Thanks to NetGalley and Razorbill for the sneak peek of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead! What a great start to a new series! This sneak peek of an interesting world and dynamic characters feels like a more mature Princess Academy (Shannon Hale) and is similar to The Selection by Kiera Cass because of the competition and etiquette training. The sneak peek ends at an intense part and I definitely want to finish the book! Adelaide will soon be forced into an unwanted marriage. To avoid this, she takes the place of her house servant in attending The Glittering Court; a place that trains young women to be sold to the highest bidder. These young women are taught etiquette and dancing and given an education to prepare them for marriage to a man who is well off. Along the way, Adelaide learns some mysterious things about Cedric, the young man who set up the contract with her house servant.
The sneak peek was quite a chunk of the book, enough that I grew to care about the characters and now I am anticipating the release so I can read the rest!
I have now finished the entirety of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead and I have to say that I have never read any of her other books to compare. The first part of the book is the etiquette and other lessons the young ladies participate in as members of the Glittering Court. Eventually they are all supposed to be sold to a well-to-do suitor. Along the way, Adelaide falls in love with Cedric and they leave their pampered lives for a chance to strike it rich as gold prospectors. This is such a huge change of lifestyle and I was not expecting the turn of events from fluffy dresses to sun-baked skin to fighting for their lives. Interesting story, but not what I expected for half of the book. I still think it is a good read though!