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Gilt (Royal Circle)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,715 ratings  ·  468 reviews
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 me
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
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Not gonna lie, I will read the shit out of most young adult historical fiction books about the Tudors. Seriously, that noise with King Henry VIII is like a reality show with how many wives he goes through. YOU GUYS Gilt by Katherine Longshore fulfilled all my wildest historical fiction dreams AND MORE. I love historical fiction but have been burned with some bad ones lately, and y’all I am here to let you know Gilt is one of the GOOD ones.
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Gilt is so perfectly named. It was my guilty pleasure. I know this is weird (and when have I not been weird) but it reminded me of my favorite pizza. Whenever I want to be lazy (which is often), and not take the time to get out the ingredients, slice and dice, and cook dinner, I get this wonderful pizza from down the street. And I love it. It is so much easier than making dinner. And really, it probably tastes better.

Gilt was my favorite pizza. It is the lazy person’s historical fiction but in
A.C. Gaughen
I knew what would happen in this story. I knew how the story would end; I knew all about the story Catherine Howard. Silly and young, desperate and immature, the cousin of Anne Boleyn, the queen that changed every rule--including those that put a queen beyond suspicion, beyond treason, beyond guilt.

But I didn't know about Kitty Tylney, the queen's best friend--the Kitty to her Cat. Kitty--along with the rest of the girls in the dowager Duchess of Norfolk's household--have been virtually abandon
Unsure what to rate this yet but holy damn sweet baby jesus!
Actual Rating: 2.5

I honestly have no idea what to rate it. I like it... and I don't. The characters were really frustrating - Cat was simply awful and Kitty's thought processes and relationships were just.. argh! If the characterisation was stronger, I probably would have enjoyed the book more. The book had this weird way of keeping me reading, yet dragging at the same time. I liked the history element and I love the Tudors. It captured the court aspect really well.

Gilt gets bonus points for m
I had low expectations for this book & almost didn't buy it. (Impulse shopping in the grocery store book aisle...yeah, that's a crap shoot. :P) But now I'm glad I did.

The premise is simple enough -- i.e., the rise & fall of Catherine Howard as witnessed by her servant & friend Kitty Tilney. Rather than invent a new character for narrative purposes, the author chose a documented companion (Katherine Tylney) who boarded with young Catherine before her marriage & then traveled with
Kimberly Sabatini
I'm going to be perfectly honest when I tell you that often historical fiction is not my thing. Sometimes I find the factual details to be mind numbing--but when it's done right--it gives me shivers. The truth can be scarier than the imagination.

GILT gave me shivers.

Longshore was a master of the skill, show--don't tell, particularly when it came to sharing her historical information. She painted a rich, vivid picture of the times and I never felt like I was pulled from the story in order to get
"You still remember that?" she said. "How we used to play that we were at court?"
"Used to?" I said. "We never stopped."
The game had just changed - from little girls playing princesses to a more grown-up and complicated hierarchy of status and favor.

I am far from a professional when it comes to history but I would consider myself a huge fan of the Tudor era. I've read up on the era enough to know the majority of what occurred but possibly not enough to point out historical inaccuracies when I rea
Katherine Longshore is becoming one of my new favorite authors!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Sometimes, with entertainment like books and television shows, it's good to take in the pure fun side of things, the guilty pleasures one doesn't necessarily advertise as favorites. I for one, am a biiig fan of hilariously bad television, like Glee, and GCB. Much like GCB, new young-adult offering Gilt isn't the most sophisticated adaption of its source material but it is hard to stop reading from the get-go. Also like the ill-fated GCB, this histor
Gilt, the debut novel by author Katherine Longshore, tells the story the rise and fall of Catherine "Cat" Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, from the point of view of her friend, Kitty Tylney. Kitty was a real person who grew up with Cat and accompanied her to court when she became queen, but not much is known about her, so the author imagines what her life might have been like. The two girls were raised together from the age of six in the household of the Duchess of Norfolk. Cat was alw ...more
Mimi Valentine
I loooooooooooooooooove that the two girls' names are Cat and Kitty! I wish my name was as awesome as theirs :') But even though mine isn't as cute, I'm really enjoying this book so far!

EDIT: And DONE. I actually really enjoyed this book! There are a few things I had problems with -- like a lot of Cat and Kitty's decisions -- but there are a lot of things I liked too. One being the writing, which was so beautiful! Gilt may be more of a 3.5 read for me, but I will definitely be reading all of Ka
This book really dragged, and when it didn't bore me, it made me angry. I'm sorry, but I just don't think this book was for me.

One of the reasons I was so intrigued with the book summary was because I thought I would be reading some sort of fictionalized romance with King Henry. But he only appears a few times in the book, and the main story concerning Cat was about her selfish ambition and scandals.

And Kitty. I know she's supposed to be the innocent wallflower, but I can't get over how mad she
It's no secret that I'm not a historical fiction fan. I don't know why, but it's never been my first choice of genre. I still have a soft spot for the Tudors. It might be due to Carolyn Meyer and her Young Royals series. Or it could be because Hampton Court is ridiculously beautiful. If you're ever in London and have a spare day, be sure to make a trip to Hampton Court. It's not too far (you can take the tube) and it's an incredible experience.

GILT begins far away from court, where Kitty Tylney
Hayley G
Henry VIII meets Pretty Little Liars!

I loved this book, and I really didn't expect to. I'm not one for Court intrigue, but I couldn't stop reading GILT.

This book will definitely appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and Gobersen's Luxe series. Longshire deals well with creating an environment in which the reader truly feels like they're part of Henry VIII's court, while using modern-day-dialogue- I really appreciated this.

Kitty is an underdog you'll be rooting for through the entire book. She's loyal a
Claire Legrand
Utterly unputdownable YA historical fiction starring a brave, smart heroine supported by a cast of unforgettable characters, most notably Cat Howard herself. The court of Henry VIII fascinates me, and I therefore devoured GILT. I so enjoyed how this was primarily a story about Kitty, the main character, discovering her own inner strength and convictions, and only secondarily about her romantic intrigues. Still thinking about this one, hours after finishing it. Well done, Katherine Longshore!
Laurel Bradshaw
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace
Time: 1539-1542

Main characters: Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, Katherine (Kitty) Tylney, Jane Boleyn - Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

First paragraph: "You're not going to steal anything." I left the question--Are you?--off the end of the sentence. But Cat heard it anyway.

Favorite lines: "We spent yet another rainy day endlessly sewing. I wondered at all the shirts we sewed. For the poor. For Cat's husband. How many shirts did he need? Or was it like the fair
Sarvenaz Tash
I think it's the mark of a truly amazing author who can make her passion for the subject matter come alive for a reader -- any reader -- whether they happen to share that passion or not.

Let me explain: I have to admit that, although I'm a huge anglophile, I haven't taken much more than a passing interest in British history, especially before the Regency era. I know a bit about Henry VIII and his wives, and I find it intriguing, but I wouldn't say I've gone out of my way to learn more.

Katherine L
May 18, 2012 Susan added it
This YA novel is narrated in a very modern voice by Katherine ("Kitty") Tylney, best friend of Katherine Howard (at least so far as the self-centered and selfish Katherine Howard can be said to have a best friend).

I found that this novel worked better at the beginning and the end. There's a rather tedious stretch during the middle where Kitty is torn between two fictional male characters, one of whom is so unappealing that we simply can't believe that he would have any attraction for Kitty. I co
Debut author Katherine Longshore chronicles the often-discussed rise and fall of Catherine Howard, the doomed fifth wife of King Henry VIII, in her new YA historical novel, Gilt. Cat Howard's story is told through the eyes of close friend Kitty Tylney, a fellow ward of the dowager duchess. As the pair grow up together at Lambeth, Kitty is privy to all of Cat's darkest secrets -secrets that could undo her at court. When Cat is sent to court as a lady-in-waiting to Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cle ...more
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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
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

It's really hard to write a historical fiction book and make it thrilling, interesting, and un-put-down-able, because, well, it's history. No one wants to read about it. But this book managed to incorporate all those things, and much more.

I've always been interested in this era, Queen Elizabeth, Bloody Mary, and King Henry VIII's many wives, and, of all his six wives, Catherine Howard is the one I knew least about. I didn't even know this book was about Catherine Howard until
Elisa Ludwig
Deliciously intriguing, Katherine Longshore's debut novel captures the world of the Tudor court—equal parts glitter and poison. Catherine Howard, ultimate wife of Henry VIII, is the ultimate frenemy to protagonist Kitty Tylney, and Longshore's deft characterization of a tenuous teenage friendship tried by ambition, gossip and deceit is spot on. Better still is her strong female heroine, who is amiable and relatable, even as she falls prey to Howard's manipulations. Highly recommended!
Kathy Coe
**Full review to come closer to the date of publication**

The relationship between Catherine Howard and Kitty Tylney will resonate with many girls/women. I loved the duality between the grandeur and danger of King Henry's Tudor court.

Katherine Longshore's Catherine Howard is calculating, manipulative, and paints a much more realistic portrait of the young woman who managed to become Queen.

I am looking forward to writing, and post my full review.
I liked this book more than I thought I would. For some reason I had started it in the past and absolutely hated it and dismissed it as vapid YA. However, after giving it a second try and getting a little farther I enjoyed it. Perhaps it is not a perfect representation of the time period, but the author does a great job of making you understand some of the motivations a character/figure might have had. In her own words "Part of the joy of writing historical fiction is the license to take what we ...more
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 ...more
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4.5 stars ^.^

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, liais

Do not read Gilt expecting some great, literary historical fiction. (Say, Wolf Hall.) Don't expect it to be Gossip Girl either. The book sits somewhere in between, the foam atop a latte.

I should also add that I know a good deal about the Tudor era, though Catherine Howard isn't my favorite of the wives. Though I'm not a stickler for accuracy, I do like a certain amount of respect for the figures and their times, though each circumstance is different. I did not mind the inaccuracies in
L'ascesa e la caduta di Catherine Howard, quinta moglie di Enrivo VIII, vista dagli occhi di Kitty, sua migliore amica, sua ombra, sua dama di compagnia. Testimone fin dall'infanzia dei maneggi di Cat, ambiziosa, manipolatrice, e discretamente scervellata (ok, questa è la mia opinione!) ma soggiogata dalla forza di volontà e dal carisma dell'amica, la vede prima entrare a corte, poi nel letto del re, e infine stancarsi di un marito con trentacinque anni di più e una gamba malata e degli intrighi ...more

Gilt by Katherine Longshore completely and utterly overwhelmed me. In a great way, but a heavy way. If you know the history of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, and his many other wives, you can probably guess that Gilt is anything but a light book.

But my goodness, Gilt is a beautiful book. Katherine Longshore’s writing style is perfect for historical fiction. Even though Gilt is set in the 1800s, Katherine Longshore’s writing didn’t f
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