Audiobook Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James @PRHAudio

Posted March 29, 2017 by Felicia S in 2017 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 10 Comments

Audiobook Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James @PRHAudioSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Penguin Audio, Provided by Random House

Format: Audiobook

Gilded Cage by Vic James
Narrator: Avita Jay

Date Read: March 2017

Genre: Dystopian, YA

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

Our world belongs to the Equals โ€” aristocrats with magical gifts โ€” 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 liberateโ€”or destroy?

More Information:
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Series: Dark Gifts #1

Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Library/PRH Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Quick Thoughts: I really wanted to like Gilded Cage more than I did. The last half of the book was really good but the first half took me forever to get through. I have high hopes for the rest of the series. I think if it keeps the same pace that the character will start to grow on me and I will be fully invested!

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Avita Jay / Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins

Avita did a pretty good job with the narration though her adult/teenage voices had very little difference. I would have liked to hear a difference between the two. Otherwise, her emotions were on point and she really brought to life the main characters. I will continue this series in Audio.

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
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10 responses to “Audiobook Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James @PRHAudio

  1. Sounds like an interesting series. I will wait to see what you think of the next book before delving into this series. It will probably take me that long to get somewhere close to adding new stuff anyway. LOL

  2. This is a book I was curious about, Felicia. Do you think you’d have liked it more if you’d read it rather than listened? I might pick up a print copy from the library. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I don’t know, maybe? It was distracting trying to figure out who were the adults. I did have the ebook so that helped a lot. I really liked the 2nd half so it might have just been a pacing issue for me. I tend to have that problem with fantasy–sometimes the world building in the beginning is a bit sloggish.

    • I think you would have liked it beginning to end ๐Ÿ™‚ You like fantasy a bit more than me and I loved the 2nd half ๐Ÿ™‚