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March 25, 2010

The King's Rose

Title: The King's Rose
Author: Alisa M. Libby
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Release Date: March 19, 2009
Received From:  Traveling to Teens Tours

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?

The stories of King Henry VIII his wives, and his children have to be some of my favorite ever! I absolutely love that time period in English History. So needless to say I was really excited to read this book! 

This is the story of King Henry's fifth wife, and one of the ones that is less heard of. I really enjoyed learning more about Catherine Howard, I enjoyed seeing her relationship and confusion during her marriage with Henry, Alisa Libby really shows the doubts that Catherine must have felt as well as the confusion she would have had at the end of her life. 

I enjoyed seeing the characters in new and different more personal ways! One of the things that ruined this book for me was knowing all the while how it ended, but thats just me, and the book has to end that way because that is how it really ended. 

Overall I loved the book! It dove into the intrigue of the court, and Henry's little heard of fifth wife. I really enjoyed this historical novel! 

Make sure to check out Alisa's guest post to see some of her favorite YA books!



  1. Nice review. I love Tudor history and I couldn't wait to read this book despite knowing the ending. I have another one about Katherine Howard waiting to be read, it is called The Queen's Mistake by Diane Haeger. I have always felt sorry for Anne Boleyn but Katherine Howard was another pawn in the Howard family's hands too and she was just a naive teenager it seems.

  2. I love this cover. Maybe I should read it :)

    Your header is very pretty!

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