About the book:
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.
Sex, drugs, and classical music? With a provocative premise that blends both eighteenth century glamour with all the allure of futuristic technology, Glitter is a thrill from the very beginning!
Danica is a girl looking for an escape. She is smart, strong spirited, protective, and kind. But that’s not to say she isn’t without flaws and she doesn’t make mistakes. I actually felt really bad for Danica, her mom basically pimps her out to the king in exchange for political gain and her dad is addicted to drugs. Poor girl.
The drug, Glitter, in and of itself is completely fascinating! Like, that stuff is hardcore. Put it on as a patch or mix it into some makeup and you have a pretty powerful addictive substance. Not to mention the amount of money you can make off of that stuff? Danica sees her way out and that’s when the real trouble begins!
I adored Dania’s friends, Molli and Aaron! I can’t say too much without giving anything away but Molli is a doll, sweet as can be and Aaron is plain hilarious! Ugh, then there is Justin, ugh….did I say ugh? Truly atrocious. Terrible. Horrific. Despicable. Just bad. I love how Aprilynne was able to invoke that feeling in me about a character though, that’s when you know a story has strong character development. A+ Oh! And I can’t forget Saber! This guy! He is the serious bad boy type, swoony, mysterious and part of the wrong crowd. I needed more of him! Prequel please!?
If you’re looking for a unique read with an insane storyline and an intriguing cast of characters then you should definitely check out Glitter!!
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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