I walk along the shelves at my local bookstore. In the ‘new releases’ I see a new book by a favourite author. I pick up the paperback and read the synopsis – it pulls me in. The first of threes. I google
the release date for the series. How long until the next? I am surprised to find that all three have been released. I have somehow missed this series. I take the first book to the counter.
The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court book # 1) by Richelle Mead, captured me quickly. Mead creates familiar but unique worlds that drag you into the romantic fantasy. The Glittering Court centres around Adelaide as she escapes her privileged world to find marriage. Along the way we meet her two roommates, Mira and Tamsin. Between the three, the new world opens, and Adelaide is drawn into a place of deception and secrets. Will she find what she is looking for, or is she doomed to be returned to the home she has run from?
Richelle Mead is a talented writer of Young Adult / New Adult feel-good romances. With the first book in this new series she captures the same adventurous, strong but vulnerable female protagonists she is known for and a world that is fun to explore.
Beware: This first book sets up the next two and does not wrap up all threads. Shades of human trafficking are described and can be confronting to some readers.
The Glittering Court seems to have been well received since it was published. Richelle Mead again cements her name in the YA market.
Genre: Romance with fantasy elements
Reading Level: Adult Young Adult / New Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5 sleepless nights