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Book review: Gilded by Christina Farley

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Title: Gilded (Gilded series #1)
Author: Christina Farley
Genre: Fantasy, Young adult
Pages: 352
Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There’s also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae’s been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always been looking for.

Review:
As a person that’s interested in Korean culture, this book was totally must read for me when I’ve heard about it. Plus, it is fantasy with demi gods and there is also romance inside. What could I look for in the book?!
My expectations weren’t that high before I started because I read a lot of comments on goodreads. A lot of people wrote that book is not that great and gave it 1*. I would say that those people had really big expectations or it wasn’t just their cup of tea. There were things that I didn’t maybe like that much at all.
The book was full of mythology and you can see that the author, lovely Christina, clearly researched the theme and the culture. Which I like, a lot. It is great when an author does that without simply writing things that may not be true. Christina based her characters off her students because at that time she was teaching at the international school.
Jae Hwa is great and powerful character and you can see it as you go more into the book and meet her better. You see her love for her family and friends, that she tries her best to protect ones she cares about. Her determination keeps her motivated to keep on going with what she wants. Often she wants to leave and go back to Los Angeles but she stays in Korea and fights; fights not only for her loved ones but also for her ancestors.
We have Marc there.. Oh Marc.. He is handsome, smart, has great grades, rich; everything one girl wants. But he also has one secret that keeps him on Jae’s side. He is always there when she needs help even when she tries to push him away. Of course they fall in love but they have hardships from the start. She doesn’t understand why is he helping her and how is he involved in everything but later on Jae finds out.
The book may started a bit slow but it gets more and more interesting as you read it. There are parts that you may think are not needed in the book but don’t worry. I don’t want to spoil you too much because it will kill all the joy of reading this book. This book isn’t only about fantasy and mythology, this is also book about a young girl finding herself in the cruel world. As the book goes on, you see how Jae changes. She is not self orientated anymore, she starts to care about others more and more.
You will meet Haechi and Haemosu; I dare you to find out which one is good, which one is bad and tries to keep Jae only to himself. He gives her a nice golden bracelet that burns anyone that touches it. Specially Marc!
End of the book took me kinda off the guard, specially since this is series and first book in trilogy. But I really liked it.
Let me know your thoughts in comment section under.
Thank you for reading,
Ana

Rating: ****

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