The first book in Marissa Meyer’s Gilded series

Synopsis: Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes. When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her…for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain. Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.

I really freaking hate when I buy a book just assuming it would be a stand alone (like one of her other books) and not actually researching, and then coming to a cliffhanger only to find out it’s the first book in a dang series!!! And that the second book isn’t even coming out until November! NOVEMBER!!!! That’s like Seven months away!

I really enjoyed this book. Her stories are so fun! Her retellings are captivating and whimsical and I just can’t get enough of them! She never goes in the traditional direction you’re expecting these classic fairytales to go which is one of the things that I love about it, it’s so unexpected and surprising.

The characters were decent, I liked Gild and a few of the others were fun, the main character Serilda is a little bratty at times and quite shallow. But I still enjoyed reading this book despite her attitude and her idiocy.

It was a very large book —which is why i assumed it was a stand alone!— I think it could have been quite a few pages shorter and had the same story without as many drawn out parts. Depending where the story goes from here I think It definitely could have been a stand alone.. unless there’s a lot that is going to be added to her next book.. but this one could have been cut it half and it wouldn’t have lost anything. But I may just be bitter that I have to wait months for a second book.

Overall it was a really fun read. If you love fairytale retellings or love any of her other books, I would absolutely recommend this one.

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