In the Palace of Versailles, the people live very different lives. They live the life of those from the distant past where Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake,” and the people lived the life of luxury at the expense of others. When Danica, a low member of these out of touch members, sees something horrible, her mother will use that to her advantage and make her rise in the ranks, no matter if she wants it or not.
This was such an interesting concept for a book and knew from the beginning that I just had to read it! The book world in this series is just such a unique idea and I just thought it was the coolest! This novel is like the Rococo era of Marie Antionette and glamour on drugs, literally, with a dash of interesting technology. A combination of historical fiction and science fiction…. SIGN ME UP!!!!
I love this era of history and always found it fascinating and loved studying it and this modern version matches it! I love itttttt!!! From the clothes, to the food, to the dialogue, it all just captured the essence of the time period and I felt very girly while reading this.
I wish the technology of the book had a little more detail. I don’t quite understand how everything truly works. It was a cool element, but I didn’t get everything I wanted. However, I hope we get more details in the second book because I HAVE QUESTIONS!!
The only thing that wasn’t a five out of five for me was the characters. I didn’t really click with them as much as I wanted in comparison with this book world, but I’m going to continue on with this storyline because I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!
So everything I didn’t like about the first book was completely redeemed in this sequel! We got so much more information about the world and so many more badass moments between characters! The book world became much more vivid and amazing in this sequel.
In the first novel of the series, I had so many questions about the book world and how the technology worked, but in this sequel all my questions were answered in such an interesting and detailed, but never boring way. We received a much more intricate description of the futuristic technology that fits the science fiction side of the novel and the author explained how the drug of glitter actually was produced and where it came from. I found both these things EXTREMELY fascinating.
I also struggled to find a common ground or true interest in the characters in the first book, but in this sequel, the characters really grew on me and I even grew to love them. Danica became a lot more likeable to me because she finally started to act like herself and not someone anyone expected she should be! She grew to become such an amazing and dynamic character that I couldn’t wait to see what crazy thing she would do next! I also grew to love Justin, funnily enough. Yes, he is marked as the villain, but I apparently have a thing for bad boys because they make MUCH more interesting characters. He was very entertaining and would fit in as the antihero of any dark romance I would read. I honestly was more drawn to him than Saber. I also LOVED his banter with Danica. He pushed her to be more badass and her character really went there after that. Saber grew to be okay in the end. He could be sexy at times and he would also push Danica to be better so he wasn’t all bad.
Overall, I really enjoyed this series and am so glad I read it!
My Series Rating
4/5 Book World
Glitter series by Aprilynne Pike
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Science Fiction/ Fantasy
Published on October 25, 2016 – February 13, 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Copy Read: Paperback, Hardcover