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Reviewsday: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


I can already hear cries of shock and outrage when I say I’ve never read a Richelle Mead book, but rest easy, for I have venture forward, purchased a copy of her latest work, The Glittering Court, and devoured it!

Our heroine, Adelaide, escaping an arranged marriage, poses as a servant and secures a place in the Glittering Court. An enterprising finishing school of sorts that refines young ladies from all walks of life and prepares them for a journey to the new settlements for prestigious matches, the Glittering Court promises to be a reprieve from her old life; the only problem being that Cedric Thorn, son of one of the founders of the court, knows her true identity. With a secret of his own to protect, he’s in no hurry to out the clandestine heiress, but more forces are in play than the two could have ever imagined in the new world and with everyone out for themselves, placing their trust in each other is the only option they have.

There’s so much more than meets the eye with this novel and it just kept getting better as it progresses. What begins as runaway heiress evolves into so much more, Adelaide’s character development is a sheer joy to experience and there’s a brutal realism to the whole storyline that is candid and shocking without being overdramatic. Suffice to say my curiousity has been piqued and I will be eagerly awaiting more of the brave new world Mead has created.

Reviewsday: Vampire Academy

“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies…”

9781595141743Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir -a half human, half vampire- and her best friend Lissa Dragomir, is a royal Moroi who is the last in her prestigious bloodline. Rose has devoted her life to protect her best friend from the Strigoi, the immortal and fiercest vampires actively try to hunt Lissa down.

Two years ago, Rose and Lissa fled their school St. Vladimir’s Academy from a hidden enemy following Lissa. Now they’ve been tracked down and dragged back by the school’s guardians, but even within the protection of the magical wards surrounding their school Lissa is in more danger than ever and Rose’s guard must never falter, as all their enemies are closer than they think.

Rose must protect Lissa from mean girls, bad boys, the undead, vicious high school rumours as well as Lissa herself. But no matter how much the academy has drilled the Moroi’s importance as “they come first” in the head of all their guardians in training, Rose mustn’t forget to protect her own heart.

Richelle Mead has crafted a world full of forbidden love, loyalty and power. Vampire Academy is an enthralling and wicked series that will make you feel such intense emotions; you won’t be able to shake the feeling for days.

Vampire Academy is now a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry.


Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead


Oh my gosh, you guys, can we please take a minute to discuss Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead? I was so excited for this book that I devoured it in two hours (which may have included walking home and reading at the same time), and it is so worth it. The only regret I have is that it isn't longer (Richelle, please hear my plea- can you take some lessons from JK Rowling and make your next book the size of an average brick? Great, thanks).

The book picks up a little after The Fiery Heart left off, with Adrian moody and brooding (and who can really blame him?) and drowning his sorrows in the vices he previously gave up for Sydney. Sydney, meanwhile, is trapped at the Alchemists’ every whim, needing to deal with the physical and mental tortures they throw at her, in combination with the betrayal of the sister she loves.

Like all of Richelle’s books, Silver Shadows is a mixture of suspense, anticipation, and is filled with hundreds of moments that make your heart ache for Sydney and Adrian. Trust me though - it is oh-so-worth it for the amazing ending.

Perfect for fans of the Bloodlines and Vampire Aacademy series alike, the book is full of cameos from fan favourite characters such as Dimitri, Rose, Lissa and Christian - and a few others which pop in just to make Adrian and Sydney’s lives a little more interesting (and complicated)! This is definitely one of those books that you just want to read again as soon as you’ve finished it.

- Emily