Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Romance/Contemporary/Fantasy
Publish Date: April 5th 2016
Length (hardcover): 400 pages
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…
Now, I must admit that this book first piqued my interest because of its apparent similarity to The Selection; a series I adore. I plucked it from the shelf, purchased it and quickly went home to finish reading the book I had almost completed. In the beginning, I read really quickly… then I slowed down a bit.
The first part of the book was honestly amazing. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was staying up to frightfully unreasonable hours to read it and I was positively HEARTBROKEN when it got SQUASHED! FOLDED! RUINED! In my schoolbag (I’m scarred). I was in love with the *boyfriend,* (which isn’t uncommon for me) and I found the main character’s POV interesting simply because it was different. As you can read in the synopsis, Adelaide (not her real name, by the way) is a countess posing as a poor girl so that she can escape her arranged marriage, to put it simply. But, she falls for the wrong guy, and yes – this often makes for a great story.
The plot was all going swimmingly until this one pivotal moment. I read it and I wanted to slap the book on my face and cry or scowl or both. I’m going to tell you what it was – beware this is a spoiler! They move onto the FRONTIER and gold-mine for a bit, but it turns out that this is part of an evil plan. Then, after all the turmoil and un-soft hands have been endured, our main character throws in the towel, reveals everything, and, surprise! They all live happily ever after.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars is because the beginning of it was so good! I just couldn’t bear to give it anything less than 4 seeing as I enjoyed the first part so much. However, it’s safe to say that The Glittering Court did not top the Selection for me.
Favourite quote: “You are… out of my reach.”
Did I cry: I don’t believe I did.