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Glitter – Book Review

Glitter - Book Review


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.

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When I saw that Glitter was described as Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette, I was immediately intrigued and had to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I love all things French, and especially the historic ways of royalty, so I had pretty high expectations when I started reading this book.

The premise of this book was very unique: in order to escape from her planned marriage to the king, Danica turns to selling drugs in order to have enough money to pay for her black market identity change. Along the way, a lot happens and changes in Danica’s life. She falls in love, people she loves get hurt, and she must raise the money in less time than she had originally anticipated, raising the stakes.

Danica is a very selfish character, there’s no denying that. She doesn’t ever think of how her actions will affect others, often leaving her shocked and stunned when something happens that she didn’t expect. Even though Danica knows what withdrawals from Glitter look like, she still chooses to sell the drug to the people of Versailles. But given the circumstances, it makes sense why Danica is so selfish. She is afraid that she will end up married to a king who murdered a girl, and that she will meet the same fate.

At the end of this book, there is a plot twist that I did NOT SEE COMING and holy cow, was it a good one. It left me hanging and in anticipation of the sequel. I need to know what happens, and I need to know ASAP. Overall, Glitter was a very quick read for me and I would highly recommend it. I give Glitter 5/5 stars because I LOVED it!

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

By Bailey Riddle

Bailey Riddle is a 22-year-old college student studying Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She loves all things fandom, and can often be found with her nose in a book. When she isn’t busy with school and being a professional fangirl, she likes to cook food, read, and work on catching up on many hours of sleep.

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