by Katherine Longshore
Pub. Date: May 15, 2012
Book received from: Won (signed copy from A Little Shelf of Heaven)
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Series: There is no name to the series, but it is a series focusing on the women of the court of King Henry VIII.
Cover: Alluring and somewhat lascivious. I can’t decide if I like this or the redesign better.
Characters: Fun, catty, and full of betrayal and intrigue.
Tagline: “In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free- and love comes at the highest price of all.”
For Fans Of: The Tudors (TV show), The Selection, and Pretty Little Liars
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Worth the read? Yes. Especially if you like a bit of glitter with your historical fiction.
From the Cover: When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.
The Short & Sweet of It: I enjoy reading about the court of Henry VIII, and I have never read a YA book focusing on the time. I was not sure what to expect, and I have been greatly surprised. While the overall feeling of Gilt is a bit glittery and glossy, there is a lot of gritty depth intertwined. In a time full of gowns and jewels, Longshore manages to delve a bit deeper into the betrayal and illicitness it took to survive as a woman of the court. What begins as a game of matchmaking and courtship among girls quickly turns into a risky reality of life and death at the hands of a dominating and unforgiving king.
This is part fun and glamour and part darkness and deception, while being entirely entertaining. There are some historical facts that have been changed for the sake of the story, about which Longshore is up front, yet these do not distract from the story at hand. I highly recommend this series for someone who is just beginning to explore historical fiction, as well as those who would like a quick read, as opposed to the meaty selections of Cornwall and the like. I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
Awards & Nominations:
Junior Library Guild Selection
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