Gilt

Paperback | May 7, 2013

byKatherine Longshore

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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, 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.

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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, 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 sha...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142426199

ISBN - 13:9780142426197

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from ... I didn't finish this book, by the way. I don't usually like historical novels, but I thought that this one would be good, truth is, it wasn't. I didn't see a big concept in this one and nothing really happened. I wish something better happened, more drama.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Historical fiction is one of my THINGS. I love it! I could just eat it up with a spoon :) I’ve been reading it for years (historical fiction was one of my original favourites of reading – it’s one of the reasons I got hooked on books!) and I get giddy with excitement when I discover new YA historical fiction books – like Gilt! Gilt is a delightful look at a real story, with some imagination to bring it to life and fill in the blanks we don’t have factual answers for. I love historical fiction for the way it brings history to life and gives us a way to relate to it. And there are so many different perspectives to it! There never really is one “right” answer. Reasons to Read: 1. You’ll never think Tudor history is boring again: Tudor history actually isn’t boring at all. Not one bit! But I know that not everyone is as infatuated with history as some others are, and so the way Katherine Longshore brings history to life and from a youthful perspective is refreshing. Sometimes we forget that historical people were real at one time – they had similar struggles as we do, and teen ladies-in-waiting and queens are no exception. Catherine Howard is one of the least discussed of Henry VIII’s wives and I thought it was so neat that Katherine picked her to feature as a central character. And telling the story from her best friend Kitty? It worked perfectly for the book! 2. Luxurious and twisted: It’s never lost on Kitty how different her life has become as Cat moves up the social ladder to become Queen of England. Everything is so glamorous – like the way we picture Hollywood and the upper class echelons in modern day. But that doesn’t mean that it’s all beautiful. The positions are precarious and gossip can kill you – literally. The struggle as a woman and their historical position in society is shown in a very real, terrifying way. 3. Showcases the depth of friendship: Most of us have that friend – someone closer than a sister, like a “kindred spirit”. You don’t always love them, but you understand them and they you better than anyone else. How far would you go to protect your friend? From others? What about form herself? Kitty’s struggle to care for Cat and herself is as delicate a balance as there can be. Those of us familiar with history know how it ends, and that doesn’t make Kitty’s struggle any less difficult to read about. It’s heartbreaking to see a best friend self-destruct like that. And that last chapter? With some of Cat’s last words? One of the few things I’ll never forget from a book. They’re embedded in my brain. This is probably the first time I’ve ever felt an ounce of sympathy – or given any thought at all – to Catherine Howard. At the same time, it’s hard not to view Cat as a silly young girl in over her head. She always seems to be asking for trouble and it can be so frustrating to watch Kitty continually enable her in some ways. It’s the kind of situation where you want to shake the characters for making such dumb decisions. But that’s just part of the story and how things were. But I wish we had focused a little bit more on Kitty and her interests and her desires, even though I admittedly know that the story has to focus on Cat because that’s where Kitty was focused. I can tell you that I’ll be watching Katherine Longshore for a long time and I’m already looking forward to her next Royal Circle book featuring Anne Boleyn! I’m hoping she can bring new life to an old favourite of historical fiction and if anyone can do that, it’s Katherine! ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic YA historical fiction in the court of Henry VIII Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars) Kitty Tylney and Catherine Howard have grown up in the household of the Duchess of Norfolk, surrounding themselves with games, mischief and boys. When Catherine captures the attention of King Henry VIII, their girlish dreams of going to court are realized. Among the glitz and glamour of court life, Kitty soon realizes that she may be in over her head with the secrets, scandals and lies that are around every corner. Her feelings and loyalty are conflicted, forcing Kitty to put herself before her best friend for once. I love historical fiction, especially surrounding the reign of King Henry VIII. Perhaps it’s the familiar names and characters that are prevalent throughout these types of books, across different authors penning them. Gilt was the first YA historical fiction in this time period I had read and I absolutely loved it. It worked so well with the setting that many of us know so well from TV shows like The Tudors to movies/books like The Other Boleyn Girl. Longshore is exceptional at painting a picture of the dark & light sides of courtly life; from the opulence to the backstabbing. And the characters – oh the characters. They were so vivid and had so much personality that it stirred up a lot of emotions within me. Catherine was so ridiculously outrageous and selfish that I often wanted to toss the book at her. How Kitty could have been friends with that girl is beyond me. And Kitty… young, impressionable Kitty with her flirtations of such bad timing with William, were just gut-wrenching to witness. Those swoon-worthy scenes also made me want to throw the book at the two of them to get their act together already and stop fooling themselves! Overall a really enjoyable & fantastic read. I would have wanted a bit more resolution to certain storylines and perhaps that might be in the cards for future installments, although the second book in The Royal Circle series, Tarnish, will focus on Anne Boleyn instead. Highly recommend for those that love a good romance, a bit of debauchery and the court of Henry VIII.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historical Fiction Historical fiction isn’t my go-to genre but I am so glad that someone placed this in my hands and said “read”. The story centres around the best friend of Catherine Howard; Kitty Tylney and follows them as young girls wishing to be Ladies of the Court and their eventual arrival. I turned the pages of Gilt quickly, I worried for Kitty and grew frustrated with her attempts at protecting Catherine, through it all she proved to be a loyal friend. The author, Katherine Longshore takes us back to a time where the drive for power and status was all many cared about. Your family name was more important than what you looked like, or how you behaved. Gossip could land you in the Tower or worse. When I read books like this I am thankful that I am a woman in this time period and not one in the past. Women at this time were nothing, just toys and decoration, easily picked up and easily tossed. I can’t imagine all the pressure and stress that came with being a member at court, though maybe the dresses and jewellery made it easier to swallow? (not likely) Readers will enjoy this well written journey to the past. An adventure into King Henry VIII’s court has all the drama, mystery and backstabbing of a Gossip Girls, or Pretty’s Little Liar’s episode, but Gilt has much more heart. In it we learn about love, sacrifice and the true meaning of friendship. Highly Recommended! For more reviews check out: www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I had high hopes for this debut, but it was a bit of a disappointment! 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. She always put aside her own happiness and felt she was undeserving of anything for herself. The pace of the book was very slow, and I was rather bored for the most part. However, the last third of the tale picked up, and I was happy to see Cat and Kitty get their comeuppance! Overall, I had high hopes for this debut but was disappointed. It is my understanding that there will be additional books in the series, all featuring different people from the Tudor Court. I am really on the fence as to whether I will continue with the series. My love of historical fiction and the time period makes me want to give it another go, but we shall see. Jennifer Ikeda is a new-to-me narrator, and I thought she was very good. I loved her British accent, and I will definitely look for more audiobooks from her. Honestly, if it weren't for her excellent narration, I may not have finished the audiobook. The audiobook was enhanced with instrumental music to introduce different sections of the book, and I felt that the music was a great tie-in to the time period. MY RATING: 2 stars!! Meh, it was just "ok". Thanks to Penguin Audio for the review copy!
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish all history lessons were like this! I will admit that I know zero about Henry VIII, but this book read like the most riveting and amazing history lesson I could ever imagine. We follow Kitty Tylney through her sometimes tumultuous friendship with Catherine Howard, first bossy girl and eventual Queen to Henry, as she tries to make her way as confidante and accomplice. Kitty tries to do right by the Queen, but loses herself in her loyalty and the secrets, lies and deceit that go along with being at court (Gossip Girl has nothing on this story). And not only is this a juicy read, but Longshore is so skilled at drawing real (and sometimes horrible) characters that are so three dimensional and layered, that I felt myself sometimes conflicted over who to root for. Beautiful language and imagery are throughout and there's even room for some bawdy humor. An amazing read that I think anyone will love, even those who aren't history buffs.
Date published: 2012-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Impressive Historical Debut Novel! Since I turned to the first page of Gilt, I found myself immediately immersed with a story that provides so much more than just enjoyment. In fact, this story is full of complex moral choices, and best of all, History. Now, how could I not be absolutely fascinated by British history after reading Gilt? Longshore perfectly illustrates the 16th century with jewels, gowns, gossips, castles, liaisons, lies, romance, and of course, the moral and ethics of a time period that is very different from ours, yet not that much. It is incredible how both, the 16th century and today, are so different yet some things are still exactly the same, such as the means to and end. Knowing the right people, having the right connections, etc. It is inevitable not to see the connections to what still happens today in politics, business, etc. In the other hand, the moral and ethical differences between the 16th century and today are shocking and Longshore does a flawlessly job portraying a wicked and unhealthy friendship that, thanks to the historical, moral and ethical background the author provides, can easily be understood. There are so many things to love about Gilt but personally, I love the fact that this book provides historical facts in an all-consuming way. Yes! it is that intriguing! I loved that the story is told from Kitty's (Katherine Kylney) point of view. Kitty narrates the story of how her best friend Cat (Katherine Howard) claws her way up to the court of Henry VIII, who later becomes the king's wife herself. I found absolutely engrossing how Longshore decided to tell this story. 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. In addition, there is a boy who adds the swoon-worthy romantic dose to Kitty's story. William... Oh William, I haven't read about such pure and innocent love in a very long time. Longshore, among all the lies and atrocities that happened in the court of Henry VIII, manages to insert the perfect amount of sweetness that wonderfully equilibrates the story. Gilt by Katherine Longshore is one of the YA historical novels I will highly recommend from this moment on. Romance, lies, materialism, identity, history, etc. Many topics and themes can be found in this highly impressive debut novel that, I am sure, will hook readers from the very first to the last page. I am eager to read Katherine Longshore's future historical novels!
Date published: 2012-05-15

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Editorial Reviews

“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"- MTV.com“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