The Gilded Ones is one of the best YA fantasy novels I have read in a while. It pulled me out of my reading slump with its wonderfully diverse cast of characters. Along with its strong female empowerment vibe set in a rich and vibrant world. I was hooked from beginning to end. This book has a little bit of everything: romance, great friends, and an adorable baby dragon kitten. It is a thought-provoking, fast-paced and exciting read due to the high-stakes situations that Deka finds herself in.