Hello everyone! Sorry for the long hiatus. I got into a reading slump once summer started and thus did not read that many books. Don’t worry though because I am back with more reviews! To kick off, let’s start with a Young Adult title by Richelle Mead, namely The Glittering Court.
The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
Release Date: April 5, 2016
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 400 pages
Synopsis and Review:
Richelle Mead, known for her Vampire Academy series, is back with the writing scene but this time the book is not that heavy on fantasy. The Glittering Court follows countess Adelaide as she escapes an arranged marriage by posing as her servant and joining the Glittering Court, which is a programme that gives impoverished girls new lives.
The first part of the book, which illustrates Adelaide’s time at the Glittering Court institute pretending to be incompetent, is really captivating. I really enjoyed reading Adelaide befriends the other girls while trying to keep her identity secret; especially when she actually excels at things that only ladies should have the knowledge of while not knowing how to do tasks that any servant should be capable of, such of sewing and cooking. This idea is really intriguing and I certainly applaud Richelle for thinking of it. Richelle Mead definitely excels at writing about the characters’ lives at schools because I also enjoyed reading about Rose’s time at the Vampire Academy.
Unfortunately the same could not be said about the second part of the story. The plot after Adelaide has completed her education at the Glittering Court pales significantly. I was definitely expecting her to become a kick-ass assassin of some sort but instead Richelle Mead writes about the domestic life of Adelaide, which is rather dull. The book has so much potential that turning this direction is quite wasted.
On another note, what’s up with the book cover?! I really wish Richelle Mead’s team can stop with this trend of having faces on her books because they now look like those bad romance novels you can found sitting on Target’s shelves. Packed with action and adventure, her books are so much more than just romance! People often say that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but you know we all do. The book cover matters to the readers nearly as much as the plot per se.
Overall, this is a slight disappointment compared to her brilliant Vampire Academy series. There is not much action nor fantasy in this novel when we know Richelle Mead is capable of doing so. You can click here to read the first 11 chapters of The Glittering Court online.