Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Untitled #1
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
So I had heard of steampunk - a genre I love love love! But I had never heard of retro culture! Have you? In case you haven't, the best way I can describe it is as the opposite of steampunk. Instead of the technology being in the wrong time period, the time period is in the wrong place in time!
And that is how it is with Glitter.
In Glitter, the majority of our story takes place in a castle (the palace of Versailles to be exact) with people that live there. And these people, well, they go about their lives as if they live in that time period. They dress the part and they even have a king! The do allow for some of the technology of the time in though - so they do kind of cheat in that way, but other than that they try to remain pretty true to how things had been.
Outside of the world though, they don't live this way. It is only in the castle that time has found a way to go backwards and to stand still.
Pretty cool huh?
In all of this is our main character Danica. A girl who lives in the castle who finds herself engaged to the King despite her not wanting to be. And she will do anything to get out of the situation. Including, but not limited to, selling a highly addicting drug disguised as glittery make up to those that live in the castle.
Oh and of course there is a love interest in the story. You can't have a story without one of those these days it seems.
So what did I think?
I loved Glitter! I loved the world. I loved the characters. I loved the story. I loved the creativity. I just loved it.
I found myself pulled in. I was actually surprised how dark this story actually is. I was definitely not expecting that at all. In my mind Aprilynne Pike writes fluffy fairy stories, not dark deceptive drug stories. But oh my goodness, does it work for her.
There were a lot of layers to the characters, and I enjoyed almost all of them. I really loved the scenes between Danica and the King. Oh my goodness how I loved them. In my opinion, they were some of the best written scenes in the whole book! So much anger, so much chemistry, so much YES!
And something I think Aprilynne Pike did very well in regards to this story was research. I had absolutely no idea that a corset could do what it apparently can to a person over time! Of course, this is only one example - but despite this book being a work of fiction, I still learned something!
So, obviously I loved this book. I cannot wait for more of these characters and more of this world that Pike has created. I just hope she doesn't take too long to write the next one.
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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