The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin BooksUSA)
Received: The Best Damn Book Box
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…
The story got off to a great start, learning about the main character her position in society. Adelaide is countess who lives with her Grandmother on the brink of being poor since her parents died leaving nothing to their name. In a chance to save their family name, Adelaide’s Grandmother decides that she should get married to her cousin Lionel (and his Grandmother, since she seems to be in charge).
After learning about her fate, the book quickly jumps into her taking the place of her servant Ada; sending Ada home, and her into The Glittering Court. The book moves quickly through her time in The Glittering Court, and by chapter 9 it’s already time for the girls to go to Adoria.
The rest of the book goes at nice pace and we really get into the action of what this story is really about. Love, secrets, and freedom. Even though I’ve never gone through what these girls have (and luckily most likely won’t), I understood their struggles and I felt for them when things didn’t go right. Some events saddened me as if I actually knew he characters. That’s what I love about a good book; that it can draw into the story and make it seem like you’re there experimenting everything the characters are.
I’m excited to see where the story is going to go. Whether we continue the story or we see two other points of view (from what I’ve heard). I would definitely add this book to your TBR list if you want something similar to The Selection series, but completely different at the same time. ♥♥♥♥