We are back with another BBNYA book tour! This time however I could not be anymore excited because it is my turn to review yet another book from one of my favourite authors Josie Jaffery! As always hosted by my favourite @The_WriteReads as always a massive thank you to Dave for having me on this tour!
Today I am reviewing The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey and *SPOILER ALERT* I LOVED IT.
However you are probably not shocked by this as it includes some of my favourite things. Mystery, Drama and more importantly VAMPIRES. Now if we are being honesty who does not have a little soft spot for Vampires.
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Josie is the author of nine self-published novels plus short stories. She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA), for which she is seeking representation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.
After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.
She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.
Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.
Her website is here if you want to learn more!
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.
There is really no surprise here that I absolutely loved this book. Not only did I fall in love with the book but I found myself falling head over heels for the characters also. If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that I may as well be Josie’s number one fan, I fell in love with her writing when I had the opportunity to read May Day! I was hooked then and I have not been disappointed this time round! I would like to point out that as someone who forms connections to the characters I wish I had read reviews prior to reading The Gilded King because the ending had me screaming out loud.
I loved how we got to explore the world through the eyes of the characters and I have to admit for once I really enjoyed the changing perspectives. I felt like it gave us time to learn more about the characters individually. However this itself means I formed a slight obsession for both Cam and Julie. We shall never know if thats a good thing or not but I will include it as a warning.
Small side note if like me you get way to into a book and a little character obsessed I would strongly recommend reading the ending on your own. Not in a room of people who could potential get scared when you out loud scream at the ending. Yes! I had to learn this the hard way!
Does this sound like something you would read? If you have read it let me know your thoughts!