Friday, July 1, 2016

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Review

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

I've always been a fan of Richelle Mead, so when I found out she had a new book coming out I had to get it. The book is very different from her other series. It has an Elizabethan era/Frontier/ New World feel about it. In this book we meet Elizabeth, an Osfridian countess, who poses as her maid Aidelaide to escape an unwanted marriage. Aidelaide has been given the opportunity by Cedric to travel to Adoria to be trained as an upper-class lady at The Glittering Court. These girls are trained to better themselves in order to gain a well-established husband. 

To be honest the book started out a little slow for me, but definitely got better as the book went on. I thoroughly enjoyed Adelaide and Cedric's journey. Adelaide is very head-strong and definetly fights for what she belives in. She doesn't mind speaking her mind and is pretty quick on her feet. Cedric is very smart and goes above and beyond to do whats right. He definitely doesn't have a problem going against the norm, which is one of the qualities that I really liked about him. The book was definitely comical in some areas and serious in others. It was set at a pretty fast pace. I would say it is more of a historical romance than fantasy, so for readers who don't like those type of books, this may not be the book for you. Overall, I think that Mead did a good job.

MY RATING: 4 out of 5 stars 

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