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The Glittering Court di [Mead, Richelle]
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"An enjoyable fish-out-of-water tale that plays gritty frontier adventure against the finery of the Glittering Court."
"Publishers Weekly"" --Publisher's Weekly

"With a full cast of bold and original characters, Mead does a superb job of building a world that teens will be excited to enter into and disappointed to leave. The plot is intricately woven, and the ending promises future installments from other characters points of view. Brilliant and original, Mead s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
"School Library Journal"
"The emphasis on romance, dresses, and intrigue will appeal to fans of Kiera Cass.""
" "Voice of Youth Advocates
In a refreshing change to the romance formula...there is a strong feminist element in Adelaide s narration, and more than meets the eye in terms of plot, character development, and substantive thought."
"An enjoyable fish-out-of-water tale that plays gritty frontier adventure against the finery of the Glittering Court."
"Publishers Weekly"" --School Library Journal



The Selection
 meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

"Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end."
School Library Journal
For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. 
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 403
  • Editore: Razorbill (5 aprile 2016)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0177AGOTQ
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2.0 su 5 stelle Kept my attention but not my interest. 9 aprile 2017
Di Just North of Normal Book Blog - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
* Reviewed by Wendy for North of Normal Book Reviews (dot com)

THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead is the first book in a YA fantasy series. It has mild language and makes mention of sexual situations. It may be appropriate for anyone 13+.

As a part of nobility, Elizabeth hates her life. Everything is decided for her including her upcoming nuptials. When an opportunity presents itself, she impersonates Adelaide, one of her maid servants. She is whisked off to The Glittering Court where she will learn to be a noble woman in order to marry a wealthy man of her choosing. Now she must continue the façade of a servant to avoid returning to her prior life. As Adelaide, she makes friends, falls in love and attempts to make a life in a new world.

I am a big fan of Richelle Mead. Her Vampire Academy series is one of the best I have read. I did not feel the same affection for this book. The story seemed to be all over the place. The book’s title and cover were misleading in that the Glittering Court was only a portion of the book. It was actually just a means to end. The people she meets remain with her throughout the book but the Court is not the focus. I think that was a miss by Mead. The best parts of the book took place before and during Adelaide’s time at the Court and while meeting her suitors. I would have liked that to be the true story instead of departing to other lands and other plotlines.

I give this book 2 stars. I do not intend to continue the series, which is a shame. I think Mead is a gifted writer and I had hoped to fall in love with this book.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle If the TV shows 'Reign' and 'When Calls The Heart' had a baby, it would be 'The Glittering Court' 2 maggio 2016
Di Caroline - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This book! Be still my heart, this book!

Okay, so I’ll be honest, from the books description, I wasn’t sure I was going to like The Glittering Court. All of the comparisons to The Selection had me weary, because I really didn’t like that book very much. The early reviews weren’t looking all that good either. (But really, they were mostly complaining that this is labeled a fantasy, when it’s really not. It’s a fantasy world, but contains no fantasy elements like magic or dragons.) But you know what? I took a leap and preordered. On April 5, release day, I dove right in and ended up staying up until two am the night of April 7th finishing. #WorthIt

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! Never again will I ever doubt Richelle Mead’s storytelling abilities. I will read anything and everything she writes.

If the TV shows 'Reign' and 'When Calls The Heart' had a baby, it would be 'The Glittering Court'.

When the young Countess of Rothford is forced into an engagement with her “itchy” cousin, she panics. Taking a risky leap, she assumes the identity of her maid, Adelaide, and takes her place in The Glittering Court. The Glittering Court is basically a finishing school for young women of the lower castes. For a year they are trained to behave like noble women, and eventually are to be sent overseas to Adoria to wed the wealthy men who have made their fortunes in the new world.

The first half of the book takes place in the finishing school of The Glittering Court. Adelaide makes friends with her roommates, Tamsin and Mira, and ends up with an enemy in mean girl Clara. You’d think this school would be easy for her, considering she already excels at everything they’re teaching. However, in order to keep her true identity a secret, she has to purposely fail to avoid attention, which is sometimes easier said than done.

Along the way, the only person who knows her true identity is Cedric, the son of the man who co-owns The Glittering Court. Their relationship is tenuous at first, if she is caught they’ll both be in trouble. Big trouble. But along the way they become friends as well as partners in crime. Adelaide and Cedric partake in some not so legal activities, but as a reader I couldn’t help rooting for them, hoping they’d pull it off!

The second half of the book takes place in Adoria, the new world. Think of it as the wild frontier of America. Everything is new and dusty, men are staking their claim of land in search of gold, and taming the wild frontier.

As much as I love everything about the nobility, it was the second half of the book that won me over. Seeing Adelaide so out of her element in Adoria was great. And Cedric, poor pampered Cedric, such a good sport with where life leads him!

“Don’t you know that I’d lie with you in groves, under the light of the moon? That I’d defy the laws of gods and men for you?”

The romance was the best part of this book. It’s obvious from the beginning that Adelaide and Cedric are meant to be. I spent the whole book with my fingers crossed, hoping they could find a way to be together.

And the ending! Oh my, the ending! I can’t say much, except it opens the doors for the next books in this series, which I’ve heard will follow the same time line, but in the POV of Adelaide’s friends, Mira and Tamsin.

“You need to stop this. Stop . . . Um, being a heretic.”
“It’s not something I can just stop being. It’s part of me.”
“They could kill you if you’re caught!”

Richelle also explores many themes in the book, weaving them seamlessly into a beautiful story I couldn’t put down. There’s the yearning for true love, and changing your fate to make your own destiny; religious persecution; friendship and betrayal; etc.

Something that is very common in books these days, especially YA, is to end on a cliffhanger and keep the audience waiting for the next book. This book could have ended any number of times, but it didn’t. Richelle Mead chose to keep the story going until the actual end of Adelaide’s adventure. Having that true ending helped (a bit) with my P.B.D. (Post Book Depression) upon finishing.

This book is 100% worth the read. So much so that even though I already purchased the Kindle edition, I’m going to be buying the hardback as well to have Richelle sign when she’s in town next month.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent Start to a New Series 30 aprile 2016
Di K. M. Martin - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Lady Elizabeth Witmore, Countess of Rothford, has fallen on hard times. Since the death of her parents, she and her grandmother have been selling off properties. Now it is essential that Lady Elizabeth make a good marriage. Despite her glorious bloodlines and beauty, there are few suitors for a woman with no money. Her only suitor is a a distant cousin who is not at all attractive and comes with an overbearing grandmother who is threatening to take Elizabeth "under her close supervision."

When Elizabeth learns that one of her maids has been offered a contract to travel to Adoria as a wife for one of the settlers, Elizabeth sees a way out for herself. Since the maid doesn't want to go and would prefer to travel to her family and work in a dairy, Elizabeth assumes her identity and becomes Adelaide Bailey. She travels to the Glittering Court where she is to be taught to be a lady and a suitable wife for a successful man in Adoria. There she meets and becomes friends with Tamsin, a former laundress, and Mira, a Sirminican refugee.

She is also attracted to Cedric Thorne whose father and uncle are behind the whole Glittering Court scheme. He is the only one who knows her secret since he met her when he was recruiting her maid. He doesn't give her away as he has secrets of his own which Adelaide soon discovers.

This was an excellent story filled with adventure and romance as the characters travel from Osfrid to the new land of Adoria. There are storms at sea, persistent suitors, villains, and heroes. I loved the growing romance between Cedric and Adelaide. I also loved the friendship that grew between Tamsin, Mira and Adelaide. I really would like to know Tamsin's story and Mira's and hope that more books will be coming to tell them.
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3.0 su 5 stelle "The Selection" meets "When Calls the Heart" 22 novembre 2016
Di BookPlusHeart - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
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You know those books that you are super excited about? Then you start to read it and it seems like it is all going great, but then it just plateaus? Well that is what happened here. This book is not a paranormal. I would call it somewhere between fantasy and historical fiction. The names of all the places and larger than life figures are different. For example, the concept of “God” has a different name, in the story they call their higher power, Usos. But they have Kings and Queens, Princess and Princes, Counts and Countesses. They have far off lands that seem savage like and aristocratic areas where everyone follows specific rules.

Our female protagonist, Lady Elizabeth Witmore, The Countess of Rothford, is in dire need of a husband. Someone that can help her get out of the money problems that her deceased parents have left on her. She is a countesses in her own right, but at the age of 17, isn’t allowed to truly making any choices on her own. With the guide of her grandmother, he is in search of a man with some wealth attracted to him; but no one is up to par for her.

When her grandmother arranges a union with a baron, he knew there was no one she could go through with it. As faith would have it, we are then introduced to our male protagonist, Cedric. He is dashing and handsome and could, “sell salvation to a priest.” He comes to inform one of the house maidens of the Glittering Court and all the opportunities it can provide to a woman in her situation. The countesses see this as her opportunity to escape. And so our story begins.

The story to me is about a young woman trying to find her own voice in the world. Elizabeth goes under alas as, Adelaide. No one knows of who she truly is except Cedric. She meets two other young woman that are entering into the Glittering Court with her. Tasmain and Mira.

Somethings I noticed about this story. There is a lot of prejudice and racism. If you are a history person, the story will seem familiar in the since – people coming to a new world for religious freedom. The prejudice is towards Mira. She is of dark complexion and everyone treats her so bad. The only people that are kind to her are Elizabeth, Cedirc and (eventually) Tasmain.

I REALLY wanted to like this story, but I was able to skip parts and still be fine. I feel like it should just have been an historical romance or more steampunk. Positive note, the chemistry between Cedric and Elizabeth is hot. You can tell they want to be with each other, but are holding back because of circumstances and obligations. One thing that this story mentioned a great deal was sacrifices. Sacrificing comfortable living for wilderness survival. Sacrificing wealth for passion. Sacrificing love for security and duty. Everyone in the story has something they are sacrificing in some form.

Now, the story of Elizabeth ends, but Ms. Mead leaves us hanging off a cliff in regards to Mira and Tasmain. We are not sure what exactly is going on in their personal lives, but it is insinuated a great deal that there is secrets we do not know about.
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle Such high hopes, but I was sorely disappointed. 18 giugno 2016
Di Cindy Da Readaholic - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
I wasn't really planning on picking this book up since I didn't really enjoy the Vampire Academy series but the cover looks so amazing so how can I not resist! However, since my copy hasn't arrived, I borrowed it from a friend who had already finished it and said was disappointed in it. I didn't let her opinion of the book influence my thoughts on it, but by the end of it, I sort of have to agree with her.

The first half of the book was great. It was really interesting and I forgot how much I enjoyed Richelle Mead's writing style. The book started off with Adelaide running away from an arranged marriage and being part of the Glittering Court. It is all about the problems she faced while pretending to be somebody else and some drama with the other girls. Things pretty much went downhill after that. There was a lot of unnecessary problems added in for the protagonist to solve and I just wish that they would end it.

The world was not as developed as I hoped it would be. There wasn't a lot of effort into building this world and it reminds me a lot of our own history with the New World and all that.

The romance was not doing it for me either. Adelaide did not seem interested in Cedric, she only simply thinks that he is charming and the only one on the receiving end. There wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two.They seem seem more like two people being forced together so the romance was a big no-no.

From what I've heard, this is going to be a trilogy, but focuses on three different girls whom I guess will be Tamsin and Mira. To be honest, I actually don't even plan on picking up the other books in the series.

This was first seen on Da Readaholic Book Blog.
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