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    Not the fantasy I wanted

    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 be sold enter an advantageous marriage. There is talk of pretty dresses, balls, chaperones, and dances. 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 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.
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    An excellent start to a new series

    After the slight disappointment of soundless it 's great to see Richelle back to form. Can't wait for the next one to find out how all the pieces fall together
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    Just a romance novel!

    The Glittering Court is the latest book by Richelle Mead. Countess of Rothford, Lady Witmore wants a different life. She is expected to marry someone with money and a title (especially since she has no money). That is not what she wants. Her grandmother, Lady Alice Witmore has arranged a marriage to a cousin, Lionel Belshire with an extremely dominating grandmother. The dominating grandmother, Lady Dorothy, states they cannot bring their staff with them. Lady Alice has arranged for Ada to get a position with The Glittering Court. It is an opportunity for young ladies (from the lower classes) to marry well in Adoria (a land that is similar to our Old West but with fancier clothes). Ada, though, does not wish to leave Osfrid (even if it is a great opportunity for her). Cedric Thorn, son of Charles Thorn (financial backer for The Glittering Court), is recruiting this year (he has his reasons). Ada finally agrees and signs the contract. Then she regrets her decision. The Countess sees this as her opportunity to escape. She arranges for Ada to go away quietly and then takes her place (sneaks away from her family). The girls are taken to a house in the country where they will be trained for their new life (how to run a household, proper dress, etiquette, dance lessons, etc.). The Countess has now become Adelaide Bailey (she prefer it to Ada). Cedric recognizes her immediately, but he reluctantly agrees to keep her secret. Cedric has his own secrets (he needs to escape from Osfrid as well). Adelaide, along with her new roommates and friends, Tamsin and Mira are in for an adventure as they head off for new lives in Adoria. Will it be all they hoped? I love Richelle Mead’s previous novels and was eagerly anticipating The Glittering Court. Unfortunately, The Glittering Court is basically a romance novel (and not a good one) set in a different, old-fashioned world (with fancy clothes and carriages). I originally received a sneak peek, but then I read the whole book. It was alright, but I was not enthralled (not drawn in or engaged). I think Ms. Mead needs to go back to what she does well (paranormal novels). I give The Glittering Court 3 out of 5 stars. The book was just lacking. The idea that the Countess is running away to escape an arranged marriage, but she is going to a place where she will be sold to the highest bidder for marriage (unless she can pay back the money they spent on her training and clothing). The ending is expected. If I had read this book, I would have never picked up her other novels. If you are looking for a romance novel (and nothing else), then you will enjoy The Glittering Court. I probably would have loved this novel when I was a teenager (I read quite a few romance novels then). I received a complimentary copy of The Glittering Court from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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    Cute but needs more

    Great story but I could tell who had a rotten heart. There were great opportunities to make the main character stronger.
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    Loved it!!

    This book has it all, strong, witty heroine, uniquely imagined and well developed world, and lots and lots of adventure!!! I am so glad I stumbled on this book! At the price of $1.99 you never know what you are getting but this is mediocre story, very well written with fully developed characters. Highly recommended! You won't be disappointed!

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