The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Genre(s): Romance, fantasy, young adult
Number of pages: 400
Publish date: April 5th, 2016
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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…
All I need to say is that if you haven’t read Richelle Mead’s books, what are you doing with your life?!
I should really just end the review there. Just kidding. But no, really, I adore her writing style, and this series is so unique!
So, with this book we have a bit of a trickster on our hands. Adelaide’s family used to be one of the more revered, but it has since fallen out of favor and they are on their last legs. One of the solutions is for the young countess to obtain an advantageous marriage, which she is entirely opposed to. In order to escape that fate, she disguises herself as a lady’s maid and ships herself off to a finishing school.
She has every intention of floating through in the middle of the group so as not to draw attention to herself, but she is too much of a spitfire to do so. Throw in a handsome young man that she can help by getting herself to the top scorers of the group, and there is a recipe for disaster brewing. Of course, I definitely didn’t expect things to pan out exactly as they did, so be prepared for some twists!
One of the most interesting things about this trilogy is that all three books are set from a different girl’s perspective. There is some overlap in the timeline, but I love being able to read from the difference positions and see all the struggles that each girl faces. Currently, I’m thinking this book is my favorite, but the third book, The Emerald Sea, is yet to be released, so I’l have to wait until then!
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