Release Date: March 1st, 2014
Series: Gilded #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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.
I love all types of mythology, and it was so exciting to see GILDED come out with it’s heavy Korean influence. Korean culture is something I know very little part. Luckily for use, the mythology plays a heavy part in the story of GILDED!
I could not deal with the romance
The romance is what ruined the book for me. Okay, there was a bit more but it was what had me rolling my eyes in the beginning. It’s so cliche and insta-lovey. The MC (whose name I’ve already forgotten oops) spent a lot of time thinking about the love interest and his dreamy eyes and oh what he must think of her dressed up. There was even an “I love you” exchange within two weeks of actually talking to each other (no proper dating yet). I just cannot deal.
I don’t know how I feel about the writing style
GILDED is written in present tense. Normally I don’t mind present tense because it helps drag you into the story, but this time… I don’t know. It was clunky, it didn’t flow as well as I’ve experienced in the past. Also the characters communicated in text speech and NO THANKS.
Creepy villain is creepy
I can’t fault the creepiness of our villain god. He’s super obsessive and stalkery which made him creepy. He did make things intense once he started popping up, trying to capture our heroine.
Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll continue
While I did enjoy the story of GILDED overall, there were a lot of tiny elements that really got on my nerves. These added up enough for me to decide that I’m no longer interested in continuing the series.
GILDED was a book I was looking forward to mostly due to the heavy influence of Korean culture and mythology. While that was interesting, all the other parts of the story and it’s construction weren’t that impressive. The romance in particular got on my nerves.