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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: GILT by Katherine Longshore

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670013994
ISBN-13: 978-0670013999
Buy the book: Amazon
Visit the site: Katherine Longshore's Blog
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.
Passion.

Lies.

Betrayal.

In the court of King Henry VIII,

nothing is free-

and LOVE comes at the highest price of all.

I was told that this book was sad, as soon as I started it! Dang. I do not like sad books. I read to escape out of the norm, and sad is not a place I want to visit voluntarily. Gilt was very interesting. I had a lot of emotion while reading this book, and sad was just the tip of the iceberg. I feel like there were two main characters in Gilt; Kitty & Cat. To really understand this book, I must tell you a little about these two...

"Kitty" Katherine Tylney

Kitty was very sweet, soft, sensitive, easy going, compliant, weak, passive, obedient, submissive... Oh boy, I could really keep going on and on. Kitty's one goal in life was to please Cat, and she was very good at meeting that goal. Whatever Cat wanted. Whatever Cat desired. Whatever Cat whined for. Whatever Cat screamed about... Kitty made sure to make it happen. Even if that meant Kitty would get into trouble, or feel awful for it later. Kitty was so used to being manipulated by Cat, she didn't even recognize it when Cat threw a fit and got her way. Kitty would make so many excuses for Cat, she herself started to believe them.

Reading this book was hard, reading Kitty being so used by Cat. But at some point, Kitty was a big girl, she needed to take up for herself. Cat and Kitty had practically been sisters since the age of six years old. Cat always had the upper hand. Cat always told Kitty how to think, how to feel. Kitty was very tall, plain and not very pretty. Kitty had a brain, she was very smart and loyal. She could definitely keep a secret, and you could not find a better friend to stick by your side.

"CAT" Catherine Howard

CAT = SPOLIED. ROTTEN. BRAT. I wanted to punch Cat in the first chapter. Yes she was gorgeous. Yes she was sensual, enticing, and awesome at everything. But Cat was mean, selfish, demanding, and willing to throw anyone under the bus as soon as she thought it would help her in some way. I hated Cat with a passion. I really don't think any character has gotten under my skin so much as Cat. I would think about her at the grocery store, cooking dinner, taking a shower. Cat was the worst person ever! Even worse than Voldemort, because Cat had friends, who loved her very much, like Kitty. Cat would used all of her friends to do her dirty work, then just toss them aside as she saw fit. She would call them names, mock them, anything to make everyone around her feel ugly and dumb. Cat was all about advancing to the King's Court, and she would do anything to become Queen.

Nutshell

This book was about King Henry VIII choosing Cat to become his wife. Cat then chooses Kitty, Alice and Joan to accompany her at court to wait on her. Yes this book was sad, but most of all it was frustrating. I hated Cat for the way she treated her friends. I wanted to put this book down several times, just because it was so very slow. It might not be so slow to someone who loves historical fiction, I however like more action, adventure and romance. The reason why I kept picking this book up, is because the author did such a fantastic job with the characters. Katherine Longshore wrote this book beautifully. Seriously, the characters (especially Cat) got under my skin. This might be the first book that has made me think about how I treat others. The relationships I have with my friends. Sometimes it's hard for me to stand up for myself, I feel like Kitty at times. I see how pathetic that is now. I think everyone has some type of Cat in their life! I really wanted to know what happened between Kitty & Cat, so I stuck with it, I'm glad I did. The author did her job very well!

This book will be a great Tudor style book that will be loved by many. And Yes, you will want to take an ax and chop off Cat's head before you can sing...

I'm Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am

Second verse same as the first
I'm Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am

I'm Henry the 8th I am,
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married 7 times before,
And every one was a Henry (Henry),
She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)
I'm her 8th old man I Henry,
Henry the 8th I am

H-E-N-R-Y

Henry (Henry) Henry (Henry)
Henry the 8th I am, I am,
Henry the 8th I am.

Artist: Herman's Hermits



5 out of 6

Violence: EXTREME (rape mentioned)
Profanity: Mild
Sexual: EXTREME
Other: Moderate

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4 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous that you got this! Though now I'm kinda iffy. I don't like sad books. I like action and adventure too, but I like historical fiction so I'll still give it a try. Its been on my TBR for quite some time :) While I normally like strong characters, I think I might hate Cat so much I'll want to read this just to yell at her! Even if I don't like a character, when they get under my skin, that's pure talent on the authors part. Also, sometimes an interesting plot and beautiful writing can keep me interested enough if I don't necessarily like the characters. Awesome review!

    All the best ♥
    Mackenzie @ Oh, For the Love of Books!

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  2. I'm very excited for the release of this book! It sounds great. I haven't read much historical fiction, so I'm not sure if I'll like it. Cat sounds awful! But I'm going to take it as a good thing that you felt such strong emotions towards a character, Amy! I'm not a huge fan of submissive characters either, so I'm not sure Kitty will be up my alley. I think I'll still give this book a try. :) Thank you for the lovely review, Amy!

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  3. I have read some books before that were about court and King Henry. I did like them but they were a little complex since they were adult. The one YA book that I have read that had mention of the court in it wasn't enough. They skirted around all of the sexual issues and such that go on at court. So I'm not sure if I will like this one but it does sound like a happy medium. Seems like the author wasn't afraid to put all of the drama out there even though it is a YA novel.

    Thanks for the great review, I'm glad you liked this one and that it made you take a deeper look into life and your relationships.

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