Brazen

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  • Brazen
  • Katherine Longshore
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  • 10 March 2019
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About the Author: Katherine Longshore

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BrazenBrazen MOBI ´ Hardcover brazen mobile, BrazenBrazen EpubMary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family But when she s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court s inner circle Mary and Fitz join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations The Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone The rules of court were made to be pushed but pushing them too far means certain death Is true love worth dying for.

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10 thoughts on “Brazen

  1. Liz says:

    This month, I kept picking up books that I couldn t get into, so my solution Pick up the biggest book on my shelf And which book was that Brazen by Katherine Longshore, the third book in a companion series set during Henry VIII s reign as king Tudor Times I read Tarnish a while back for book club, so when I was flipping through Penguin s catalog for upcoming releases, I knew I needed to request this beast of a book Both Tarnish and Brazen sucked me in with the world, the cast of characters This month, I kept picking up books that I couldn t get into, so my solution Pick up the biggest book on my shelf And which book was that Brazen by Katherine Longshore, the third book in a companion series set during Henry VIII s reign as king Tudor Times I read Tarnish a while back for book club, so when I was flipping through Penguin s catalog for upcoming releases, I knew I needed to request this beast of a book Both Tarnish and Brazen sucked me in with the world, the cast of characters, and of course the drama Full review coming soon

  2. Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks) says:

    T W Death, GriefI was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Brazen A YA Historical fiction novel set during my favourite time period in History Tudor England Mary Howard, a cousin to Anne Boleyn, is married off to the King s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy Due to their ages, they are not allowed to spend any time alone together But that is easier said than done, as both of them start to fall head over heels for each other In a court where breaking rules could result in extreme T W Death, GriefI was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Brazen A YA Historical fiction novel set during my favourite time period in History Tudor England Mary Howard, a cousin to Anne Boleyn, is married off to the King s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy Due to their ages, they are not allowed to spend any time alone together But that is easier said than done, as both of them start to fall head over heels for each other In a court where breaking rules could result in extreme consequences, can their romance survive I loved the settings, dialogue was well written and kept the story pacing steady Although the start of Brazen was slow, the action picked up quickly and left me wantingI can definitely see myself re reading this one

  3. Summer says:

    If you only do as others say, be who they want you to be, you will lose yourself And that will be the greatest loss of allDue to my extreme book hangover, I ve dedicated the past couple of days to befriending Google and stalking Mary and Henry Fitzroy and, naturally, proceeding to be a complete history nerd.I have to admit Fitz doesn t look that bad for a historical dude.

  4. B says:

    I am a FitzRoy I am a duchess I do not need a man to give me my identity, Father I have my own History fascinates me, especially anything with the Boleyns, but I ve never been one to read much of it in fiction As much as history itself interests me, historical fiction has always been something I ve steered clear of But, with that having been said, I am so glad I gave Brazen a chance, because Katherine Longshore has the perfect voice for this type of story she embodies each of the charact I am a FitzRoy I am a duchess I do not need a man to give me my identity, Father I have my own History fascinates me, especially anything with the Boleyns, but I ve never been one to read much of it in fiction As much as history itself interests me, historical fiction has always been something I ve steered clear of But, with that having been said, I am so glad I gave Brazen a chance, because Katherine Longshore has the perfect voice for this type of story she embodies each of the characters and gives them all depth past what we know from a historical standpoint, and provides compelling perspectives of life in England during Henry VIII s reign Brazen is a daunting novel, spanning at over 500 pages with multiple relationships and lots of similar names and confusing family trees However, in all its 500 paged glory, Brazen did not bore me once it s compelling from the start, and although there is little plot for a majority of the first half, I found myself drawn to the characters and their relationships, and especially Longshore s writing The plot, for what I d say constitutes as much of the novel, is primarily the romance between Mary and Fitz, until things pick up in the second half during which things get intense and deliciously scandalous In the very beginning of the novel, Mary Howard is wed to Henry FitzRoy, who is King Henry VIII s illegitimate son This romance is something of a forbidden one, though, as the King has forbidden the two from consummating their marriage The romance is a slow build, which is why the first half of the novel was for the most part without a plot, but once it gets going it s sweet and a nice relationship overall Although it does get really sappy later on, which I wasn t the hugest fan of, I still like each of the characters in the romance individually, and enjoyed seeing their romance develop over the course of the novel And also, the romance never felt like it was too much, despite it having been one of the main focal points throughout the novel.Longshore s amazing writing grants life to each of the characters, and I loved seeing them grow along with their relationships this is especially true with the friendships between Mary, and her best friends Madge and Margaret One thing I found rather tiring with the characterization is that Madge is the obligatory sexually promiscuous friend of the main character, which I find is a tedious trope But, this was handled moderately well in here and actually made way for some plot developments, which I enjoyed I m just becoming less and less enthused with this particular trope Moreover, Mary is a great and strong character whose development is noticeable and well written from the beginning of the novel to the end, and her character growth is exceptional Anne Boleyn is wonderful in here, and I am still quite in awe at how much life and character Longshore can give to people whom we only know through historical records It s an excellent skill to give such life to characters and one Longshore utilizes well On the same hand of great characterization, the portrayal of Henry VIII is chilling as Longshore slowly and believably builds his character up into a complete monster, shedding bits of each of his fa ades as the novel wears on Also related, the misogyny and patriarchal views of the society were established really well in the novel to build the world and some of its awful people, and it made everything in the novelimpacting to see that some aspects of the misogyny aren t much of a far cry from what we see today.The second half of Brazen is amazing and intense and full of scandals, and I absolutely loved how Longshore chose to execute it Whereas the first is slow yet engaging, building up to the events of the second half, the second half is all gut punches and twists and turmoil, and it s probably sadistic of me to say how much I enjoyed it, but so much It takes a genuinely talented author to write a book that shocks its audience even when they know the outcome, and that is exactly what Longshore accomplishes with Brazen I was prepared for what was coming in the last quarter of the novel, but damn if I wasn t left shell shocked by that awesomeness and intensity.With Brazen, Katherine Longshore has made a fan out of me, and now I am desperate to get my hands on her other novels revolving around Anne Boleyn and other figures during this time period in history These books have been pitched as historical Gossip Girl, and I can absolutely attest to that it s full of drama, swoons, and scandals, and it s such a fun and well written read

  5. Taschima says:

    I am so happy to be alive today By today I mean in the 21st century where women have a right to vote, a chance at making something out of ourselves, a chance at freedom, a chance at love Mary never stood a chance, and all she had was luck at her side At least in this book she did Katherine Longshore paints us an honest yet hopeful picture of 16th century England To me it sounds like a horrible place to be at but it does give us a great setting for an enthralling tale.Mary Howard is only a d I am so happy to be alive today By today I mean in the 21st century where women have a right to vote, a chance at making something out of ourselves, a chance at freedom, a chance at love Mary never stood a chance, and all she had was luck at her side At least in this book she did Katherine Longshore paints us an honest yet hopeful picture of 16th century England To me it sounds like a horrible place to be at but it does give us a great setting for an enthralling tale.Mary Howard is only a daughter until she marries a Duke, and not only just a Duke but the bastard son of the King of England Suddenly she is thrown head on unto the King and Queen s court where secrets, lies, and treachery lie abundant Mary faces it all at first with the heart and mind of a child She is not ready to be a wife to a boy she barely knows, nor is she ready to be a Duchess However Mary is just a pawn in a very elaborate game which only the high and mighty King might ever hope to win Women are accessories, chips to be bargained away for the right price, you can only hope that fate is on your side.To be completely honest the beginning of this novel is incredibly slow But after you stick to it for a little bit Yeap, it is still slow as hell But then again if you are into historical fiction with a tint of romance then you would already be used to this If you are not into these sorts of reads you have been warned The thing that kept me going on was Mary for the most part, and the writing Mary is this quiet girl who is very conflicted with the choices that were thrust upon her She tries to do the right thing and honor the people who deserve it In the grand scheme of the novel Mary was like a breath of fresh air Plus the second half of the novel is ridiculously good and scandalous People start getting killed left and right and Katherine Longshore starts pulling at your heart strings really the second half of the novel is where it s at What makes it difficult as well is that Mary Fitzroy is not a very hyped character in history so she also doesn t have that going for her But the Mary Fitzroy Katherine Longshore brought to life is a girl worth getting to know, a girl who believed in doing things right and in being herself, no matter how much fiction there is to her character it still brings this historical girl back to life.Also there are SO many characters Half of the time I would have to go back and figure out who the hell we were talking about Half of them don t have much of a personality so they all start to blend together All the characters that actually matter are very distinctive so the rest are just puppets that keep the plot moving alongI don t want to say yes, but I do I don t want to like the way his hand feels in mine But I do.I want to fall in love with him.But I don t The romance was very slow as well Mary and Fitz married very young so I understand the author s intention of building on their romance and taking it slow but it took them a whole year to actually kiss It is slow and painful, but when they actually fall in love it is beautiful and painful Ritz comes to grow on you but it takes at least 200 pages for this to happen.So yes, Brazen is slow but after you get into the story and it s characters it will go by rather fast It is interesting and I like learning about history in a fun sort of environment, you know as much as you CAN learn Something not to be missed is the author s note at the end of the book The author takes her time and tells you what happens to the characters after her tale for the most part not good things, but come on it is England in the 1600s.Brazen is one of my first historical romances Usually I don t lean towards these kinds of reads but learning about Mary Fitzroy was worth the time you put into it I think I might actually pick up another historical romance novel, but only if it is written by Katherine Longshore

  6. Anna (Literary Exploration) says:

    I don t know I just have so many feelings right now and I can t get over any of them and I m just going to go curl up in a ball and cry forever because WHY WHY IS HISTORY SO CRUEL Just read this it s amazing and you ll get all the feels I swear.

  7. Sarah Mac says:

    Eh It s alright While I genuinely enjoyed GILT TARNISH, this third volume didn t hold my interest First Unlike Anne TARNISH , who continually instigates by virtue of her forceful personality, or Kitty GILT , who cannot instigate for herself but is repeatedly swept along by virtue of her servitude, Mary is a very passive lead Even when her private wishes coincide with the machinations of those around her like, say, sleeping with her own husband , she still doesn t act toward that end Eh It s alright While I genuinely enjoyed GILT TARNISH, this third volume didn t hold my interest First Unlike Anne TARNISH , who continually instigates by virtue of her forceful personality, or Kitty GILT , who cannot instigate for herself but is repeatedly swept along by virtue of her servitude, Mary is a very passive lead Even when her private wishes coincide with the machinations of those around her like, say, sleeping with her own husband , she still doesn t act toward that end She just sits there Literally She sews up a storm moons over Fitz regrets that she s nothing like her friends, then sewsmoons again bemoans the dangers her friends put themselves in by, y know, doing plot type things beyond the confines of her narrative Madge is having affairs out her ears Margaret commits treason regularly, but we rarely see this happening because they re not the narrative lenses for this story which ultimately harms the dramatic value, at least for yours truly I m a spectacularly boring person, all things considered reading, watching baseball, walking my dogs are major facets of my life But that s precisely why I prefer to read about people with a bitflamboyant oomph Mary was just passive bland.Second Bad pacing Mary Fitz s passion is as incomprehensible instalove to the reader as it is to them with all the stretches of nothingness, there sthan sufficient pagetime build some kind of realistic foundation for their epic love esp because the author is filling in gaps which have no definite record, therefore speculation is needed Yeah, I know it s portraying the tragedy of arranged political marriages between teenagers, but that doesn t mean the reader should have to take reasonable depth of character on faith Third The finale is an uber Debbie Downer Both prior books had somewhat upbeat endings, despite the lack of traditional HEAs That s fine dandy But here, it s just depressing End of story Anyway Despite my gripes, you could do worse for historical YA There were some good scenes the smothering, backstabby, brutal Tudor court comes through loud clear But the preceding books were much better

  8. Gina says:

    I was so excited to find an ARC of BRAZEN Penguin Viking by Katherine Longshore in my mailbox last week I ve read and absolutely loved her other two books, GILT and TARNISH, and I ve been looking forward to BRAZEN, which isn t due out until 6 12 14 I had a busy week planned, but I was intrigued by the taglineThere s only one man Mary Howard wants the one she s forbidden from having her husbandso I figured I d read Just A Few Pages That was it my busy week was shelved and I fl I was so excited to find an ARC of BRAZEN Penguin Viking by Katherine Longshore in my mailbox last week I ve read and absolutely loved her other two books, GILT and TARNISH, and I ve been looking forward to BRAZEN, which isn t due out until 6 12 14 I had a busy week planned, but I was intrigued by the taglineThere s only one man Mary Howard wants the one she s forbidden from having her husbandso I figured I d read Just A Few Pages That was it my busy week was shelved and I flew through 528 pages in three days BRAZEN is the story of Anne Boleyn s cousin, Mary Howard, who married King Henry VIII s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy by arrangement at the age of 14 I started the story knowing nothing about Mary and enough about Henry Fitzroy to appreciate the journey even though I knew the destination, which made the story all thebittersweet BRAZEN is a richly layered love story about two teenagers who were bound together by the politics of King Henry VIII s court and risked death if the rules were broken And can I say it now Henry VIII had all the makings of a psychopath If I had said that 500 years ago, my head would have landed in a basket I have tremendous respect for writers of historical fiction, because I think they have a responsibility to those who are no longer here to tell their story Katherine Longshore has a phenomenal voice for historical fiction, her attention to detail is just right, and she has a talent for tapping into the very soul of her characters and their story I am quite sure if Mary Howard and Henry Fitzroy were on Goodreads, they would shower BRAZEN with five stars, too

  9. christina says:

    Actual rating 4.5I m normally wary of historical fiction It doesn t make any sense, really, because a I always seem to stumble upon great historical fiction when I do dip into the genre, and b I adore history except for certain parts of American history, because they ve been bashed into my skull with those poorly written bricks the school system calls textbooks eyes YA historical fiction books with interest This was no exception, and it was, to be blunt and rather un sixteenth century l Actual rating 4.5I m normally wary of historical fiction It doesn t make any sense, really, because a I always seem to stumble upon great historical fiction when I do dip into the genre, and b I adore history except for certain parts of American history, because they ve been bashed into my skull with those poorly written bricks the school system calls textbooks eyes YA historical fiction books with interest This was no exception, and it was, to be blunt and rather un sixteenth century like, freaking amazing.I ve always been drawn to Henry VIII and his court what kinds of mental and spiritual mess ups made Henry VIII treat his wives so ruthlessly How did the wives themselves feel about this What about the several children that Henry fathered, Mary and Elizabeth most prominent among them What about the entire new religious sect that was created out of Henry s desire to divorce his wife I m talking about the Anglican Church and Catherine of Aragon, respectively There is so much potential for depth here, and that kind of opening is what intrigues me about this time period.Also, I did an entire project on Sir Thomas More in seventh grade when we were supposed to research a part of the Renaissance Fascinating, but oh so difficult A whole reference book will give you maybe two sentences about this guy But that s a story for another day This made me eveninterested in the time period and meant that I was that much happier when I heard there was a YA book about it.From the beginning of the book I was hooked Which is saying something A lot of the time, books are a slow burn for me and I like it that way But this was an exception I updated my Ello profile as I read, basically live posting what I was feeling as a little experiment, and this is what happened when I started.This is one of the most amazingly effective beginnings I ve read in a long, long time I already love the heroine, the writing is absolutely gorgeous, and there s immediate tension and beautiful character dynamics shifting into place I tend to shy away from historical reads, but this is about the Tudor court and I m already thrilled with the promise of intrigue and romance here I think I ll like this book very, very much.Mary Howard s not really a talked about figure in Henry VIII s court You maybe catch her name once or twice, but she doesn t pop up often in historical accounts Longshore did a marvelous job of bringing her to life in what I thought was a realistic and lovely way, and I was rooting for Mary the whole way through She s just so fan flipping tastic and complex and relatable Her development over the course of the novel is marked and profound She goes from uncertain and biddable to defiant and passionate She takes what it means to be strong into her own hands, and that is one of her greatest points She struggles to know her own mind and act on it throughout the book and who hasn t dealt with that The fact that she decides to take on such a universal fight within herself in such a distinctly individual way speaks volumes about her personality.Another great historical figure portrayal I feel should be recognized is that of Anne Boleyn I adored this interpretation of her stubborn, outspoken, unbreakable, emotional Ultimately she would not be silenced, not for love or power or even to save her own skin It made me care about her all the , especially during her ever growing spats with Henry VIII The unique relationship that Longshore constructed between Mary and Queen Anne and the rest of the court allowed me to get a really special insight on Anne s trials during this time I couldn t even fully imagine it ruling as the second wife of a king whose first marriage may or may not be still valid, trying not to slip into jealousy, remaining poised even as the executioner s blade gets ever closer While she may not be likable to every reader, you ll definitely have to respect her.I also think that Longshore s inclusion of positive female friendships cue girl power brought a surprisingly effective feminist element to what could have been a very girl shaming book, what with all the backstabbing in court Mary Howard, Madge Shelton, and Margaret Douglas are at their most basic level a power trio nothing can divide them, and together they have the strength to bring the world to its knees Even after huge, nasty arguments, they manage to not lose sight of what s important They forgive each other and stick with each other That kind of friendship is something I love to read about.For example, this is what I posted on Ello when I got to page 137 A prince in word and deed, she proclaims For all of us Because we deserve to be treated like princesses Let us go forth and conquer I am having SO MANY positive girl friendship feels right now WE NEED MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS.Their dialogue is so, so precious to me And Madge and Margaret are wonderful as individuals, too, complicated and well written Madge, Mary, and Margaret all think of political power from different standpoints, and they have different methods of seeking it, too Madge uses her charm and feminine wiles, and Margaret uses her regal bearing and iron will These differences make it all thewonderful that these three girls come together the way they do.But they also have time to be girly, making lists of what they find attractive in men and teasing each other consistently.I love how Mary, Madge, and Margaret can be polished ladies of the court one moment and utterly romantic, gleeful teenage girls the next It feels so realistic somehow.This is great because it shows that being a strong woman and giggling over boys are not mutually exclusive things In fact, it also shows that neither of those things cancels out having best friends If that s not a phenomenal character dynamic, I don t know what is.But on to the boys Or really THE BOY, because who else would I go into detail about This part of the review was originally just going to be as follows FITZ muffled screaming And that would have conveyed all it needed to, because this boy Oh gosh From the very first scene, I was in love He s handsome, he s respectful, he s forgiving agh And ever so slightly flirtatious, which everyone needs He and Mary grow individually but support each other with every step, building a relationship founded on selflessness and admiration.I could wax poetic about this for a very, very long time, but I ll spare you all of my fangirling and just tell you to READ THE BOOK HE S WONDERFUL.The other supporting characters are layered and interesting and occasionally a little disturbing I was pretty conflicted about Mary s brother, Hal, but I thought their sibling relationship was extremely well handled As a matter of fact, Mary s entire family was so vividly brought to life her mother and father are possibly some of the most frightening parents I ve ever read about, and their inner workings are so colorfully pulled to the surface The men of the court interacted with Mary and her friends in varied, realistic manners Henry VIII was pretty darn scary, as one might expect The court women are also really nicely played as the book progresses.And how could I review a book about such a deadly, active court without talking about the political intrigue Anyone who knows my literary tastes well will be very aware that I can t pass up an opportunity to read about court politics And Brazen has that in spades Strategies and rumors and schemes abound plenty of fun to be had by all, if you ve got the idea of fun that this book requires and this means that emotions run high It s the perfect political storm, and you know what It is perfect Period.You kind of know what s coming now, admit it the always present discussion of writing style But honestly, for this book it s worth mentioning, because the prose is so pretty that it makes me want to know how Katherine Longshore is even human The device of words and the very visceral, punch to the gut way they taste in Mary s mouth is used to great effect throughout the book, and I love it It has an almost synesthetic quality to it, and it s a really ingenious method of adding weight to all of Mary s choices and thoughts The sheer honesty of Mary s thoughts and how Longshore communicates them is brilliant And every word is important, well chosen, beautiful.Suffice it to say that I m jealous.There are a lot of really strong themes and underlying questions that Brazen asks, and they ll make you think I won t go into detail because I don t want to suddenly turn this into English class, but just go in knowing that this is a weightier book than one might initially expect.Also, this book will stab you in the heart Repeatedly and unashamedly But such is life.To conclude YES I m so happy that I went with my gut and picked up this book, despite whatever petty misgivings I might have had, because I loved it I ll definitely be checking out the other two books in Katherine Longshore s Tudor England set all standalones but interconnected , Gilt and Tarnish And please Someone read them for my sake, because WHERE IS THE FANDOM

  10. Rebecca says:

    This review contains spoilers for anyone who doesn t know basic Tudor historyReading about history can be dull I don t mean dull in a this textbook is literally putting me to sleep, I am having a fabulous dream about dinosaurs right now kind of way, not for me I love history in every way, shape, and form, whether that s a textbook or a documentary or actually visiting historical monuments and buildings and walking where famed royalty walked hundreds of years ago.The kind of dull I mean is in This review contains spoilers for anyone who doesn t know basic Tudor historyReading about history can be dull I don t mean dull in a this textbook is literally putting me to sleep, I am having a fabulous dream about dinosaurs right now kind of way, not for me I love history in every way, shape, and form, whether that s a textbook or a documentary or actually visiting historical monuments and buildings and walking where famed royalty walked hundreds of years ago.The kind of dull I mean is in an emotional sense It s one thing to read the words Anne Boleyn was beheaded in 1536 It s a step closer to real when you visit the Tower of London and walk on the Tower Green, where Anne s execution actually happened But you re always one step removed.And then Katherine Longshore s books step in and actually transport you through space, time, and emotional distance until you re actually there BRAZEN is probably the weakest of Longshore s three Tudor novels in a lot of ways it s long, the plot meanders a bit, there are a lot of scenes that could probably have been cut but I don t care about all that This is a book that told me so many things I knew before, but showed me other sides of historical events I thought I knew all about, to the point where everything felt fresh and real and utterly human This is a book that showed me Anne s execution, showed me all the details I even knew had happened how her ladies helped her removed her hood, how she took off her necklace, how she prayed and didn t realize the sword was falling when it was but showed them in a way that impacted methan any history book or tour guide ever could Because Katherine Longshore doesn t just show you the facts, she shows you the humans You know Anne as a person and her death affects you because you know her You know Henry FitzRoy dies young, and yet you pray for history to rewrite itself because he and Mary are 4ever, goddamn it Ahh Anyway Read this book Read all Longshore s books They are the real thing Pre read review OMG OMG OMG ANOTHER KATHERINE LONGSHORE TUDOR BOOK.This woman is on my must buy list.BRAZEN Yet another perfect title And GAH the plot sounds amazing I was always curious about Henry Fitzroy, so I m excited to learnabout him This sounds great