Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Historical, YA
Length: Full Length (436 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

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.

If you thought you knew the whole story on Anne Boleyn, you need to read Tarnish!

I saw the Tudors and thought, man, this story can’t get any better. I was wrong. I’m glad I picked up Tarnish. Anne Boleyn could be considered one of the most misunderstood women in history.

Longshore writes with a fluidity that had me turning pages to know what would happen next. With each page, I cared more and more about Anne. I felt like I knew her and was there with her, wanting to tell her not to go to the court!

Teens can relate to her feeling left out. She’s not like the rest of the ladies of the court and she has to deal with. I wanted to step out of the crowd and be her friend. But this book isn’t for younger teens. There are a lot of emotional twists and turns that are difficult to understand. Don’t let that be a determining factor for you. This book is engrossing and introduces the reader to a world that’s unlike anything we know.

If you want a book about a figure you thought you knew, but don’t, then this is the book for you!

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