Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)Title: The Glittering Court 
Author:  Richelle Mead 
Publisher: Razorbill 
Publishing Date: April 5th 2016
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy 
Series:  The Glittering Court #1
Source: Audio

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…      

Even though I haven't finished the Vampire Academy series... I loved what I read. I was so excited to see a new series by Richelle Mead, especially fantasy. Yippee. I was so super excited. So I grabbed this book on audio and devoured  it. I loved everything about it. I want more. 

Elizabeth Countess of Roth knows of her dire situation. No money only title 18 and needs to be married off. She is ready for this, never expected to marry for love... but she didn't count on marrying some stuffy boring man with an overbearing mother. When the chance comes to escape, she takes it. She takes over her maid's identity and joins the Glittering Court. A place where second and third class girls get trained to be a first class lady in the new world. Elizabeth who is now Adelaide, knows she will still be married off but maybe just maybe she can choose just a tad who it will be. She joins, she makes friends, finds trouble, falls in love, ends up in more trouble and tries to find her happy ending. 

So first ting first. This book is fantasy as in it's set in an unknown time in an unknown world. Okay that is as far as the fantasy element goes. The rest reads like historical fiction and I was perfectly fine with that. I went in looking for a fantasy but didn't mind the outcome at all. It was a wonderful read with a very historical fiction feel and I loved every bit of it. From the very first word to the last. 

I will also say this book read like 4 books in one. It started off with a fantasy/dystopian mix with a touch of high society with the glittering court. Half way through it changes to a historical romance. Next comes a western feel. Then finally the end is a witch hunt sort of feel. I want to add that I did not find this as a problem. There were very smooth transitions and it all made sense. It was actually quite refreshing the way the feel morphed as the story morphed. As I say that, the story did have many parts and it felt as if I read an entire series in one book. It didn't feel long and drawn out just very full of story. I loved it. It never slowed in pace, it never bored. It was very well thought out and written. 

There were two parts of this book I loved... The story and the characters. Together they worked so magnificently and seamlessly. The story was good. It really focused on women and their lack of choices and freedom. Not just women though... that was the main one... there was also suffering among those who had different belief systems, race,  and of course class. There were elements of love, friendship, freedom, loyalty, action, adventure, betrayal, conspiracy, self discovery, and so much more. So many things, so many feels. Just amazing. 

The characters were all really awesome and really well developed. The main character, Adelaide/Elizabeth, was a very strong independant girl. I loved her. She was smart, snotty when the time fit, snarky, wise, driven, and just so many great qualities. Even when she was being selfish she was caring and kind. She was always thinking about others. Even when she ran away she felt for how her grandmother would feel. It seemed very selfish for her to run as it left her grandmother with nothing... but I could understand the reason. She was dying inside. Sufficating, she needed to take her life into her own hands. She really amazed me. 

Some of the other girls, Tamsin amd Mira, held their own as secondary characters. I am so excited to know that the next two books will be from their POVs. Not the same story either. New ones. I am super excited about that. 

These girls  were different in every way from each other and from Adelaid. Tamsin was a tough determined girl who let nothing get in her way. She was touch I mean tough. She had a temper but she was loyal. Mira was a girl from antoher country that escaped war and began a life in the world where Adelaide was from. She needed a new life but was dertermined to make all the choices herself and even buy off her own contract so she wouldn't need to marry. She was very loyal, very sweet and very sneaky. Loved her too. Can't wait to see more from these girls. 

The love interest Cedric. He brought the swoons oh did he. I fell for him hard. He was witty and charming, kind and generous, brave and courageous. I was so busy getting to know him I never really pictured his looks beyond the basics, because lets be serious... everything else was just perfect it didn't matter. I am sure he was hot though. At least the girls in the book seemed to have thought so. 

There were plenty of evils and somewhat baddies to make the story go round. There were also heroes hidden in the background as much as snakes hiding in the grass. It was really really good I tell you. 

This is one of those books I just want to gush and gush about. And the book was done... resolution in the end... yet there will be more. This is the kind of series I like. More of this world but other parts of the story in whole. Love it. I just yeah.. this book really had me feeling and thinking and totally becoming part of this world. Tears, laughter, eye rolls, cheers. It had it all. I just need more.

On a side note. The narrator.. perfect for this read. She nailed the characters and really brought voice to them. She had all the feels down perfectly. The setting, the tone, everything was just right. I am sure I loved this more as audio than I would have reading it on my own. Although not by much. I would have still loved it. The narrator just brought so much to the story, it just made it more everything. 

I think this will stay at the top of my favorite reads this year. It will be hard to top for me. 

Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.


  1. I've been hearing so many amazing things about this book - I definitely need to get my hands on it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. I really enjoyed it. I have seen some mixed reviews. I think its for sure gonna be love it or not.


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