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BOOK REVIEW: THE GLITTERING COURT BY RICHELLE MEADE

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BLURB

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself–even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting–or as wonderful–as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

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A LACKLUSTRE AFFAIR

I have a sweet tooth for Richelle Meade’s book. I had become a fan, no, not after reading the Vampire Academy series, Lord forbid, but after reading Gameboard of the God’s. I am so peeved there will be no next book in the series but, that’s another rant. For now, we shall talk about this predictable monstrosity.

To be honest, I usually like how the author’s characters are complete. The characters come to life and the female protagonists show a strength of character and hence, are inspiring. The fictional world she creates are convincing and the story flows smoothly.

Maybe that’s why when I picked The Glittering Court, I had high expectations. Well, they were so high that they went right through the roof, especially with such an intriguing title.

I had initially thought it was fae-themed (I love fae!!!). However, it is historical fiction and not quite accurate one at that.

The beginning of the story had seemed quite promising. Our MC, Elizabeth Thorn Whitmore, Countess of Rutherford a.k.a Lady Thorn (Ah…the banality of the symbolism of the name is not quite lost on me) was everything I expected of a Richelle Meade MC. However, all the sass that Lady Thorn had to offer couldn’t make up for the predictability in the book.

TWISTS AND TURN OR LACK THEREOF

There were twists, oh yes, probably to make the book less predictable but they did otherwise. And many of them were downright ridiculous. When I say ridiculous twists, I indeed refer to what happens to Lady Thorn’s friend, Tamsin, not once but twice.

And don’t even get me started on the climax. Mira, with a crossbow. I mean seriously!! But I am getting ahead of myself.

The characters lacked depth. For example, Tamsin came across as a shallow, ambitious girl, Cedric just a lover boy and Mira was just bland. There was nothing more to them.

I like it when I get to use more than just some adjectives while describing characters. It’s a delight when the characters are more than just meet’s the eye, when their simple actions throw light on their complicated nature.

Sadly, The Glittering Court didn’t have much to offer in this case.

The book seemed quite rushed. It was odd how quickly Elizabeth categorised Mira as a friend (We, as a reader, weren’t there just yet). Throughout the book, we glimpse it in form of Elizabeth standing up for Mira (which, I think was more for the sake of presenting Elizabeth as a strong female MC).

I am sorry but I just did not feel the friendship or the bonding that Elizabeth claims to have with both, throughout the book.

The book was also short on humour. I would have surely liked more than a sample of Elizabeth’s sass.

PREDICTABILITY GALORE

And God, the book was so predictable. I knew who the hero was, I knew who would turn out to be the anti-hero and of course, the ending could be smelled pages away.

CONCLUSION

I wouldn’t say the book was a waste of time. I did indeed find the historical backdrop fascinating and Elizabeth’s character inspiring (As I always do in Richelle Meade’s novels).

Anyways looking forward to better works by Richelle Meade in the future. Because seriously, it looks like Gameboard of the God’s and The Glittering Court were written by two different people.

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