AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: Gilded Cage(Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

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Summary:

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 Review:

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: No, just no.

Disclosure: Received an eArc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: December 1, 2016 (eBook) February 14,2017 (Physical) . No spoilers

DNFed at 46%

I don’t think I was reading the same book everybody else has been talking about. I went into this book thinking it would be dark and mysterious, but all I got was a whole bunch of nothing and typical cliches.

I don’t want to spoil this book in case anyone does want to read it but, this was just bad to me honest. I never felt such a disconnection to a book before, nothing clicked with me nothing. It was painful to read this, it read like a bad fanfiction so bad I couldn’t even tell who the author was trying to emulate.

It felt like the author was trying to make this book into something it’s not. It wasn’t dark, just painfully uninteresting and no characters could redeem it. The world building was even worse than the characters, it was just regular old London with some dystopian land thrown in there.

I just could not force myself to read this book anymore. I don’t know what other people are seeing in this book because this just seems like a big waste of time to me and not a very good waste of time.

 

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