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The Glittering Court

(The Glittering Court #1)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  28,773 ratings  ·  3,919 reviews
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, t
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Razorbill
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Maria Souza I've read 24 books by Richelle, this one does not seem to be written by her. It's a Historical Romance, I love HR but this book was mehh. There are no…moreI've read 24 books by Richelle, this one does not seem to be written by her. It's a Historical Romance, I love HR but this book was mehh. There are no romance, no adventures the villain is like a petty rich teenager.(less)
Fay Roberts 14+. There's nothing you wouldn't want a younger reader exposed to but they probably wouldn't grasp some of the themes. …more14+. There's nothing you wouldn't want a younger reader exposed to but they probably wouldn't grasp some of the themes. (less)

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Emily May
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2016, fantasy, arc
A fantasy for those who thought The Selection wasn't long enough.
“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?"

Who fucking cares? Because I surely don't.

I'll start with credit where it's due - the beginning of this boo
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I should have known from the blurb that this wasn't going to work for me.
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 blur
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

I don't know if I made an assumption based on the title 'THE GLITTERING COURT' and fantasy being listed as the primary genre, or if I saw something somewhere that said "Fae," OR if I just desperately wanted this book to be about Fae, but regardless of what led me to my conclusion, what you need to know is that THE GLITTERING COURT is NOT about Fae.

Not only is it not about Fae, it's one of those weird half-fantasies that've been turning up everywhere the last few
Oct 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
My reaction to me one starring a Richelle Mead book

Wow, I almost thought that I would never finish this book. The last five or six chapters took me ages! Which is ridiculous because that's the point when something finally started happening but at that point, I did not care anymore. And when I say that I did not care I mean I was indifferent to anything happening. (view spoiler)
Apr 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2016

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Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
The Glitter Court is about a high society lady who steals the identity of her maid and becomes Adelaide. Adelaide is one of the chosen ones who will be taken to the New World. Adelaide of course is a special snowflake and gets tons of male attention. She is however more interested in Cedric.

Though Adelaide has some pretty comical moments while pretending to be who she is not I ultimately found myself wanting more out of her character. I like my women a little more badass and a little less dress
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
This is probably one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written but I think I really can’t say an awful lot about “The Glittering Court”. I really loved Richelle Mead’s other books but this one was so unlike her. I didn’t feel anything while I read this book and I’m really sorry to say it, but I’m kind of indifferent to all of the characters that were a part of this story.
They were so one-dimensional that I found myself not caring what would happen to them next and I constantly struggled to brin
Irena BookDustMagic
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ladies and gentlemen, I now present you my review in pictures:

This is what The Glittering Court is about:




Only, imagine girls instead of horses.
Girls who are trained to become polite ladies so they could be sold to rich gentlemens who would marry them.
Before you turn upon me because I'm comparing girls to horses, let me say that that was my point: to show you how objectified women in this story were.

This is how happy I was when I started this novel:

This is how I felt most of the time while readin
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars*

I had high hopes for this book and there were some elements I really enjoyed, but mostly, this book was messy.

Firstly, there was too much going on. This story felt like 4 different books thrown into one with parts missing. It was convoluted. That being said, the first third to half I really enjoyed. I adored the characters in this story, and they really shine in the first half.

Secondly, the world building was weak. This is a historical fiction novel that is trying to pass as fantas
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love her other books but this....


Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Dec 11, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
Reasons why this book did not work for me:

1. It is marketed as a fantasy but nothing about this book is fantasy. This would have made so much more sense if it was a historical fiction book because all Richelle Mead did was take places and customs from our world and give them new names.

2. There were so many plot holes and unanswered questions since this is going to be a companion series. The idea of having each book in this series follow a different girl sounds good, but it didn't work for me.

Initial reaction: *shakes head* One of the few times I'm speechless as one of the authors I hold in high regard wrote one of the most ethnocentric and bigoted pieces of fiction I've read in this genre to date. I'm honestly stunned. Native populations deserve a lot better than this. (As does the GLBT community).

I mean, I know that this book is stand-alone and told from the perspective of different girls in each of the three books, but if your first book starts out with something like this, it'
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thank god I'm finally finished with this book!! I've got so many issues with it. Characters are not really likable- story jumps around and is just not at all thrilling. I wish I were the type of person who could put a horrible book down. But apparently I have some kind of disease that requires I finish a book once I start (no matter how boring it is). There was nothing of remote interest for me here. I just didn't care about anything going on in the story. There was a strange attempt to cliff ha ...more
Nov 22, 2016 marked it as lowkey-curious
Oh, look! Another book I want to read because everyone dislikes it.


(Probably, let's be honest here.)
Helen 2.0
WARNING: I was extremely tired and grumpy when I wrote this. I apologize for excessive sass.

DNF at 300 pages in. I couldn't keep pretending I cared in any way about these characters. If you liked this book, you might want to look away right about now.

So this book is about Adelaide/whatever her original name was, a highborn lady whose family is running out of funds. To escape arranged marriage with a glorified oats farmer, she joins a school designed to teach girls skills Adelaide already knows
Wendy Darling
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. . . .


Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
REALLY GOOD. And I actually really love that the next two books will be companion sequels, told in the perspective of two different girls. Adelaide's story is very complete and wrapped up. Mira's story, and Tamsin's story... I can't wait to see who is next! Both of them are wonderful characters. <3

Anyway, THIS Mead book really worked for me!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Book One of The Glittering Court series
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Da
Nov 12, 2015 rated it did not like it

I've read almost everything Richelle Mead has ever written, but I think it's time for me to stop. Do you ever feel like maybe you outgrew an author? I remember buying physical Vampire Academy books at midnight, because they were so magical I couldn't wait! One time, during a move, my new house didn't have internet yet, so I camped out in a McDonald's parking lot at midnight so I could download The Indigo Spell. To this date, the Dark Swan series is one the best series I've ever read and is sti
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
So, I've heard of the vampire academy series for a while and jeez, that's quite a few books to take care of, so hey, when this series came along, it was just.....JACKPOT.

See, I thought this was gonna be a stupendous book.
I mean, first of all, I thought that there would be glitter.

So.....hehe, yah THERE WASN'T ANY.


See, I believe in freedom and all that.
Freedom of speech?

So of cours
Oct 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
I'm sorry, but how many times can Richelle Mead get shitty cover after shitty cover?
This is a tragedy. It feels like Leonardo Decaprio never recieving a Oscar.
Why must the wonderful things be taken from the talented people, PRAY TELL ME!

God, Just, look at it.
She looks like the glittering court gave her an allergic reaction
And JESUS. I haven't even begun with the title yet. WTF.
Katerina  Kondrenko
2 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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Genre: high-fantasy, YA
Stuff: historical hints, bride-market
Fail: boring story and characters
POV: 1st-person, female
Love-Geometry: seeming

“We’re all in charge of our own lives—and we have to live with the consequences of the choices we make.”

Buddy-DNF with Nastassja.

I rarel
Lindsey Rey
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
[4.5 Stars]

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

Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Glittering Court is quite an enjoyable read, with its rather intriguing premise and slow-building romance between Adelaide and Cedric. Though there were some flaws present such as slow pacing and certain loopholes, I still enjoyed it as a whole regardless.

Things started to get more interesting when Adelaide departed to Adoria after receiving ample etiquette trainings where she met with other potential and noteworthy suitors, or so she thought as things started to go downhill for her. Still,
4.5 stars

I loved the premise and hello gorgeous cover, so I was eager to start this book. Once I got started, I tried to take my time because I wanted to savor it.

Love love love Adelaide. She's sassy and fantastically outspoken for the time period. Her BFFs Tamsin and Mira were just as delightful and I really enjoyed all of the scenes with the three of them. And Cedric...he's a whole other story. The UST between him and Adelaide is so delicious. There are some of the sweetest swoons and their b
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
this book was GOOD but there was too much useless plot. This book follows a girl who wants to escape her royal life and ends up going to the Glittering Court which teaches "common" girls how to be royalty, and then they are sold on a different continent to men needing wives. That is a good plot, and that aspect of the story was good. But Mead added all these sub plots that were really in the background and not well explained or expanded or developed so the book just had too much of nothing in it ...more
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
I've been a longtime fan of Richelle Mead, and although this is completely unlike any of her other works, I found myself completely delighted by her latest series starter, The Glittering Court. It has so many fascinating components weaved together in a way that somehow works. With strong characters, adorable romance, and many intertwined plot conflicts, this series definitely has a lot going for it.

Wanting to escape a loveless pending marriage and a stifling lifestyle, Adelaide assumes her serva
Rachel E. Carter
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect going in, this book took all my expectations and kind of threw them out the window. From a finishing school to gold panning, and yet I kinda loved it. I suppose what I wasn't expecting was that each book is actually a standalone from a different character's perspective, and to be honest I'm not sure I want to read two more in the same timeline so I'll pass on the sequels... It was a good book, I enjoyed it, yes the ending was a bit convenient, but who cares: I had fu ...more
The Glittering Court is the first installment in Richelle Mead's series titled (surprise, surprise) The Glittering Court. At this point in my reviews, I would have listed the genres but I kinda have a problem. It is marketed as a fantasy but I find this severely misleading. The Glittering Court is historical fiction with conveniently made-up names for the countries and oceans. There is no fantasy in this book. As for historical fiction, it wasn't bad. I liked the first half very much actually
Jan 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
I hated The Selection, so I am unsure why I bought this. I make too many random Audible purchases. This is a reminder to stop.

While this started off in a pretentious manner, it wasn't terrible, but the story started to lose its pace nearly halfway through.

Guess what? The guy that seems like an asshole? Is a total asshole!!!!

Which 972 of you shelved this as fantasy? This is not fantasy...

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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f

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