Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House Books
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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.
Things I Loved:
- First of all, can we talk about how beautiful this cover is? I love it. I got this book at the library, but I think I may want to actually buy it so I can have it on my shelves! It’s so pretty!
- The concept of this book is amazing, and the execution is flawless. This is such an interesting mix of the future and past, and the whole concept of the drug being Dani’s way out was just so intriguing to me. Pike’s imagination is brilliant.
- The moral ambiguity of the entire drug operation. Moral ambiguity is my favorite, you guys.
- The twists and turns in this book were all so well done. I didn’t see any of them coming!
Things I Disliked:
- Dani was sometimes rather immature and annoying. Though, she herself acknowledges this at times. I disliked it now, but I’m hoping Pike is just setting up for some awesome character growth in the future.
- The insta-love. I just… I don’t understand how it happened so, so quickly, but yet didn’t, but yet did. Let’s just say the main relationship was weird.
- I wish Pike would have done more with the body issues that Dani has. She mentions it a good chunk of the novel, but always just sort of leaves it be. I’m hoping for this to be explored more in future novels and for Dani to deal with her problems. We will see, though.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Cups of Tea