The Glittering Court

The Glittering Court

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"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"-- Publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781595148414
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Mead
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm


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May 13, 2020

This book was really good!! I stayed up super late reading it during quarantine haha

Aug 03, 2019

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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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