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The glittering court, Richelle Mead

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The glittering court
Title
The glittering court
Statement of responsibility
Richelle Mead
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else-- the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price-- she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself-- even though she's falling in love with him. Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide's ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn't leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting-- or as wonderful-- as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths"--
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  • Grades 8-11 Mead merges Elizabethan and frontier worlds as a backdrop for the picture-bride tale of the young Countess of Rothford, Osfridian royalty whose family has run out of money. When her grandmother arranges a marriage to a wealthy and humorless distant cousin, our heroine takes the name of one of her maids, Adelaide, and assumes Adelaide’s identity at the Glittering Court, a training school for commoners to learn the ways of high society. These girls then travel to the new world of Adoria, where men happily pay the bride’s price, while the girls can choose their own husband. Not surprisingly, Adelaide excels at her studies and also falls for gorgeous Cedric Thorn, son of the unscrupulous proprietor. In a refreshing change to the romance formula, Mead does not end the story with the lovers finally realizing they are meant for each other, but rather follows their life as pioneers in a new land. There is a strong feminist element in Adelaide’s narration, and more than meets the eye in terms of plot, character development, and substantive thought. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mead’s smash-hit Vampire Academy books should extend a red carpet between this book and the best-seller list. -- Carton, Debbie (Reviewed 4/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 15, p68)
  • A 17-year-old countess trades Elizabethan luxury for frontier life in this absorbing fantasy. Lady Elizabeth Witmore is intrigued when Cedric Thorn arrives at her home, recruiting for the Glittering Court. After maidservant Ada is offered a place in the court but is hesitant to leave, Lady Witmore poses as Ada for the chance to make a new life on the frontier of Adoria, across the Sunset Sea. There’s a catch: in the Glittering Court, she will be groomed to marry a man of “new nobility” who is able to pay a price for her hand, but when she falls for Cedric, the future looks even more uncertain. Writing from “Ada’s” sharp-witted perspective, Mead (Soundless) delivers an enjoyable fish-out-of-water tale that plays gritty frontier adventure against the finery of the Glittering Court. The uncomfortable notion of “ladies for sale” is balanced by Ada’s indomitable spirit, and although the worldbuilding is somewhat scant, Ada’s friendships with roommates Tamsin and Mira are well-realized, and themes of religious freedom and racism are woven smoothly into the exciting narrative. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/25/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 04, p)
  • A runaway countess escapes an arranged marriage through a business that brings brides to the most eligible bachelors of the New World of Adoria. The Countess of Rothford descends from one of Osfrid's noblest bloodlines, but her family's financial desperation leads her grandmother to arrange a marriage for her with a dull, itchy noble whose own grandmother can't wait to control her life. Opportunity knocks when Ada, a former attendant, is selected for the Glittering Court, an intensive finishing school that furnishes brides to the New World's new elites. Ada doesn't want to go, so the countess goes instead, taking both the name Adelaide and Ada's place. Fish-out-of-water Adelaide's an expert at the niceties the school teaches yet comically incompetent at basic commoner skills; if she fails to fit in, she'll be discovered and sent back home. She befriends her roommates, ambitious Tamsin and Sirminican refugee Mira (who stands out among the evidently white, English-cognate Osfridians and suffers for it), and is helped by the Glittering Court owner's handsome son, who knows her secret but has a dangerous one of his own. Soon, the girls are sent to Adoria, the frontier where Adelaide has a chance of marrying for money—or love. The story, genially narrated by Adelaide, offers few surprises, but it goes down easy, abetted by worldbuilding that borrows freely from both Regency- and frontier-novel tropes without questioning either very hard. A historical-hodgepodge guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 13 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2016)
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Publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10471573
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Mead, Richelle
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL750L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PZ7.M478897
LC item number
Gli 2016
Literary form
novels
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  • 8
  • 11
Reading level
5.4
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True
Series statement
The Glittering Court
Series volume
[#1]
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Arranged marriage
  • Runaway women
  • Nobility
  • Family secrets
  • Interpersonal relations in adolescence
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The glittering court, Richelle Mead
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1524426
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781595148414
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9781595148414
  • (OCoLC)927378592
Label
The glittering court, Richelle Mead
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1524426
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
400 pages
Isbn
9781595148414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781595148414
  • (OCoLC)927378592

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