I received this book at no cost from the publisherGlitter by Aprilynne Pike
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 25th 2016
Genres: Europe, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Royalty, Young Adult
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
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.
Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty, she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.
You can’t outplay a player.
Danica Grayson doesn’t ask much from her life, just a few close friends and a future in science. That is all derailed when her father inherits a title and they move to the palace at Versailles which is now controlled by a conglomerate-now-sovereign nation. When she and her mother catch King Justin in an unsavory position that leads to the death of a young woman, a deal is struck for Danica to marry him in order to keep the crime under wraps.
Now, Danica has nothing left to lose except finding a way out from her horrible future. As Danica decides to team up with a drug dealer to earn her freedom, she creates a line of cosmetics containing a drug known as Glitter. She ends up deeper than she could ever imagine in a world of deceit and death. Try as she might, she just can’t overcome the horror of her world and how evil it is.
I really felt Danica was a good person but she makes a lot of horrible choices and even causes the death of someone close to her. This really needs a follow up to find out what happens to Danica at the end. The story is very compelling and a lot of fun, especially at how addicted Danica is to her corsets. In a way, they become her drug and the only thing she can control her life. In the end, she just ends up a pawn in the game of corruption. The story was just so much fun, the mix of historical with futuristic times is such a sensational idea. (Yes, there is one more book for this story – I need it now!)
3 winners will receive a finished copy of GLITTER, US Only.
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