I recently buddy read The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead with Jasmine from How Useful It Is . We both released a review this morning. So when you’re done here, check out her blog to see how she liked the book.
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…
Q & A with Jasmine
1) Which part of the book did you enjoyed reading the most?
Jasmine: I liked the Forbidden Love part. It’s fun and adventurous. I like their easy humor and their sneaking around.
Sydney: I really enjoyed seeing Adelaide’s friendship with Tasmin and Mira. I love seeing strong female friendships.
2) Which character is your favorite?
Jasmine: I like Cedric. When he sets out to do something, he makes sure to do it all the way. I also like his persuasion skills. He can definitely talk you to join him in doing anything.
Sydney: My favorite was Cedric. But because he was a smart ass.
3) How did you feel about this book having only 1 POV?
Jasmine: I prefer if there are multiple POVs because there are plenty happenings in this book that called for it. I am interested to read the sequel.
Sydney: I would have preferred multiple POVs along with splitting the book up plot wise.
4) What did you like or dislike about the discussions surrounding religion?
Jasmine: I like Cedric’s views on religion. He chooses to see the positive side. I like that the author showcase how narrow minded people view other people’s beliefs and condemn them for it because it’s not what the popular practices. I like that Cedric respects people despite their beliefs.
Sydney: It was a little uncomfortable to be honest. There were times when it was meant to mirror the way christians view other religions. Which besides being a touchy subject, made Adelaide out to be a bit judgemental and close-minded.
5) What is an area that you would have liked a little more from?
Jasmine: The remaining 30% of the book lose my interest. The new world is not so exciting with hard manual labor. I might as well pick out a history book to read.
Sydney: I really struggled with Adelaide’s decision to join the Glittering Court. She is made out to be this independent strong female character. Yet she purposefully sets herself up to be married off and has no real goals except she doesn’t want to marry her cousin.
6) Are you looking forward to the next installment? If so, who’s POV are you most interested in?
Jasmine: Yes. I am interested to read book 2. I hope to read Mira’s POV and even a few chapters with Cedric’s POV would be great!
Sydney: I am definitely looking forward to the next two books in this trilogy. I’m most excited to read what Tasmin was up to.
This book had a lot going for it. I loved getting back into Mead’s writing. It was like seeing an old friend. You just smile and ease into it. First off let me say that this is pitched as similar to The Selection. If you go into it with that mind set you will be vastly disappointed. It’s got it’s own plot and situation. It read like a historical fantasy. The worlds were made up and pretty well developed. But Ostrif was basically Great Brittian (or some other European country) and Adoria was the early United States. Many of the political issues felt like something we talked about history class. Conflicts included upperclassmen disdain for those who made their money in the new world, settler’s taking over the lands of indigenous people, making money on the prairie by mining for gold, and religious persecution. Just like real life huh?
The main character of this novel was Adelaide. She was an heiress who didn’t want to marry her stuffy boring cousin and decided that signing up to be sold off to the highest bidder was a better choice. Adelaide was decently developed and easy to read about. Despite being upperclass she didn’t fall into the snooty rich girl trope. Which I was pleased about. I struggled a lot with her motivation to join the Glittering Court. I understand that she didn’t want to marry her cousin. But beyond that she seemed to lack a driving force. She sneaks into the Glittering Court then is appalled by the owner’s practices. It came off as wishy washy. Cedric was very well developed and I loved reading about him. He was witty and smart, my type of guy.
Religion is used as a plot device in this story. The “normalized” religion worships Uros. And the Alanzeans worshiped Uros as well as the 12 angels. Its continually shows how the church of Osfrid persecutes and judges the Alanzeans while simultaneously saying they are open-minded and care about everyone. The topic felt very close to home and was almost uncomfortable for me to read about.
The biggest flaw I had with the book was the way the author set up this trilogy. Each book is the complete story but told from a different main character’s POV. The author has said that 15% of the scenes will overlap in each book. This sounds like a great and unique idea. But to me it felt like the story had too much plot. I never really knew what the main plot point was. And where was the climax? Not sure. I would had enjoyed it much better if the author had done multi POV and then split the plot among the 3 books. But that is my opinion.
Overall I would recommend this for any fans of Richelle Mead’s writing or people who like historical fantasies. It wasn’t this amazing fantasy but it was decently enjoyable.
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