Glitter

Glitter

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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.a

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.

"I adored this genre-bending, futuristic, and super swoon-y romance featuring a strong anti-heroine to root for--fun, refreshing, and unpredictable!" --#1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: New York : Ember, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9781101933725
Characteristics: 367 pages :,illustration ;,21 cm.

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susan_findlay
Oct 23, 2018

This book takes a lot of heat in the comments section (on Goodreads) for the lead character's less-than-ethical behaviour. I don't, however, think that we're supposed to approve of her getting most of her society addicted to the "glitter" drug.

From what I can tell, this is the story of a scared somewhat self-centered teenager - and, frankly, that's more interesting than if she were a perfect heroine. Very little works out the way she intends, and it is pointed out (to her face) what a horrible thing it is that she's doing. It's actually quite realistic that she can convince herself that she has no choice.

I also appreciated several of the secondary characters.

I will be reading the sequel.

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Jan 19, 2017

Aprilynne does it again! This author is not only a really cool local chick, but she has a way of just captivating and taking me away to a world I get lost in. Meet Danica, a member of the court of Versailles, not in the true 18th century but a reenactment as real as the murder she witnessed. When Danica finds her herself trapped in a nightmare she must decide what is her life worth? Read this book if you love a fast-paced novel focused on a good girl gone bad, and of course a little bit of romance thrown in for fun. I promise you will not be disappointed!

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bookycakes
Sep 29, 2016

THIS BOOK. Loved it. It starts kind of slow, but I was so happy that I knew more about the extraordinary world before I got into the real meat of the plot. Recommended for those who don't mind ALL morally gray characters. The protag is pretty unlikeable. (compare to: The Young Elites by Marie Lu. Not as villain-y as her protag, Alina, but in the same vein)

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