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The Glittering Court Paperback – March 28, 2017
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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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THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead is the first book in a YA fantasy series. It has mild language and makes mention of sexual situations. It may be appropriate for anyone 13+.
As a part of nobility, Elizabeth hates her life. Everything is decided for her including her upcoming nuptials. When an opportunity presents itself, she impersonates Adelaide, one of her maid servants. She is whisked off to The Glittering Court where she will learn to be a noble woman in order to marry a wealthy man of her choosing. Now she must continue the façade of a servant to avoid returning to her prior life. As Adelaide, she makes friends, falls in love and attempts to make a life in a new world.
I am a big fan of Richelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy series is one of the best I have read. I did not feel the same affection for this book. The story seemed to be all over the place. The book’s title and cover were misleading in that the Glittering Court was only a portion of the book. It was actually just a means to end. The people she meets remain with her throughout the book but the Court is not the focus. I think that was a miss by Mead. The best parts of the book took place before and during Adelaide’s time at the Court and while meeting her suitors. I would have liked that to be the true story instead of departing to other lands and other plotlines.
I give this book 2 stars. I do not intend to continue the series, which is a shame. I think Mead is a gifted writer and I had hoped to fall in love with this book.
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.
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