Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
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PRAISE FOR KATHERINE LONGSHORE:
“A more literary version of “Gossip Girl” overlaid onto 16th-century England . . .”—The Los Angeles Times on Gilt
“I found my new favorite series . . . see for yourself why I couldn't put the book down.”—MTV.com on Gilt
“A good, juicy story . . . royally riveting for the reader.”—Booklist on Gilt
“The raw emotions and unflinching honesty of a young girl caught in a whirlwind of history shine through, keeping readers engaged to the end.”—Kirkus on Tarnish
“Swoon overload . . . Funny, witty and entertaining, Tarnish is a must-read for anyone wanting to add invigorating drama and sensual romance to their bookshelf.”—MTV.com on Tarnish
“Great for readers of romance, royal fiction and history, or those looking for a summer read that makes them think a bit, too.”—Shelf Awareness on Tarnish
"...readers will find themselves both fascinated and terrified as this independent young woman fights to live and love on her own terms." —Booklist on Brazen
"Longshore skillfully blends history with romance, weaving a compelling, poignant story of love, loss and betrayal." —Kirkus on Brazen
"Fans of the author’s other offerings about the Tudors—Gilt (2012) and Tarnish (2013, both Viking)—and the TV show Reign will enjoy this steamy historical romance, perfect for teens not yet ready for Philippa Gregory’s novels." —School Library Journal on Brazen
"This book makes a great entry for readers not yet introduced to the novels of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir." —Library Media Connection on Brazen
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After reading and practically devouring this 500 page book in a day, I was hit with the realization that Brazen, despite its flaws, was one of my favorite reads of 2014. By now, I think I’m fairly familiar with Katherine Longshore’s style of writing, given that I've been loyally following her Tudor series. In my opinion, Brazen is her best novel by far. I can easily track her improvement as a writer; Gilt, her first novel, was okay-ish, while Tarnish, her second, hit me by surprise. Can you imagine my astonishment while reading her latest novel, which was near-perfect in execution? ← (call me cruel but that pun is totally intended.) If you need help, it was along the lines of wowthatwassuchanamazingbookwherecanIgetthenextone then CRAP THERE ISN’T GOING TO BE ANOTHER ONE then can I just sit here quietly drowning in my intense feels while I ponder the meaning of my life. Yes, my friends, this book was that good. Don’t let the synopsis fool you. While you may get the distinct impression that this is some sort of teenage fluffy romance novel disguised as historical fiction, that impression is far from the truth. You not only get romance, but you also get Tudor intrigue and women thinking ahead of their time (which is the best). I think Brazen is suffused with meaning and deep in terms of themes and emotional punch. And trust me, Longshore has quite a strong punch when it comes to that department. Brazen is equal parts historical and coming-of-age, which I think will appeal to those who aren't familiar with the historical fiction genre. The first aspect I noticed was the fluid yet emotional writing, which captured my attention from the beginning and held it captive until the very last page. I don’t think my attention diverted at all in the course of this novel; an accomplishment which can be attributed to the lovely writing. I actually did not appreciate the depth of Longshore’s characterization until I began to do further research on the characters. Even immediately after finishing the book, I felt as if I had intimately known each individual--or most of them, at least. The major characters--including Mary and Fitz’s group of Hal, Marge, and Margaret--are characters I feel deeply connected to and am considering doing a reread because of this attachment. Strip this book of its historical setting, and you’d get a simple yet compelling coming-of-age story of a girl who is torn between speaking her mind and following the rules. When we first meet Mary, she is a timid, awkward girl who surely is not fit for marriage. Watching her grow into her skin as the novel progresses was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the novel, and this proves to me that Longshore would have a knack for writing contemporary novels as well. Also, the relationship between the girls--Marge, Margaret, and Mary--was done in a very realistic and genuine manner that is so different your typical YA novel. The only major flaw that stuck out to me was the dramatization of mostly everything. It made the plot, at times, seem a bit juvenile and contrived. I've noticed this in all of Longshore’s novels, and while it’s definitely downplayed in this novel, I can’t decide whether or not it’s a deliberate choice of the author. After all, who can deny the overall shallowness of the Tudor court? (Deliberate or not, it was still annoying at times.) I could go on for days on the value of Brazen and all its assets. The relationships, the historical accuracy, the wonderful prose, and, to put the cherry on top, the heart-breaking ending (not sure if that would count as an asset, though…) When it comes to historical fiction, I’m extremely fastidious--so once I find a near-perfect embodiment of my love for the genre, I will never stop raving about it.
I've read and absolutely loved Katherine Longshore's other two books based on the Tudors, GILT and TARNISH, and I was intrigued by BRAZEN's tagline: "There's only one man Mary Howard wants - the one she's forbidden from having ... her husband". Once I started reading, I flew through 528 pages in less than three days. BRAZEN is the story of Anne Boleyn's cousin, Mary Howard, who married King Henry VIII's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy by arrangement at the age of 14. I started the story knowing nothing about Mary and enough about Henry Fitzroy to appreciate the journey even though I knew the destination, which made the story all the more bittersweet. BRAZEN is a richly layered love story about two teenagers who were bound together by the politics of King Henry VIII's court and risked death if the rules were broken. And can I say it now? Henry VIII had all the makings of a psychopath! If I had said that 500 years ago, my head would have landed in a basket. I have tremendous respect for writers of historical fiction, because I think they have a responsibility to those who are no longer here to tell their story. Katherine Longshore has a phenomenal voice for historical fiction, her attention to detail is just right, and she has a talent for tapping into the very soul of her characters and their story.