27 August, 2017


Title: Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Glittering Court #1
Genres: YA, Romance
Publisher: Razorbill
Release: 2016
Source: Paperback/Audiobook
Pages: 400

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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…

EXPECTATIONS: Richelle Mead has written Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, 12 books on the world that I adore. And also she is a creator of Rose and Dimitri, my OTP till the day I die. So when this book came out I just had to get it. However, somehow it took me the whole year to actually read it. 

THE WORLD: It kinda screams to be called historical fiction but it really isn't. Basically we do have a vibe of old times when it was all about the title and huge dresses but then it does not keep. Like from time to time it still gets mentioned but there is no real vibe that you are in the past. Even tho the main idea of the book is that a girl goes to a Glittering Court where she is prepared to be a lady and be married off to the highest bidder. 

CHARACTERS: Our main character is Adelaide and she is a runaway bride from arranged marriage. Tho she runs away to Glittering court which is really just a school for girls to learn how to be a lady and then be sold off to highest bidder for marriage. Anyways all these girls are there to learn what Adelaide was taught since childhood so there is no surprise Adelaide is the one that ends up being number one. What was funny however was how she had no idea how to take of herself without servants. Talking about white privilege I guess :D No but in reality I found Adelaide super annoying and just self absorbed. She has no care whatsoever for others, I mean she thinks she does but in reality it's this shallow care where you care just so they be like oh she is nice she cares. Yeah. And then there is Cedric, a typical poor boy but omg hot characters. Because you know if you are rich you are just an evil person and only the poor boy can truly love and be good. Needless to say had no care for him either. 

ROMANCE: Isn't it obvious? Adelaide and Cedric cannot be together so what is forbidden must be the best. Overdone, boring and just who cares?

GOOD: I am not sure. I did end up giving this three stars but trying to put my finger on what is really good in this book...I cannot. 

BAD: I cannot believe this comes from the author that created Vampire Academy?! The person who created Rose and Dimitri? Are you kidding me? This is something you pick up in gas station, another Selection in it's quality and bullshit. Also can somebody explain to me how the plot makes sense? So Adelaide runs to arranged marriage school to escape arrange marriage? Srsly, no logic or I am just too stupid to see it. 

OVERALL: I used to think Richelle Mead is a genius because I have never met an author who managed to make me so obsessed with fandom as VA but damn, if I read Glittering Court before I read anything else of hers, I would never even want to give her other books a change. Boring and just full of tropes. Not continuing for sure. 

What do you think about THE GLITTERING COURT?



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