Book Watch: Gilt


Gilt by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on May 15, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Viking Juvenile, an imprint of Penguin Group, the print edition is 416 pages.

Gilt is the first book in author Katherine Longshore’s The Royal Circle series and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


I am so glad that Gilt by Katherine Longshore is releasing the week of May 15th so that it didn’t get lost in the shuffle of all those books releasing on the 8th. This is one book I am super excited to read. It sounds like an absolutely glamorous and intriguing story. And definitely a book worthy of being in the spotlight this week or any week.

I hadn’t heard of Gilt before I received an early copy in the mail so I’m extremely glad I did receive this book. And while I haven’t yet read it, of course I took a peek inside and also checked out the description on Goodreads and the author’s website. What immediately caught my eye from the book’s description were the lines about the court’s atmosphere turning from “dazzling to deadly” and that lessons would be learned about “trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason.”

Talk about alluring! Those tantalizing lines were enough to pique my curiosity. So, of course I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle.

Gilt is set in the Tudor age. And while I haven’t yet read any young adult novels about this time in history, I have read a few non-YA and non-fictional books from this period. But I can’t wait to discover this world from a YA writer’s point of view and I can’t wait to meet the characters.

I love that the two main characters are named Kitty and Cat. I’m super curious to see if their names have any special relevance to the story. And I can’t wait to see just how Kitty adjusts to life in Cat’s world which seems to be filled with excitement, opulence and deceit.

And according to the description, Kitty gets caught up in a love triangle, so of course I can’t wait to see how that plays out. It could be just a bit scandalous.

But what captured my interest the most about this upcoming book was the writing. When I took a peek inside, the very first paragraph I glanced at drew me right in.

Words can kill. As surely as sword or ax or dagger. They can prostrate the subject and render the speaker voiceless. Words may not fracture bone, but they can wound with devastating precision.

How seriously gorgeous is that? Not only does it sound absolutely beautiful, it makes me think. Which is something I love, love, love when reading.

This book sounds very different from any of the YA titles I’ve read, but I love discovering new and amazing reads. And with writing as stunning as it seems from just a few quick glances inside, I think this story has the potential to make me tumble right in and fall head over heels in love with it.

So, yes, as much as I adore Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses series, there was absolutely no question that Gilt would be the book to watch this week.


Places to Watch

The author on TWITTER

The author on FACEBOOK

The author on GOODREADS

The author’s WEBSITE

The author’s BLOG


About the Book

Goodreads description:

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.


Other Amazing Books to Watch

Here is another amazing book releasing on May 15th:

Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses #9) by Ellen Schreiber

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