Book Review: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Hardcover // Friend
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Summary: 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 really planning on picking this book up since I didn't really enjoy the Vampire Academy series but the cover looks so amazing so how can I not resist! However, since my copy hasn't arrived, I borrowed it from a friend who had already finished it and said was disappointed in it. I didn't let her opinion of the book influence my thoughts on it, but by the end of it, I sort of have to agree with her.

The first half of the book was great. It was really interesting and I forgot how much I enjoyed Richelle Mead's writing style. The book started off with Adelaide running away from an arranged marriage and being part of the Glittering Court. It is all about the problems she faced while pretending to be somebody else and some drama with the other girls. Things pretty much went downhill after that. There was a lot of unnecessary problems added in for the protagonist to solve and I just wish that they would end it. 

The world was not as developed as I hoped it would be. There wasn't a lot of effort into building this world and it reminds me a lot of our own history with the New World and all that. 

The romance was not doing it for me either. Adelaide did not seem interested in Cedric, she only simply thinks that he is charming and the only one on the receiving end. There wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two.They seem seem more like two people being forced together so the romance was a big no-no.

From what I've heard, this is going to be a trilogy, but focuses on three different girls whom I guess will be Tamsin and Mira. To be honest, I actually don't even plan on picking up the other books in the series.

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  1. Aw, it's such a pity that you didn't like this one! I've seen a lot of positive reviews and was actually thinking about reading it. However, there might be a slight chance that I would enjoy this more than you because Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series, although I really hated the Bloodlines series. Anyway, great review!

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

    1. I hope you won't get discouraged by my review. It is only a matter of personal opinion and I think that if you pick it up, you might enjoy it more than me!


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