The two stories run along parallel lines—both authors animate mythology to create a modern fantasy novel. Murals come to life, amulets glow, and at one point Jae Hwa finds herself draped in a millennium-old wedding dress. The unique setting and use of mythology are clever and creative. Farley has clearly done her historical homework.
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The two stories run along parallel lines—both authors animate mythology to create a modern fantasy novel. Murals come to life, amulets glow, and at one point Jae Hwa finds herself draped in a millennium-old wedding dress.
The unique setting and use of mythology are clever and creative. Farley has clearly done her historical homework. Despite the great setting, there was something lacking.
The book is too teenager-ey—the characters, plot, and writing are under-developed. Or better yet, give the romance a bit part instead of a supporting role. Jae Hwa is tough and independent, but her best friend is clingy, likes to shop, and only talks about superficial topics. It was hard for me to believe their close friendship. As the novel progresses, their relationship becomes more strained because Jae Hwa is always off fighting supernatural creatures, but the conflict disappears abruptly at the end of the novel without Jae Hwa having to work for it.
On the positive side, Gilded features some great discussions of race and ethnicity. Where will this series go? The book ends well as a stand-alone story, but not necessarily as the beginning of a series. I expected several plot points to remain unanswered, or a new problem to arise, but everything is tied up a little too well.
Overall, I liked the book. It had a great setting with an unusual use of mythology, and was engaging to read. Share this:.
Brazen by Christina Farley
My face feels as if its turning as red as kimchi. Im out of breath, and my nerves are fried squid. Never once in my life have I ever had a thought along the line of "Man, I feel as limp as a bowl of Pho noodles. Just NO. This review will be sprinkled with profanity, rage, and random insertions of hot Korean men gifs that serve no purpose whatsoever. Because I can.
Review: Gilded by Christina Farley
Pub Date 01 Mar Description 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. 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. 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.