Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gilded

5 things you need to know about Jae Hwa Lee:
She's Korean-American.
She's 16.
She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
She's an expert archer with a Korean horn bow.
And the Korean demigod, Haemosu, wants her for his bride.

Gilded, by Christina Farley, is a fun YA magical adventure. After Jae's mother dies of cancer, her father decides to move back to Seoul, Korea. There, he enrolls Jae at the International School where she meets a boy named Marc who makes her feel awkward and tongue-tied every time they talk, and whose smile makes her blush a bright fiery red. Jae has one other problem, a much more serious one. She's the oldest daughter in her family and a direct descendant of Princess Yuhwa, the very first girl stolen away by Haemosu generations ago. And now Haemosu has come for Jae. Somehow Jae must find a way to fight him off, free the souls of her dead ancestors, and break their family curse forever. All while keeping up with her schoolwork. Luckily, she has her grandfather's help. The Blue Dragon's magical bow. And Marc.

I think what I enjoyed most about this novel is how Farley is able to mix together modern-day life in Seoul with so many ancient Korean folktales and myths; it makes for a fascinating setting. But I also liked Jae. She's impulsive and makes some dumb mistakes, but she's also a spunky 16-year-old girl dealing with some pretty fantastic stuff. And her hesitant relationship with Marc made me smile. After all, it's hard enough being a teenage girl without also having to deal with destiny and a bunch of mythological monsters come to life. I probably won't read the sequel, but I did enjoy Gilded.


Happy Reading!

13 comments:

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    1. It was a fun YA read. And different than other books I've been reading lately, so that made for a nice change.

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  2. Sounds like an intriguing mix of adventure and romance! Nice to hear you enjoyed this. Fab review, Lark! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for your comment. :)

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  3. This sounds like a fun read and I've to admit the modern Korea setting mixed with Korean folklore is a huge draw to me. :)

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    1. That was my favorite part of the novel!

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  4. This looks like fun! I've seen it show up on Amazon Kindle sales occasionally; next time, I think I'll buy it. I've been wanting to read some fantasy with more diverse characters and cultural backgrounds, and this book would definitely qualify.

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    1. The Korean mythology and folk stories woven through this book is what made me want to recommend it. :)

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  5. I've never heard of this one, but it sounds really good. I like the idea of mixing modern-day Korea with ancient culture and stories. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, too!

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  6. This does sound like a really good book. Thanks for the review.

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