Midnight Jewel (Glittering Court Series #2)

Midnight Jewel (Glittering Court Series #2)

by Richelle Mead

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Midnight Jewel (Glittering Court Series #2) by Richelle Mead

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER 

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead.

Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free. 
 
Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms—and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting…
 
Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them—an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595148438
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Glittering Court Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 50,199
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its bestselling spinoff series Bloodlines, the fantasy standalone Soundless, and The Glittering Court. A lifelong reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses to wear on tour. She is a self-professed coffee addict, works in her pajamas, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is hard at work on her next novel. Visit www.RichelleMead.com to find out more.

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Midnight Jewel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richelle Mead never fails to keep me wanting more! I enjoyed getting to know Mira! She is brave,daring, and someone I want to be! I cannot wait until the next book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richelle has another winner. I was completely obsessed. Now I'm holding on to wait for Tampines story...please Richelle?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started slow because I was trying to temember the first book. But by page 40 I was gripped and loved Mira even more.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Midnight Jewel is certainly a case in which a sequel was better than the original. Now, The Glittering Court was a good book, but like me, a lot of people will admit that the book did not have consistency in theme. It was a finishing school romance, then a Wild West themed adventure - I mean, the concept was probably good, but it didn't execute properly. But it did lay the foundation for this book, and for that I am glad. This story takes alongside The Glittering Court, but has only a few overlaps with it - the girls were, for the most part, hiding their own secrets, like Adelaide being a noblewoman, and here, as we find out, Mira being in the Glittering Court just so she can help earn money to free her brother. Mira's story is part adventure, part spy romance: she is initially a part of the Court just to get a rich and pliant husband who would help free her brother who is like an indentured laborer in Adoria. She is best friends with Adelaide and Tamsin, and you can see how she adores the two of them, and how the rift between them tears her on the inside. She is also the daughter of a freedom fighter, and has heroism in her blood. When she meets Grant Elliot, an agent of a detective agency who is also a fellow traveler on her journey, she asks to become his insideperson in the Adorian society, mostly because she is out for adventure and daring. She is a bit idealistic when it comes to heroism, and learns through the course of the book what it means to be a hero and a beacon of light for the people. While most of it takes place in Adoria, the politics of Osfrid cannot be avoided. In this book, we see more about the other countries involved in this world, and how Osfrid has damaged them, with war as well as their crusade against religious freedom. Mira, herself a refugee from Sirminika (I don't remember how it was spelled and this was an audiobook so forgive me for any errors), understands firsthand the persecution of the Alonzans, and despite having been drawn into well-intentioned schemes before, she also realizes in the end of the novel (through a Robin Hood sort of character), that she can make her own path and she doesn't owe anyone anything. Now, onto the romance - yeah, this one was full of chemistry and passion. But unlike Adelaide and Cedric (whose love story is barely a blip in this book), the two involved here don't really have the luxury of love at first. Mira wants only a passionate and physical relationship at first, love is secondary for her as she has resigned herself to a marriage of convenience. Grant, meanwhile, is closed off and has other priorities in mind. They have a tumultuous go at it - they have different paths, and it looked for a while they won't end up together; the journey was worth the ending, but considering where these characters were at the start on the stance of love and marriage, it also felt a little rushed and eager to wrap up their romance in this book. (Considering there is still Tamsin's story to come, I would have been fine with resolving their romance in the finale, too) The world of this series has definitely expanded, and we get a more political perspective on the players that were involved with the plot in the first book. An in-depth exploration of the different cultures mingling in Adoria was also seen, like how Belonquan society was much more accepting than Osfrid in way (did I mention there is a lesbian side character?) but also had different prejudices. I would have certainly liked a
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead Book Two of The Glittering Court series Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: June 27, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom. 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. MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom. What I Liked: This might be a case of "it's-not-you-it's-me" - but I was not feeling this book. I really enjoyed The Glittering Court, but I didn't feel the same enthusiasm while reading this book. It could have been a number of factors, but ultimately, I think this book wasn't as great as its predecessor. It could have been me, but I don't think that is why I didn't love this book. This series is a companion series, in which each book features a different protagonist. However, each book takes places simultaneously - for example, the storyline of The Glittering Court runs parallel to the storyline of Midnight Jewel. We see Cedric and Adelaide fall in love (from a distance though), and we see them get sent to the colony, and so on, as was told in The Glittering Court. Midnight Jewel is Mira's story, told from Mira's first-person POV. Mira was cast out from her country, and as a foreign-looking foreigner, she stands out in her new country (and not in a good way). She joins the Glittering Court not specifically looking for a husband, but wanting to escape a certain lifestyle - and to be able to pay off her brother's debt. But then Mira gets herself involved in dangerous situations to help others, and suddenly it's not just about the Glittering Court, or her brother. Mira's life is over if she is caught - but this savvy girl isn't about to get caught. I adored Mira in the previous book, so I was really happy to see that she would be the protagonist of this book. She is tough and headstrong, brave and persistent. She goes after what she wants with no fear, and she doesn't think twice to help others, even if that means endangering herself. Mira is every bit as complex and likable as I expected her to be. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Reading this book made me sigh in relief. The series can be redeemed! I had...issues...with The Glittering Court. And I was honestly worried that the sequel would take a similar turn, especially when I heard that it's more of a companion, telling the same timeline of the story but from another character's perspective. But I'm happy to report that not only was Midnight Jewel an improvement on the first book, it was a fantastic read all around.  One of my biggest issues with The Glittering Court was the fact that Adelaide’s decisions made no sense. She ran off to avoid a marriage only to join the Glittering Court where she’d be all but auctioned off to the highest paying suitor in a different place. There was no logic to it. But in Midnight Jewel, you learn of Mira’s reasons for joining the Court and they DO make sense. Well, enough to satisfy me. She has a plan and being one of the jewels in the Court is just a means to an end. I really liked her dedication to her goal and how far she was willing to go to reach it.  Mira is not only selfless but strong. She doesn't stand by to wait for options to appear -- she makes her own options when none present themselves. This is the protagonist I want to read about. And Mira reminded me a lot of Rose from the Vampire Academy series. Someone who goes the distance for her loved ones, who can be a bit reckless at times but means well, who has this sense of justice she can't help but act on. Her character was a lot more fun to follow, and just generally more interesting. The romance got better too. Instead of a rush job, Mira and her man were making eyes at each other for quite some time before anything happened, and the story needed that build-up. Grant knows where he stands in life and I loved seeing his view on that change by being around Mira, as well as her own view on allowing herself happiness amidst the chaos.  I loved the world she's thrown into. Midnight Jewel is darker. Not everyone is on the right side of the law and justice isn't always served by officials. The colony of Cape Triumph is still new and everyone is looking for their place in the world. I think a good part of this story is Mira finding hers and it wasn't what I expected (but in a good way). It's amazing that a story told from a new perspective can be more interesting but it was. No simpering brides-to-be here. Mira is involved in a case that she shouldn't be on, or even know about, yet has been allowed to join because she's good at what she does. Gathering information, sneaking around, it provided an action-packed story that moved at a much faster pace. There are several time jumps, some short, some long, throughout the book so despite my thoughts on book 1, it's worth the read so you can fill in the blanks and give yourself a fuller picture of what's happening.  This book reminded me of what I love about Mead's writing. The combination of action and mystery and romance tied in with a fabulous heroine and interesting cast of characters. I missed that last time but glad to see it return in Midnight Jewel. I'm interested to see how the next book plays out with Tamsin's account during the same time period, especially since she's hardly with Mira and Adelaide once they finish their training as ladies.