Genre: Adventure, Romance, Fiction
Book Jacket 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, and 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: Trash, trash, trash. I am not a fan of The Glittering Court. I didn’t even want to finish the book, which seems to be a hallmark trade of books that I rate with one star. The Glittering Court starts out promising enough, with Adelaide concocting a plan that allows her to escape the bonds of an ill-fitting arranged marriages. But from the moment that Adelaide joins up with the Glittering Court (essentially three chapters in), this book takes a turn for the worse. I’m can’t pinpoint exactly why I disliked this book so much. Perhaps it was because The Glittering Court felt like three separate books (Adelaide’s time in court, her initial introduction into Adorian society, and her brief stint as a gold miner?) had been smashed into one, with little successful transition between sections. Adelaide isn’t likeable, Cedric’s “dangerous secret” is stupid, and Mead fails to make me care about a single character or place in the book. I have no interest in reading the next two Glittering Court books (although they may be marginally improved, given that they will focus on Tamsin and Mira instead of Adelaide). Altogether, The Glittering Court was disjointed and disappointing.