Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
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…
Rating: I will be giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book has a lot of positives and some negatives. Overall, this book transports you into a world of glitter and courtship. With that being said, I did have a slight issue with this book. This book started off really well and then suddenly you jump to a year later. You miss things that have happened during the time Adelaide is within the Glitter Court School as well as throughout the entire book. This in no way ruined my experience with the book but it did make it go by quick. I truly loved the development of this main character. From what I have heard this book is going to be a series but told from different perspectives and I think I know who those books will revolve around. I am looking forward to the books that are to come in this series. If you liked the Matched, Walk on Earth a Stranger, or the Selection then you need to pick this book up.