Synopsis: Big and sweeping, spanning from 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 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…
When I heard Richelle Mead was going to be releasing a new series I was so excited. I am a big fan of her Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Georgia Kincaid series so it was no surprise this book was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2016. Which is why I am at a loss of how to describe just how disappointed and underwhelmed I felt after reading this book. The beginning started ok, I liked how the characters were introduced. Adelaide was initially likeable and I began to root for her and Cedric and enjoyed their dynamic. As the book progressed I became more and more annoyed at the direction it was taking. I kept waiting for more depth but the story stayed shallow. Also this book is categorised under YA fantasy. What I got was an attempt at dystopia and I have yet to see any fantasy. The customary spark found in Mead’s heroines fell flat with Adelaide and the story was dull. There isn’t much more I can say without heading into spoiler territory, just suffice to say I was expecting more and I didn’t get it.