Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Page Count: 378
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the 1700s–this sequel to Glitter by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike will leave readers shocked!
Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.
Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous king. It’s a terrifying position to be in . . . and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.
In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom, and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being queen too addictive to give up?
Shatter by Aprilynne Pike is the second book in the young adult fantasy Glitter series. The series is set in a futuristic version of Versailles in which people have modern technology and comforts yet they still live as if it’s the eighteenth century as far as dress and society is concerned.
The main character Danica was being pushed by her mother towards a future as the queen of Versailles but she had other plans of trying to escape. Dani had gone to the extreme measure of secreting dealing a new drug, Glitter, by lacing cosmetics to try to raise the cash to be able to disappear but things had not gone as planned.
Now Dani has been forced to wed the very man she had wanted to run from but still has the backlash of her drug dealing to sort through. As the new queen Dani needs to find a way to not only make her own escape but to secure the freedom of Saber, the man she really loves.
When reading Glitter last year I absolutely fell in love with the creativity of the setting in which this story takes place. Danica however was a character that wasn’t exactly likable in her do whatever it takes to saver herself personality but she was one that was fun to dislike. When I got to the end of that book I was under the impression that it was a standalone and rather liked the way it had ended but learning of a book two I know I wouldn’t be able to resist reading about Dani again.
Now that I’ve read Shatter I actually think the story improved a great deal. The first book was weighed down with clothing descriptions that slowed the pace in my opinion and those have gone away. And now Dani is more a character that you can see some growth from her unlikable ways and had the potential to even become liked.
However even though I enjoyed the second a bit more it seemed the romance between Dani and Saber got ignored a bit. While this installment still didn’t get a full five stars I did actually really enjoy this and was glad it had continued on. Definitely a fun series overall and worth the read just for the imaginative setting.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…
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