In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .”


*I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. This book came out on February 14th, 2017. All opinions stated are my own.*

Anyone who has been following this blog or my YouTube channel for any length of time knows that dystopian is my favorite genre to read from. Anytime dystopian is mentioned in the synopsis of a book, I usually read it right away. So when I received an ARC of this book on NetGalley and it said it was a dystopian with fantasy elements, I was like I NEED IT NOW!

A year after I first received it, I finally read it.

I must say that I was kind of disappointed by this book.

Going in, I didn’t know much. If I am being completely honest, the only things I knew going in were that 1) I love the cover of this book, and 2.) it was a dystopian. That’s it.

Maybe I should have researched it a little more before officially accepting this book for review.

Starting off with the characters, this is one element I did really like about this book. I loved how we got more than one points of view. Luke and his sister were my favorites to read from but I also liked getting the POV of one of the villains. It made for a very interesting character dynamic. They all grew as characters as the story developed which good. Overall, very enjoyable characters.

Then going into the plot, this is where I had most of my problems. I felt the plot either moved too quickly at times or too slowly. It kind of went back and forth throughout the entire book. Was it enjoyable when I could understand what was going? Yes but at the same time the pacing issues this book had kind of drove me crazy.

Overall, I’m kind of not sure what to think about this book. There were obviously both positives and negatives. It is a very interesting book to read if you are a fan of both the dystopian as well as the fantasy genres. I am interested in continuing on with the series so hopefully I’ll pick up the next book soon.

RATING: 3.5/5