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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Readers will learn about modern and historical Korean culture, Seoul and its surrounding areas, and Korean words and their meanings.

A guide is included at the back of the book. They'll also learn about tae kwon do, archery, ancient Korean myths, legends, and fairy tales and that the term "gilded" means "to be enslaved. Strong messages about friendship, being honest and forthright, helping others, putting others before yourself, antibullying, sticking to your beliefs, standing up for yourself, the importance of love and family, doing well in school, and being careful of your surroundings.

Jae Hwa is one tough cookie. She's fiercely independent and a strong, likable heroine with a spunky personality. Jae values friendship and keeping her friends and family out of harm's way. She selflessly puts herself into dangerous situations out of concern for those she loves. She was close to her mother who died and misses her every day.

Jae knows martial arts and gains more of an interest in Korean culture and her heritage as the story progresses. She also wants to do well in school. Other solid role models are Jae's crush, Marc Grayson, a studious boy who's kind, caring, and loyal and who wants to protect her. Jae also has strong parental role models in her father, grandfather, and aunt. Hand-to-hand combat, martial-arts combat such as tae kwon do, archery using it to hit targets and monsters , wild beasts attacking humans, monsters attacking humans and vice versa.

She battles an evil demigod, Haemosu, who wants to take her soul and make her his princess. Gilded has some violence: Jae battling Haemosu and other Korean mythical beings, and monsters using tae kwon do and archery. There's mild romance with a couple of kissing scenes and hugging. The only strong language is "crap. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Add your rating. She doesn't want to live there.

She wants to stay in L. Jae also doesn't get along with her grandfather, or so she thinks. Once Jae discovers why her grandfather wants her to leave Seoul, her world turns upside down. Jae is connected to an old myth -- the legend of Princess Yuhwa, who escaped the evil clutches of the demigod Haemosu. He's said to take the souls of eldest living daughters, and Jae's next on his list. She must put her tae kwon do and archery skills to the test to defeat him, protect her family and friends It's also a twist on standard paranormal books, with new monsters and mythical beings.

She's real and believable. Gilded also has interesting locales, a romance, side characters, and Korean myth and history. After finishing the first book, readers will be eager to dive into the second one, Silvern.

Families can talk about the Korean myths and legends explored in Gilded. Dramas in Korea are extremely popular. It's available online via DramaFever and Viki. Although fictionalized for television, it's worth checking out to learn more about Korean mythology and history.

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Book Review: “Gilded” by Christina Farley

Though it spells trouble for the romance, the way her love interest Marc makes her insecure in her identity as a Korean girl by being better at being Korean than her felt very natural despite the major discomfort of the scene. More on that bit later. Were she not here or were Jae Hwa not hating on her, this would be a better book. Had I the time, I would look up all the Korean myths and binge binge biiiiiiiinge on them.


Review: Gilded by Christina Farley

Do you ever go to a bookstore and find yourself drawn to a specific book? Aladdin is a used bookstore chain and where I get the majority of my books read my previous post. Let alone to find one signed. I decided to flip it over and take a look at the back, saw that it was set in Seoul and added it to my pile. But after a bit of research it seems the publishing company is an in-house publisher for Amazon. While in Seoul she learns that her family has been cursed and that the eldest girl per generation is to doomed to be spirited away by a Korean demigod.



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