The Emerald Sea Blog Tour: Glittering Court Review


Hey friends! Long time, no see. I recently wrapped up a trip to Iceland (which was stunningly gorgeous despite the rainy weather) and just moved into a new house up in Rochester, New York! Lots of life changes but one thing remains the same- my love for reading. I'm so excited to partner with Penguin Young Readers to celebrate the release of The Emerald Sea, the third and final installment of The Glittering Court trilogy by Richelle Mead.

The Emerald Sea releases on June 26th, so you still have time to start the series! Curious about how it all begins? Keep reading for my review of The Glittering Court, the very first book that kicked off this tantalizing series! Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


A dazzling, romantic new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.
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Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. 

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court. 

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide's deception. Complications soon arise--first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. 

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands.


Within the first few chapters of The Glittering Court, you know the exact sort of story this is going to be, as you are thrown into the middle of a lavish ball narrated by a young countess who bemoans her fate- she must make a "smart marriage" in order to save her family's fortune. The descriptions are sumptuous and if you love rich clothing and stories with nobility, this book will catch your attention from beginning to end. There is no shortage of dresses, dances, and proper etiquette, great for those who enjoy reading these types of fantasies or historical fiction books.


I have extremely mixed feelings about the narrator, Adelaide. She was an extremely promising protagonist at the start, both when her attempts to be witty completely fly over her fiancé's head and when she impersonates her maid at the Glittering Court- where they train young women to become, well, what she originally was- a noblewoman. However as the story continued and training at the Glittering Court came and went, the circumstances Adelaide found herself in did nothing for the witty, inspired young woman that we met in the first few chapters of the book. Was this a result of her poor decision to run away in the first place? An all-too predictable plot (and frankly, lackluster romance)? Who can say? Adelaide is certainly a flawed protagonist and as the story progressed, her bullishness began to annoy me. I learned already with The Young Elites series that I don't have a taste for antiheroines and Adelaide gave me that same itch.

Luckily for me, Adelaide is not the only young woman that we follow at the Glittering Court. Her cohort of "jewels" have fascinating backstories of their own and while each is pretty archetypical and you can see where Mead is going with each one, it was still refreshing to have other characters to bounce off of. A first-person narrative can feel overwhelmingly narrow and introducing other perspectives helped to open up this world a bit more for the reader.

Each book in The Glittering Court series follows a different girl and while Adelaide was the narrator of the first book, the next two are narrated by Mira and Tamsin, respectively. I'm looking forward to The Emerald Sea, as Tamsin was one of the more interesting characters from The Glittering Court, in my opinion. It releases on June 26th!

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Be sure to check out the rest of The Emerald Sea blog tour stops below for creative mood boards, playlists, and aesthetics inspired by The Glittering Court trilogy, in addition to reviews of the next two books in the series!


May 21 – The Book Chamber

May 22 – Young Adult Reads 

May 23 – Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews

May 24 – Bookdragon_problems 

May 25 – Adventures thru Wonderland

May 28 – Old Enough For Fairytales 

May 29 – Universe Within Pages 

May 30 – Bette’s Pages 

May 31 – A Very Bookish Girl 

June 1 – Bringing Paperback 


June 4 – Novel Grounds

June 5 – Just Commonly 

June 6 – Reading Is Better With Cupcakes 

June 7 – In Wonderland 

June 8 – Library of a Book Witch  

June 11 – It Starts At Midnight 

June 12 – Booknerdchelcie 

June 13 – Miss Bookworm 

June 14 – A Book and A Cup of Coffee o

June 15 – The Blonde Bookworm 


June 18 – The Reader Bee 

June 19 – Love Is Not a Triangle 

June 20 – BookCrushin 

June 21 – Riddle’s Reviews

June 22 – Novel Knight 

June 25 – Lovely LoveDay 

June 26 – Becca’s Lost in Lit 

June 27 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader 

June 28 – Anxiousbookaholic