I'm back everyone! I have been DYING to post this review!!! As you can see, the formatting of my post is way different. Today we’re celebrating the release of BRAZEN by Christina Farley! Brazen is the third and final book in the Gilded series about a sixteen-year old girl who must use her martial art skills and wits to save her family, friends, and country from an evil Korean god.
Be sure to pick up the letter for this stop at the end of this post to earn extra points in the Kindle Fire or $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Collect all the letters during the blog tour to spell out the secret message to earn more points.
About the Book:
*The author gave me an ARC of this book for an honest review*
As I said, my formatting of this review is different. This is my very first blog tour and I'm so happy to be a part of it! Christina has been super nice and helpful during my struggles to understand the blog tour concept, haha. So without further a do, let's begin!
Brazen was honestly my favorite book out of the three. The first two dealt with Korean myths and stories and how they came true. Don't get me wrong, that was really interesting to learn about. I honestly haven't thought about different culture's myths, but the Gilded series really enraptured me in the Korean myths.
The last book, Brazen, is a continuous of the second book, which left us off at a huge cliff-hanger. I enjoyed this book more than the others just because it has so much more action in it, and the chemistry between Jae Hwa and Marc was just so much more defined, in my opinion.
Unlike the others, this one held a lot more action and a lot less story line. Maybe I'm wrong, but every page was filled with plotting against Kud, trying to get Marc back, or fighting in her badass ninja way. Each page was filled with so many lively events or conversations that I couldn't put the book down. So, I highly suggest you go grab this book if you guys love enthralling storylines.
Christina Farley did such a better job at capturing Jae and Marc's love in this book. They might have been apart for a good chunk of the book, but in the previous books, Jae became somewhat annoying every time she thought of him or got annoyed with his protective nature. Though on the other hand, Marc was vexing when he became too overprotective. This differs from Brazen, where I understood Jae's longing for love, not just with Marc, but for her father and best friend, too. And I also liked Marc's obvious war within himself between protecting the girl he loves and doing what's required of him.
Marc and Jae's love conflict is SO ON POINT. The deal with me is, in books, the more realistic it is, the better. I don't like when everything is too perfect, or they both get mad over the littlest things. Being a writer myself, I understand the struggle it is to capture a realistic scene on a page of black and white. So if they're both separated, one good and one 'evil', they shouldn't be all "la de da, I know they're good inside". I feel as if they should do exactly what Christina did in Brazen! So thank you, Christina, for capturing that great friction of love.
Brazen, had me intrigued through the whole series. Truly. Okay honestly, I didn't know if Christina was going to pull a huge plot twist and change the outcome of who Jae actually falls for. My heart was with the right one, but I'm not going to lie, I was intrigued to think about how it would be like if somehow, she picked...the other ;)
Besides the obvious curiosity of the outcome, I was also intrigued by the different faces of Kud, the antagonist of the story. Not literally, since he does have many faces... but the little messages he sent out that made you feel like maybe all he wanted (besides ultimate power) was love. Man, I normally hate the antagonist, but for some reason, he just made me want to read more about him. Which shows as to how good Christina was at making her characters very dynamic instead of just having one personality.
Overall, I was really fond of this book. It's not everyday I read a book about Korean myths, and I'm so grateful to be reviewing this book. The story pulls you in, and doesn't let you go until you're on the last page, sighing because of that awesome ending <3
I want to thank Christina again for allowing me to read her book and be a part of this awesome- and my first ever- blog tour! It's been a blast to see everyone's review :D
Now to all of my readers, be sure to pick up a copy of Brazen! Links are above! If you haven't started the series yet, you really need to! I found myself pleasantly surprised how emotional I got in some parts of the book xD
That's my review for today! But don't forget, we also have a giveaway below!!! You guys do NOT want to pass this one up!
About the Author:
CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author of the Gilded series, a YA contemporary fantasy series set in Korea. GILDED was nominated for Korea's 2014 Morning Calm, Ohio's 2015 Buckeye award, and the Tome’s It List. As a child, she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. Christina's adventures sparked her to write stories, infusing the real world with fantasy. Currently she writes from home in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown.
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To celebrate the release of BRAZEN, Christina is giving away a Kindle Fire (US only) and a $50 Amazon gift card (international). The letter for this stop is A. Collect all the letters from the blog tour to earn more points!