YA Carnival Contest: The King’s Rose

Posted June 27, 2009 by shooting in Uncategorized / 53 Comments

The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby

Summary: Appointed to the queen’s household at the age of fourteen, Catherine Howard is not long at court before she catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The king is as enchanted with Catherine as he is disappointed with his newest wife — the German princess Anne of Cleves. Less than a year from her arrival at court, Catherine becomes the fifth wife of the overwhelmingly powerful, if aging, King of England.

Caught up in a dazzling whirl of elaborate celebrations, rich gowns and royal jewels, young Catherine is dizzied by the absolute power that the king wields over his subjects. But does becoming the king’s wife make her safe above all others, or put her in more danger? Catherine must navigate the conspiracies, the silent enemies, the king’s unpredictable rages, as well as contend with the ghosts of King Henry’s former wives: the abandoned Catherine of Aragon, the tragic Jane Seymour, and her own cousin, the beheaded Anne Boleyn. The more Catherine learns about court, the more she can see the circles of danger constricting around her, the threats ever more dire.

In honor of the YA Book Carnival, Alisa was kind enough to offer up a copy of her book for a giveaway so definitely think about entering. If you don’t win or can’t wait for this to end, BUY THE BOOK! It’s always great to support authors, right?
Anyway, thanks Alisa for this opportunity!


To Enter: Why do you want to read this book?

Open To: U.S. and Canada!

Ends: July 10, 2009

Prize: Signed copy of The King’s Rose

I want to thank everyone for entering the contests this week and/or holding their own. I’ll have ONE more up later today for the carnival and a contest tomorrow just for the blog (another c.d.) so please follow the blog or keep your eye out. Thanks!

53 responses to “YA Carnival Contest: The King’s Rose

  1. I would love to read this book because I am majoring in European History and love reading anything based during the time of the kings. 🙂

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  2. I want to read this book because I never liked history, but for some reason always found King Henry and his wives fascinating!


  3. I am fascinated by the stories of Henry VIII and his wives. Whenever there is a question about them on Jeopardy, I become giddy. I'm also proud of the fact that I can name the wives in order.

    I'm sure The King's Rose is MUCH better than the horribly inaccurate show The Tudors. Looking forward to reading it!


  4. I'd like to enter as well.

    I love reading about the Tudors and seeing how different authors interpret different things. So in one novel you'll see Bloody Mary shown in a harsh light, while in another book she's shown in a sympathetic way. It's fun to read.

    Also, someone who yells out another man's name (and not her husband's) while she's getting beheaded, is definitely an interesting person.

    ~ Popin

  5. It's a time period in history that I find most intriguing. Who has not wanted to know about Henry VIII? I'd like to know what made the man tick.


  6. Historical fiction has always been a favorite genre of mine. I switched to reading fantasy mostly because I felt like I'd exhausted the good young adult offerings in the genre, but this looks like a stellar addition.

    Thanks for the giveaway (and the carnival)!


  7. Historical fiction is always interesting, because not only does it offer a glimpse into a different sort of life, there's also the aspect of truth to it, that this was how things used to be in times gone by. I like that. And I've always held a particular interest in King Henry VIII. The premise of this book sounds amazing, and the cover's beautiful.

    lucidconspiracy at gmail dot com

  8. I love movies like this. So now that I'm getting back into reading, I want to read some historical fiction. Please, please, please count me in!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  9. Pam

    Ever since travelling to England and visiting many of the castles and palaces, I have been very interested in the stories behind the royals. With travelling, I've realized that history is so much richer and more interesting than simply the dates and events they teach us in school. I find the stories of the people, the culture, etc. absolutely fascinating. This book would fit right in with that.

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  10. Well, I was admittedly first attracted to it by its cover. By after reading the synopsis, and especially after having finished reading another book set in Tudor England recently (The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley), I think it is a fascinating period of time to read about, especially if done well. So many political intrigues, secrets, lies, betrayals, drama… it's like a historical Gossip Girl, or something like that!

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  11. I would like to read The King's Rose because I find this time period and King Henry VIII court fascinating.

    The bonus is the beautiful cover. 🙂


  12. I'd like to read this book simply because I just love to read about Henry and/or his wives.

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  13. I find historical drama very interesting and this looks like a good example of that, please enter me into this drawing.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  14. I want to read this book because I LOVE historical fiction books, expecially set with Kings and Queens and the like (of course I watch the Tudors)! Please enter me in!

    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Lia

    I would love to read this book because even though I don't read King Henry VIII this book really catches me eye. I really want to read it!!!

    liaborges13 @ yahoo. com

  16. Although I've never done much research on King Henry and his wives, I've always found the subject very interesting. Not to mention I've been a big fan of Alisa's ever since I first read The Blood Confession.

    Also, a good book is never denied!


  17. A comment, not an entry…..I am Australian, so don't qualify, but more importantly, I have read The King's Rose! I really enjoyed it very much, and I read alot of historical fiction. It is an excellent book, very readable, well researched, and is the Catherine Howard that I would like to think she was in reality. It is not just a YA read either, it is totally appropriate for adults too.

    Congrats to whoever wins…your in for a great read!

  18. I would like to read the book because I like to read stories that have to do with Henry VIII

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. I really like reading historical fiction. I also like reading about the Tudor time as I find it very intriguing. Besides, the cover is very cool. 🙂


  20. I would like to read it because it sounds great and I enjoy historical novels

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  21. I love anything to do with the Tudors and have most of Philippa Gregory's Tudor series and here and there of other books having to do with them. I just love that era it's such an awesome read and study. I'd like to go into this contest 🙂

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

  22. I would love to be entered in this contest because I have always been intrested in the Tudor family mostly King Henry the eighth and his six wives. I am always interested in Tudor books, and how each person in the Tudor family has their own story to tell. This story sound so intresting and I would like to learn more about king Henry's Fifth wife and how her story goes

  23. I'd love to read this book because I love reading about the Tudors, and I've heard great things about this book!

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  24. I've always found reading about the Tudors interesting, but Henry VIII has always been my favorite. There are so many things he did then that we now find totally common and normal, but in his time it was all so wrong and scandalous, but he did it anyways. So many things came out of his time, that were amazing, but things like all his wives overshadowed a lot of them. But his wives and everything they were and everything they represent, make a lot of the history that we know, worth knowing and worth caring about. Each wife he had, made a deeper impact than the last and out of every reason he had to get rid of each, Catherine Howard was definitely the most scandalous out of them all.


  25. Why did I miss this! Did I miss it? I have wanted to read this book for MONTHS. I love Tudor history, be it Henry, Mary, Edward or Elizabeth. The family fascinates me. I watched a BBC production on Henry VIII that was out of this world if your into that kind of thing.

    khal5671 AT mwcc DOT edu

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