A Celebration of Gilded

b2ap3_thumbnail_Gilded_final-cvr-comp_12-11-13A Korean god. An ancient curse. Can she escape becoming GILDED?

Tomorrow Christina Farley releases her debut young adult novel GILDED into the world, so we at the BookYard are celebrating!!

First, what’s all the fuss about? Well, we’ll tell you! And we’ll also tell you where you can get GILDED for yourself!

About GILDED: 

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There’s also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own — one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae’s been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always been looking for.

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“An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day–she’s exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs.” – Beth Revis, NY Times Bestselling author of Across the Universe series

“Farley brings South Korea’s fascinating culture and mythology into vivid detail in this shining debut, and Jae is a compelling heroine. An exotic, thrilling read, GILDED had me utterly entranced!” – Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN and VITRO

Here’s a video about the inspiration for GILDED:

And here’s a pretty sweet trailer for GILDED:


So now that you’re all psyched for GILDED, here’s why we’re all psyched for GILDED!

I’m so excited to read a YA fantasy with a multicultural protagonist and, not only that, with a setting outside of the U.S.! GILDED sounds like a luscious, thrilling story with a lot to explore and savor. ~ AdriAnne Strickland, author of Wordless

Soul-stealing Korean gods? A heroine who sounds totally kick ass? Yes, yes, and more yes. I love all things YA fantasy and I, like AdriAnne, am also super intrigued about the setting for this one! Can’t wait to get my hands on it :) ~ Stefanie Gaither, author of Falls the Shadow

I can’t wait to read GILDED and meet Jae because she sounds like a Korean Buffy who doesn’t take crap. I like that. Add in a hot boy with a secret (and kissing? Please tell me there’s kissing) and I’m so in. ~ Danielle Ellison, author of SaltSage, and Follow Me Through Darkness

It’s the mythology that gets me with this one. I’ve always been fascinated by writing that responds in some way to those stories at the very foundation of our civilization. And Korean mythology is totally new to me. I’m so ready to dig in to GILDED! ~ Mary Crockett, coauthor of Dream Boy

A different kind of mythology set in Korea – who wouldn’t jump at the chance to read this book? I have a soft spot for multicultural books and the fact that it sounds like such a kickass YA Fantasy only makes this better! Can’t wait for GILDED! ~ Rin Chupeco, author of The Girl from the Well

Korean gods, curses, and a romance with secrets? Anyone looking for more diversity in YA or fantasies that go beyond Western culture will be thrilled with GILDED! ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder of Magpies

I love the idea of using books to travel to totally different places. I cannot wait to see Korea through the lens of GILDED! ~ Skylar Dorset, author of The Girl Who Never Was

Leave us a comment about why you are excited for GILDED tomorrow!

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