Penguin Group - Razorbill
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Date Read: April 3, 2016
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…
This was fantasy? I would hardly call this fantasy. The books does take place in an imaginary place but that is as far as the fantasy goes. I really thought that it read more like a historical romance than anything else. Except it wasn't as good as most historical romances that I have read. I found this one really pretty easy to put down. I thought it was an okay story in the end but that is really about it. My three star rating is really pretty generous.
This book really seemed to have its roots in historical romance. Adelaide, as she is called for most of the story, is a countess. She is being pushed into an arranged marriage for financial reasons. (Hmm...I think I have read that one before). She poses as her servant to escape the marriage and to join the Glittering Court. The Glittering Court trains women to act more like upper class ladies so they can
I pretty much guessed how things would work out for Adelaide early in the book. I didn't figure out exactly how things would happen but there wasn't really any huge surprises in the story either. I liked Adelaide well enough but I really didn't feel much of a connection to her either. She didn't make a lot of sense to me in a lot of ways. She fled an arranged marriage....to join a group that would help her enter a marriage with a wealthy man. Wait, isn't that why she fled in the first place?
I did have a lot of hope at the beginning of the book. I liked that she didn't just do as everyone told her and she seemed somewhat smart about remaining undetected until she decided not to. The boat ride to then new world was pretty exciting and I was looking forward to more action once the group made it to the new world but I was disappointed for the most part. I liked the book a lot better during the parts when she was away from the city and proper society.
I do think that this book will appeal to a lot of people. I think that my teenage daughter will probably love it. I just couldn't make myself care all that much about anything going on in this story. I did think it had a lot of potential but it fell flat for me. I am really undecided about whether I will read future installments in this series. Time will tell.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Razorbill via Penguin First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.