The Glittering Court

The Glittering Court

eBook - 2016
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A dazzling, romantic fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy . "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 Big and sweeping, spanning 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 later, 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. . . . From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780698405998
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Posing as her maid, Ada, The Countess of Rothford escapes an intolerable arranged marriage by joining The Glittering Court, an intensive finishing school that supplies brides to the new world. But her secret is jeopardized when she falls for Cedric, the handsome son of the The Glittering Court's ... Read More »

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Aug 09, 2017

Adelaide escapes her life as a countess and fiancee when she runs away to join the Glittering Court. The Glittering Court was designed to transform poor girls into respectable ladies. After the girls have completed this program, they will be sold to wealthy men in the New World. The more time Adelaide spends at the Glittering Court, the more she begins to realize the life that she has missed out on. All the parties, late night bonding with friends, and the forbidden relationships. Adeline can't help falling in love with Cedric Thorn, the son of a wealthy businessman. It took me a week to finish this book because I constantly lost interest. To be honest, I really hated Adelaide, she is so selfish and naïve. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really loved this book before even starting reading it. The cover, the atmosphere and a #1 bestselling author. All of this gave me a big enthusiasm that made me die for the book, BUT.. it turned out to be something different than I expected. The first 200 pages of the book were very good, I liked everything about them and didn't find the book slow as I had read on Goodreads and I loved Mira and Tamsin very much and even MUCH MORE than Adelaide. All my good impressions about the book started to disappear, though, after the first half when the miserable romance between Adelaide and Cedric started to grow. I knew this was a romance book from the beginning but I expected much more from their love story, also I hated VERY MUCH how every time Adelaide was telling different feelings for kissing Cedric. About 10% of the book was a description of her feelings for her kissing experiences which was annoying more than cute. Another reason why I didn't like the romance in this book was because of Cedric. He wasn't an interesting, likable character who does unexpected things. I didn't hate the book because there was a lot of elements that I really enjoyed, but it's just the romance from first sight didn't ever work for me. Anyways I will give the second book a shot because I heard that Mrs. Mead had really improved the romance and the depth of the characters. Also I heard that Mira's love interest is the kind of man that everyone will love reading about. My rating for this book is 5.5/10.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2017

BORING...couldn't get past the first 10 pages.

ArapahoeTiegan Apr 11, 2017

The Countess of Rothford is running out of money and needs to make an advantageous marriage. When she meets the man her grandmother arranged for her to marry, she is horrified. As arrangements are made to dismantle her household and prepare her for the move to her husband-to-be's family, a new opportunity arises. She pays off her ladies maid and takes her place at The Glittering Court. Here she will learn how to appear as a noble lady, be shipped to the New World, Adoria, and given the chance to find a wealthy husband. But things don't ever go as planned.

This story gives a feel of colonists moving to America - including commentary on forcing natives off their own lands in "fair" treaties. There is also interesting thought behind the idea of young ladies being sold to the highest bidder to be married off. While it is said they get a choice, the whole thing just seems a bit wrong, which I am surprised the main character never comments on, despite the fact that she had no problem expressing her opinions on every other issue. There is also an interesting religious conversation - gives a feel for Catholics vs. Protestants.

Overall, this book was packed with so much and I just couldn't put it down. I needed to know where it was going next and now I need the second book in my hands.

Jan 04, 2017

This book is seriously one of my favorites. I could not get enough if this. Loved it!

Dec 24, 2016

Good book I enjoyed it and got sucked right into the story!

Oct 03, 2016

Best Book Ever !!!!!!!!!

Aug 10, 2016

This book was awesome! Once again, Richelle Mead created characters that were absolutely unique then other characters in the book world, although you could tell that Adelaide had a streak of Rose in her. Can't read the next one when it comes out!

Jun 26, 2016

I stayed up late to finish this haha. what a wild adventure it was.


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