Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Thoughts: Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
Midnight Jewel
(The Glittering Court #2)
by Richelle Mead
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Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781595148438
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical
Source: Review Copy / Own

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In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was really, really excited to finally read Midnight Jewel, as I read The Glittering Court last year, and was completely fascinated by the story. I had hoped to reread The Glittering Court again before starting Midnight Jewel, but unfortunately didn’t have time, but once I started on this story, most of the details from the book came flooding back, and I was completely able to enjoy the story.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I started reading the book, other than knowing that it was Mira’s story, and I was definitely curious about that. I think I expected this story to take place after the events of the first book, but it was actually basically the same story as the first book, just from Mira’s perspective. (I assume the storyline for the third book will be the same as well.) It was interesting to see the events from Mira’s perspective, and it seemed like we got even more of the story this time around than we did the first time, but maybe that was just me remembering things differently. I really wish I had had time to reread the first book before starting this one. Sigh.

There are a lot of characters in the book to love; some that are new to us, and some that we already know from the first book. I love Mira’s strength and determination, and she proves over and over again throughout the story that she could take care of herself. It took me a while to warm up to the love interest in the story, Grant, which is kind of weird because I usually love the strong, brooding type. I love that Adelaide and Tamsin are in the story as well, and I actually can’t wait to read Tamsin’s story next!

Overall; I did have a few issues with Midnight Jewel, but I did enjoy reading the book, especially since it was from Mira’s perspective! The storyline wasn’t what I expected, but I did enjoy it, and I’m super excited to read Tamsin’s story next, which is currently untitled, but I’m hoping to see some information for soon!

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