Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway - Glitter by Aprilynne Pike


About the Book:
Title: GLITTER

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Pub. Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
 
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.


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 Review:
While I'm not a fan of Breaking Bad, I've never even seen the show, the idea of this combined with Marie Antoinette totally grabbed me.  The book grabbed me right away.  I loved hearing about this world, and the mixture of 18th century French traditions and clothing with technology even more advanced than what we have today.  There was just enough information telling about how the world had gotten to this point, and how this little society got set up.  Normally I'm not a big fan of drugs, probably why I don't watch Breaking Bad, but the way it was done in this story made drugs to be the way that I feel they are. Addictive, and not good for people, while also being a very large money-making business.  I liked all the characters.  Even the King was one that you hated him, but also felt a little sorry for him in some situations, until he turned around and showed the very side you'd seen before.  I liked the main character Danica.  She definitely worked well in this story. She wasn't the perfectly innocent and virtuous character as you might often see in this type of story.  I felt that she was much more realistic to her situation.  The only issue I had with this is that the romance at first seemed almost like an after-thought, and when it came into being a bigger part of the story, in a way it felt like it was almost out of place.  I liked the romance, I just had a little issue with it fitting in seamlessly.  As others have mentioned in reviews, if there is a sequel, I would be very excited to read it!  I highly recommend this story!

My rating:  4.5 stars

About the Author:

Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.


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Giveaway:
  • 3 winners will receive a finished copy of GLITTER, US Only  
    a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/17/2016- Tales of theRavenous ReaderInterview
10/18/2016- Lisa Loves LiteratureReview You are here!!!
10/19/2016- Pandora's BooksExcerpt
10/20/2016-  BookHounds YAReview
10/21/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
10/24/2016- Brooke- ReportsReview
10/25/2016- Brittany's Book RamblesGuest Post
10/26/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandReview
10/27/2016- A Glass Of Wine Blog- Interview
10/28/2016- Mundie MomsReview  
 

22 comments:

  1. I read a few of this authors earlier books and wasn't thrilled , but this sounds pretty good!

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    1. This is definitely a different type of story than the other one of her books that I've read. You might give it a try!

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  2. I really want to read this book! Can't wait actually! :P
    I loved Pike's Wings series, so that's the main reason why I want to check Glitter out.
    Too bad this is US only giveaway, but it is what it is...

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    1. Ah, sorry about the giveaway. :-( Hope you can get ahold of it soon!

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  3. This cover is soooo gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. The cover is perfect to show off the story I think!

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  4. Thanks for your review Lisa! I typically don't like it when the author seems to have forgotten the romance, but if the story is gripping enough I'll be fine!

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    1. The romance is okay, just kind of seemed almost like a bit of an afterthought. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This book is a definite read for me. One thing you need to understand about Breaking Bad is that the show is not really about drugs, it's about the people and how they deal with life's sucky crap. It's about a loving family man that has been dealt the most awful hand possible. He is a 40 year old man who has a teenager with special needs, his wife is pregnant(at 40), and he's just been diagnosed with lung cancer. He has a crappy paying job as a teacher, health insurance that sucks, and is trying to find a way to provide for a family that he loves, while dying of cancer.(can't say most people would do what he did, but it made for an awesome show) Saying Breaking Bad is about drugs is like saying The Walking Dead is about Zombies! So not true. Both shows are about how the characters in the show survive life going all to hell and the decisions they make. Trust me, if you go into watching Breaking Bad determined to focus on the characters, you will be blown away. The line between the supposed bad guys and the supposed good guys gets so blurred that you won't know who to love or hate.

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    1. I know that it is supposed to be a good show. I just have so many to watch that I can't imagine adding another. Not to mention Brian Kranston is just the dad on Malcolm in the Middle to me. :-) And I love The Walking Dead, and tell people the same thing about it not technically being about zombies, but in the end, if you don't like to see that kind of stuff, it isn't the show for you. That's probably the same way for Breaking Bad for me. :-) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette-that does sound interesting

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  7. Your review made me want to read this book even more, so thank you for sharing! So glad you loved it ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. It was so good! I definitely recommend it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  9. I'm very curious about this one!

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  10. This is another book on my TBR. Hearing that the main character is realistic to what's going on is good news. The romance part is kind of sad. Those things that are after thoughts, out of place and don't fit seamlessly into the story always break the trance that I'm in when it comes to a good book. Like it kind of pulls you out of the story. :(

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    1. It didn't necessarily pull me out of the story, it just left me wanting more of a romance. But it was still good. Thanks for stopping by!

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