Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 25, 2016
Genres: Romance, Science Fantasy, Young Adult
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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
I have to stop falling for books with eye-catching covers and intriguing premises. I thought GLITTER sounded kinda cool, different from a lot of what’s out there. Drug dealing in a futuristic but era-appropriate Versailles setting? Unfortunately, GLITTER didn’t hold my attention and I had to force myself to finish.
Only to be disappointed by the massive cliffhanger. Honestly, I’m really miffed. Based on that ending, I assume GLITTER is the first in a series, but at this time, I don’t know if there’s a second book or not.
So, very annoying cliffhanger aside, what else about GLITTER turned me off? Danica’s supposed to be a drug dealer, selling Glitter to make enough money for her escape. But she doesn’t start selling until after page 100. The beginning of the book was super slow and confusing for me, more about fancy dresses and Sonoman-Versailles customs. I still don’t entirely understand the whole Sonoman-Versailles thing. I also don’t know why the King needed Danica’s votes so badly — why did the board want to oust him from his kingdom?
I also didn’t get the whole Saber/Danica relationship. It would’ve worked much better for me if they’d gone from “I dislike you” to friends rather than falling in love. Because the moment when their relationship changed from frosty to hot was, well, it didn’t ring true to me. If I was a guy, and I saw a girl threatened and hurt by her fiance, I wouldn’t think kissing her would be the best move. But that’s just me, and I’m usually critical of romances.
Danica annoyed me for a lot of GLITTER. I get that she’s supposed to be an anti-heroine, more concerned with her own survival than anyone else. That’s fine with me. But I didn’t feel like I got to know her, and because of her first-person POV, I didn’t get to know anyone else, either.
I rated GLITTER two stars because there were a few twists I didn’t anticipate, and I appreciated that bad stuff happened to Danica. But would I check out a sequel? Probably not.
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