The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill
on April 5, 2016
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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…
My Review of the Glittering Court
I'd say that The Glittering Court felt like The Prince and the Pauper crossed with The Selection.
I wanted to like E/A more than I did. Competent heroines should be a positive thing, but E/A was effortlessly perfect in a way that grated on me a little. (She reminded me a bit of Sydney Sage, but without the quirks that make Syd relatable.)
My favorite part of the book was the alt-history aspect- I love alt-hisroty and thought the idea was cleverly executed. I could have done with less Selection-y stuff, like talk of gowns and ranking the girls into tiers named after jewels.
No, this isn't VA and Adelaide isn't Sydney enough for me and Cedric is certainly no Adrian. But if I try to take this book on its own merits, it definitely had enough there to hold my interest. The books to follow will reportedly be companion books featuring different girls from the Glittering Court.