The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (YA Review)

Book Review, Young Adult Books
Richelle Mead. Young Adult sweeping drama novel about a fictional history.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. Young Adult sweeping drama novel about a fictional history.The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Series: The Glittering Court (Book 1) | Hardcover: 416 pages | Publisher: Razorbill (April 5, 2016)


About the Book


The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

“Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.”
School Library Journal

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamor, 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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My Thoughts on The Glittering Court

Meh. It was okay. Honestly, I feel bad that I didn’t like this book more, but it was too much and not enough at the same time. SO much happened in this book. So much that not enough was dedicated to each phase of the story. The characters felt underdeveloped and large chunks of time were skipped over with little explanation. It was like an entire series stuffed into one book.

Even though a ton of stuff happened, it moved at a snail’s pace. It’s a long book. It’s 400 pages, which doesn’t seem long, but it takes a lot of time to read. It took me almost two weeks to read it.

This doesn’t mean that The Glittering Court isn’t well written. The author is obviously good at what she does. The story was well planned and I cared enough about the story and characters to finish it. I definitely didn’t hate the book. It was a decent read with an interesting premise. I will say that I got tired of someone always coming to the rescue right in the nick of time and I got tired of the mysteries surrounding Mira and Tamsin. The ending left me with a lot of questions that almost make me want to continue the series, but I don’t think I will. There are too many other books out there I’m itching to read.

Content: Some language, innuendo, and non-descriptive sex between a married couple.

Source: I borrowed this book from the library.


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  • Reply
    February 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Nooooooooo! :'( I love RM and recently read Soundless and found that one to be lacking. I had high hopes for The Glittering Court but it sounds like this one is another so-so read from her. Ugh. I will still read it because I bought the book a while ago but I think I need to hype myself up to read it now.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Sorry! I didn’t mean to ruin your excitement for it. Maybe you’ll like it more than I did. I definitely didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t the book I was hoping for. She’s such a popular author and I think I expected to be blown away and was disappointed when I wasn’t.

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    February 16, 2017 at 2:48 am

    A shame you couldn’t enjoy this book more :/ It seems like this one just had a lot going on, and because it had so much going on attention wasn’t paid towards the things that really matter :/ I hope your next read is a bit better. And that maybe you’ll feel more invested in the story. I hadn’t had much interest in this book myself.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      I keep seeing the next book out and about, but I can’t bring myself to read it. I think I’ll try some of this author’s other books and see if I like those better.

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    February 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Great review, Dena! I’ve read mostly negative reviews for this book, which is a shame, because I’m a huge Richelle Mead fan. I still might give it a go to see for myself, though. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it. Fingers crossed!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      I hope you enjoy it. It hasn’t been very popular with reviewers, but hopefully, it will be different for you. Everyone’s different and I’ve seen a lot of positive reactions to it, so yes, fingers crossed. Happy reading!

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