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416 pages, Hardcover
First published April 5, 2016
“Winifred, the first girl, would look so lovely in the diamond colouring. Ruby’s the next most precious stone, and that obviously wouldn’t suit you with your hair. So third, as a sapphire, seemed like-“
“Sapphire?” interrupted Tamsin. “Sapphire? Everyone knows green is my best color. Isn’t an emerald rarer than a sapphire?"
The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love.Really. This is my own fault. What did I think this book was going to be? I couldn't bear the aching stupidity of The Selection. Reign, the TV show, was abominably dumb, and more a parade of pretty prom dresses than anything resembling historical fact. And for once, the book was true to the blurb, sadly so. And in fact, this book is more an homage to fashion than a book with an actual plot.
Some of the dresses, particularly the daytime ones, were of purest white, made of delicate fabrics that rivaled those I’d worn in my former life. The evening and ball gowns were radiant confections of velvet and satin, done in gleaming white and glittering silver, embellished with jewels and metallic lace.This hurts. It really does. Richelle Mead was one of my favorite authors, but her previous few books have done nothing for me (and let's not even mention the bullshittery ending of the Bloodlines series) and I have regretfully knocked her off my favorite author list.
"...the Glittering Court has taken it upon itself to create a cohort of young women willing to transform. We take lovely girls like Ada here, girls of common birth, girls with no family—or maybe too much family—and we train them up to greatness.”So running away from one marriage into another. Out of the pot and into the fire, as they would say. Not the brightest girl, our Adelaide. Even so, she finds herself the object of desire. The "diamond."
“I don’t want to risk losing her to someone who might woo her with a lot of flash and no substance. I’ll put out a price to make it worth your while for removing her early—one I might not be willing to match if I have to wait. One thousand gold if you do the deal right now.”Wow. Much expensive. Very special.
Some of the girls near me gasped. There’d never been a sum like that offered in the Glittering Court’s history. It was double my starting fee.
“Do you think my being someone else's wife will change anything? Don't you know that I'd lie with you in the groves, under the light of the moon? That I'd defy the laws of gods and men for you?”
2 out of 10
“We’re all in charge of our own lives—and we have to live with the consequences of the choices we make.”
— The Glittering Court (Сверкающий двор) #1/3
— Untitled (Без названия) #2/3
— Untitled (Без названия) #3/3
Actual rating: 1.5 stars
DNF at about 53%
Welcome to a fancy brothel! Every kind of girl is available here for a good price. Have a pick.
Our MC is the Countess of Rothford. Her life is pretty hard: she has to marry an itching nasty cousin or stay moneyless heiress and loose her grand fancy house *gasp* what a terrible fate! How will our poor baby find a way out of this situation? Will she decide to stay poor but, at least, save her pride and title? Or will she marry her terrible cousin? No. She will steal her maids identity and enlist into a fancy brothel called The Glittering Court where women are shipped into a foreign country and sold to rich men. Wow, that is the best option ever! Independence and comfort life are on the way. Oh no, stop, I forgot to mention a working house for girls who refuse to play along with fancy brothel's rules (and something tells me she'll choose not to marry another itchy man). Such a freedom, indeed! For the love of god, I can't fathom why abandoning your responsibility and going to an unknown country with no means and utter dependence on other people's mercy is better than staying home and facing your problems? Simply put: exchanging one problem for a whole carriage of problems.
But honestly? Who’d pick those kind of long work hours over a chance to be on the arm of a wealthy, doting husband who’ll drape you in silks and jewels?
Any sane being would choose the first option but Ada (it's her maid's name and we don't even know her real one) is a selfish, fickle creature. Now tell me, author, why should I care about a heroine who cares only about herself, betrays her friends easily when it suits her and has no doubts about her own awesomeness
*standing ovations* *throws tomatos*
Nothing happens in the book except for balls, and discussions of all kind of ball gowns and ball related conversations. Ballocks, what a waste of book space!
Oh, wait, I forgot to tell you about Cedric - main love interest, who has this terrible secret that can be his undoing. *whispers* he's a heretic *gasp* No shit!
“I believe the six wayward angels are every bit as holy as the six glorious ones. They aren’t demons. And I believe divinity is all around us in the natural world, free to anyone,” he said calmly. “Not something only accessible through the priests in their churches.”
So, you are saying that he is, simply put, a hippy? And that, um, in his country hippies are illegal and punishable by death? So, these people live in the 18th or 19th century but act like they are from Middle Ages. Bloody hell, people, don't you have more important issues to fight?! Heretics are your major Government level problem?! *facepalm* What a nonsense! Religious stuff is always hard to interpret, so readers would accept it and understand the importance of it in a book, but this absurd is beyond my comprehension.
To summarize my opinion about this book:
“Do you think my future’s a joke? Is all of this a joke to you?”
What do you think is my answer?
No more. this book feels like torture. Katerina and I tried to slay the dragon, but the fucking dragon is unkillable.