From the Stash is just my way to denote when something is from before I had the blog. I have been reviewing books since January 2010 so I’d like to showcase some of that past work.
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Published: May 15th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
Format/Source: Hardcover from the library
Originally Reviewed: May 23, 2012
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.
Gilt was a very cleverly chosen title.
gilt (adj): thin layer of gold: a thin layer of gold or of a substance that looks like gold applied to a surface
Catherine Howard throws herself into riches with little abandon, and chases other pleasures with equal wholeheartedness. She is the girl who practices hard to get the attention of those she wants and to display just the right emotions to manipulate others into getting what she wants. She drags her friends into her chase, and into the royal court when she becomes the fourth wife of Henry VIII. But Cat is not really golden, and the court is really a rich facade of treachery, cold-heartedness, and survival.
Gilt is pronounced like guilt.
Guilt is what Kitty Tylney feels at the end. The story is told from her perspective, which saves the book from reciting history. Kitty is Cat’s shadow, the girl who is bullied, but mistakes being bullied for love and friendship. She is the girl who loyal to a fault, sacrificing her own life for the gilded life of Cat. But guilt is not Kitty’s burden alone.
This book would have made an excellent beach or poolside read, but I suppose my bed served just fine. It was fast, enjoyable, and despite knowing how the story would end, I raced to see it for myself.
My rating: 5/5