Gilt by Katherine Longshore

65%

40 Critic Reviews

The author’s adherence to historical detail is admirable, clashing with both title and cover, which imply far more froth than readers will find between the covers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Katherine Longshore

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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 lives in California with her husband, two children, and a sun-worshiping dog.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Speak. 411 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Gilt
All: 40 | Positive: 29 | Negative: 11

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

The author’s adherence to historical detail is admirable, clashing with both title and cover, which imply far more froth than readers will find between the covers.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on May 20 2012

Readers can practically feel the embroidered ball gowns and hand-stitched lace. They can almost smell the "greasy ... cheese mingled with ... sweat and wet shoes."

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Granted, it's fiction, not history, but I felt that Longshore did her research and did an admirable job weaving the history into the story, giving us a fascinating look at the Tudor court’s later years.

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Bookalicious

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam on Apr 14 2012

Gilt is fascinating and lush from beginning to end. Even thought I know the story Longshore had me wishing for a different conclusion and turning pages with bated breath

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Alice Marvels

Below average

My only complaint about Gilt is that some of the dialogue and gestures in the story seem more Gossip Girl than Tudors (the old finger-in-mouth “gag me” gesture isn’t that old)

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Katy Times

Below average
May 11 2012

It just wasn't what I was hoping for or expecting, so for me, it was just okay.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on May 16 2012

The fictional aspects Gilt blend seamlessly with the historical portions, rounding out a reader's mental image of the cast of characters as well as the environs in which they find themselves.

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The Reading Date

Good
Reviewed by Lucy on May 17 2012

Gilt is a good read for those who enjoy historical fiction, or for YA’s learning about the Tudor court in their textbooks. The story brings the history alive and in an appealing way for today’s YA readers

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Confessions of a Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Christina on Jun 04 2012

There's major drama, backstabbing, lies, intrigue, affairs, romance, gossips, etc. Half of what occurs is unbelievable, but what is even more captivating is the fact that most of these events actually occurred.

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Laura's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Laura on Jun 14 2012

If you are looking for a fun, young adult look at Catherine Howard and the scandals at court, look no farther...This book kept me riveted even though I knew how it would end.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on May 14 2012

Longshore’s writing is reflective of the time period, but it’s simple and easy to read. Those daunted by a large page count have nothing to worry about, especially considering how addicting the story is.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

Good
Reviewed by Denise F. on Jul 11 2012

Gilt is a Tudor era story but is told differently than any other Tudor book I have read. Even though I know the whole Catherine Howard story, Gilt was unique retelling of it and kept my interest throughout the book.

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Mermaid Vision Books

Below average
Reviewed by Angel on May 29 2012

Readers familiar with historical fiction may be left wanting more than Gilt is willing to give, with a main character that doesn’t quite know how to carry an entire story on her shoulders.

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Frenetic Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Khy on Jun 04 2012

sometimes entire seasons and months will pass by in paragraphs and I didn't even know how long other events took, which made some of the actions of the characters seem unbelievable.

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Hobbitsies

Below average
May 18 2012

Gilt is just so heavy and downright depressing at some points and I just wanted to cry – I was so overwhelmed by it all

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A Glass of Wine

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on May 14 2012

Katherine Longshore handles that final scene in a way that is touching, poignant...You get to see it through someone who would be mourning her loss.

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Girls in the Stacks

Good
Reviewed by Stacy

it’s a good entertaining story and perfect for those who love historical reads.

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Ageless Pages Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jessie on May 12 2012

Katherine Longshore easily and quickly establishes herself as quite the natural storyteller, with the appropriate touches of foreboding and lightheartedness.

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The Starry-Eyed Revue

Below average
Reviewed by starryeyedjen on Jun 19 2012

I’m not sure I liked the love story...I also found it really difficult to like or even connect with any of the characters.

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Between The Pages

Good
Reviewed by Daisy on May 27 2012

I as swept up in the drama of the court and the intrigue and just all of it and I loved every minute of reading this book!

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I Eat Words

Good
Reviewed by Britney on May 15 2012

It's not a fluffy historical romance novel. It is an incredible and beautiful addition to the historical Tudor period novels.

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Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Good
Reviewed by Nancy on May 18 2012

I was deeply consumed by it's storyline and although it is set in a world that has long past I could feel it's tentacles of secrecy and lies envelope me.

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Portrait of a Book

Good
Reviewed by Christin on Jul 12 2012

I found most of the writing style and dialogue to give the sense of the past without being overly stuffy or formal. A few phrases were anachronistic, but for the most part everything was consistent.

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Reading Nook

Good
Reviewed by Britt on May 21 2012

I appreciated the research (or obsession) that was involved with writing this story. Katherine Tylney was a real person and so it was wonderful seeing things fictionalized from her eyes.

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Once Upon a Prologue

Below average
Reviewed by Molli on May 07 2012

With Gilt, I wanted to know, absolutely know, what happened at the end; instead, it was left a little bit to the imagination, and for some reason, that just rubbed me wrong

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A Little Shelf of Heaven

Good
Reviewed by Kristy on Jul 26 2012

The story was very interesting and filled with everything from dark, frightening moments, to the happiest and sweetest.

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Fictitious Musings

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jun 28 2012

Gilt has it all…adventure, love, history, seduction, and so much more.

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A Story Untold

Good
Reviewed by AtenRa on May 22 2012

Gilt was a very good historical novel about the life and demise of a woman you can't help but be intrigued by.

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Ashley Loves Books

Below average
Reviewed by Ashley R. on May 14 2012

I haven't really talked about the characters, which might be the only downfall to this novel...A lot of them felt a bit one dimensional, and I failed to connect.

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Lost in the Library Blog

Good
Reviewed by Library Gal on Jun 25 2012

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.

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Two Chicks on Books

Good
May 30 2012

Remember how I said I wasn’t a fan of historical fiction? I may be changing my mind after reading Gilt by Katherine Longshore!

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Chapter by Chapter

Good
Reviewed by Katherine on May 29 2012

I was able to picture every single detail as I read through the pages, right down to the many jewels and the elaborate dresses.

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Dazzling Reads

Good
Reviewed by Natalia Belikov on May 15 2012

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.

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by Anna on May 14 2012

Katherine Longshore is not only an amazing writer, but an amazing story-teller and she will grab you from the very beginning.

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Icey Books

Good
Reviewed by Hafsah on May 10 2012

The Tudors is a time many find romantic. But Katherine Longshore portrays another side - the darker, truer side... Gilt is more than a fictitious tale

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YA Novelties

Below average
Reviewed by YA Novelties on Sep 11 2012

Some of the characters could have been better (cough cough Kitty) and the language could have been more Tudor style and less modern

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Reading Wishes

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca on Apr 30 2012

Katherine Longshore has done a remarkable job bringing the setting to life, making it picture perfect to imagine.

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Cari's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Cari on Jul 08 2012

Gilt is Katherine Longshore’s debut novel and all I can say is I’m ready for her next book!

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Sweet Sweet Pages

Good
Reviewed by Sophie on May 19 2012

It was so gorgeously described it was like you could immerse in the book and go back in time to watch those events. Everything seemed so real!

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The Reclusive Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Leanne on Apr 21 2012

Perhaps if this novel were more tightly plotted, the language more historically accurate, and the characters more intriguing and intricate, would I be satisfied with this novel. As it is? Not so much

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