Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Length: 13 hours/audio
Plot Basics: Elizabeth Whitmore can’t stand the idea of her arranged marriage to keep her title of Countess. So she takes her maid’s place in a firm that trains common born girls to be wives for the growing upper class in a new colony. As she becomes Adelaide, she’s drawn to one of the firm’s workers and ends up on an adventure for love in the new colony.
Banter Points: Mead has done quite a bit of world building for this book that flows together nicely in the story.
Bummer Points: I can’t believe I actually made it through all 13 hours of this audiobook. First, a confession: I mean to look for Rachel Vincent, got my author names confused and ended up with Richelle Mead. At first, I was expecting this to be a Prince and the Pauper type swap story, but instead it became a rambling YA romance.
Adelaide goes through all the machinations of pretending she’s common while learning how to be noble. Meanwhile, she’s nursing a big crush for Cedric, the son of the owner of the bride-procuring company she’s working for. She’s dealing with new friendships with her two roommates.
Then the book traipses off to the colony where the girls have to go through suitors and get married off. The whole premise is thinly-disguised gold-digging so Mead throws in real gold-digging too, along with some religious freedom issues and pirates.
I kept listening thinking that at some point the book would get good. But it never materialized into a solid story. I kept trying to care about the characters, but there was too much description of clothing and not enough description of anything else. The romance felt contrived and unbelievable; if Adelaide was as pragmatic as she was made out to be, she wouldn’t have gone through everything she did. She would have packed it up, gone home and been a boring lady.
Word Nerd Recommendation: I’m not going on with the rest of this series.