I had so many amazing things about this book that I was beyond excited to pick it up. I was also a little apprehensive. Sometimes when you have too high of expectations the book does not live up to them. The Gilded Wolves delivered.
My favorite aspect of this book is all the diversity that was included. The setting is an alternate reality of 1800 France. It was a time when diversity was seen as unacceptable, and people were viewed as less than. Yet, every member of this band of thieves were different, they were also the coolest people in the book. In addition to racial diversity there is also diversity in sexual orientation, gender, and ability. My book soul mate is now Zofie, a girl who is a genius in some regards and a complete social disaster.
I love how all characters are seen as human but extraordinary at the same time. I love how the characters, overall, find ways to accept each others differences. However, I also thought that gender roles and even identity could have been challenged a bit more. I also felt that the trail of cookies for Zofie started out as a nice gesture and was taken too far.
The writing was amazing. I was so captured that I never wanted to put the book down. While there were a few instances of pov inconsistencies early on in the book, I was happy that they disappeared completely. I probably would not have even noticed if I was not so enraptured with Zofie's pov. Overall, it had an amazing plot, amazing characters, and a vivid world. This is one book that I could see myself fan girling over. I already looked up dates for the second book and will be stalking the page until the dates are released.
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