In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free– and love comes at the highest price of all. When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard. Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review. ‘If you like historical fiction then I would recommend it entirely’. Ellathebookworm. Tue 9 Apr Kitty Tylney has always followed her best friend Cat. Cat is larger than life, full of ridiculous plans and plots, the self-titled Queen of Misrule. Cat wants nothing.

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Gilt by Katherine Longshore – review

Or was it like the fairy tales, and the things unsewed themselves every night? When it comes to Catherine Howard, I’ve only read a couple books and in both, she was telling her own story and she came off as horribly misunderstood Gilt is unlike any Tudor book I’ve ever read and as far as YA’s concerned, I’ve read a lot.

So, I’m struggling a bit with whether I think this is a 3 or 4. Basically — Gilt by Katherine Longshore rocked. Kitty was an extremely realistic character that I loved for her strength and determination. But secrets are nothing without someone to keep them, and Kitty does that.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore Book Reviews

Even in a dormitory packed full of beds, with more than one girl per bed no less, girls managed to carry katjerine affairs; there’s nothing awkward about that. Cat wants nothing more than to live life at the Court of Henry VIII – wearing amazing clothes and enjoying the attention of handsome lords – and Kitty is happy to play along.

Don’t even get me started on the rage I feel about how men could rape any woman they wanted to and claim that she wanted it, so obviously it’s her fault. This story was heartbreaking and beautifully written. I learned a lot about Kitty and saw a lot of her character development through those relationships. As is necessary for YA, Longshore had to tone down some of the more graphic content, which is always a little disappointing.


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Gilt takes you back to Tudor times and shows you Cat Howard before and while she was married to King Henry through the eyes of her best friend. Apr 05, Tintaglia rated it liked it Shelves: The narrative was extremely well plotted and the time line was impeccable based on the historical facts that do exist concerning Cat and her arrival at court and her eventual marriage to King Henry VIII.

Mar 01, Sarvenaz Tash rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved Brazen by the same author but will not be re-reading Gilt! Of course, there were also the freedoms that they had. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. There’s sex, backstabbing and dirty jokes galore.

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. Karen Klein, Staff Reviewer. Cat takes full advantage of Kitty, and Kitty knows it. That seems unfair to say, but oh well. However, I do think that this was an extremely good move on Longshore’s part. From the moment Kitty and Cat where at the duchess house until the the tragic culmination of the story which I will not give away even though it is written in all history books that yet left me with a spark of hope for the main character.

I finished feeling deeply in my heart how important it is to make life so much MORE than this—and I think this book could show teenagers the same. Was this review helpful to you? Gilt gets bonus points for m Actual Rating: And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late. May 17, Susan added it. Shine of the Silver Dragon: Because of this, I enter every Tudors thing with a larger than usual and usual is prodigious amount of skepticism. I used to read lots of historical fiction, but have stuck to contemporary for quite a while.


But he only appears a few times in the book, and the main story concerning Cat was about her selfish ambition and scandals. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This book will definitely appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and Gobersen’s Luxe series.

The author did her job very well! However, as he got older, he got fat and had serious health issues. She’s faced with several choices throughout the novel — whether to obey the Queen or tattle to the King, whether to abandon court or take up with slimey Standebanke — and none of those options are ideal. Remember, this is a time when people weren’t even allowed to kiss before marrying and love was a rarity.

Henry VIII didn’t have the best track record with his wives, but there are two who stand out for being more unfortunate than the others.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Kitty was a fantastic narrator.