DNF Review of Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

By: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Random House
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at page 265

I will briefly go into aspects of the book that are mentioned in the summary but some might find it a little spoilery.

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.

My Thoughts:
Oh goodness where to start? I’ll start with what I did like- the world was interesting. The idea that a group of people in the modern age would live like it’s the 18th century- well at least dress that way is a really interesting concept. I loved the descriptions of the clothing and was excited to see where the story went.

Things went wrong for me fairly early on sadly.  There was a description of the main character’s friend Mei who’s Chinese and it was so very stereotypical. I couldn’t help but feel that it was poorly done. This was in chapter 1 and I thought – oh things will improve. They must. Well, the main character Danica was in such a bad spot. I felt really sorry for her since her father was addicted to drugs and her mother sold her out to the King for a higher status. This poor girl had no one looking out for her in any real way. Because of that she was willing to do anything to escape.

Well, this led to her literally drugging the people around her without their knowledge. All this so they would be addicted to the makeup the drugs are in so they’ll buy more which will give her the amount of money to escape. I can understand the motivation for this but it was really hard to read.  What type of person drugs those around themselves? It showed the complete lack of options Danica had and I found it so sad.

Because of her secrecy and betrayal of those around her this character couldn’t have any really connection with those around her- the only person she did connect with was a love interest that I wanted to ship but sadly I could not.

This novel dealt with such heavy topics- drug abuse, an abusive fiancé, and just wow- so sad. Danica also continually binds herself tigher and tighter into her corset so that she can nearly wrap her hands around her waist. She does this I assume for a measure of control over her life. This was briefly mentioned several times but in the part I read not really addressed or looked at as seriously as I would hope. I’m hopeful though that by the end of the novel it is addressed.

So- I guess this novel didn’t work for me because the subject matter was rather sad though not written that way? It is easier to read than I’d expect. I had so much trouble connecting deeply to any aspect of this book and by page 265 I’d hope that I’d be attached in some way. I figured I’d give up since  I made it that far.


I wonder- have you read this book? Should I pick it back up?

Stacking the Shelves- Such Exciting Books

Hi! How are you all doing? Everything is good here. My son starts first grade this Monday and oddly enough no one around here seems that nervous. I think he’s excited to go back. Ripley is growing like crazy and has finally had all her shots so it’ll be time for puppy training very soon.

I had some AMAZING news last week- Evie had a rep search on Instagram to help promote her designs and I was chosen to be a rep! I am so, so honored because all the entries were absolutely beautiful. I am still shocked and keep reading the announcement post to make sure it’s real.

Another bit of awesome for me- I had the opportunity to blurb a book! This has been my biggest blogger dream and it has come true. The book is The Valiant by Leslie Livingston and it is incredible.

My last one of these Stacking the Shelves was at the end of July so I’m posting most of what I’ve gotten so far this month. I’m forgetting a good amount I’m sure but these are the ones I’m most excited about.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

TheValiantBack TheValiantFront

There’s my blurb on the back! AHHHHHHHHH! I’ll never ever get over how cool that is. It says:

“Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant had me entranced from the first page with her vivid descriptions and kick-ass heroine Fallon.”

There’s a fuller blurb over on Amazon if you want to read it all plus all the other AMAZING blurbs from my fellow bloggers.

TraitortothethroneMS ThisSavagSongUK

swanriders NevernightUKCover

 Glitter CaravalUK

BeautyofDarkness JarethFunko

I am so excited about each of these books. I’ve already read Traitor to the Throne and it was FAB. And, yes I had to include my Hot Topic exclusive Jareth.

The Valiant by Leslie Livingston
Traitor to the Throne (SDCC MS) by Alywn Hamilton
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Caraval (UK arc) by Stephanie Garber
Beauty of Darkness by Mary Pearson

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  • September 21 Three Dark Crowns