-fated Catherine Howard. I’ve always rather thought Catherine must have been rather silly and immature, an opinion that seems to be supported by the historical record. She was certainly far out of depth as her end proves, her rise and ruin complete in just eighteen short months, her fate sealed by the confidence that consequences were for other people – an assumption that as undone many a person, teenage or not, throughout history.Read more ›
I absolutely love the concept behind this book. Catherine Howard's story told via her best friend? Yes, please.
What knocked off a star or maybe 2 was that I found the book to be a bit... slow.
There was some really great detail, and then there was a bit too much detail. And I think that "too much" slowed down the pace for me too many times. There were also a few chapters where nothing really happened.
What really kept me going during the slow times, was my anticipation to see how Longshore handled Catherine's demise (I hope that's not a spoiler, since this mirrors real life). It's not that it was bad, but I think I was expecting a bit more from these scenes -- although I did enjoy the 'practicing' part.
I was expecting a bit more with the ending in general -- the one relating to Kitty. I think the story could have gone further and wrapped things up a bit more.
But overall, I enjoyed the story and the look into King Henry and Cat's life via an 'outsider'. I think I may stick with the historical fiction genre for a bit, and make even seek out some more Henry VIII books.
Let me assure you, Longshore does not disappoint. While we all know about the infamous Anne Boleyn, the equally juicy character of Catherine Howard may be a little in her predecessor's shadow. But Longshore does a masterful job of bringing this notorious queen to the forefront through the voice of her best friend, a mysterious Kitty Tylney. Caught up in Catherine's rush and rise to the throne and then the subsequent plummet to the chopping block, Kitty finds herself torn between loyalty to her friend, loyalty to the throne, and loyalty to her heart. As Kitty weaves the tale of Catherine for us and her maddening, meteoric dash to the top, where absolute power corrupts absolutely, we watch her navigate her own sordid love triangle. All while trying to circumvent the web of allegiances at court and save her own skin.
You know how scary movies based on a true story seem that much scarier? Well, in the same way, because GILT is based on actual history, the winding plot, troubled characters, and complex setting are just that much richer. But the bottom line here is, Longshore is an excellent writer and this is simply one of the best reads of the year, YA or otherwise.
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First, disclaimer: I know the author. Second: even if I didn't know her, I’d be reviewing this book anyway because it totally rocks. Like, stay-up-way-past-bedtime-reading rocks. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TH
Really great! I took this to the beach for a quick read and it didn't dissappoint!Published 11 months ago by Deanna Schobey
I am a sucker for historical fiction surrounding the right of Henry VIII. This book not only met, but surpassed my expectations. It was compulsively readable. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rachel C.
Gilt is an amazing story. I love the pov it is told from and is filled with the beauty of an old world great story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amber Ramey
:I found this book surprisingly good, I didn't expect to like it so much like I did.
This book is separated into four sections, starting with 1539, the year before... Read more
by Katherine Longshore
My first impression of this book was that I would finally get to... Read more
Historical, England 1539 – 1542
Kitty Tylney has always lived in the shade of Cat, her best friend. Read more
Gilt is a historical fiction based around the short but very dazzling life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife to Henry VIII. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Auggie