Glitter By Aprilynne Pike

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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This book was a total surprise. I admit I took one look at the cover and grabbed it. But it was so worth the read!

Glitter takes place in the palace of Versailles. Our main character is the Queen to be, and she wants more than anything to get out of the palace. And she will quite literally do anything to leave. I loved her. Danica is sympathetic, but also morally gray character, something you don’t see often (or enough!) in YA.  Danica is being forced to marry the king, and in order to raise the money she needs to leave she starts selling drugs. Despite this I couldn’t help applauding her efforts, because she was actually doing something. I’m so tired of YA heroes and heroines standing by and not acting because they don’t want to do something ”bad”. All the while complaining as friend and family die because of their stupidity.

Danica sees an opportunity and takes it, and while some have complained this makes her selfish, I say this makes her realistic. Her choices also aren’t without consequence, and that’s something she sees and has to deal with. Which was good character development. There is of course a love interest, which was fine. I thought his character was okay, but I didn’t really ship Danica with him. I would have preferred her not falling in love with anyone.

The world of Glitter is a vibrant one, though at times not the most developed. There were things that I didn’t understand. But overall I thought the characters made up for it. Also the ending has quite a twist!  It definitely has me longing for the second book.

I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. Anyone else read this book? Strangely I’ve not seen any other reviews of it going around in the blogging world.

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