Gilded Cage: {ARC Review}

Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Publisher: Del Rey Spectra
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.

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?



**Thank you to Netgalley and Del Rey Spectra for granting me access to this title in exchange for an honest review. 

Holy wow. I honestly had no expectations going into this but they were shattered throughout the entire book. I started Gilded Cage on September 5th on the early afternoon and by the end of the night I had already finished it and was clamoring for book two. 

What sets this book apart from others is the multiple POVs. Sometimes, the multiple viewpoints can either really make or break a book. In this case, I loved how it was done. It allowed me to really get to know the different characters rather than trying to get to know them from a different character. 

Gilded Cage was lovely, but also very horrifying. There are some terrible things that happen in the book that honestly left me shocked. In a modern world that forces slavery on the "common" people for 10 years, awful things are bound to happen, and they most certainly do. The writing was wonderful, albeit a little lengthy at some parts.

I will say that James really takes the reader on a serious roller coaster of emotions and hope. When something good happened, I had hope for the characters and then something else would happen, and all the hope would vanish. I believe the main focus of the book is on Luke, as he is in the worst predicament. His situation only gets worse as the book goes on, and the ending left me shocked beyond words. Abi's ending was also shocking, and I am extremely interested to see what happens to those two.

Silyen was the most confusing character out of the bunch. I still don't know whose side he is on, and if his intentions will ultimately be for good or evil. I'm also worried about want Gavar could possibly want with Daisy. Nobody is safe in this world!

Gilded Cage is an alternate world where certain truths are still present: "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

Put this book on your list and read it. It will blow you away!

     

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