The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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Fleeing an arranged marriage, the young Countess of Rothford assumes her maid, Adelaide’s, identity and joins the Glittering Court. Founded as a matchmaking service, the Glittering Court takes girls from the servant class and trains them to act as ladies. After their training, the girls are taken to the new world, Adoria, where they are contracted into marriage to wealthy businessmen. Though Adelaide knows Adoria will be a far stretch from her illustrious home in Osfrid, she is in no way prepared for the struggles she faces in the wilderness. Between constantly trying to hide her true identity, finding a match, and helping her new friends, Adelaide embarks on the biggest adventure in her life — and she may not survive the experience.

I can’t decide how I feel about this book. Sometimes I think I loved it; sometimes I think it was just ok. My main issues with the piece are the frequent plot holes and the random turns the book takes. For example,  Adelaide is fleeing an arranged marriage. Completely understandable and I’m totally on board. So, her solution is to….join a matchmaking service that will contract her into an arranged marriage. Ok…fuzzy logic. There are some other examples like this, but I don’t want to give away spoilers. However, plot holes aside, this was an entertaining read. Not the BEST book I’ve read, but a decent one. There’s plenty of action, betrayal, intrigue, etc., and it looks like the next book will have a huge secret reveal. 

Rating: 3/5

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