My First Buddy Read Ever!


Hi Everyone!

Today I am super duper excited to announce that it’s the start of my first ever buddy read with Stephanie @ TEACHEROFYA!! and we are reading Gilded Cage! This is a fiction novel written by Vic James. Gilded Cage is book 1 in the Dark Gifts series. It will be published on 2/14/2017 by Del Rey Books, 368 pages.

What is Buddy Read? Megan at Book Slayer Reads wrote a post about it. Please click the link on her blog name to learn more about it! I am open to buddy read if anyone is interested! πŸ™‚


Goodreads Synopsis:

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals β€” aristocrats with magical gifts β€” and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberateβ€”or destroy?


About the Author:


Vic lives in London’s Notting Hill, but her life is more action-adventure than rom-com.

She studied History and English at Merton College, Oxford where Tolkien was once professor. Relocating to Rome, she completed her doctorate in the Vatican Secret Archives (they’re nothing like The Da Vinci Code), then spent five years living in Tokyo where she learned Japanese and worked as a journalist. She now writes full time.

Vic has scuba-dived on Easter Island, camped at Everest Base Camp, voyaged on one of the last mailboats to St Helena, hang-glided across Rio de Janeiro, and swum the Hellespont from Europe to Asia. But there’s little she loves more than lying in bed till midday with a good book and a supply of her favourite biscuits.

***Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free via NetGalley in an exchanged for an honest review. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an opportunity to read and review!


62 thoughts on “My First Buddy Read Ever!

  1. TeacherofYA says:

    I think Megan and Jillian want to be part of our buddy read when we do it…completely up to you. I’m getting through some of these library books finally and I can’t wait for our buddy debut!!
    Loving it!! 😘😘😘

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  2. Sarah Angleton says:

    I love the idea of a buddy read! A great way to be exposed to works outside your traditionally preferred genre, but maybe with more intention and planning than in a classic book club where there are so many voices. Seems like if you find a good match, buddy reading could really improve the depth of your reading list.

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  3. Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you guys are doing a buddy read!! That’s a book I want to read, so I can’t wait to see what y’all think about it!! Happy Reading 😊 (And I’ll buddy read just about anything you want, if you want! Just let me know!)

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    • Jasmine says:

      Actually, we are supposed to read/review books at least 1 month before they are published. Also, depends on the publisher too. When they approve the ARC, they send you an email and they will indicate whether they want you to wait until near publishing date to review or not. I have updated my post to include a link from Megan where she explains in detail about the benefits of buddy reads.


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