Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life. 

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

This book was a truly unique novel. I have never read a book quite like this one. The plot of this book was captivating and so entertaining right from the beginning. The main character, Danica, was selling drugs and it was actually very exciting. However, the selling of drugs started to really bother me as the book went on. Danica's drugs started ruining people's lives, but I felt like she didn't care as much as she should have. I understood that Danica was in a tough situation, but it didn't excuse her actions. I also felt like she didn't face a lot of consequences nor did she own up to what she did. I am hoping those things will be addressed in a following book.

Even though I obviously had some issues with Danica, there were also some things I admired about her. The main thing I admired about her was her loyalty to her friends. I thought she was extremely loyal, even though she did have some mess ups. 

The romance was fine, but I didn't think it was really necessary. I love romance, but I felt like the romance in this book wasn't very well developed even though I thought the couple had great potential. I would have liked to see the romance develop at a lot slower pace throughout the potential series. However, I am looking forward to see how the romance is addressed if there is another book. 

The setting of this book was addictive and definitely the best part of this book. The author created such an enchanting and fascinating world. I am hoping that there is even more development of the world in the next book. 

Overall, this was an interesting novel that I think sets up a series that could have a lot of potential. I am really hoping that this turns into a series, especially with the way she ended this book!

3 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review. * 

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