Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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.
Review: Rating- 4
Richelle Mead has a new series, The Glittering Court is book one, and it takes you on quite an adventure. I would not classify this as young adult, the themes are new adult. These girls are being married off, there's a lot of pent up sexual tension towards the end and it does state the characters had sex, there's also an attempted rape, and some fighting/attempted murder scenes.
It was hard to find this book okay because of the type of world these characters are in. The Glittering Court, in today's society, would be a glorified sex trafficking ring, but in the society of the book is a way to give the girls, who come from a poor background, a better life. The girls do know it's not completely okay, or some of them do, some see that they're cattle being showed off, however they dim it down because the girls do get to choose who their suitor is.
Richelle Mead likes writing drama and it shows, there are times that I thought something could have happened differently, but instead the most dramatic thing would happen in any given scene.  I don't want to say too much or give away more than the description gives because this book is a journey. I thought it was slow in the beginning, I like to get to the heart of the story, but it still kept my attention after the first couple of chapters. I do wish it had ended on page 394 though,
"Ready for our next adventure?"
The End, no more! But it kept going so it could set up for Mira's story next.
The Glittering Court isn't a book for everyone, it has old ideas that a lot of people will find archaic and wrong. However, I found the book entertaining, humorous, I loved Cedric from the first time he entered the story, and I loved some of the twists along the way. It was hard to wrap my head around the society, but it made for an enlightening story that shows a girl should do what she wants and society shouldn't dictate that. I am thrilled this was set up as a standalone book and the next book will either be Tamsin or Mira's story, leaning towards Mira based on the ending of this book. Pick this book up with caution, but if you find the description intriguing and you want to see a lot of drama then this book is for you.

*I received an ARC from Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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