Glitter

Glitter

by Aprilynne Pike
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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel--Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near future world where the residents of Versailles live like it's the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

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.

"I adored this genre-bending, futuristic, and super swoon-y romance featuring a strong anti-heroine to root for--fun, refreshing, and unpredictable!" --#1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101933701
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 200,484
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Aprilynne Pike is the critically acclaimed, internationally and #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Wings series. She has been spinning stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She lives in Arizona with her family. Visit her online at aprilynnepike.com and follow her on twitter at @AprilynnePike.

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Glitter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Glitter” is definitely a unique book that will appeal to many. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. The world is fascinating and the characters are diverse. The author did not do an info dump about it all, which was both appreciated and frustrating. By frustrating, I mean it seemed to go too long before anything at all was explained. It read slowly for me, but overall was well-written, and I believe many will fall in love with the story. “Glitter” is a book I can neither recommend nor warn against. My suggestion is to try it yourself if it sounds like something that may appeal to you. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
UndertheBookCover More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! Glitter is described as being Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette, and that is an absolutely perfect description for this book! With its stunning cover and incredibly unique premise, Glitter is sure to keep readers hooked from start to finish. Danica lives in Sonoman-Versailles, a place where its inhabitants live like it's the eighteenth century. From elaborate dresses and hairstyles to the way people speak, it's like living in another world. For Dani, the palace is a beautiful prison, and she's about to become a permanent occupant. When she witnesses a murder by the king, Dani's mother blackmails him into marrying Dani and making her queen. She has only six months to raise enough money to escape into the real world away from the murderous king. Her product? Glitter- a powerful drug that only takes the smallest pinch to get addicted. Her plan? Mixing the Glitter into small pots of rouge and lip gloss and selling it at a high cost. But when Dani falls for a drug dealer outside of the palace walls, things get much more complicated than she originally planned, and secrets don't stay hidden for long in Versailles. What I loved most about this book was how unique it was. I never would have thought that a book about drugs and the eighteenth century would be something that I enjoyed, so it definitely took me by surprise. The idea that this is set in the near future, but there is a separate world in the Palace of Versailles that is run by a large corporation, was so crazy that I had no idea how it would work. But I thought that it was so interesting that, just outside of the palace walls, was the modern world, and that the people living in the palace chose to live that way. The interaction between Dani, who lives in the palace, and the drug dealers who live outside of the palace was like night and day. The differences between the two worlds are numerous, but the only thing that separates them is a wall. At one point, there is a character who makes a comment about Dani not having to "keep up her act" around him, and she doesn't understand what he means. He's nothing short of surprised when realizes that the way she speaks and carries herself is real, not an act. I just really enjoyed seeing the two extremes collide and trying to co-exist with one another. Danica as a character was one that you hate to love. Since the book was described as "Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette," you could say that Danica was the Walter White of the story. All she wants is to get out of the palace and away from the king, so she's doing whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. Unfortunately, she does some very questionable things along the way and makes some fairly poor choices when it comes to the lives of her friends and other people in the palace. The cosmetics that she sells are laced with Glitter, which is an incredibly addictive drug, and she counts on the fact that her customers will become addicted in order to sell more and make more money. Even after seeing the effects of the drug on her father, she still chooses to distribute the Glitter laced cosmetics to the people living in the palace in order to make enough money to leave. Read the rest at: http://underthebookcover.blogspot.com/2016/11/book-review-glitter-by-aprilynne-pike_20.html
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
This book was constantly entertaining and surprising. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, an unexpected twist would change everything. What struck me the most was that even though I really disliked the main character, I loved the book. Set in a near-future world, the residents of Versailles act like it still is the eighteenth century (with all the comforts modern technology can provide). After Danica witnesses the King/CEO killing his lover, her mother blackmails him into a betrothal. Danica is desperate to escape her fate and begins selling glitter, an insanely addictive drug, disguised as cosmetics. Danica is a character that it’s incredibly hard to be sympathetic toward, which was a refreshing change of pace. She makes some bad choices, has some incredibly questionable morals, has an inability to speak up at important times, and is selfish. Despite that, I found myself captivated by the story that unfolded (perhaps due to the same reason you can’t turn away from a train wreck?). The story itself was original, creative, and somewhat quirky. The ending was pitch perfect and left me eagerly awaiting the next book in the story. As for the setting, it definitely took some getting used to the idea but I warmed up to it. Setting the story in a modern day Versailles was a gutsy move on the part of the author. Luckily, it worked (I have no idea how but it just does). It added to the suspense and the tension of the political drama because it allowed it to play out in a way that a modern setting wouldn’t. Also, I was a little worried about the possibility of a love triangle. Luckily, there isn’t one at all. I was pleased with the way romance was handled in this book - it was present and interesting but didn’t take over as the center of the plot. Overall, it was an innovative concept that was well executed. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fast-paced young adult fiction involving political intrigue. *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I’M A SUCKER FOR PRETTY COVERS, OKAY? Don’t judge a book by its cover? Well, POOSH TO YOU. I’m doing it anyway. We’re hardwired to like the pretty things (if you’re not, WOW TO YOU, you’re probably a better person than I am) and I’m so exception. And unless you’re blind, it’s quite obvious that Glitter is a GORGEOUS (and I mean OVER THE TOP GORGEOUS) book. While that was probably what made Glitter catch my eye on NetGalley, the story-line was even more exciting. Go into the future, invent all the technology you can think of, and then TAN DAN DAAAN – form an 18th century Court filled with Kings and Social Standing and Gowns and Balls and Dukes and Duchesses. IT’S PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING, RIGHT, for everyone with Regency-like dreams? Combine a sociopathic King, and his young bride willing to resort to selling highly addictive drugs to escape his clutches, you have me a story I cannot resist. And now, after binge reading the book, here I am. Half amazed, one fourths shocked, one fourths disappointed, but mostly just a bundle of emotions I can’t entangle. Let me first say – I LOVED THIS WORLD. I saw a lot of people having trouble trying to put in under a particular genre, but Glitter isn’t one of those easily classifiable books. It’s a futuristic historical novel, and this was ALL PARTS AWESOME. Set in modern day Versailles, bought from Paris, Sonoman-Versailles is a court located in the middle of a modern world, with VERY MORDER TECHNOLOGY. Gone are the days of maids and drawing up baths, but there is Artificial Intelligence – M.A.R.I.E – running the palace instead. With a Board of Directors playing dress up as nobles, and corsets laced by robots, this was ONE GENIUS WORLD. On the downside though, the characters were MEH. While I was most enamoured with the world, the characters were something I didn’t particularly fall for. I didn’t: a) SEE the big sociopath the King was supposed to be to make Danica Grayson want to endanger loads of lives b) I didn’t feel the friendships with Lord Aaron and Molli c) I didn’t EVEN feel the chemistry between Saber (?) and Danica Everything was too superficial, while trying not to be. There was, in fact, not a single character in this book I found myself rooting for. All in all, a book worth reading ONLY for the world Pike creates! 3 stars!
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
This contemporary/historical mash-up is a dystopian novel set in a futurstic world, a story about a modern-day Marie Antionettte (without the guillotine - yet). I had read a book close to this one in concept - Court - about a monarchy thriving in the midst of the modern world. But while Court had a hidden monarchy, the one in Glitter is actually a company that made so much money that it bought off the Versailles Palace and made it their residence. The nobles in this country are the higher ups of the company, and the employees are the populace - and all of this makes sense when you read it. Danica becomes one such 'noble' when her father inherits shares in the company, making her a titled person, and the opulence of the world enchants her and her mother so much that she gets into all the politics and frivolities of this modern day court of the Sun King. Until he is blackmailed into marrying her by her mother - that bursts her happy bubble At the start of the book, she is looking for a way out of the court, back to the modern world. Not out of a sudden interest in modernity, but rather to escape her fate of being betrothed to a sadistic king. Her way out involves paying off a crime lord an exorbitant sum, which gets her involved in peddling a drug to her peers. She does so without their consent, initiating a moral conflict within herself. To help her with the business is one of the minions of the drug lord, Saber, who she feels a magnetic attraction to. Their attraction is fraught with tension, mostly because she isn't really a good person, and he disapproves of her actions. Danica is written beautifully complex - she is neither good nor bad. She does selfish things, but also feels remorse for it. She endangers the lives of so many people by putting them on the drug without their knowledge and consent, and that felt wrong on so many levels. She is also been honed as a tool for her mother's ambition, and her way of punishing herself with her corset and all the symbolism behind it being literally the thing holding her in place was painful. A big thing to understand here is that she was pushed into a corner and she took a terrible way out, which makes for a great story for the reader but not such a great situation for her. The world Pike has created definitely merits a special mention, because she has melded these two genres - the historical and the futuristic so well enough! You get both the romanticizing and drama of the past as the foundation and the modern elements providing the plot and its progression. And with the characters crafted uniquely into this world, it makes for an interesting novel.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
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. My Rating 4.5 Stars 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. Find more of my reviews here: https://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! I mean….how can Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette NOT be intriguing?? I love that Glitter is hard to define. Historical Fiction? Romance? Dystopian? YA? New Adult? It’s kind of a hybrid of a lot of things, which made it so interesting. I loved: 1. The world building: the world in Glitter is as undefineable as the story itself. You have a Sonoma-Versailles corporation that purchased (blackmailed really) the Palace of Versailles from France. So you have modern day outside the palace but Sonoma-Versailles runs itself like 17-18th century Baroque France with monarchies, and dresses, corsets, and court intrigue---all immersed in futuristic technology. Pike immerses you in the world right from the start and gradually allows the reader to discover its intricacies as the story unfolds. It is kind of jarring and confusing at first but I liked not being spoon-fed. 2. A morally ambiguous heroine: “Is it truly worth saving your life if you lose your soul in the process? You have a young girl forced into an engagement with a fiend of a king who is willing to do anything necessary to find a way out. Our heroine drugs the court elite without their knowledge to raise funds for her escape…what could possibly go wrong? I still found Dani likeable; but it wasn’t an easy call to make and I loved that. 3. Fast Paced Quick Read: I was intrigued from the first chapter—a girl in a palace prison, murder, court politics, drugs, romance—there was plenty there to keep the pages turning! (Quickly) I had a few minor issues but none that really effected my overall enjoyment. Glitter is a solid start to a series and I can’t wait for the next one! I received a free digital copy of Glitter from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not shape or change my opinion of the book. Thank you Random House and Netgalley for the review copy!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I was sold at the tagline of "Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette", but then I saw the cover and was even more interested. I love the idea of a modern society choosing to live like French society. I liked Danica well enough. She's not the best person in the world and knows what's she's doing is wrong, but chooses to continue to do it. Yet, I can't find total fault with that. I'm sure I would do the same. She's loyal to her friends, even though it doesn't look like it. Molli and Lord Aaron were delightful characters and I wish we would have gotten more with them. The plot had me captivated right from the beginning. There were a few things I definitely didn't see coming and an ending seriously made me crazy. Overall, it was an entertaining and fun read. I sincerely hope there's another book. **Huge thanks to Random House for providing the arc free of charge**·