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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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interesting story

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.

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NEVER BORING

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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Crazy world mixing future tech with historical way

Set in a world of decadence and glamour, Dannika is desperate to escape. From the outside, it looks like she has the perfect life betrothed to the King and CEO of the most successful company in the world, but in reality she was sold to the despicable King by her power hungry mother and Dannika is dying on the inside. When she has one last chance to try and claim her freedom, she takes it- even when it means she will be working with a master criminal and the drug Glitter.

I feel like I went into this book pretty blind, not really knowing what the book was about but willing to give it a whirl since the cover pretty and I liked the author. And when I say the cover is pretty, I mean absolutely gorgeous and eye catching and I would have read the book without liking the author for the cover alone. (Feel free to swing by my Instagram page for a picture of the cover in the wild!). And yes, I do pick books based on cover- the more stunning, the more I need to get it. There was mystery, darkness, glamour, angst and romance found within the pages of the book. And yes this was YA, but most certainly geared towards the older YA adult readers due to content. This was such a convoluted mess with so many twists and turns that were shocking and I never predicted​.

The world building was pretty epic and such an odd mish-match I was surprised how well it went together- and my favorite part of the story. We have a future filled with incredible technology like eye computer lens and android systems that will dress you and monitor all actions. And then we have this society that dresses and acts like it was French royalty during the 17th century and replicates the ways and court of the old Kings of France's past. Everyone who lives with in Versailles must live up to these standards of dress and action, as well as with titles and rules- while at the same time having the technology to help things go smoothly. There was even a historical society that had to approve everything and tours where "regular" people could come and see the court in all it's finery and proper actions. It was such a crazy unique idea I absolutely loved it.

​Dannika is our main character, the narrator of the book, and the person that I was surprised to find myself liking. ​Why am I surprised to like the main character you ask? Well, because she was a drug dealer. Dannika was willing to sacrifice everyone in the palace to be able to obtain her freedom- this is one of those debates of the welfare of 1 versus the many. And let's add in the fact that she lied to everyone, got them addicted to her crazy expensive "make-up" against their will to fit in, never once disclosing that she was getting them hooked on drugs. And yet, despite all that, I empathized for her- her corset pulling was such a small outward sign of her lack of control and inner turmoil. (Oh and by the way she was also at least partly responsible for 2 deaths.) Her life seemed so out of control and unhappy, that her choices didn't even matter, her desperation more a driving force for everything. She was the biggest victim (at the start of the book) but then she pretty much said screw it, I will get out regardless of the cost and went on her merry way ruing those around her. I hat to say it, but I respected her. She made so many bad choices, but she knew who she was and the cost of what she wanted. It was interesting how she was able to create such loyal relationships, even when her actions were known, which I guess shows how compelling she was as a person. To anyone else in her world, she would be seen as the villain, yet she was the ingenue.

I have encountered a LOT of mixed reviews on this story, so I am fully aware that it is not for everyone, but I enjoyed the twisty, dark, dangerous, glamorous read. FYI, HUGE shocking cliffhanger ending so be prepared for that bomb to drop. Overall I really found myself engrossed in this world and I look forward to the next book. Also, I found the narrator to do a great job, bringing to life Dannika and making me like a pretty unlikable character. I would without a doubt listen to more narrated by her.

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Fantastic!

Absolutely loved this book. I don't understand other people's low rating reviews on this book but I am very glad I ignored them! The story is so good and quite different. A refreshing break from most books since it is quite unique in the best way possible. The woman who read it did a great job. I was very immersed in the story as she read it.

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Drugs, and Dresses, and Drama- Oh My!

*Spoiler Free*

Glitter is a story set in a distant future where coperations act as government, this is particularly true for the company that bought The Palace of Versailles where members of the cooperate elite live with their families- Eighteenth Century style! Through a twist and turn of events, seventeen year old Danica finds herself engaged to the young King, who at nineteen has inherited the company after his parents untimely death. A life of futuristic convince with the luxury of colonial French royalty, coupled with trusted friends and an engagement to the King would seem like a dream come true, but Danica has a dark secret. And she is not the only one who is hiding things from the rest of the court. Glitter is a story that has danger, excitement, realistic characters and scenarios, political drama, and just a touch of romance.

I found the narrator to sound very young at first but it grew on me and fit the story.

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This book was great. It was most definitely a 10

this book was amazing. I can't believe how captivating it was. most definitely a 10 out of 10.

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Would have liked more character development

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wish there had been more character development. Throughout the listen, Danica says how she wishes she had been able to follow her passions in programming, and yet never once do we really truly see her use her knowledge and experience from that passion. Instead, it's channeled through the character of Sir Aaron. There were some missed opportunities where we could have seen her really come through as intelligent and kick-ass that just fell short.

In addition, I wanted more of King Justin. I kept holding out the hope that Danica would press closer into finding out the true accidental nature of the murder she pins on him, that there would be more about the consent that preceded the "murder." I think that the tension between the two of them was interesting, and I wish I could have learned more about his character, other than him showing up as the cause of the antagonism when the plot/story deemed it necessary.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Being advertised as a duology, I expected a cliffhanger. I wasn't wrong on that assumption.

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Great book!

Loved this story! The plot was like no other I've ever read! Read this book, you won't regret it!

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Glitter: A Sociopath Sells Sparkles

What was most disappointing about Aprilynne Pike’s story?

Danica is not a sympathetic character. There's no point in the story in which she has any real empathy for anyone else. In the very first scene we learn she's stolen a family heirloom from a friend to escape. Her decision to begin selling addictive narcotics to the people around her is devious at best. Her man-friend (why does he like her?!) repeatedly attempts to get her to feel some remorse for what she's doing but she stalwartly maintains that this is what she has to do. She gives in and provides drugs to her friend who has binge tendencies AND her friend who obviously has bipolar disorder, when just telling them the truth would literally have saved Molly's life. When her Molly dies, Danica is filled with sadness because now she's guilty, not because she actually has any love for Molly. She was going to leave Molly behind without even a goodbye-- the tears are for herself. I suppose I have to give her a pass on not crying over her mother's death, but attempting to BUY her man-friend without his consent is absolutely bonkers.

If I wanted to read a book about a sociopath I would not have picked up a YA novel called Glitter for light reading. I feel like the whole time we were supposed to root for Danica and it made me feel distinctly uncomfortable.

Should anyone get away with strangling someone to death? No. Should anyone have to marry against their will? No. These were the two main plot points and I feel like there were so many better ways to get there-- but Danica chose to drug her entire community against their collective will. Because she's got anti-social personality disorder, apparently.

The performance was lovely, and I did manage to make it to the end, but I won't be coming back for the next installment.

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Obsessed!

And now I have to go to Versailles 💖
This was one of those that feels so REAL that by the end, you're not ready to be done. I absolutely loved it.