The sequel to Richelle Mead’s Glittering Court is finally here! I had to include some pictures because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. My review of Midnight Jewel is below, but also make sure to check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom and the rest of the tour stops!


Book Summary

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.


About the Author

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.


My Thoughts:

This sequel worked a lot better for me! Actually, it felt like more of a companion novel since it’s the same timeline told through Mira’s experience. I really liked her as a narrator, too. She ended up being a strong character who’s grounded, capable, a bit reckless at times, and pretty introspective. If you’ve read the first book you know she’s a refugee who wants to find her brother, so this story is about her searching for him, trying to free him from a bad contract, and helping other oppressed people.

At the start of the story Mira takes a break from stopping thieves to ask her friend Cedric Thorn to take her on in the Glittering Court. I won’t recap everything that happened in the first book, but the Glittering Court is still a place for girls to train to wed society’s elite. It worked better for me this time, though, because the narration often raised an eyebrow at everything that was deemed a “woman’s duty.” Plus, this almost felt like a different world with the grittier side of the city and how everything was approached… the worldbuilding was pretty strong. The story also felt like more of a typical YA adventure.

If you’ve read the first book you’ll know what to expect from some of the events, but it was interesting to see Adelaide and everything from a different perspective this time. The story itself goes in a much different direction, though, and Mira has waaaay more adventures. She has a badass cape + mask and there are pirates and ships! And I wasn’t super into the romance, but still thought some of their banter was funny (or at least entertaining).

I mostly appreciated that I never had to get into some alternate mindset to endure the logistics of the plot because Mira had sound reasons for doing everything she did.

So basically you’ll love this book if you liked the first one. And if you weren’t huge on the first book, you could easily jump to this one and still follow the plot!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

 


Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (ARV: $19.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
June 26 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Top 5 Reasons to Read Glittering Court Before Midnight Jewel
June 27 – Mundie Moms – Favorite Quotes from Midnight Jewel
June 28 – Love Is Not A Triangle – Review
June 29 – A Perfection Called Books – Midnight Jewel Mood Board & Review
June 30 – BookCrushin – Top Leading Ladies Who Escaped Their Fates
Week Two:
July 3 – ButterMyBooks – Midnight Jewel Inspired Drink
July 4 – Books, TV, & More… Oh My! – Female Royalty By Birthstone
July 5 – A Page With A View – Midnight Jewel Photos & Review
July 6 – Once Upon A Twilight – Top 5 Reasons to Read Midnight Jewel
July 7 – YA Wednesdays – Couture Cloak & Dagger
Week Three:
July 10 – The Fandom
July 11 – Ex Libris – Review
July 12 – Novel Knight Reviews – A Book in Quotes
July 13 – The Eater Of Books! – Midnight Jewel Swoon Thursday
July 14 – Fiction Fare – Review

2 comments on “Blog Tour: Midnight Jewel Review + Giveaway”

  1. The tour is getting me more excited for this series! I have the first book, mainly because it’s pretty and it’s by Richelle Mead, but I just stuck it on my shelf waiting for the series to continue before I get started on it (in case I forget things from the first book). Thanks for hosting!

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