[eARC Review] All that GlowsFriday, March 14, 2014
Title: All That Glows
Author: Ryan Graudin
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fae
Format: Paperback, 463 pages
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Source: eARC received through Edelweiss from Publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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 have stayed away from novels about Fae for years now because I went through a period in high school where that was all I read, and honestly I thought that I had read it all, so naturally I was hesitant to read it. But for me I would rather read everything and have an opinion than read nothing trying to have an opinion. And I am so glad I read this book because it was nothing like I thought.
I am so used to reading Fae books that are set in a magical world that I do not understand and have to try and remember all details about, but this one was so different! All that Glows is set in modern days and in a modern city! I loved that more than anything because I could actually see and imagine the places described in the novel, and that made connecting with the characters and the world itself, easier.
There was one thing that made me make this a 4 out of 5 instead of 5 out of 5, and that was the love story. Although explained at the end of the book, I still felt like the love between Emrys and Richard was way to serious to fast. To me it did not makes sense for them to feel that strong of a connection so quickly. BUT on the other hand I did enjoy their relationship as a whole. They were great together and brought out the best in each others character. I liked that the relationships between other characters were not as strong in order to emphasize their connection and i thought that was extremely smart.
The one aspect that I loved the most about this book was the mystery surrounding Richard and Emrys. It was what propelled the story forward and I have to say the reveal at the end was brilliant and I totally did not see it coming. The one aspect that needs to happen in a good mystery is the actual mystery. The fact that it stayed a mystery was great for me, and I loved that so much.
If you love Fae then this book is so for you, and if you are hesitant about Fae honestly don't be, this book will change your mind and make you love this genre. A great read!