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The Glittering Court Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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Gr 8 Up-When the young Countess of Rothford is forced into an unwanted marriage with a despicable distant relative, she runs away and decides to leave the beautiful country of Osfrid behind in search of a new life. She follows a dashing student named Cedric to a place called the Glittering Court, where his family trains ordinary girls to act like nobility, ships them overseas to the New World, and profits from their marriage contracts to up-and-coming young men. It's there that she assumes the identity of her maid, Adelaide Bailey, and does her best to blend in with the other girls. But as she falls in love with Cedric and becomes tangled in a web of secrets and lies, she is cast out of the Glittering Court and forced into a radically different life working the land in search of the gold they desperately need to start a better life together. With a full cast of bold and original characters, Mead does a superb job of building a world that teens will be excited to enter into and disappointed to leave. The plot is intricately woven, and the ending promises future installments from other characters' points of view. VERDICT Brilliant and original, Mead's new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Southern charm meets My Fair Lady [...] romantics will love this book."
—School Library Connection, starred review
"With a full cast of bold and original characters, Mead does a superb job of building a world that teens will be excited to enter into and disappointed to leave. The plot is intricately woven, and the ending promises future installments from other characters’ points of view. Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
—School Library Journal
"The emphasis on romance, dresses, and intrigue will appeal to fans of Kiera Cass."
—Voice of Youth Advocates
“In a refreshing change to the romance formula...there is a strong feminist element in Adelaide’s narration, and more than meets the eye in terms of plot, character development, and substantive thought."
"An enjoyable fish-out-of-water tale that plays gritty frontier adventure against the finery of the Glittering Court."
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There are supposed to be more books coming out, featuring characters that were on the side in this offering. I'm looking forward to them, as they were obviously up to some interesting stuff while off-stage in Adelaide's story! I'm really curious about Mira...
Warren could have been the bad guy we love to hate, but sadly there was no substance to him and his actions were too predictable. His involvement into Ada's life should have just had more especially with how much of a threat he was to her plans.
I could have loved Cedric had there been more to him, but he came off as weak and insipid despite his ignorant optimism. He was just a boy and with the lack of romance or even a romance scene, there were no desirable qualities to him.
I could have loved the countess/Ada had she been a bit more...something. Her whirlwind kind of thinking just made me wish something terrible would happen to her to make her harder and not so fluttery of personality. Her romance seemed too weak and impulsive for her station and the adventure she craved from the beginning. It also seemed that she pretty much gave up on the desire of an adventure and turned into a sheep following the herd. She barely took chances,had no real obstacles she had to overcome. There were no life lessons or great thought.
Grant? What was up with him? He really served no importance for the amount of thought and scrutiny Ada gave him.
I wouldn't advise anyone to pay 10.99 for this ebook. It was too preteen, something my eleven year old would read and feel fulfillment from. Even sixteen year olds these days are harder than the main character and looking for the challenge their favorite characters must push through.
Jasper seemed like the only character that was a sure solid, a character I could depend on to stay in character and personality.
One thing that did bother me about the book though was that it seemed like several books in one. You could draw a line in the sand for every part. Each could have been its own novella. School/transport/court/colonial life. And yes I know it is all one story, but they all seemed very disjointed to me.
Adelaide was a truly likable character, as most of the characters in the book were. She was understandable… unpredictable in her own right, but understandable. I do wish there was more silliness involved in the Glittering Court school so we could more of her silly side… she escaped from her pretentious life, I wanted to see her live a little.
And Cedric was adorable. But maybe that held me back… he was adorable not sexy or hunky. Then again… those are cliche. I should know… I tried to write non-cliche and it was cliche anyway J so funny how women write me. Also reminds me of this article. So now that aside… I felt like Cedric didn’t have the guts to take on his father, or the backbone he really needed. All that judging aside, I would really love Cedric if I met him in real life.
So the thing is… I love them separately, but wasn’t wholly convinced of their compatibility together. What we needed was more tension between them at the house/school and more flirting on the boat. And maybe a confession from Cedric that Adelaide agonizes over. Sigh.
The characters I didn’t get a good feel for were Mira and Tamsin… and that really frustrated me until I finished the book in hot pursuit of fan theories and discovered Mira’s perspective was going to be published in 2017. Mira’s perspective is going to be fascinating. Now THAT is a girl who knows how to get what she wants.
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