Gilded : Gilded

  • by Christina Farley
  • Narrated by Greta Jung
  • Series: Gilded
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Fresh Fun in a Fabulous Setting

One of the first things that struck me about Gilded, besides its ridiculously cool cover designed by Abby Kuperstock, was how fresh the story seemed. If you examine any individual element, it's been done before: protagonist girl with abilities of which she is unaware and a willingness to go where angels dare not tread, the cool and slightly shy boyfriend who the object of the gorgeous girl's desire, the over-worked and slightly overbearing widowed father who hides his true care and concern under a gruff exterior and the insanely powerful, other-worldly bad guy. Then again, I and the best chefs in Paris can use the same ingredients to prepare a meal but you'll want to eat the end result of their cooking over mine. While there is nothing really new under the sun, Christian Farley melds the characters, worlds, writing style and narrative elements to make something really fresh and new. The writing is clear, the dialog crisp and the storyline twisty enough to be fun and keep you guessing while not so winding that you can't remember your way.

As I often do, I went between the Kindle and Audible versions (using Whispersync for Voice to keep a smooth transition). Greta Jung did a beautiful job narrating, fully allowing you to immerse in Jae's world. Her pacing was spot on; I particularly liked her smooth-talking Haemosu.
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While this is not my favorite type of book, overall I really enjoyed it, holding my intrest from start to finish. It's squeaky clean & perfect for the whole family to read together.
There's a couple of kisses, explained in detail, because of the deep feelings involved. But no one starts explaining how the rest of their body begins to feel, while they're kissing... the way "Young Adult" novels do.
& while the main character Jay, is super fighsty, the language is clean. Clean without being a geek. The worst thing she might say is "go to hell!"...
I would catagorize this book as a "Classic Adventure" for the whole family, the kind you read more than once.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio