Title: Glitter Author: Aprilynne Pike Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction Edition: Kindle Pages: 384 Published: October 25, 2016 Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
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.
There’s so many bad words I could use to describe Danica, our main character, but I’ll keep it G-rated. Man, that girl was selfish! I’m not sure if the author purposefully made Danica so unlikeable, or if readers are supposed to sympathize with her. But sympathize with her, I could not. How could I feel sorry for someone who’s willing to risk so many lives for her own? The lives of her best friends and literally everyone around her? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… I loved it! It was refreshing to have a different main character than the usual protagonist that everyone can relate to or everyone feels so sorry for. It was a great change of pace for me and I really enjoyed reading about Danica and her story.
Date Read: 9/30/2016