Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Originally Published: April 5th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 stars)
Synopsis: 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 wasn’t too sure about this when I went into it. I mean… the only books by Richelle Mead that I’ve read were about vampires. Rose and Sydney are too of my favorite female characters… and now Adelaide is among them. That’s one of the beautiful things about Richelle’s writing. Her characters are always so magnificently written and each of them are strong and yet so unique. Even two of Adelaide’s friends at the Court were amazing and I’m desperately hoping that the next two books are about them.
The romance in this book was amazing but way too short! I want more scenes with Adelaide and Cedric. Honestly if the next book isn’t about them then there better a cameo or I might protest.
Really the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the beginning. It took a while for me to become truly interested but thankfully I did become hooked and now I’ve fallen into my next Richelle Mead trap where I have to wait months for the next book.