Friday, 8 January 2010

Historic Saturday (3)

The King's RoseAlign CenterAlisa M. 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.

I love The Tudors.

I spent a week watching all 3 seasons in 54, 62, or 72 minute segments, depending on what megavideo would let me have. Except for one time when an episode wasn't on megavideo (*gasp*) but Amazon was having this special so they have me $4 and I was able to buy it. All was well again.

That being said, when I finished season 3 finale, Henry VIII had just divorced Anne of Cleves, wife number three. The next wife, who he's going to marry very soon, is Catherine Howard. So while I was reading about their marriage, I was watching Henry meet Catherine. Very odd thing to do.

I really loved this book. It reminded me a lot of a toned down Phillipa Gregory book in it's beautiful writing and addiction. The fact that it was YA instead of adult also seemed more fitting, since Catherine truly was more like a child, therefore her thoughts fit that perfectly.

I wish it could've been longer (as I always do) just so we could get more details on Henry and Catherine's relationship, but it definitely covered enough to get the message across.

Now that I've read this book, I need to get my hands on Alisa's other book, the Blood Confession. I would also love to see her do a book on Catherine Parr, who I don't know much about. (Does anyone else find it odd and kind of creepy that Henry had three wives named Catherine?)



  1. Ohhhh The Tudors. If only people knew how much time I waste watching that show :)

  2. I've never watched The Tudors, although I've always thought it sounded pretty cool. This book sounds awesome too. It's on my wishlist!

  3. My friend's currently reading this book and she loves it :)

  4. I dont find it creepy but Catherine is a popular-common name today...imagine how it would have been back bumped into someone everyday named Catherine...I love the drama and history of King Henry VIII and his wives...anything that comes watching it...or reading it



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