From number-one New York Times best-selling 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 18th 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 18th 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 18, 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.
©2016 Aprilynne Pike (P)2016 Listening Library
"I adored this genre-bending futuristic and super swoon-y romance featuring a strong anti-heroine to root for - fun, refreshing and unpredictable!" (New York Times best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz)
"The Palace of Versailles gets a darkly twisted, modern day makeover that had me hooked from the heart-pounding opening scene. Glitter is a thoroughly inventive, genre-bending tale that delivers on every level!" (New York Times best-selling author Alyson Noël)
"Beautifully detailed scenes serve as the foundation for Danica's ethical quandaries and illuminate the fantastical world in which she lives." (Publishers Weekly)
The story is unique to YA but common in American society. Some reference to how this is current could have been subtly added. Coca Cola, cigarettes, food ingredients. This is appropriate for younger teens if a little sex is okay. The narrator may not have been the best fit. Her French accent was inauthentic and drew away from believability. I still enjoyed the story and presentation but I'm not inclined to read anything else by this author.
this book was one of the best I think I've read from Aprilynne aside from wings oh my goodness I read so much that I can usually predict what's gonna happen next in these ya books or really any books...bit dang I couldn't predict what was gonna happen next even if I tried oh my goodness this book and Saber is beautiful
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