Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
YES, YES, YES!!! Okay, I am not going to lie, I was not a huge fan of Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. My faith was a little shaken when I didn’t get the chills I normally do while reading her books. However, Gilded has reinstated a motto we can all live by: In Marissa we trust!
In case you don’t already know, Gilded is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I attended a virtual event where Marissa discussed the book, and she explained that she felt as though the original fairytale went astray by having the girl end up with the Erlking. So, in her amazing retelling, the Erlking is the villain, and Serilda ends up with someone else (I won’t spoil it).
This novel had the classic Marissa Meyer feel to it. If you haven’t read anything by her before, then maybe you won’t know what I’m talking about, but if you know, you know! Serilda’s backstory was well thought out. Basically, she was cursed by the god of storytelling, which causes her to, spin stories, or lie. I thought Meyer did a great job at really incorporating this part of Serilda into her personality. It truly affects her life in every aspect, and defines who she is.
Additionally, the plot was enticing in that it felt drawn out, but in a good way. Sometimes I feel like some retellings don’t build off the original plot, so events occur in quick succession and the book barely feels like an expansion on the original story, but the plot in Gilded develops over 400 pages, and I couldn’t put it down!
Finally, the romance! I am not a huge romance reader, but Marissa Meyer writes books that have the perfect amount of romance for me! She is so skilled at developing them in a way that feels natural, even if the romance is a little rushed. It was absolutely adorable, and I cannot wait to see how Serilda’s relationship develops in book 2!
Overall, I thank the universe that Instant Karma seems to have been a fluke (possibly on my end because rom com isn’t my favorite genre)! I know this is selfish, but I hope Marissa Meyer continues writing fairytale retellings because no one does it quite like she does!