Jun 16th

Review of The Glittering Court

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
4 Star Rating

Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: April 5, 2016
Where I got the book: Public Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

My feelings about this book came as a surprise to me. I’ve read some less than stellar reviews, and the premise itself made me think I’d barely make it through reading. Contrary to everything I heard beforehand, I really enjoyed The Glittering Court. It was a fun, easy read with a plot that moved quickly and a main character I didn’t hate. If you’re on the fence about reading, let me explain this book in one sentence. It is The Selection meets The Winner’s Curse involving a made up world that resembles colonial Britain and America and mail order brides.

I liked the main character, Adelaide is a Countess who has inherited her title (mostly unheard of) and needs to marry wealthy to save her family from ruin. Throughout the book she really showcases the problems facing women in both Adoria and Osfrid. Her two best friends, low born Tamsin and foreign Mira, bring humor, more highlighting of the plight of women, and a different perspective than Adelaide’s to the book. I’m guessing the next 2 books in this series will feature them, and that has me very excited. Mira especially should prove interesting. Her people are not loved in either country and yet she is a strong intelligent woman. I hope her book is next! Cedric is a very interesting character. He is a university student, a heretic, and a man with many strong ideas and principles. I think he makes an interesting love interest for Adelaide because they are so very different, at least in the beginning. The side characters are no less interesting or well described. The evil governor’s son, his terrible mother, Cedric’s father Jasper, and the very interesting Aiana all add to the fun and exciting nature of the plot. I also hope to see more of Aiana in the other books.

I adored the setting! It was my favorite part of this book, the love story being a close second. The first half takes place in Osfrid, aka Imperial Britain. We see a lot of life there involving balls, lack of freedom for women, the judgement of those from other countries, and the disdain and mistreatment of those from different faiths. Honestly it is Imperial Britain exactly, just with a different name. Then we move to Adoria which is frontier America. We get to see the high society life of the East Coast colonies, the back breaking hardships of life on the frontier, and we even get a quick look at what I believe are Native Americans (the Icori) and possibly Quakers (the Grashond residents). All of this gave The Glittering Court a historical fiction feel that I absolutely loved!

The plot was possibly my least favorite part of this book, even though I enjoyed it. Here is where I can see why this book may not be for everyone. It stars a rich girl wanting freedom to make her own choices. I found this fun but others might think this a tired theme. It also deals with a very The Selection like storyline when the Glittering Court girls are vying for position and attempting to make matches. I may not have truly loved The Selection but it was fun, and so is this book. I like that there are very few slow spots. I read this book in about 6 hours and it was thrilling and fun, a great diversion.

The writing is classic Richelle Mead. It was stylistically simple, without errors or flowy prose. I wouldn’t call it a book of literary genius, but it was well written. I would recommend this book to young readers of YA and any adults looking for something easy, fun, quick and enjoyable.

Did you enjoy The Glittering Court? Leave me a comment below letting me know what you think about the book!

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
4 Star Rating

Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: April 5, 2016
Where I got the book: Public Library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

My feelings about this book came as a surprise to me. I’ve read some less than stellar reviews, and the premise itself made me think I’d barely make it through reading. Contrary to everything I heard beforehand, I really enjoyed The Glittering Court. It was a fun, easy read with a plot that moved quickly and a main character I didn’t hate. If you’re on the fence about reading, let me explain this book in one sentence. It is The Selection meets The Winner’s Curse involving a made up world that resembles colonial Britain and America and mail order brides.

I liked the main character, Adelaide is a Countess who has inherited her title (mostly unheard of) and needs to marry wealthy to save her family from ruin. Throughout the book she really showcases the problems facing women in both Adoria and Osfrid. Her two best friends, low born Tamsin and foreign Mira, bring humor, more highlighting of the plight of women, and a different perspective than Adelaide’s to the book. I’m guessing the next 2 books in this series will feature them, and that has me very excited. Mira especially should prove interesting. Her people are not loved in either country and yet she is a strong intelligent woman. I hope her book is next! Cedric is a very interesting character. He is a university student, a heretic, and a man with many strong ideas and principles. I think he makes an interesting love interest for Adelaide because they are so very different, at least in the beginning. The side characters are no less interesting or well described. The evil governor’s son, his terrible mother, Cedric’s father Jasper, and the very interesting Aiana all add to the fun and exciting nature of the plot. I also hope to see more of Aiana in the other books.

I adored the setting! It was my favorite part of this book, the love story being a close second. The first half takes place in Osfrid, aka Imperial Britain. We see a lot of life there involving balls, lack of freedom for women, the judgement of those from other countries, and the disdain and mistreatment of those from different faiths. Honestly it is Imperial Britain exactly, just with a different name. Then we move to Adoria which is frontier America. We get to see the high society life of the East Coast colonies, the back breaking hardships of life on the frontier, and we even get a quick look at what I believe are Native Americans (the Icori) and possibly Quakers (the Grashond residents). All of this gave The Glittering Court a historical fiction feel that I absolutely loved!

The plot was possibly my least favorite part of this book, even though I enjoyed it. Here is where I can see why this book may not be for everyone. It stars a rich girl wanting freedom to make her own choices. I found this fun but others might think this a tired theme. It also deals with a very The Selection like storyline when the Glittering Court girls are vying for position and attempting to make matches. I may not have truly loved The Selection but it was fun, and so is this book. I like that there are very few slow spots. I read this book in about 6 hours and it was thrilling and fun, a great diversion.

The writing is classic Richelle Mead. It was stylistically simple, without errors or flowy prose. I wouldn’t call it a book of literary genius, but it was well written. I would recommend this book to young readers of YA and any adults looking for something easy, fun, quick and enjoyable.

Did you enjoy The Glittering Court? Leave me a comment below letting me know what you think about the book!

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