Review- Gilded Cage by Vic James

Book Description

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?

My Thoughts

It was through a dear friend of mine ( who also happens to be a writer ) when I first met author Vic James, writer of `Gilded Cage`. Our encounter was brief but Vic James left a positive impression and before she left for the evening she kindly handed out a promotional poster from her newest release. Mind you- I´ve never heard nor seen anything from Vic James before so the author and her work were completely new to me. All I was told was that I had to read her work. She´s a brilliant writer. Well, okay. If my friend says she´s brilliant then she probably is. ( I so hoped she was right.)

Even if I´m not huge on dystopian stories I really enjoyed this one.

In a nutshell, `Gilded Cage` is about inequality. A world devided into two parts- the aristocrats and the commoners. The aristocrats have magical powers and the commoners, who are just normal humans, have nothing magical but have to devote 10 years of their lives as slaves to the aristocrats. Those ten years were due anytime during a commoners lifespan. ( Totally interesting, right? I sure thought so.)

Outside a nutshell ´Gilded Cage´ is so much more. It´s exhilarating, gripping, powerful and magical. A total page turner. This is a read where you gladly do an over-nighter because you just HAVE to know how the story continues. ( Sleep is overrated anyways * wave off *)

A huge surprise for me was how I easily accepted the multiple POVs. I´m usually annoyed when a story has more than two POVs. Because, let´s face it- most multi-POVs in one story are unnecessary and / or just repetitive. That´s not the case in `Gilded Cage`. Each POV was mandatory and each contributed to the story. Just like it´s supposed to be.

I can´t really say if I have any complaints now because `Gilded Cage` is the first in a series and definitely the build-up story for what´s to come. By the feel of it- there´s going to be something huge happening in the next installment ( at least I hope there will be ).

Vic James is an icredible worldbuilder and storyteller. That alone is rare combination and I fully appreciate the authors talent because without her abilities… I would have died of boredom ( that´s not really true, I would have slept. Lol )

I fully recommend `Gilded Cage´ to anyone who loves themselves a great dystopian story with lots of everything any YA reader craves.

The Cover – 5 stars ( I am so in LOVE with the cover. It´s an eye catcher )

The Story – 4 stars ( I´m not a big fan of dystopian stories but this is definitely worth it. There´s romance, corruption, Good vs. Evil, suspense and a whole lot of nail bite worthy scenes.)

The Characters – 4 stars ( I see book #1 as a build-up and because of that I thought the characters were pretty good. Very interesting, very clever and strong. Definitely interested in getting to know them more. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – I´m anxious to continue the story. Roll on book #2… I´m not getting any younger!!

I´m giving `Gilded Cage` ( Dark Gifts #1 ), by Vic James, 4 out of 5 stars.

To purchase this book all you need to do is click here and begin to read.

Enjoy! xx

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Marriage Games ( The Games Duet #1 )- C. D. Reiss

Book Description

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago. 

THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong.

My Thoughts

To be honest- I´m not a huge fan of C.D. Reiss. The only books I´ve ever read from the author were `Kick` ( Songs of Perdition #1) and `Jessica` ( Songs of Dominance #1) and I didn´t care much for both enough to continue either series.

The only reason why I bought `Marriage Games` ( The Games Duet- Part One ) was because the description sounded really good. I can tell you- it´s been weeks since I finished this read and Imma still sweatin´. The fact that I loved this story surprised me shitless.

What a story!

`Marriage Games` is a BDSM story about a marriage gone wrong from the start. How can a marriage last when it´s built upon secrets? It can´t. But when those secrets are revealed you better have a portable freezer ready to stick your head in because this is one intense, hot as hell read.

The idea of the story isn´t anything new. It´s been written about at least a hundred times before, same goes for the BDSM. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. But the way it´s told here- Brilliant.

Adam desperately wanted to save his marriage with Diana. But how far was he willing to go?

Seriously, these characters played so well together. They were a team and they functioned. But when it came down to what mattered it was either a make or break situation.

It´s passionate, unpredictable, exciting and unforgiving and you´ll feel like a live wire at the end.

Speaking of the end- The cliffhanger is one of the most brutal ones written in the history of books.

The Cover – 3 stars ( Meeh, * wave off * It´s nothing I´d go nuts over.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Perfectly angsty story with gripping elements. LOVE)

The Characters – 5 stars ( I loved both for who they were, for what they stood for, for how they dealt wth matters and how they ended. Both very powerful. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Spent beyond words. Shocking ending, terrible book hangover afterwards. Just what I was hoping for.

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I´m giving `Marriage Games` ( The Games Duet #1 ), by C. D. Reiss, 4 out of 5 stars

Click here to purchase `Marriage Games`.