Friday, September 13, 2013

Gilded by Renita Pizzitola--a review

I think Renita Pizzitola is fast becoming one of my favorite authors to read. She has a knack for engaging the reader and truly immersing them in whatever world she has created. When I reviewed her book, Dream On, a few months ago, I remember thinking the same thing then! That's why I was so excited to get my copy of her latest book, Gilded. It's a sequel to Gossamer! Read on for my thoughts on her latest endeavor.

From the publisher:

True love comes with a price.

Kyla Ashbury, half-fae, must learn to wield her Earth magic to protect herself from the king’s guard. Fleeing her betrothal to the prince, she takes refuge among the woodland fae, who are experts at Earth magic. Before she can learn to control her gift, she has to return to the castle to undo some of the damage done when she ran away with Grant. Wielding power she can’t control makes the situation worse.

Grant will do anything for the girl he loves. Even with his power to foresee danger, keeping Kyla safe is a constant challenge. As answers lead to more questions, he wonders if he is endangering her further.

Kyla’s growing talent destines her to a power struggle she doesn’t want. Every choice she makes seems to jeopardize those closest to her. She must learn to control the angry magic coursing through her if she ever hopes to live a normal life with the man she loves.

I thought this book was a solid sequel to Gossamer. Once again, Ms. Pizzitola lures the reader back into the fae world by providing clues as to what the future might hold for Kyla. With strong characters, fast paced plotting, and some great comic relief, Gilded glides along.

The characters of Grant and Kyla have really grown in this second book. They aren't quite as naive as before and the challenges of what faces them is evident. I found myself totally rooting for them as a couple! I enjoyed their connection and particularly liked the way the author handled one smoking hot love scene--very classy. With that in mind, I almost wonder if this book is leaning more towards being classified as New Adult rather than YA.

I gotta say that Lexie, the best friend, is one of my favorite characters. She cracked me up and is the kind of girl everyone wants to have their back! Her comments about the "V-card" totally had me laughing out loud.

The only character that I have some wonderings about is Liam. Liam is the "would be" love interest. He doesn't quite score the girl, but is obviously suppose to be a catch. He almost seems a little too good to be true and at times, I didn't really see a big difference between him and Grant. However, I do like that he is not the traditional jilted lover who sits around licking his wounds. I just wanted a smidge more depth from him--something tells me I'll get that in the final installment in this series.

Speaking of, when the heck is that next book coming out? I'm already wanting more!

Author Bio:
Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an English degree. She writes both fantasy and contemporary romance for Young Adult/New Adult and Adult readers. While splitting between magical worlds and contemporary stories, she promises romance. Lots of it! She writes about swoon-worthy boys and the girls who love them! When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee and playing referee to her two typically adorable children. Renita Pizzitola webpage

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