Fun start to a new series from one of my favorite authors! Adelaide decides to run away from her obligations to secure a wealthy husband, and ends up posing as a servant to get into the Glittering court (a service that takes commoners & servants, turns them into ladies and then essentially sells them to the wealthy men of the new world). One of the men in charge of the Glittering Court, Cedric Thorn, and Adelaide have an instant connection, maybe from the fact he knows she is not a servant. Fun book, looking forward to seeing what happens to Adelaide’s best friends. ~Teresa Steele

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A solid opening to a ~glittering~ new series! Adelaide lacks the narrative charm of Rose from Vampire Academy (still my favorite Mead series), but I’m really looking forward to Tamsin’s and Mira’s points-of-view in the next two books. Since this is told entirely from Adelaide’s perspective, we have yet to see some more interesting events that take place off-screen. What happened during Tamsin’s shipwreck? What happens when Mira repeatedly sneaks off? I wish there had been a bit more world-building, especially since the story lacks Vampire Academy’s general luridness, but knowing Mead, she’ll expand on it more in later books. Mead fans will stick with it for the romance, and it should add to her readership, appealing to fans of teen historical fiction (the world is a loosely alternate version of Europe and the New World).~ Allison Senecal

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