The Blonde Bookworm: Gilded Cage by Vic James -- Review

Gilded Cage by Vic James -- Review

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Title: Gilded Cage
Author: Vic James
Pages: 368 
Publishing: February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books
ISBN: 0425284158


Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


I received an email from Netgalley introducing Gilded Cage and it immediately caught my interest. The first line of the synopsis was enough for me to instantly push the "request" button on Netgalley and anxiously await my acceptance. I immediately became hooked and loved the characters and the world James created. It did have some subtle similarities to other YA books I've read, but it definitely stood out! 

I loved getting to know the characters and I especially loved the constant change between narrators and points of view. It was a little extra insight to how each character reacted to their circumstances, and the changes in points of view allowed the reader to get to know each character a little deeper. 

The magic added such a complex flair to the novel and made it unlike other YA books that I've read. There were several unexpected twists in the plot and I couldn't guess what would happen next. I read the last page and just sat there thinking, "Ok James, you're going to have to hurry up and write the next book... like NOW"! I thoroughly enjoyed Gilded Cage and would highly recommend it to lovers of fantasy YA books. 

Rating 4/5


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