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The Gilded Cage

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  445 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Rosie Best It's historical. Set in 1820s England with a heroine from America.

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Alyssa
Jun 10, 2016 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: 2 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected
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Stacee
Jun 28, 2016 Stacee rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.5 stars

I loved the premise to this and I was eager to get started.

I really liked Katherine. She's not made of the same things the regency women are and it was amusing to see her maneuver around in English society. There are a few other secondary characters, but it felt like we only got to see the surface of them. It was a very effective way to show Katherine's feeling of isolation.

There were a couple of twists that I didn't see coming and a satisfying ending. Overall, a quick, enjoyable read.

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Sophie
I ordered this book because of the period it's set in. The early 1800s are one of my favourite historical periods to read about, especially when set in England. I had seen some negative reviews, but still wanted to read it, to see what I thought. Unfortunately, I probably would've been better off not getting this book, or at least waiting for my library to get it instead.

The Gilded Cage begins in Virginia, USA, when Katherine Randolph discovers that she and her brother are the heirs to the Walth
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April (BooksWithMaps)
3.5 Stars

Synopsis: After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head.
Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life,
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Main reason I picked this one up? That cover. It drew me in completely. Even the inside is gorgeously designed mimicking the outside cover with its whirls and whorls. Couldn't help but click on it to request it. And I just love the historical genre so imagine my surprise when reading this synopsis that it ends up being a murder mystery.

I love the first half of this book. It had all the makings of a well-established setting and a mystery that you couldn't help but try to decipher on your own. I w
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Alexa
Aug 15, 2016 Alexa rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
1.5 stars. I didn't quite get what I was hoping for with this novel. Nor did I find it, in any way, to be something new or refreshing, and I also didn't particularly feel anything for these characters and their circumstances. I will say that, at the very least, it kept me reading, because I was curious how things would turn out in the end. But all in all? Not so impressive.
Jennifer White
Oct 20, 2016 Jennifer White rated it liked it
This was a very quick, good novel. I never found myself bored with it. I thought it kept a nice steady pace.

Katherine and her brother grew up on a farm in Virginia and seemed very content there. All of a sudden, they ate thrown into the life of the upper class in England 1820's.

They have inherited their grandfather's estate, Walthingham Hall. It is being run by their cousins. They are having to learn a whole new life with lots of new rules. It is a bit exciting if not a bit daunting at times.

All
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Once Upon a Twilight
Katherine's world is about to change from a farmland regular to a woman of wealth. And from there her world just keeps on turning. Her brother - her last known living family relative - mysteriously dies and rather than following the mourning customs Katherine takes it upon herself to figure out the truth.

This book was intriguing. It started and reminded me of Pocahontas 2. When Pocahontas decides to go to England to see what life is really like in the town. This changing of venue shocks the char
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm SO disappointed by this one. There was such hope and promise from the first 50% and it was whittled down to JAMIE BEING REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I anticipated a creative, unique gothic novel with a excellent twist and got... this. We knew the outcome at 60% and STILL HAD SO MUCH BOOK LEFT. And the fact that she went into an (view spoiler) What was the point of that? To show that it could happen? G
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Tracy
Jan 02, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise! A traditional gothic novel, could use a little expansion, but well told
Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Historical, Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The Gilded Cage is a standalone novel set both in Virginia, and England in the 1820's. 16-year old Katherine Randolph and her older brother George are living the quiet life on a farm in Virginia where they reside with their foster parents who have raised them since their parents passed away. Katherine meets a man named Edward Delaney who is looking for George. Herman claims that the siblings lives as they know it,
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Laura
3.75

Katherine Randolph knows how to shoot, ride horses, and help out her guardians around the Virginia farm with her brother. But becoming an heiress and a lady in English society? Much harder than it looks. Just when things begin to look up after a ball held in her new home, Walthingham Hall, tragedy strikes Katherine in every respect. Her brother is murdered, her most trusted servant is shot, her dog is mangled, and something -- or someone -- is lurking around the estate. But no one believes K
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emma
Jun 22, 2016 emma rated it did not like it
i received this book through a goodreads giveaway. reviewing books received through giveaways is encouraged but not required.

i was...not a fan of this book. it was boring, for one thing. though i also didn't love the one i just read that took place in the 19th century, at least i could call that one exciting. this one, not so much.

also, the protagonist was fairly unlikable and also pretty dumb. you know how once in a while a protagonist will do something silly, or not see something perceived as
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
My expectations for The Gilded Cage were fairly low, mostly because I hadn’t heard anything about it. Then again, I read it a month before publication. I’m suddenly ahead, and I’m not really sure how that happened. The Gilded Cage proved a fun historical read, though more for the fast pace than the cleverness of the mystery.

The plot passes pleasantly, with many a dark turn. While the direction the plot headed was obvious from the beginning, the path Gray took to get there proved surprising at se
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Amanda
Aug 27, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, read-in-2016
The Gilded Cage is an atmospheric thriller set in the Regency era. Best for fans of thrillers, this book centers around the strange happenings at Walthingham Hall. While Katherine is our heroine, we don't fully get to dive into her character as we may have liked. The focus centers largely on who killed her brother.

Long-time readers of thrillers likely won't be surprised by any turn of events, although that didn't stop The Gilded Cage from being an interesting book---something that would likely m
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PennsyLady (Bev)
Jul 09, 2016 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway

The Guilded Cage
by Lucinda Gray

Our story takes place in the 1820's.
It begins on a hard working farm in Virginia with the happy,
duty filled lives of young Virginia and George Randolph.

Brother and sister are notified that they have inherited, from their grandfather, Walthingham Hall in England.
Their transfer from a rustic, bucolic environment to the opulent
urban society of England is facilitated by cousins already living there.
Soon her brother, a fastidious swimmer, mysteriously drowns.
The mysteri
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Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Historical Turn Arrrrroooooound
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Gothic Lite
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Inheritance
Relationship Status: Better As Friends

Read the full book report here.
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I felt that one part of the story's plot was a little weak, but I loved everything else about it, great imagery and a dark, creepy story. Recommend
Full review to come
Shoshana
3.5

Very enjoyable. Good mystery, pleasant if under-developed romance. Not a ton of character development across the board but I liked the protagonist well enough.
The Library Lady
Nov 30, 2016 The Library Lady rated it did not like it
The plot sounds great, but the writing is bad, overwrought romance novel writing, with more than one 21st century phrase inserted to jar the nerves.I don't know who Lucinda Gray really is, but writing this under a pseudonym is probably a good move.

And if she lives in London, doesn't she have access to something, say, the local newspapers to start with, to teach her correct forms of address for peers and nobility? The heroine is NOT "Lady Randolph" she is "Lady Katherine Randolph," should be addr
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Jordan Wilson
Oct 19, 2016 Jordan Wilson rated it did not like it
DNF'd at page 169
Cindy
Sep 07, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
While sci-fi/fantasy is my go-to genre, I enjoy a good historical fiction novel every now and then. The Gilded Cage caught my attention with a mysterious gothic cover and a plot summary that seemed unique and intriguing. Unfortunately, looks – at least when it comes to the cover – can be deceiving.

There isn't anything particularly wrong with The Gilded Cage, but there isn't anything particularly spectacular either. Everything from the entire story and how it unfolded to the world-building and c
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Natalie
Oct 02, 2016 Natalie rated it it was ok
Sadly I did not enjoy this.

Katherine seemed oblivious to so many things and Could. Not. Keep. Her. Mouth. Shut. She said so many things that were just plan dumb and got her into trouble.

The mystery was pretty weak - I identified the villain immediately and was a little annoyed that Katherine didn't. It was so obvious!

Then there's this paranormal thing with the "Beast of Walthingham" which is referenced numerous times and then completely forgotten, only to be brought up at the end. It felt lik
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Erin Arkin
Jul 24, 2016 Erin Arkin rated it liked it
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray is one I have had my eye on for a while. I mean, look at the cover! Also, the story itself was one I found very interesting. First, it is historical. Second, it is about a girl thrown into a life that is very unfamiliar to her and she does her best to survive. I will do my best not to spoil anything with this story but as a warning, there are some things I might happen to give away in the review.

Katherine is sixteen and finds herself moving from Virginia to Englan
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Shasta Cornett
Nov 02, 2016 Shasta Cornett rated it it was amazing
I will tell you that the cover of this book is what grabbed my attention! ( I know I know…don’t judge a book by its cover) So when I saw it at the library I had to have it. When I looked at review it seemed like people either loved or hated it. Well....I loved it. I loved the era, the characters, the pace and the story. There were a few times when the characters were not as expounded upon as I would like...but the author gave you enough to just to kind of get to know them...and I was oddly ok ...more
Aeicha
Jul 22, 2016 Aeicha rated it it was ok
It’s 1820 and sixteen year old Katherine Randolph and her older brother, George, are whisked off to England after their only living relative dies and leaves them a large inheritance. Now the heirs of the Walthingham Hall estate, Katherine and George are being groomed by their kindly cousins and brought in front of the wealthy English society. Katherine is just getting used to her new home and privilege, when George is mysteriously drowned. Katherine’s insistence that his death was no accident ...more
Brandy Strong
Sep 12, 2016 Brandy Strong rated it liked it
Finally a light at the end of the reading slump tunnel. This was an easy read and I enjoyed it.
Angie
Apr 23, 2016 Angie marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: dnf-2016
DNF at 28%. Boring & predictable. The writing was trying too hard to be pretty/evocative & the characters were completely flat. Not for me but it definitely has an audience out there.
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Very predictable.
Kristen
Nov 06, 2016 Kristen rated it did not like it
As I drift into sleep, I hear two servants by the fire, speaking low. "You won't catch me going outside after dark again," one mutters. "Not now that the Beast of Walthingham has claimed another."

I admit, I struggled with this book. It's an incredibly short book (under 250 pages), and I might concede that they were among the most boring pages I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I found that the novel lacked characterization, that the plot was nonexistent, and the romance was instalove ti
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