Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Pages: 480 (Paperback)
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
You know when you have a huge pile of books and for once in your life, you’re actually ahead of your reading schedule? For me, this happens once every blue moon. So of course I was flipping my shit when I was ahead by two books! However, all that hard work went to shit once I started this novel. All that Glows is just so. Boring. It’s so boring that even my blogger friends who adore anything fey had a hard time caring about anything in this novel. There’s is just so much bad and so little good and I forced myself to finish this hoping that the ending will be something worth-while. What a huge disappointment that was.
The biggest problem with this book is the romance and its insta-love. Because of it, everything else fell to mush and things that should have been important to Emrys become petty compared to her love for prince Richard. From the moment she meets him, she’s flustered and slipping. Throughout the novel, Ryan Graudin boasts about Emrys being so young yet so very talented but all I saw was a girl who couldn’t keep her emotions in checked least of all her magic. An example of this is the fact that after years of being told not to do something for quite a good reason, she goes and does it because she’s tired of pretending! What’s even worse is that there’s a lot of talk and anxiety about being caught yet nothing bad happens. It seems that whatever Emrys does is okay as long as it’s for the sake of love. Hell, she does a lot of shit just because she knows she can, she agrees with the prince while she should actually be disagreeing with him! She’s an idiot. End of story.
Another thing that I really disliked about this story are all of the characters. After the very first page to the very end I felt nothing but annoyance with these characters and their idiocy. They are all very stiff and awkward and actually make no sense. The story is also extremely predictable. I knew the ending before reading it, the bad guy makes sense
Only one thing didn’t annoy me as much as everything else and that was the writing. Although it’s not perfect and it’s a bit awkward at times, I didn’t have a hard time with it. Also, have you seen that cover?! Why, oh why are all of the books with the prettiest covers this year are so shitty? It’s such a sad thing.
All that Glows relies heavily on the romance and nothing else. The plot, the action, everything is swallowed up by the huge amount of romance that goes on between Emrys and Richard. This unlikely duo has just about nothing in common, yet Graudin shoved them together anyway. I don’t recommend this to anyone. Stay away from this unless you actually enjoy stories that are all romance and nothing else.