The Gilded King (Sovereign #1)

Book Details (8)Synopsis:

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

My review
(FIRST OFF CAN I JUST ANNOUNCE THAT I GOT TO READ THIS BOOK IN CENTRAL PARK. I know I never include my own pictures of books but I just could not pass up this opportunity!!!!)

Rating: 4.75 stars

Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I go into all books hoping for the best. Really, I do. And it tends to feel like you’re rummaging around in a mixed bag whenever you’re a book lover with high expectations. Some stories rise up to impress you, and some don’t. It’s the name of the game.

Thankfully this one rose up even more than I expected. 

I’ll be honest. I don’t usually mess with vampires. Vampires haven’t been my thing since Twilight. And when I accepted this review request from the author, I somehow missed the part about vampires (this is where we awkwardly laugh about the one time I waited to do my research on a book until after I agreed to review it and was suddenly petrified that I’d come across something that I was going to loathe and have to mean about). But guess what? I can admit when I am wrong! This was great.

First of all, Josie Jaffrey is a seriously talented writer. She somehow built an entire postmodern world that I felt completely a part (and simultaneously frightened) of. Her writing style hooked me immediately, which is something that I truly value in an author. This book could’ve fallen behind for me and I still wouldn’t have hated it because Jaffrey’s writing could easily make up for a slow or boring plot.

But alas, this story has neither a slow nor boring plot! We are immediately submerged into this thrilling futuristic world that is legitimately intriguing. The story kind of bounces between two parallels- the Red and the Blue. We have two main characters, Julia and Cameron, who are very different characters with very different stories. At first, I’ll admit that I assumed that Jaffrey would play up the male and female viewpoints and make them a love interest for each other. But you know what they say about assuming, right?

So Julia and Cameron’s chapters both have different stories to tell, but the end game is that those the character’s don’t come together, the stories do! And in such a creative way, might I add. I fail to understand how one person’s mind can even be so innovative that the product is a world so meticulously well thought out as this one. I found myself completely mystified several times throughout the story at the depths of which Jaffrey went to make this story come together.

Let’s talk characters! My favorite line ever: All of them felt properly written. When you have a book that requires a lot of outside voices beyond the main characters, you sometimes come across a lot of two dimensional ones. A lot of the time an author just finds more value in building up the main characters instead of focusing too much on supporting ones. Which isn’t always a big problem, but sometimes can make the story line seem a little too fake (throwing in random characters at your convenience to help the story along just doesn’t always seem the most realistic). However, this book found a way to build all of the characters enough for you to understand motives, personalities, etc. There are characters strategically placed in the beginning of the book that seem unimportant at first glance, but come to mean a lot more to the story. I definitely hated some characters (*cough* Rufus *cough*) but not because they were poorly crafted, but because they were just awful human beings/not human beings.

The best part about this book is that it’s a series and I don’t have to be angry that the author just left me hanging like that. There is more!!! And I am so effin excited about it. I don’t think I’ve been so interested in a series since Uglies. (upon further research I also discovered that Jaffrey has a “pre” series to this one, which I am now desperate to get my hands on)

And, ladies & gents, The Silver Queen, the second installment for this series, comes out October 17th, 2018. Two days away, y’allllllll. Rest assured I’ve already got a copy coming my way (thank you so much to Josie Jaffrey for letting me proclaim my love to these books in her emails and sending me the second book), so you can count on it that I will be letting you know how that one goes as well. I’m an honest believer that good series get better with every installment ( until the last one of course because it’s the end :,( ), so I have high hopes that this one will keep to that tradition!

Links to preorder The Silver Queen:


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