Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Brazen-Christina Farley

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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.

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series website. Watch GILDED’s book trailer here!

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.

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*** I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author 🙂 
From the beginning of this series, I fell in love with the rich Korean culture and myths that leapt off the pages and made reading magical again. The balance of light and dark, the lies, the danger, and suspense all culminate in an explosive and unexpected finale. 
PROS:
  • Jae has come so far from the sort of timid girl we were  introduced to. The fate of the world rests in her hands, her love for her heritage, her culture, and the legacy of her family propel her through dark and harrowing times. Jae is faced with horrific decisions, she’s incredibly real, she makes mistakes, and at her heart is a fierce young woman with her heart on the line asking to be loved. 
  • A dizzying combination of suspense, matrial arts, legend and Korean gods, the beautiful, structured portrait of South Korea interwines with the etheral, whimiscal worlds of the “good” gods and the sadistic, twisted one of Kud. 
  • Some parts are edge-of-you-seat thrill rides mixed with BA fight scenes and epic magical battles. Others are moments of heartache and loss. As Jae collides with her past, her sacrifices become more raw, more painful. She starts to wonder if what she gave up was worth it? Jae is resourceful and courageous, she butts heads with the gods and refuses to back down, and while she can’t be sure of her choices, she questions and I love tha about her, she won’t go down without a fight.
  • The tension between Jae and Kud is suprising and a little horrifying. Humanity is at odds with knowledge. Their antagonistic, playful, and yes, sometimes violent interactions were a twist that had me questioning what would happen next.
  • Marc and the other warriors are full of awesome traditions and the keepers of history. As if that’s not cool enough, their marital arts skills are on point. Marc is at war with himself. His history with Jae, the wounds that are still fresh, and feelings that never melted away make him choose a side in an impossible situation. Moments between Jae and Marc are complex BUT SWOONY. 
 CONS:
  • Parts were action after action in style and it felt a bit robotic. Especially the first few chapters but as the story progressed, things flowed much better. 
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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.


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 _E__Collect all the letters from the blog tour to earn more points!

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Review: Gilded-Christina Farley

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“He presses me to him, and my arms wrap around his neck, loving how perfect his body feels. His lips kiss my forehead, breath hot as fire, and drag along my cheeks to my lips. I’m lost. Between earth and sky. It’s as if we’ve entered our own realm that belongs only to the two of us. I could live here forever.”

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Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next.

But that’s not Jae’s only problem.

There’s also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae’s been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she’s always been looking for.

-via Goodreads

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3.5/5 Stars

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  • The descriptions of the demi-gods and magical creatures are to die for. They’re vibrant, majestic portraits that truly capture the personality of each creature, whether it be the trickster or the sociopathic obsessions of a demi-God jilted at the altar one too many times.
  • As someone who has never had the pleasure of reading Korean folklore or mythology, these stories were breathtakingly beautiful and full of the twisted darkness reminiscent of great Grimm interpretations. The weird leprechaun character was creepy and sadistic, definitely a perfectly warped and terrifying antagonist. These secondary creatures were all memorable and will be the stars of many a haunting dream.
  • The detail was astounding. It was like being teleported to Korea. Between the physical descriptions of the buildings and nature to the clothing worn by the people, mannerisms, and colloquialisms, this is not only fun to read but educational. You get a bold and in-depth journey into Korean culture. 
  • Spirit World and the scenes set in Haemosu’s palace were dizzying. The shift between worlds forced the reader to mesh reality with myth and to fully grasp Jae’s fear and confusion over her heritage and what’s happening to her.
  • Jae is determined, confident, and aware of her power to dominate and protect herself. Jae refuses to feel weak, she’s worked so hard in martial arts to become a master at fighting and in archery to be easily scared. Jae is challenged and battered by her destiny and the terrible uncertainty of her future. When everything seems hopeless, Jae will make the ultimate sacrifice for her loved ones, risk everything and never forget her heritage. Jae feels so indebted and connected to her female predecessors and she really comes to respect just how hard their trials were. Jae goes up against a mighty foe, one that has plagued her family for centuries, she recognizes her fear but she never lets it beat her.
  • Marc is a nice guy, genuine and flirty. He knows just what to say to make Jae smile and brighten up her day but what makes him irresistable is that he believes her and has faith in her when no one else does. When Jae feels like she’s going crazy and her world is falling apart, Marc is there to lean on and offer encouragement. Their time together is sweet and passionate.

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  • Some sections were really slow and a little predictable. 
  • Jae’s jealousy and animosity towards Min is annoying and cliché. It frustrates me to no end that when another girl approaches a guy that the protagonist was too cowardly to flirt with and that suddenly that other girl is the enemy or slut. Speak up or get over it.
  • I would have liked to have seen more of Jae’s school and social like, especially her relationship with Michelle and Lily. When Jae is so upset later in the book about being distant with Michelle, there’s not enough of a background to get the full emotional chaos she’s feeling.

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Happy reading,

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