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Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court—and to convince the whole court they’re lovers—she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice—but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes...

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Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court—and to convince the whole court they’re lovers—she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice—but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Woodruff
In this novel, Anne Boleyn, recently returned from France to England, arrives at the court of Henry VIII as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. Although her iron-willed merchant father has betrothed Anne to an Irish nobleman, she rejects this alliance and vows to make her own life. Anne chooses Percy, son of one of the wealthiest and most noble families in the country; even though she succeeds in capturing Percy's heart, her weak-willed suitor succumbs to his father's anger and disavows Anne. Her courtier brother, George, makes a bet with court poet Thomas Wyatt that Anne cannot be made attractive or marriageable, a challenge Wyatt accepts with an unforeseen peril: he himself comes to love her. All the while, Anne deals with the pressures of her older sister's position as the king's mistress and the various intrigues and political machinations instigated by those seeking the king's favor. Eventually, Wyatt's efforts succeed in making Anne attractive to King Henry. The novel ends as she begins her ascent toward a royal marriage and eventual beheading. Based upon the few known facts of Boleyn's early life, Tarnish is overwhelmingly introspective and devoid of action. A sound track of this novel would consist of heavy breathing, repetitious dialogue, and occasional sobbing. Unfortunately, while there are flashes of brilliant description, the general tone is simply...boring. In this second novel (Gilt [Penguin, 2012/Voya June 2012), author Longshore has done her homework but had little with which to work. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this companion novel to Gilt (Viking, 2012), Anne Boleyn arrives in King Henry VIII's court amid whispers and stares from the courtiers. She knows her position is precarious; that she is talked about because of what she's done in the past and for the fact that her sister, Mary, is mistress to the king. Yet she is determined to be held in high esteem at court. Her brother, George, tells her she is too different to obtain that goal. She speaks her mind and gets into trouble. Enter renowned ladies' man Thomas Wyatt. He bets Anne that he can turn court favor to her side if she does as he asks. If the plan succeeds, he will have her in his bed because she will want to be there. After some thought she concedes and their game of courtly love begins. He pursues her and she encourages it. Soon she realizes that Wyatt's plan is working. People-especially men-are beginning to notice her. More importantly, the king has turned his attention to her. These developments excite her, but what she doesn't count on is Wyatt falling in love with her, and realizing that she loves him as well. She comes to understand the importance of love, but in the end rejects Wyatt in favor of the king. An un-put-downable historical romance.—Wendy M. Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Following on Gilt (2012), which told the tale of Henry VIII's doomed fifth wife, Catherine Howard, is another beheaded wife's story. The oft-rehearsed tale of King Henry VIII's second and best-known wife, Anne Boleyn, is recounted in this mostly factual reconstruction of the years before Henry's divorce from Queen Katherine and marriage to Anne, an event that is said to have changed the course of English history, since Henry broke with the Roman Catholic Church in order to secure a divorce. Anne's confident, present-tense narration conveys her tempestuous personality, her feelings of alienation from the ladies of the court and her desperate ambition to secure a position there. Flirtations with figures of history, including the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt and noble Sir Henry Percy, as well as Anne's strong attraction to the king himself, a deeply charismatic individual, propel the narrative. They add spice to a complex tale that occasionally gets bogged down in historical detail and is sometimes marred by linguistic anachronisms. However the raw emotions and unflinching honesty of a young girl caught in a whirlwind of history shine through, keeping readers engaged to the end of this sizable novel, which ends before her marriage to the king and subsequent beheading. Teens with a love of history will not be able to resist this skillful retelling of the remarkable achievement of Anne Boleyn, who rose from tarnished foreign outcast to the king's bride. (Historical fiction. 13-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670014002
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 266,178
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Longshore is also the author of Gilt, a story of friendship and betrayal in Henry VIII's court. She lives in Northern California with three British citizens and one expatriate dog. You can find out more about her at www.katherinelongshore.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    An answer to your question

    I would always listen to my heart. Because if you always listen to your heart in every situation it is bound to be right becaus it is truly what you feel. I understood wyatt more . The king can have any thing he wants and get it how ever he wants. Or get rid of it any way he wants. But wyatt didot have that kind of power to wield.even though he seemed like a flirt and cheet and sudducer in the beging he deems genuine about his feelings cor an in the end.i loved this book and lon
    gshors sence of detail and use of figrative language

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

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    *Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 6/21/2013* I think we

    *Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 6/21/2013*

    I think we all know the fate of Anne Boleyn. I keep remembering that clever, little rhyme:

    King Henry the Eighth,
    to six wives he was wedded.
    One died, one survived,
    two divorced, two beheaded

    Now, I'm going to admit here that I read Katherine's Gilt and Tarnish in rapid succession. I devoured these books in two days. I know, TWO DAYS! I simply could not put them down. Why? Well, because Katherine's writing placed me in the midst of all that swirling political intrigue that made the Tudor period so very interesting to historians and romance readers alike. Perhaps most interesting of all, Katherine chose to tell the story of Anne before she met Henry VIII. The story starts with Anne's return to England from France and a return to a family who is deeply involved with the King's innermost circle. The interactions between the siblings - Mary, George and Anne - rang so true. The squabbles, the forgiveness and the understanding were incredibly moving and real.

    But my favorite moments were between Anne and the poet, Thomas Wyatt. Their level of banter and yes, even snark, made me laugh. They snap, crackled and popped right off the page. Because I didn't know the historical details of what happened between them, I fell for every nuance of their relationship. Without any spoilers for Tudor-lite readers like me, let me emphasize how very much I loved the two of them, and I have a feeling that most of you who love a will-they-won't-they romantic plotline will, too.

    Tarnish also reminded me of why I adore historical settings. With a setting this well researched, I felt like I fell right in step, alongside the characters. Katherine tells the story of real people with flawed but proud families who are trying hard to get ahead in their world. Sadly, this is a world filled with biases , assumptions and prejudices that made me cringe at times. I'm a firm believer that the best of stories make us think about our own world;Tarnish achieved that mark.

    This summer when you get tired of beachy reads and want a story that will make you think while surprising you with its level of swoony romance, pick up Tarnish. Then promise me, you'll come back here and tell me if you understood Thomas or Henry more, and if you'd follow your heart or your head in matters of the heart.

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