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Gilded: The St. Croix Chronicles

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION┬┐s Pack Alpha ┬┐ Michelle L. Olso

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L. Olson:

    I really enjoyed the first installment of Karina’s ST CROIX CHRONICLES, "Tarnished", but the sequel blew me
    away. My exact, 'first thought' words upon completion were:  "Hells bells & damn Karina... You butter us up for
    a book & a 1/2 and then drop THAT on us!?  Just  wow. The series is getting better & darker & I want the next
    one now!"

    Once again we're immersed in a split world, that of London above and below, where the line between
    the classes is darkly drawn, and where Cherry is not quite completely a part of either.

    Gilded picks up where Tarnished left off with Cherry trying to fit in with the upper-crusters of London above,
    but continuing her work as a Collector below the drift as she tries to get over the ordeal she went through
    in Tarnished.

    Immediately upon starting out she's battling her demons, both real-world and inner, while trying to make her
    chaperone happy by entertaining the advances of Lord Compton and attending soirees. In true Cherry St. Croix
    fashion however, she remains outspoken and doesn't shy away from her love of science and the mystery
    therein, thereby shocking and scandalizing society and intriguing Lord Compton all the more. 

    The heart of Gilded revolves around Cherry’s quest to solve Lady Rutledge's riddle about some mysterious
    murders of professors while still playing a game of cat and mouse with the mysterious collector who both
    hindered and helped her in Tarnished.

    Once again Karina weaves a wonderfully magical tale of Victorian Gothic literature using some of the best
    aspects of the classics we all know and love and gives us an utterly spell-binding read. 

    Not only was the mystery amazing, the action was captivating, and that ending... holy cow!  I said I wasn't going
    to forget Tarnished anytime soon, that goes doubly for Gilded.  I absolutely cannot wait for the next book!

    LITERAL ADDICTION gives Gilded 4 1/2 Skulls. 

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

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    Cherry St. Croix is a lady of Society that is living a dual life

    Cherry St. Croix is a lady of Society that is living a dual life with that of a Collector. She has 2 men that make her pulse increase and a serial killer toying with her. Her life is unconventional so she doesn’t understand the interest of the Earl. Never wanting to lose her freedom, Cherry must continue to make drastic choices to insure her future. 

    Gilded is highly complex and I’ve decided not to give any more story details in fear that I may give away something that you should experience for yourself.

    This book was bloody brilliant. My reaction after reading Gilded was bereft that it is over and a bit of awe at what a marvelous story! I love steampunk and if you looked up the definition of steampunk this book should be referenced. It had a fabulous historical atmosphere with the perfect amount of gadgets and scientific advanced! I loved this book. Karina Cooper weaved a fantastic, riveting tale that sucked me into this fabulous world she created. I was literally hanging on every word and shocked by the explosive ending. My only complaint is waiting for the next book in The St. Croix Chronicles. Gilded is a fast paced, action packed adventure with an imperfect heroin. Perfectly crafted story, that you definitely don’t want to miss. Gilded is 5 Stars and definitely joining those special books on my favorite shelf.

    This copy of Gilded was given to me by Edelweiss and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date: December 26, 2012.

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