5 Things About Gilded by Christina Farley

August 20, 2017 Review 10 ★★★

5 Things About Gilded by Christina Farley
Gilded by Christina Farley
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Publisher: Skyscrape
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 352
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 received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Korean Mythology

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.

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Rating Report
Overall: 2.6

10 Responses to “5 Things About Gilded by Christina Farley”

  1. Julie @ Happily Ever Chapter

    Sorry to hear that this one didn’t work out for you. I hadn’t heard of it before now but the synopsis intrigued me and the idea of Korean mythology thrown is something that interests me. The insta-lovey romance is a big turn off for me tho, along with the text speech issues. I will probably just end up skipping this one. Great honest review
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  2. Tyler H. Jolley

    Instalove, the book killer for me as well. I am still intrigued by the Korean Mythology though. I’m not familiar with it in any way. It might be worth a read just to immerse myself in that. Thanks for the review.

    • Bec

      Instalove ruins so many things -_- I hope if you do get it from the library you have a better experience with it

    • Bec

      I really wanted it to be good :( It had such potential and and such an interesting concept. WHY MUST IT DISAPPOINT ME SO

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