Hello Gemmies! I am so excited to participate in the TBR and Beyond Blog Book Tour for The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. This book is so many things, bloody, emotional, brutal, and absolutely brilliant. I experienced so many feelings while reading it. I laughed, I cried, I shouted in frustration and anger. I'd like to share some of my favorite quotes from this literary gem with you. Please enjoy!
There are so many powerful moments in The Gilded Ones, and as this story is told from Deka's point of view its no surprise most of my favorite quotes are from her character. Listed below are four of my favorites.
"The truth is, girls have to wear smiling masks, contort themselves into all kinds of knots to please others, and then, when the deathshrieks come, girls die. They die. The way I see it, we all have a choice right now. Are we girls, or are we demons?" Deka- The Gilded Ones
I love this passage because its the first time we see Deka accept herself as she is. It's the first time we see her to really start to come into her power and become a leader to the other girls.
"As I smile back I realize something beautiful, this whole time, i've been searching for love, for family, but it's been here, right in my grasp." Deka - The Gilded Ones
This quote reminds me that you can find true love and belonging in found family. It doesn't always come from the family you are born into. It is also the moment Deka realizes she has love and she is worthy of it.
"I just have to be brave for once. I have to believe that I am deserving of a life of my own." Deka- The Gilded Ones
This just might be one of the most important quotes of the entire story. It's a reminder that when society doesn't make a way for you, you have to make your own way. You have to know your own value and demand the respect you deserve to have.
"I will give you so many brutal almost-deaths, you'll marvel at my ingenuity from here to infinity." Captain Kelechi- The Gilded Ones
Okay I could not resist this quote as it is a perfect example of the audacity and privilege of the males in this patriarchal society. It's wickedly delicious. Here is our protagonist getting ready to risk her life to lead a campaign and this is the reaction she gets. Not thanks, but threats.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Ash Literary
Publishing Date: February 09, 2021
Published by Delacorte Press/Ash Literary, The Gilded Ones is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this universe. Happy Reading!