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Review: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.
Young Adult, Futuristic
Print/Digital (384 pages, RANDOMHOUSE)
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.

Author Site: website

All that glitters... (3 stars)

GLITTER is a fascinating blend of futuristic and historical that I was quite eager to unravel. Conceptually it's a bit difficult to accept because it's a very complicated blend of business and country (ie. the CEO is the King). It will require a lot of suspension of disbelief.

While part of me found the world of GLITTER to be enjoyably complex and the characters fairly interesting, the overall plot felt painfully slow. I also found Dani's reason for selling Glitter wound up making her very unlikable.

Though this one didn't really work for me I think readers who enjoy historical YA will find the interesting idea worth reading for.

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