Gilded: The St. Croix Chronicles

Gilded: The St. Croix Chronicles

by Karina Cooper

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In the gleaming heights of Victorian London, a world of deception awaits an unconventional Society lady whose taste for adventure makes her a most formidable adversary . . .

Though Society demands that I make a good marriage, I, Cherry St. Croix, have neither the time nor the interest. I am on the trail of a murder with no victim, a mystery with no motive, and the key to an alchemical formula that could be my family's legacy.

Yet the world is not so kind as to let me pursue simple murder and uncomplicated bounties. Above the foggy drift, an earl insists on my attention, while my friends watch my increasingly desperate attempts to remain my own woman. From the silken demands of the Midnight Menagerie—to whose dangerously seductive ringmaster I owe a debt—to the rigorous pressures of the peerage, all are conspiring to place before me a choice that will forever change my life.

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ISBN-13: 9780062127662
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Series: St. Croix Chronicles Series , #2
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, Karina Cooper was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and learned how to adapt to the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing Paranormal Romance because, really, who doesn't love hot men and a happy ending?

When she isn't writing about things that go bump in the night, Karina designs Steampunk and neo-Victorian couture for gentleman hobbyists and ladies of questionable reputation. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, three cats, one rabbit and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

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Gilded: The St. Croix Chronicles 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
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. 
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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.