Release Date: August 5, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Although I have only been part of Society for two years, I am already desperate to escape its confines and eager for adventure. The world my deceased parents have left me is nothing more than a gilded prison, and I will do anything to escape the boredom, even become a collector of bounties.
My name is Cherry St. Croix, and I may be young, but I am old enough to know when I am in over my head. My first collection seemed easy: Mr. Strangeway’s debts have come due, and the purse for his capture is hefty. Yet the wastrel remains one step ahead of me, and my efforts are hampered by another collector after the same coin. What’s more, a simple hunt becomes the forefront of a conspiracy that leads me on a chase through London’s low-class streets.
Not only does my pride demand success, but the well-being of many rest upon the choices I make—failure is not an outcome I can live with.
Following the jaw dropping and heart stopping events in Gilded, Karina Cooper, takes us on a stroll down memory lane as we witness Cherry St. Croix's first collection gig Mr. Strangeway is Cherry's first target and suffice to say that this mission will pump your blood full with adrenalin.
I love this novella, Cherry as a 15yo collector is as tenacious and aggravating as her current self. And her first meeting with the mouth watering Micajah Hawke was very telling in terms of what their future relationship will be like. In a way I think this is everybody's way of bidding "old" Cherry goodbye because I don't think she, and us readers, will ever be the same after Gilded. Corroded is sitting on my TBR and I'm a little nervous reading it after THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF MR. STRANGEWAY because I have this nagging feeling that the new Cherry will be different and possibly far from improved.
Here's to hoping that Cherry's resilience will prevail against the most recent blow she was recently dealt with. Book three's title, Corroded, is very suggestive of what's going to happen next, my only wish that Cherry will remain an optimist and will continue to plow through, heartbreak and all.
P.S. I encourage everyone to buy a copy of this novella. KCooper is giving a portion of its proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation so let's support this selfless endeavor of hers while helping kids' dreams come true.