The King's Rose

The King's Rose

by Alisa Libby
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The King's Rose by Alisa Libby

Life in the court of King Henry VIII is a complex game. When fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king's eye, she quickly transforms from pawn to queen. But even luxury beyond imagination loses its luster as young Catherine finds her life, and her heart?threatened by the needs of an aging king and a family hungry for power. Will their agendas deliver Catherine to the same fate as her infamous cousin, Anne Boleyn?sacrificed at the altar of family ambition?

Engaging historical fiction with a throbbing YA heartbeat, this thrilling novel will draw readers into the intrigues and dangers of the Tudor court.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101024683
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/19/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 537,989
File size: 422 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Alisa M. Libby lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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The King's Rose 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby was an excellent work of historical fiction. It is the story of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII. Little more than a child bride (she's fifteen when she gets married) Catherine is thrust into a world of intruige, with the spotlight of the Tudor court on her at all times. Catherine was pressured by her scheming family to marry the aging King Henry, and they continue to pressure her constantly to be their vision of the perfect queen. Even as Catherine enjoys the luxuries of being royalty, she feels the constant threat that comes with being queen and seeks to hide some of her darker secrets. If the king should find out that she was less than pure when she married him and that her heart still belongs to another, Catherine's very life is at stake. This was a riveting good read. Alisa M. Libby deftly wove her portait of Tudor court life, by narrating the story as Catherine. We see this world from Catherine's eyes and the story is told as if it is happening right now, so the reader is drawn into the plot, like they're right there experiencing it. Catherine is a character you can sympathize with, and feel for deeply as the novel hurtles toward it inevitable ending. I highly reccommend reading The King's Rose. The imagery is beautiful and the characterization is done very well. For history lovers or anyone who likes a good story, this one is a treat.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
Born into the ambitious Howard family, Catherine has never had much control over her life and fate. Her cousin, the infamous Anne Boleyn, lured King Henry VIII into marriage then met a grisly end. Hoping for a marriage that will benefit the family, Catherine's relatives send her to court in 1540, when she is fifteen. There, Catherine catches the eye of the king, who decides to divorce his current wife, Anne of Cleves, and marry her. Though Catherine would prefer to marry for love, one does not refuse the king, and even if she could, her family is determined to gain power through her marriage. From the start, Catherine feels like she is living a lie, and playing a part to be the wife Henry desires. He wanted a pure, innocent maiden, and Catherine had a foolish and youthful love affair before coming to court, an event the king must never learn about. Woefully unprepared for the life she must live, Catherine struggles with her own immaturity and the conflicting desires of the king and her family, and is forced to make terrible choices that will lead to her doom. The King's Rose is a wonderful historical novel for young adults - and adults as well - about the life of King Henry VIII's fifth and youngest wife, Catherine Howard. The author did a good job of bringing Catherine to life and making it understandable why she made the choices she did. Catherine is tragic figure - a young girl, unprepared for the life of a queen, forced into a terrible situation by her family in a time when a young woman had few choices and little right to control her own destiny. I highly recommend this book to readers who are fascinated by the Tudors as well as those who enjoy historical fiction in general.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Yet another young female has caught the eye of the aging King Henry Tudor. This time it is fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard, cousin to Anne Boleyn. Less than a year has passed since her arrival at court, and she is now the Queen of England. Catherine's new life of luxury and being the king's "rose without a thorn" is different. But Catherine's past haunts her, so she must be careful. She dreams of that kiss she shared with her (distant) cousin, Thomas Culpeper. A perfect kiss. Her relations with other men. But all must stay a secret, or death caused by treason could come her way. Being the huge historical fiction fan I am, I just had to buy this book when I could find it around. This was one of the novels I couldn't put down, because I really wanted to continue on and find out what was going to happen. There isn't much else to say, aside from I loved THE KING'S ROSE. If you enjoy historical fiction, you should definitely check this one out.
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Worth every penny.
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darlene10 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Catherine is a child who is pushed into an audlt world and does not have the tools to survive. Good read
HistoryBuffess More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books about the wives of Henry the 8th and this is one of the best. Even though I knew what would ultimately happen to Cathereine I was kept onthe edge of my seat hoping against hope that things would turn out differently. The writing was good, the pace was even and I cared about the characters... I also felt like the context of the book was good- I feel like I learned things about Henry's England... it was really good- I highly reccomend it.
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Ezmirelda More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and exciteing to read because before this I'd never had the chance to read a book from this time period. I felt like I was learning and having fun reading at the same time. All in all it was a pretty good book,guaranteed to have you in tears by the end. I would definetly reccomend this to all open to trying something new.
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