by Ryan Graudin
Published by HarperTeen Release date : February 11th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
All That Glows was one of my WoW picks last year and most anticipated of 2014. I am all for badass heroines and fae. I had so much hope for this book and although I enjoyed parts of it, I didn’t love this one as I hoped to and I’m slightly disappointed.
I don’t read many reviews before I read a book but I did skim a few before I started All That Glows; simply because the ratings started coming in and weren’t favorable. The writing, I saw, was a huge factor in the liking to this. Now, while I agree that there were some odd parts of the book, the writing didn’t really bother me, as it obviously did for others. The were some odd ball metaphors I admit; and the flow was mediocre but after the first half of the book, things really picked up and the writing was stronger. It was on the longer side too, and could have went without at least 20% in the middle. But, whatever.
It took me until about 53% to really get into the swing of things and start to enjoy what I was reading. I think most readers will agree with me that the world building can make or break a book; and honestly, what we got wasn’t bad, per se. I actually really enjoyed the twist on the fae that Graudin brought us; with their magic, how they “formed” and the treaty. However, it was too cookie cutter clean for me. There was so real depth into the world. And that, with books regarding the Fae, is a huge thing for me.
As far as characters go — I liked Emrys okay. There isn’t that much too her for the first half of the book. She was an immortal guard, guarding the prince, she doesn’t sleep, eat and gets the “sickness” often. After things start to pick up, I saw more of her bravery, loyalty and after she realized she loved Richard, she was a different person altogether. On to Richard. Whelp. I did find it odd, and irritating, that he did a complete 180 after we first meet him. I am all for change, but there are just things that don’t change that quickly, ever.
Their relationship was instalove, but this is one of those rare occasions where it didn’t bother me like it usually does. Especially since they spend time together and talk, really getting to know each other, before the L word is thrown around. Would have I liked more depth? Absolutely. Overall though, they were really cute together and genuinely care for each other.
The twist thrown in was a little bit predictable for me but I thought it was interesting all the same. I also really enjoyed the ending too. It was bittersweet but everything was wrapped up nicely.
My Peeve- The length. I don’t mind long books but there were so many things that happened that we didn’t necessarily need to know, or was just repetitive.
Overall- All That Glows was just okay for me. I did like parts of the book and I thought the second half was stronger than the first. Had this book a little shorter, with more depth, I could have loved this.