Monday, June 18, 2018

My Thoughts: The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (Blog Tour!)
The Emerald Sea
(The Glittering Court #3)
by Richelle Mead
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Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781595148452
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy

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The final installment in Richelle Mead’s sweeping, enthralling Glittering Court series answers the trilogy’s biggest question: what is the secret that drives Tamsin to win at all costs?

Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court’s diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World. Training alongside other girls in the Glittering Court, Tamsin immerses herself completely in lessons about etiquette, history, and music–everything a high-society wife would need to know. Once she’s married, she’ll be able to afford a better life for her family, so the sacrifice is worth it if she can be the best.

When her friendship with Mira and Adelaide, her roommates at the Glittering Court, threatens her status as the top-ranked prospect, she does the only thing she knows will keep her on track: she cuts them out of her life. But when her voyage across the sea goes off course, Tamsin must use her unrelenting grit and determination to survive the harsh winter far north of her intended destination in hopes of making it back to the Glittering Court in time to secure a proposal–and a comfortable future for her family.

Experiencing new cultures and beliefs for the first time, Tamsin realizes that her careful studies haven’t prepared her for everything, and with new alliances formed with roguish tradesman Jago Robinson and good-natured minister Gideon Stewart, Tamsin’s heart begins to be pulled in different directions. But she can’t let her brewing attraction get in the way of her ultimate goal: protecting the secret she holds closest to her heart, the one that would unravel everything she’s worked for if it’s uncovered. (Penguin Random House)

The Emerald Sea is the third and final book in The Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead, and I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on this book! I was so super curious to see how the story would end for the girls of the Glittering Court, and I'm beyond thrilled to have read this final book in the series!

As I mentioned above, The Emerald Sea is the third book in The Glittering Court series, and this book is all about Tamsin's story, and what happened to her after leaving the finishing school. All of the girls stories in this series have been interesting, but it was Tamsin's story that I was probably the MOST curious about. She was really so different from the other girls, she wanted to succeed so much more than the rest of them, and in this book we find out exactly why that is. Her back-story is a little heartbreaking, and you can't help but root for her as the story goes along. She definitely proves over and over that she's a leader, and that she's willing to do whatever she has to do to survive, and that makes me like her so much more. There were a lot of interesting secondary characters in this story as well, some that we haven't had the opportunity to meet in the previous books, and they were all really interesting! (And a few that were kind of scary, to be honest!)

The storyline follows along the same line as the previous books, as in the first half of the book all of the girls are still together at the finishing school, and then their journeys branch apart toward the middle of the book. After reading the previous books in the series, I absolutely couldn't wait to finally find out what happened to Tamsin on her journey to the new world, especially after what we thought happened to her in the previous books. (Sorry, that is a bit vague, I know, but I'm trying not to spoil anything!) I do think Tamsin has the most interesting journey of all three girls, by far, and that is definitely an understatement. What a wild ride she had!

Overall; The Emerald Sea was a really great conclusion to this Glittering Court series by Richelle Mead, and I'm beyond thrilled to have finally read the book! I really enjoy so much about these books, from the interesting characters, to the fascinating storylines, and I kind of hate to see the series come to an end. Luckily for me I still have the Bloodlines series by Mead that I need to finish, and finishing this series has totally made me want to start on that one soon. :) If you've not yet read The Glittering Court series, do consider checking it out!

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its bestselling spin-off series, Bloodlines, the fantasy standalone Soundless, and the Glittering Court series. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel. Visit to find out more.

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