WoW - Gilded

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 


March 1, 2014
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.
Come on this requires a Korean GIF!

I think by now, we've all come to know my love for diversity and all things Asian. So this one is an obvious choice; I'm so excited!!

  1. Korea!
  2. Half-half (ethnically) protagonist.
  3. Black belt + arrow.
  4. Chip on the shoulder (so exciting haha).
  5. Demi-gods!
  6. Irresistible Marc?

What Are You Waiting On?



  1. I just read this book earlier this week. Let me just say- WOW. This book is an adventure and overflowing- OVERFLOWING- with Korean mythology. It was really fun to read all the Korean-esk details (i.e. food, traditional clothes, scenery). I will definitely be waiting (somewhat impatiently) for book two, SILVERN, which comes out in the fall. *happy dance*

  2. Oohh this sounds great! I love that there's an Asian MC. You don't see much of that in YA. I'll definitely be checking this one out :)

  3. What a cool idea-I love that there's an Asian lead and I'm interested to see what unique Korean details are included as I've mostly read books with Chinese or Japanese influences.

  4. Love that it's a multicultural story! Nowadays that's an automatic point in any book's favor, for us.

    As a halfie herself, Kristan is always skeptical of halfie protags -- they seem to be an author's way of including culture while giving themselves permission to get it wrong at the same time -- but she's also always optimistic and intrigued. Fingers crossed!

  5. This is also in my TBR list! Great WoW pick, Mari!


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