book reviews

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Pub Date: November 2nd, 2021

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After months of not being in the right mood for this Rumplestiltskin retelling I finally read this! I wish I had known it was a duology because I was at like 90% and I thought it was going to wrap up and then it JUST ENDED.

I think the vibes were perfect for dark sort of spooky times (again, my mood really decided to think it was spooky season in January, but whatever.) The characters were interesting and I was definitely hooked once the retelling really started to unravel!

I would highly recommend this if you enjoy dark and sort of twisted retellings, especially because this one definitely took a turn I didn’t expect it to take!

I did think the beginning was a bit slow to build up, especially because it didn’t feel like there was any world building involved. Every time a new creature or the hunt was mentioned, it felt like it was just thrown in and we were already supposed to know it. I wasn’t really able to imagine any of the creatures because I felt like I didn’t really have a grasp on what any of them looked like, but I didn’t mind it once I got past the first maybe 15%.

The ending was. Really well done and I was really surprised because I didn’t expect a sequel. I loved the way the story Serilda told slowly built up to a really interesting reveal. While I wasn’t completely surprised, it was really cool to see the way it was done.

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