Review: Tarnish by Katherine Longshore


Title: Tarnish

Author: Katherine Longshore

Release Date/Publisher: June 18th 2013 by Viking Juvenile

Finished: July 6th 2013

Pages: 416-Hardcover-Library


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.

What I thought:

I loved this author’s other book Gilt, the story of one of Henry VIII’s later wives, so when I saw this one I grabbed it from the library at the same time. Anne Boleyn seems to be the most popular one in fiction that I’ve seen and although I haven’t read any other stories about her I did look up some of her history online.

This version of her story shows Anne as someone who is smart and quick to speak but also who wants to be equal to others and have herself heard, not having to hide like most women. I liked that her and Wyatt were friends too and how they worked together to get her noticed and married to someone better. The two of them could have had something together I think, but with all the lies and drama you never know. She eventually does end up with the King, which I thought was a pretty accomplished feat. I would have liked to see how he defies religion and such to get his marriage annuled so he can marry Anne eventually, but at least I can read that in history books.

I also liked that this book did not focus on her demise/death and all that sad stuff, but more on her younger self enjoying life and living at court just before being with the King. She starts out as someone who speaks her mind but is worried about what others think because of her clothes and such. Eventually after a certain heartbreaking event she decided to not change or hide her true self anymore. I loved this change in her and think it could really empower any females who read this.

This story was so good, and for those who love historical fiction I definitely recommend picking this up! While you’re at it get Gilt too!

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