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text 2016-11-29 00:31
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

"But...but...you're confused. You need to stop this. Stop...um, being a heretic."

 

So I'm actually enjoying this, but the main character is kind of an idiot, not going to lie. It's moderately excruciating to listen to her.

 

In other news, I am in fact not dead, just very easily distracted. Catching this back up with my actual reading has gotten to be such a task I've become more and more lazy about it, alas, but I will get there shortly! Hope everyone has been having a lovely start to the cozy holiday/reading season?

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review 2016-09-22 11:00
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Review
The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

Goodreads 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…

 

 

 

Review:

 

I’m a big fan of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead so I couldn’t wait to read some of her other work. The aspect of this story and the time it is set in really intrigued me. It took a while for the story to pick up but once it did I couldn’t put it down!

 

I loved Adelaide and Cedrics relationship and how it wasn’t love at first sight but that they became friends first and built up to the romance. Their scenes together were my favourite, not only would they make fun of each other but they were just so cute together! This story is also more than just romance and historical fiction, it also deals with friendship. Tamsin, Mira and Adelaides friendship was that of typical best friends, they each had noticeable characteristics that made the 3 of them a perfect match. Of course like Adelaide they all have their secrets which I can’t wait to find out about in the sequels! The next book follows Mira and I’m definitely interested in finding out what she’s been up to, although I have my suspicions.

 

The one issue I did have was that all the religious and political chaos throughout the book just sort of worked itself out. They had a way out of every situation. Obviously I’m glad there was a happy ending but everything was a bit convenient. I know we’re done with Adelaide’s story so everything had to be wrapped up but I guess instead of having the sequels cover the same time span as the first, they could have been a continuation and those issues could have been fleshed out a bit more.

 

This was still a really enjoyable read and although VA is still my fave by Richelle Mead, this story definitely sucked me in and I can’t wait for the sequels!

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review 2016-08-29 21:54
The Glittering Court
The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead (I got a copy through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.) This one... Well. Part of the plot was interesting, in that it offered an opening on the stories of three young women who may or may not be able to create a life for themselves... yet other plot points were a bit dumb, to say the least. Or worse. First, the good: in spite of the whole Glittering Court premise (taking common-born girls and educating them to make them noble-looking wife material), the three main girl characters had motivations of their own to join that "school". For Mira the refugee, without many prospects in Osfrid, joining the 'Court is a way to try and make another kind of life for herself: she's getting an education, she's leaving for the "New World", and even though it's basically to snatch a husband, she hopes she'll find another opportunity during that time she's bought for herself. For Tamsin, it's also an opportunity, one to rise in a world that otherwise will keep her poor at beast, and possibly forced to do darker deeds at worst (it's never clearly said—I suppose it will be revealed in book 3—but I'm positive she'd under some kind of threat, and being the best student, getting the best husband in the lot, is the only solution for her to, paradoxically, free herself). For "Adelaide", it's about reaching for the unknown, because the known is going to be a prison of its own, and she's so trapped she's ready to do anything to escape, including something dumb (more about this below). There's also a whole Frontier/New World dynamic that goes past the initial, slightly insipid "let's learn fashion and manners and wear nice dresses" idea. I probably wouldn't have lasted through 400 pages of seeing the girls learn to act like proper ladies—or if it had been about that, I would've needed much more intrigue thrown in the middle to keep myself busy—so the parts where the girls are in the New World On the downside... Adelaide's motives were incredibly dumb and made no sense: facing the prospect of an arranged marriage with an insufferable man and his over-controlling grandmother, she uses the Court as an opportunity to run away... yet the whole thing is dumb because the Court is precisely what she tries to avoid, with perhaps a few more potential choices for a future husband, but that's all. Basically, it's still about getting married (sold), and going through the motions to attract a man's (buyer's) eye, and without much choice in the end, because if she doesn't fetch enough of a price, or if she refuses to marry, she has to work (in bad conditions) to buy back her contract. I think I would've enjoyed her "deciding to create her own fate" idea much, much better if she had joined a band of highwaymen, or whatever else. Like marrying the first guy, taking his money, then arranging for the controlling grandma to fall down the stairs. For instance. Unsurprisingly, I was also much unfazed when it came to the romance. The love interest is a nice guy all around, and a decent person, and definitely not the worst choice of partner, for sure. However, he remained bland, without much personality—and that's really too bad, since it enforces the stereotype that "nice guys aren't interesting", which may become in turn "the only good romance must be with a bad guy". (Not necessarily what happens in this novel, it's just the way I perceived it: if the good guys aren't made interesting enough, people are going to look to the less savory ones... won't they?) I feel that overall, this "dull" side to the main male character also expanded to the story as a whole. There are quite a few things happening, sea storms, rumours of pirates, a scheming noble, adventure/being pioneers in a faraway colony, some revenge plot (that everybody save for the MCs would've seen coming through the thickest fog on the darkest night ever), and yet I was never excited by what the girls went through. I still don't understand how it came that events sometimes piled upon each other too quickly, to the point of being wrapped up a little too neatly at the end through a series of coincidences, making it look like so much was happening... and at the same time remained dull and without much of an actual plot. And hinting all the way at the two other girls' secrets, and never revealing what they are. Argh. The setting didn't help: basically a Regency/Victorian Europe (=Osfrid) vs. a New World (=Adoria) with budding colonies, including "Alanzan heretics" looking for a place to worship in peace (=Protestants/Puritans), only the "natives" aren't Native Americans but some sort of Celt-looking people. Anyway, it was much too close to our world's history to be really original, and not very developed, resting on this "closeness", therefore adding to the feeling of a cardboard backdrop. Moreover, it was problematic when it comes to the whole colonisation/"civilised men vs. savages" aspect, because it doesn't stray from any colonial vision, first by sort of trying to make the whole Glittering Court look glamorous when it's not (it's not slavery, granted, but still a form of indenture with selling oneself to a man the only outcome), then by demeaning the "natives". I kept hoping that there'd be some different undertones here, something to undermine the racist outlook on this, yet if there was, I couldn't feel it. So. Meh. 1.5 stars.
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review 2016-08-10 04:24
The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

Adelaide belonged to one of the noblest families in Osfrid, one that could trace it’s bloodline back to the county’s founders. Adelaide had to marry well as her family no longer had the money it once had. Adelaide’s grandmother - Alice- came to Adelaide to tell her a miracle had happened . Adelaide's parents were dead and she  lived with her grandmother since their deaths. Lionel =Baron of Ashby had made an offer. He was a very rich cousin. Adelaide didn’t know him and after meeting him and his very controlling grandmother Adelaide said no to his offer. Then Adelaide put Lionel out of her mind. Then Adelaide gained knowledge of the Glittering Court . Adelaide the passes as Ada to get out of the arranged marriage to Lionel/ Adelaide had to join the Glittering Court which is designed to change women with low class stigma into upper class lady’s. Adelaide excels in her training and makes a few friends. No one knows who she really is but Cedric. Adelaide is attracted to Cedric and he to her but it would cause a scandal for them to be together. Adelaide was to attract a wealthy husband in the new land.

I just couldn’t get into this story guess it just wasn’t for me. There wasn’t much action or anything to rally pull you into the story and keep you glued to the story. I also didn’t think there was really alot of chemistry from Cedric to Adelaide. I also just found the story confusing . I just didn’t like it.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-27 19:16
The Glittering Court
The Glittering Court: The Glittering Court, Book 1 - Richelle Mead,Kristen Sieh,Listening Library

The Characters:

Adelaide Bailey
Cedric Thorn
Tamsin
Mirabelle “Mira”

The Story:

This is one of those books where you feel like you’ve read three different books all at once. Even Adelaide says it seems like a lifetime ago more than once. I think the best measure of how much I liked this story is the fact that I was sad I had it on CD and not MP3. I found myself just sitting in the car listening several times and wishing I could take it with me instead of having to leave it in the car.

The Random Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story but part of me wishes I had waited until all three books were published before reading. I’m fearful I will forget many of the wonderful details to Adelaide's story.

4 Stars

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