Monday, July 4, 2016

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead.









Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series is one of my favorite series of all times. The characters in that book come to mind on a regular basis. The story kept me reading, and has led to rare re-reads for me. The romance in that series is swoon-worthy, and is in my list of favorite YA couples to this day. 

But this isn't that series. 

This is a very different writing style. These characters are very different. And I didn't love it. 

I own the Bloodlines Series, which is the spin-off series from Vampire Academy, but have yet to pick it up because I'm afraid. After reading this book, I'm more afraid. 

I want to be clear, I didn't hate it. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read. It was just not the caliber that I expect from Richelle Mead, and I didn't have fun while reading it. I'll just get right into it. 

Here's the review 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...  
This book was all over the place and dreadfully slow, but I truly liked the premise. 
From the very beginning it is evident that this is a companion series. I'm actually grateful that it is, because the holes in the story have to be resolved. 
I won't rant about the classification of the book because I can see how it could be marketed as a very, very low fantasy. It's the world building that lacked, with an over reliance on American-British history, but it's not the first time I've read something that's the same way. People write what they know. It's nothing to be lambasted, it's just what she based her world on. 
Overall, I gave The Glittering Court 3/5 STARS, and I'm pretty sure I'll still read the second book in this series. I genuinely want to see what happened to fill in the blanks that this installment created. 


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