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The Gilded Series, Book One

Gilded is a yummy and wonderful read. To me it felt like another retelling of Persephone. I'm sure that each culture had their own version of the myth. I found via this author that two cultures have a similar myth. I found this interesting as these cultures would have not interacted.

The setting of this book is South Korea, which was great to learn about. It had a great blend of both myth and real setting. There wasn't a love triangle and the book didn't end on a cliff hanger. I really want to see what the author has in store for the next book that is coming out in Sept. This story was pretty much wrapped up. I loved all of the descriptions of the Spirit World as well as the real world around Jae. I do wish that the book would have had a pronunciation guide, but there is a nice little glossary about what each word means.

The characters in this story have to be some of the best that I've read about. I think each one was fully developed, sneaky, and kick butt awesome! I do think that Jae could have used the tiger creature (sorry forgot his name) early on. As he was supposed to be her protector. That is really the only other issue I had with this book. But, of course in the heat of a fight, remembering to call out a name could slip your mind as you are dealing with staying alive. Jae starts out as a great kick butt girl and ends the book a hero that every Teen YA girl can look up to.

This book includes a great blend of contemporary and fantasy. It will keep you reading until the last page. It shouldn't be missed!

Book Blurb for Gilded

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 into 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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2014 5.00