The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

GoodReads Summary:
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)Review:
How am I supposed to explain how much I loved this book? I wasn’t going to read this because of all of the negative or average reviews. All I have to say is, what is wrong with you people?? This book has been (wrongly) compared to Six of Crows. I slightly understand the comparison, but this story was so different.
We follow several different characters who all have different goals, but they’ve become a family of sorts and I loved every single one of them. I’ll start with Severin. He’s our damaged boy. I adored him. He’s supposed to have inherited his parent’s ring and become the patriarch of his family, but that right was stolen from him. His goal is to change that and reinstate his family, to become the patriarch that he was always supposed to be. After his parents died and his birthright was stolen from him, he was moved from home to home until he came into his monetary inheritance. I really liked the bits and pieces we got about each of his foster fathers. He also has a brother, Tristan.
Tristan is an awkward nerdy kid and I freaking loved him. He has this horrifying pet spider that he loves dearly. I don’t like spiders, but I loved Tristan. He’s like the little brother of everyone in the group. I adored how much everyone loves him. He’s a sweet little bean and I would die for him.
Laila is from India. She’s a dancer and loves to bake. That’s my kind of lady. She has an interesting history that I won’t specify because I thought learning about her was a part of the journey that is this book. She has a really interesting ability that is to be able to see the history of any object. I thought this was really cool, but also, I’m still curious about whether or not she can do the same with living things. Laila’s goal is to find a book that helped create her. I’m very intrigued by this book and I think it has something to do with the events of the next book.
Enrique is biracial (Filipino and Spanish). He’s a historian that loves to learn about the past. I thought his internal struggle with appearing more Spanish than Filipino was really interesting. I really thought he brought an interesting point of view to the story. He’s also bisexual, though the word is never used he says that he’s interested in both men and women. I really liked Enrique. He was the comedic relief of this friend group and I’m always a sucker for the funny guy. I also totally ship him with Zofia.
Zofia was a little science nerd and I love her. She’s Jewish which I thought was nice because I don’t see all that much representation for Jewish people out there. She’s also Polish and moved away from her sister to go to school. I believe that Zofia is somewhere on the Autism spectrum but I don’t know whether that’s been confirmed anywhere. She has issues with certain social cues, clothing materials, and I loved her so much. She’s incredibly smart and is the mad scientist and mathematician of the bunch. She loves to create but was not treated well when she tried to go to traditional schools.
Then there’s Hypnos, who isn’t a part of this found family at the beginning of the story. He manages to worm his way in though. I didn’t know whether or not we could trust him, but I grew to love him. He’s the patriarch of one of the last two recognized Houses. He hires the group to steal something from the other House. Obviously shit hits the fan and nothing goes as planned. I liked Hypnos. He was flirty and fun, but never quite trustworthy for most of the story. I’m definitely interested to see where his story goes in the next book.
Overall, I adored this book. I love Roshani’s writing. It’s just absolutely beautiful. She built a fascinating world with characters I would die for. Please read this book right now.

Quotes:

“Nothing but a symbol? People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They’re not just lines. They’re histories, cultures, traditions, given shape.”

“Make yourself a myth and live within it, so that you belong to no one but yourself.”

“Her mother’s voice rang in her ears: ‘Don’t capture their hearts. Steal their imagination. It’s far more useful.”

“I don’t want to be their equal. I don’t want them to look us in the eye. I want them to look away, to blink harshly, as if they’d stared at the sun itself. I don’t want them standing across from us. I want them kneeling.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Book Tag – 20 Questions

This book tag was created by Buydebook but I found it done by the wonderful Sumedha at The Wordy Habitat. Feel free to go check out their pages! We’re going to dive right into this week’s book tag.

1. How many books is too many books in a series? 

Amanda- I don’t believe that this is a thing. I’ve read the Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest. I think she just released book number sixty or sixty-one in this series. I guess it depends on the series though because there were entirely too many books in the House of Night series. I’m going to say six is a good amount and if there are more books than that you better be able to keep my interest.

Antonia- It absolutely depends on the series. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It ended with twenty-two books and I don’t think that’s too many; however, it doesn’t just follow one character. The series follows the history of the world Jacques created with very little character crossover between books. Some of them have centuries between the timelines so a lot of books works because it’s all so different. Books with other formats (like The House of Night) can start to feel redundant after only a few books.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

Amanda- They’re fine as long as I have the next book ready and waiting for me to read it. But if I have to wait a year or more for the next book I’m definitely going to just perish.

Antonia- I have lots of mixed feelings. On the one hand, good cliffhangers tear our hearts out and make us that much more invested with the characters and story; on the other hand, ARE YOU KIDDING ME I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW.

3. Hardcover or Paperback?

Amanda- Hardcover. They’re more solid. Longer lasting. Prettier (usually).

Antonia- Surprisingly enough, paperback. I agree, hardcovers are usually prettier but they’re harder to read, physically. I can hold a paperback with one hand, but not usually hardcovers. They also take up less space which means room for more books.

4. Favorite book?

Amanda- For a standalone, Looking for Alaska by John Green, will always be my answer. For a series, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is holding its own as number one on my list.

Antonia- Too many. My usual answers are: The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, Beastly by Alex Flinn, and The Witness by Nora Roberts.

5. Least favorite book?

Amanda- I haven’t posted this review yet, but I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman was an audiobook I finished recently and I almost stopped listening halfway through. I wouldn’t say that I have a book that I disliked so much that it sticks in my brain as least favorite though.

Antonia- I don’t usually think too much about books I didn’t like after the fact. The one that tends to pop into my head though is Fallen by Lauren Kate. I really didn’t like any part of this book and never finished the rest of the series.

6. Love Triangles – Yes or No?

Amanda- No. The only love triangle that doesn’t absolutely infuriate me is the one between Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Antonia- NO. NO. NO.

7. What’s the most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

Amanda- See above question #5. I don’t often DNF books, I usually just never end up reading them.

Antonia- Tequila and Tea Bags by Laura Barnard. I couldn’t connect with the protagonist in even the tiniest way.

8. What are you currently reading?

Amanda- As I type this I am listening to Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, but I’m also in the middle of Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (an eARC I received from NetGalley) and Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira on my Kindle.

Antonia- The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. Amanda and my mom both had amazing things to say about this series.

9. What’s the last book you recommended to someone? 

Amanda- Without a doubt, one hundred percent, no hesitation I have been shouting from the rooftops about my newfound love for Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Such a great story, I just couldn’t stop listening.

Antonia- I recommended Die For Me by Amy Plum to Amanda. It was a really interesting idea, executed very well.

10. What’s the oldest book you’ve read? 

Amanda- I had to check my booklist for this one and have determined Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling wins. But this is probably wrong, I just can’t think of any others that are almost as old as me right now.

Antonia- Ummm… I have no idea. I’ve read a lot of classics and I don’t exactly look up when they’re written. I’m going to assume it’s The Iliad and The Odyssey though.

11. What’s the newest book you’ve read? 

Amanda- Newest finished book would be One Small Thing by Erin Watt, but I’m currently almost finished with Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (thanks NetGalley!) that hasn’t been released yet.

Antonia- I think it’s Crime of Magic by Linsey Hall. It just came out in May.

12. Who is your favorite author?

Amanda- Just one? Yeah right.

John Green
Nora Roberts
Sarah J. Maas
Janet Evanovich
Ellen Hopkins
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Leigh Bardugo
Denise Grover Swank
Cinda Williams Chima
Cassandra Clare

Antonia- Oh boy. A lot.

John Green
Nora Roberts
Sarah J. Maas
Cinda Williams Chima
Richelle Mead
Mercedes Lackey
Brian Jacques
J.K. Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
C.S. Lewis
Jennifer L. Armentrout

I could literally go on forever.

13. Buying books or borrowing?

Amanda-have to buy certain books. Like anything by any of the authors I listed above. I’m okay with borrowing especially when it comes to new books, but if I love it enough I might buy it so I can reread it and make highlights and what not.

Antonia- Well I definitely prefer buying books. I think we’d all love to have never-ending libraries. But money tends to be an issue so I’m okay with borrowing books too.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Amanda- This is hard because I don’t dislike books very often. I’m going to have to go with any of the classics. Jane Austen’s books specifically are so well loved and I’ve never been able to read them.

Antonia- I could never get into Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I like the show but always struggled with the books.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Amanda- Don’t fight me, but both. If there’s something within reach that I can throw in my book that’s great, but if not I usually have no problem dog-earring the book (unless it’s brand new and still super nice).

Antonia- Definitely both. I never dog-ear with books I don’t own and I try to be better with pretty, new hardcovers but just the other day I dog-eared a page and from across the room my husband goes, “Did you just dog-ear that book?! What is wrong with you, you monster?!”

16. What’s a book that you can always reread?

Amanda- Just one book? Not likely. I can pretty much reread anything because I have a terrible memory. Like I’ve gotten books from the library thinking that they’re books I’ve never read and then I get halfway through and realize that I’ve read it before.

Antonia- As usual, I agree with Amanda. I absolutely LOVE rereading books. It’s like hanging out with old friends. It never gets boring for me.

17. Can you read while listening to music?

Amanda- There are people that can read without listening to music? I need some sort of background noise that isn’t something I will be distracted by.

Antonia- Yes, Amanda, there are. I actually have trouble doing most things while listening to music. Except cleaning since it doesn’t require much focus. But I can’t read or sleep or write reviews while music’s playing. I get so distracted by the songs that I can’t concentrate.

18. Single P.O.V. or multiple P.O.V’s?

Amanda- It depends completely on the story. I like multiple when the story is more complex because I get a better idea of the world and what’s really going on in it.

Antonia- Definitely depends on the story but I love both fairly equally.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Amanda- Again, this completely depends on the story. If it’s a super good story that has me hooked I won’t stop until I’ve finished (as long as everything in the rest of my life allows for that). Bigger, more in-depth books tend to be read over multiple days because I have to read it slower to fully grasp everything going on.

Antonia- ^Agreed. With A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, I stayed up until two in the morning finishing it (and yelling at my husband every time he interrupted me), until I remembered that I had to wake up early for once. With other books, I can put them down and be a responsible adult with no problem.

20. One book you read because of the cover?

Amanda- Again, just one book?

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Girl in Pieces Kathleen Glasgow
And I Darken by Kiersten White

Antonia- Just recently I got The Revenants series by Amy Plum and The Everneath Trilogy by Brodi Ashton specifically for the gorgeous dresses on the covers.

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