Saturday, March 25, 2017

REVIEW: Gilded Cage by Vic James


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 their 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?
 Hate when books with such a good blurb just fall flat.

When I read the prologue to Gilded Cage, I had very high hopes. Those hopes just disappeared after every chapter. 

This book had so much potential to bring in magic and mystery but omg too much political drama that was just these privileged folks yelling nonsense at each other.

The main characters are Abi and Luke but they really did not hold my interest like Silyen did. For that matter, we don’t even get a real answer on whether Silyen is a true villain or not because he sure as fuck does some heroish shit in the mix of his manipulation tactics, more so than Luke if I do say so myself. 

The book had the plot of slavery and privilege but it is just left hanging at the end. 

What happened to the murder of Libby’s mom? What about those Jardine’s who have the skill and those who don’t?!

Why was none of this touched upon to make me WANT the continuations? 

Gilded Cage moved too slow and didn’t choose the right characters to focus the attention on in my opinion.