Tudor England is my favorite time period to read about. There's something about the intrigue and gossip that takes place in the court of Henry VIII that fascinates me. Me and my friend will do anything to experience this era: books, movies, even TV shows (The Tudors, anyone?). When I heard about The King's Rose, I was so excited. It was another Tudor book, but it was also about Catherine Howard, a queen that I didn't know much about. Unfortunately, I wasn't very impressed with this book. First, I felt like it should have started with Catherine first arriving at court and then Henry taking an interest in her. Instead, it started right when the king was about to propose to Catherine. This made the book choppy and also didn't leave room for much background information. Next, the plot moved millimeter by millimeter. Nothing happened. Sure, Catherine went to a ball and then got a new dress, oh and went to this palace for Christmas, blah blah blah. It was so boring and I couldn't understand why nothing was going on. This made it hard for me to get into. Finally, the last forty pages there was some action, but a little too late considering it was 292 pages long. Overall, The King's Rose wasn't too too bad, but if you're looking for a good read about the Tudors, get a book by Philippa Gregory instead.
6 out of 10.
Release Date: March 19, 2009