Posted in Young Adult Lit

Tarnish, by Katherine Longshore

Katherine Longshore
2013, Viking Juvenile
ISBN – 9780670014002
Genre – Historical Fiction
Age – High School
3.2 Stars

Anne Boleyn has recently returned to the Tudor court in which Henry VIII is king. She is just a bit of an outcast. Doomed to marry a man she is disgusted by, she is desperate to change the course of her life and her nuptials. Her sister is the King’s mistress, so why can’t Anne find a desirable match? She quickly strikes up a friendship with Thomas Wyatt, a married poet. They enter in a bet together that will help her become more desirable to the other men in court. Little does she realize how her emotions will be affected by their relationship. Will she follow her heart or her head?

So it seems silly to try and not give away the end of the book. We all know the story, and have seen the movie if not read the multitude of books on the topic. Even if we haven’t we know that eventually Anne marries the king and has her head chopped off. Sorry if I gave away anything that you should have already known! I don’t know why I am a sucker for the Tudor reign, but I am. This book was a decent read, fast and juicy, but the good ends there. Nothing new, nothing original, no artistic creativity. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t read anymore, because I absolutely would. They just may not jump to the top of my “to read” list. Great beach or vacation read!


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