April 01, 2016

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court
by Richelle Mead
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016
by Razorbill

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

I want to start by saying this cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it, and it fits the story perfectly. I honestly wanted to read this one mostly because of the cover. LOL! It definitely grabbed my attention.

While I love Richelle Mead, and love how well she can weave a story, this one was just okay to me. It wasn’t a bad story at all, and the characters were well written, but I felt like I’ve read it before. It reminded me a lot of THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing, and THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. Though there are hundreds of differences, in the end I didn’t feel like there was really anything that STOOD OUT. It is entertaining enough to read till the very end, but also predictable. I sort of imagined the ending before it all went down. Somethings were just too good to be true.

I did like the relationship between Cedric and Adelaide. From the moment they meet you could feel the chemistry between them. I loved that their relationship moved forward with every chapter, and never took any steps backwards.

In the end, I did enjoy it and would recommend it to my fellow reader friends. Especially fans of The Jewel and The Selection. It’s a fast read, and would be great for a road trip or beach read.

3.5 Stars!


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