Shatter (Glitter, #2)
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 (Glitter, #2) Details

TitleShatter (Glitter, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781101933749
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopia

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Shatter (Glitter, #2) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    As trashy as the first book in this series was, I loved it - and I DESPERATELY want the next one. What can I say, I'm a sucker for Marie Antoinette and spoiled heroines who learn to become jaded souls. >:D
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Children’s, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion:OoOoOo can you guys hear that?It sounds almost like…like…ravenous courtiers inebriated on Glitter rouge and lipstick. Or maybe it’s the whimsical musings of backstabbing, and one or two dead bodies? Perhaps robots? Or even more likely, crushed dreams of freedom and public displays of forced affection and bliss?One thing is for sure, some s**t just hit an eight-tier chandeli Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Random House Children’s, via NetGalley for an honest review. Opinion:OoOoOo can you guys hear that?It sounds almost like…like…ravenous courtiers inebriated on Glitter rouge and lipstick. Or maybe it’s the whimsical musings of backstabbing, and one or two dead bodies? Perhaps robots? Or even more likely, crushed dreams of freedom and public displays of forced affection and bliss?One thing is for sure, some s**t just hit an eight-tier chandelier at the Palace of Versailles.As Danica’s plans to escape the Palace of Versailles slips from her gloved fingertips, the realization of her new life sets in: she is to marry Justin and become Queen. Danica knows that there is no other way for her now, and so she begrudgingly takes the role. As she begins to gain control of her court, the demand for her beauty products known as Glitter are at an all time high. Danica begins to throw herself into her duties, but losing herself along the way is just part of the process. In Shatter, Danica searches desperately for another way to leave Versailles and for a way to free Saber from his slavery. But Danica is getting in deeper than she expected, and the role of being Queen is a drug all on its own. Time is running out, but the Glitter isn’t.WHAT. A. WHIRLWIND!!!I want nothing more than to jump into this world that Aprilynne Pike has created! As I had said in my review for book 1 (Glitter), Shatter takes place in Sonoman-Versailles at the Palace of Versailles. Sonoman-Versailles reflects the fashions and dialect of that of the 18th-Century, but the technology they possess surpasses present time. Danica resides in the Queens quarters, which is the exact quarters that Marie Antoinette resided in during her time. But for Danica, being Queen is the last thing she wants. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she gets. After Reginald refuses to help her flee, Danica is forced to marry Justin. Now stuck with the task of trying to navigate her new roles, she is also forced to sit back as Reginald takes control of her Glitter business.Danica is a WHOLE new person in this book. She has transitioned into something truly amazing yet terrifying, and I am OBSESSED with it. In Shatter Danica is still doing everything she can to find a way for her and Saber to escape, but the role as Queen starts to drastically change her. The reader follows Danica as she makes RUTHLESS decisions and power-plays against the King, Reginald, and even a few members of the court. The King even goes so far as to say that he and Danica are alike, which honestly is NOT an exaggeration. She has blossomed into a calculating and manipulative character, but really…can we blame her? She is surrounded by horrible people, and all she wants is to be free. Bottom line, the girl is a savage and I commend her for it.“’None of this is funny,’ I say, straightening my arm with my finger on the trigger. ‘No, of course not,’ he says, sobering. I shoot him in the leg.”As for our other characters, Saber is still kind of lame and Justin is still an ass. Saber has become a minor role next to Danica, and especially now that she is Queen and being a badass. But with that considered, he still isn’t much of a character to be cared about in my opinion. In Shatter Saber had one role: try to be the voice of reason for Danica as she makes some SERIOUSLY CRAZY moves. But that’s about all he was there for. I honestly wouldn’t have noticed if he just disappeared halfway through the book, and frankly, I would have preferred it.JUSTIN…still sucks in book 2. Although, you can’t say the guy is bland! He is such an arrogant piece of work, always playing mind games with Danica and acting like a spoiled brat. But, I kind of…like it?Okay, I love him.I can’t help it; the guy is downright horrible, and I’m so overly entertained by it. The more ruthless and snobbish he is, the more I hope for encounters with him. The banter between Justin and Danica is PURE gold. The author has created an intricate dance that these two participate in when they converse. They speak in carefully constricted sentences, and the only goal is to manipulate and play the other until one of them comes out champion. I LIVE FOR THIS! Though the end of Justin and Danica is to be expected by the end of this book, I am a little saddened by the way things turned out. For some reason, I just wanted Justin to prevail.All in all, I think book 2 followed up book 1 nicely. There was A LOT more going on, and there even a few more twists and turns that the reader won’t expect. If you haven’t had the chance to get your hands on book 1 (Glitter) yet, then I SERIOUSLY suggest that you do. These books are hidden little gems and I haven’t seen much buzz about either, WHICH I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND. There is so much happening in these books that it is impossible to lose interest. Death, manipulation, royalty, 18th century fashion, and a ton of sarcasm and wit. Trust me guys, you will LOVE Glitter and Shatter.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    After the ending of Glitter, I was quite eager to see what the sequel had in store. My main interest is that I wanted to see if Danica would redeem herself. I liked her and just like with the first book, she was easy to hate. Some of her decisions were questionable, even if her intentions are good. I loved the tension in Danica’s scenes with Justin and how they balanced the underlying sweetness of the scenes with Saber. Plot wise, it did get a bit repetitive here and there, but there were a few After the ending of Glitter, I was quite eager to see what the sequel had in store. My main interest is that I wanted to see if Danica would redeem herself. I liked her and just like with the first book, she was easy to hate. Some of her decisions were questionable, even if her intentions are good. I loved the tension in Danica’s scenes with Justin and how they balanced the underlying sweetness of the scenes with Saber. Plot wise, it did get a bit repetitive here and there, but there were a few things I didn’t see coming. The build up is a small, quiet one, but ultimately gets the job done. Overall, I enjoyed this world and concept and was quite satisfied with the ending. **Huge thanks to Random House Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't have words for this book but in the best way! I was so excited but nervous going into this book because I loved and adored Glitter so much! However, I couldn't wait to dive right into this one and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, it was even better than Glitter at some points. The amount of plot twists that I didn't see coming in this novel, even during the last five pages, were incredible! I wish more people would talk about these books because what Pike has done with them i I honestly don't have words for this book but in the best way! I was so excited but nervous going into this book because I loved and adored Glitter so much! However, I couldn't wait to dive right into this one and I wasn't disappointed. If anything, it was even better than Glitter at some points. The amount of plot twists that I didn't see coming in this novel, even during the last five pages, were incredible! I wish more people would talk about these books because what Pike has done with them is truly incredible. This book felt like the final book, though I have to say if she decided to write more I really wouldn't be complaining at all! I loved all the characters and would love more with Saber, Danica, even Justin! I love this book and Glitter with all my heart! Longer review coming soon! :)
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  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***I always love when the name of the book is as good as the book and the cover, and I just loved this cover and love it even more since I completed the book. Shatter is the second book in the Glitter series by Aprilynne Pike, and Shatter is what you get. The explosive/shattering world of drugs, disloyalty, love, power... that about sums it up. As I enjoyed reading the first one, I loved this second book. The culmination of everything; the growth o ***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***I always love when the name of the book is as good as the book and the cover, and I just loved this cover and love it even more since I completed the book. Shatter is the second book in the Glitter series by Aprilynne Pike, and Shatter is what you get. The explosive/shattering world of drugs, disloyalty, love, power... that about sums it up. As I enjoyed reading the first one, I loved this second book. The culmination of everything; the growth of the characters, the tension you feel while reading, the "You go girl!!" and omg moments, everything combined together to make a fantastic read. I can't imagine all the notes that the Ms. Pike had putting this story together. All the different things going on, and then blending them. Keeping that "thing" in stories that just keeps you turning the page until its over. There is just something about this story that just pulls you in with all the little things going on. Its a slow build up to the ending of all endings. Danica is back and is taking a stand. After being betrayed by the person who was suppose to free her, Danica finds herself married to the King. With a little advice from a friend, Danica comes to terms that she is the QUEEN and being queen gives her power. This new power of Danica's give her the oppotunites to save her love, Saber. Or will the power she has be greater than the glitter? The author's summary gives you just a small glimpse of what goes on in book two. There is just so much more than the typical love story. I don't want to give away any spoilers but you need to read all about it! . 4 Glittery Stars
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  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.75/5Review to come!
  • Tegan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was SO excited for this book after receiving Glitter as an ARC through NetGalley last year. I fell in love with the characters and the intrigue. I adore books about France, Versailles, and Marie-Antoinette, so it was right up my alley. Glitter left off with a cliffhanger and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Shatter. When I received the ARC from NetGalley, I was thrilled. While I enjoyed Shatter for what it was, it did not live up to 3.5Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was SO excited for this book after receiving Glitter as an ARC through NetGalley last year. I fell in love with the characters and the intrigue. I adore books about France, Versailles, and Marie-Antoinette, so it was right up my alley. Glitter left off with a cliffhanger and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Shatter. When I received the ARC from NetGalley, I was thrilled. While I enjoyed Shatter for what it was, it did not live up to my expectations after Glitter.The first half is very choppy and repetitive. I felt like I kept missing something that happened and just kept jumping around. I did enjoy seeing Danica find her place in the court. I did not feel that Saber was as intriguing in this book and just followed her around and their relationship no longer seemed real. But the ending of the book makes up for all of this. Danica does some truly surprising things and I couldn't put it down once I was about 85% done.If the whole book had the same excitement like Glitter did, and the end of Shatter did, I would give it a higher rating. I am happy I got the end of the story, but wish the middle could've given me a little more.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    So…I kind of hated Saber this time.I loved book one, but it’s been a while since I read it. I was kind of afraid that I’d forgotten everything. Nope, I was able to get right back into this one. I will say, however, that you MUST read book 1 in order to understand this one. It doesn’t work as a standalone.I loved Danica. I realize many people might not. She gets downright ruthless in this book. She grows into everything we always knew she could be – even if it isn’t everything she should be. She’ So…I kind of hated Saber this time.I loved book one, but it’s been a while since I read it. I was kind of afraid that I’d forgotten everything. Nope, I was able to get right back into this one. I will say, however, that you MUST read book 1 in order to understand this one. It doesn’t work as a standalone.I loved Danica. I realize many people might not. She gets downright ruthless in this book. She grows into everything we always knew she could be – even if it isn’t everything she should be. She’s bright, clever, daring, and willing do to everything and anything she has to in order to protect the ones she loves. Some readers might find her a bit morally bankrupt at times, but she’s genuine and knife sharp.My problem with this book was Saber. Did I like him in book 1? I think I did.However in book 2, he’s like some morally superior old man – always looking at Danica with a look of abject disapproval on his face. I mean, she’s literally putting her life on the line for him and he spends almost the entire book scolding her like an old man. Saber lost something for me in this book – something he never got back.I still liked the book. I really liked what the author did with Justin and I really liked the bold decisions she made with Danica. Looking forward to more from the author in the future.*ARC provided via Net Galley
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.I was a little iffy about trying Shatter after reading its predecessor, Glitter, which left me with decidedly negative feelings regarding its main character Danica, but I’m so glad I did, because I found this so much more enjoyable. Dani has matures in this sequel, although she’s forced to become ruthless and calculating at times for the greater good. Saber is still the force of re Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.I was a little iffy about trying Shatter after reading its predecessor, Glitter, which left me with decidedly negative feelings regarding its main character Danica, but I’m so glad I did, because I found this so much more enjoyable. Dani has matures in this sequel, although she’s forced to become ruthless and calculating at times for the greater good. Saber is still the force of reason and stands loyally by her side, but disappointingly, although they’re officially a couple, there was very little romance between them. The world building develops even more so as you get to see more of what’s happening outside of the Palace gates. Overall, I was impressed with how much an improvement Shatter was over Glitter. Because of the way the book ends, I’m unsure if there’s to be a third, but I’m rather hoping there is.Also reviewed at http://cadburypom.wordpress.com
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  • Cassie James
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. Shatter by Aprilynne Pike is the sequel to the amazing Glitter that rocked my world earlier this year. I am a huge fan of the author and I really enjoyed Glitter so I was expecting to love Shatter and I definitely did. Shatter begins with the aftermath of Danica's wedding to King Justin. The sting from Reginald's betrayal is still sharp but she had no choice but to Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. Shatter by Aprilynne Pike is the sequel to the amazing Glitter that rocked my world earlier this year. I am a huge fan of the author and I really enjoyed Glitter so I was expecting to love Shatter and I definitely did. Shatter begins with the aftermath of Danica's wedding to King Justin. The sting from Reginald's betrayal is still sharp but she had no choice but to think forward and keep trying to come up with a plan to save Saber. But it will take compromise and a lot and of pretending, so she plays Queen and dances to Justin's tune (though with a few meaningful tweaks here and there, She is still a badass after all). The voting coup by Duke Tremain takes place with a twist but was still a failure on his part. Dani's glitter business is still going on but she's slowly trying to wean people off it little by little while also forming her own little army against the enemies she has on different fronts (Reginald, Lady Cyn and the King).The relationship between Saber and Danica is still quite strong but it's become somewhat strained due to their differing opinion on selling Glitter and Reginald's poisonous influence. One amazing thing from Shatter is that Dani begins to realise she has a darker side, This darkness in her attracts King Justin as he sees more of himself in her. It was interesting seeing her toe the line between doing what she had to do and what she wanted to do. Dani is a flawed character and that's what makes her so enchanting. Danica uncovers world changing secret plans(that's quite literal by the way) being concocted. She keeps stumbling upon revelation after revelation but can only do whatever she can to survive and save those she loves. Her fierceness and inability to give up is one of the qualities I love about her. Aprilynne Pike certainly knows how to make a character interesting. The moments before the end of Shatter were just simply amazing, all the scheming, plots and lies were finally leading to a satisfying ending in a most exciting way. The SciFi tidbits are equally great, I never knew I'd enjoy conding, bots and all those other stuff but it's all so exciting and with each new dangerous revelation, the intensity soars.Danica may not have been the best version of herself by the end of Shatter but everything she'd gone through was perfectly understandable. I loved how badass she was through it all.The ending was a somewhat expected but the twists and turns that led there made it refreshingly good. I am very pleased with this series and I'm glad I read it.Aprilynne Pike is a masterful writer and she has added another impressive installment to her achievements. Fans of Glitter will devour this book because with it's feverish action, fast pace and mysteries, Shatter is a must read.P.S: What happens to Reginald is something that will forever be imprinted in my memory and goes into my Hall of Fame of Female Badassery.P.P.S: The symbolism of the beautiful cover is a nice touch.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Books for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.The cover though!! So beautiful! Shatter is book 2 in the Glitter series. As Danica’s plan to escape the Palace of Versailles slips through her fingers she finds herself married to the murderous King. As Danica settles into her new role she becomes addicted to her role as Queen and her new found power.There is a lot going on in this book as well as some unexpected twists and turns. Th I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House Books for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.The cover though!! So beautiful! Shatter is book 2 in the Glitter series. As Danica’s plan to escape the Palace of Versailles slips through her fingers she finds herself married to the murderous King. As Danica settles into her new role she becomes addicted to her role as Queen and her new found power.There is a lot going on in this book as well as some unexpected twists and turns. This book keeps you in suspense in a world filled with disloyalty, love and power. If you are a fan of Glitter than Shatter is a must read.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    my review of the first one was as follows:"the concept is fascinating. the lack of more backstory to that concept is disappointing. the love story is also blah. the drug trade is interesting to a point. I will maybe read the sequel? I will maybe skim the sequel."I did actually more read this sequel than skim it. I wish I hadn't bothered. everything I said about the first held true in this one except the drug trade was SLIGHTLY more interesting. the slave trade was less interesting. The love stor my review of the first one was as follows:"the concept is fascinating. the lack of more backstory to that concept is disappointing. the love story is also blah. the drug trade is interesting to a point. I will maybe read the sequel? I will maybe skim the sequel."I did actually more read this sequel than skim it. I wish I hadn't bothered. everything I said about the first held true in this one except the drug trade was SLIGHTLY more interesting. the slave trade was less interesting. The love story was even worse. this was so not love. this was ownership and entitlement and rudeness. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Books with Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    What?!? It's only a duology, I need more! This was much better than the first one. I feel like the author improved a lot with the sequel and I felt more invested in the story. Even though I am very happy with how it ended, I think there could be 1-2 more books, and once I finished, I realized it was only the two books :( Many issues were solved, but I feel like there is so much more in this world to discover. I do feel like the writing improved, or it might of just made more sense to me this tim What?!? It's only a duology, I need more! This was much better than the first one. I feel like the author improved a lot with the sequel and I felt more invested in the story. Even though I am very happy with how it ended, I think there could be 1-2 more books, and once I finished, I realized it was only the two books :( Many issues were solved, but I feel like there is so much more in this world to discover. I do feel like the writing improved, or it might of just made more sense to me this time around. I had the same thing like the last book, where some of the places, etc. were more difficult to remember because they were in French I believe. It might just be me though because I clearly can't remember things that aren't in English haha! Not the authors fault at all, it could just be me not comprehending it well. Anyways.... This was so much better than the first book!The characters were much more interesting because you learned more about their past and saw more depth in the characters. Sure Dani is sometimes a frustrating character, but you have to realize what she has gone through. It is interesting to see her character change throughout this book, you sometimes don't know how she will act or who she is. She is very good at acting and making better decisions. the King, Justin becomes a character I want to learn more about. I don't think he is a good person, but I don't think he was always evil, maybe something happened in his past, but nooooo we won't find out anymore, I'm so sad it's the last book! I'll try to stop now...Saber was the most interested character to me in the last book because he always has many walls up and you don't know what he thinks. Knowing the conditions he is living in is awful, and seeing him become more free is beautiful to see. All of the characters become much more interesting from Dani, Saber, Justin, Lord Aaron, Mei, and so on. It made the story so much better and I became more invested in what happened to them.The romance was very sweet and I liked how the author didn't sugar coat their arguments and showed that all relationships have ups and downs. It was refreshing to see, but it wasn't a toxic way, but just bickering and looking out for each other. No one is perfect and this book shows how you can become better and do the right thing with people by your side helping you. I don't want to say too much about the romance because I feel as though you should read it yourself, but I am happy with how it concluded.The ending was wow! I wasn't sure how it would all unfold with only 50 or so pages left, and it did not disappoint. I think Dani showed how resourceful she is with the King and how she wants to protect the people she loves. Sure she does some pretty awful things, but in the end she is looking out for everyone but herself. I believe she became more selfless and a better person in this book. (towards the end) I do think it all came together nicely, but since I didn't know it was the last one at first, I was expecting more. I do think many of the issues were concluded and we got a feel for what the future is like for characters, but I would love to read more! I do think these two books are worth reading, the second one was much better! Great read!
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  • Ladygwen
    January 1, 1970
    This book was incredibly disappointing after how much I enjoyed the last one. First, the economics sucked. Please watch this video and substitute the word Elysium with Versailles and realize the big evil plan was dumb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Andr...Second, the villain only becoming interesting 5 pages from the end! What a more exciting book this would have been with various sections from Justin's eyes. Even hints of his nefarious scheming would have made this book more lively. I guesse This book was incredibly disappointing after how much I enjoyed the last one. First, the economics sucked. Please watch this video and substitute the word Elysium with Versailles and realize the big evil plan was dumb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Andr...Second, the villain only becoming interesting 5 pages from the end! What a more exciting book this would have been with various sections from Justin's eyes. Even hints of his nefarious scheming would have made this book more lively. I guessed a majority of it, but it would have been better to watch throughout instead of Dani. Really, after the first original and creative book, this follow-up didn't have enough to stand on its own (like Dani and her corset.) Also, Saber never figuring out that she slept with Justin- big loose end there that could have been great (or overplayed- either way it should have been addressed. Or is it just one more bad thing Dani will take with her to her grave?) Much like the last book, every person in this novel had terrible morals and were awful human beings, Dani included. Her job as an anti-slaver at the end did not in any way allievate her getting tons of people hooked on drugs.Things that were well done- Saber forcing Dani to train herself back up to strength without her corset. I'm glad that took time and effort to resolve after the first book. And of course the descriptions of lavish Versailles were spot on as before, especially all the descriptions of the lavish gowns and glowing jewels. And I enjoyed the scheming with Lady Cyn to show the court dynamics. And I liked all the ideas behind the slaveminders and that tech. That had potential even if we didn't see it. Perversely I enjoyed the scene where Saber has to slap Dani but I like those weird dynamics.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Having enjoyed the originality of Glitter, this book's predecessor and glorying in the almost-unredeemable evilness of some of the characters, I was anxious to see if Danica Grayson could redeem herself and somehow get out of the king's clutches. Honestly, in many ways she proved to be her own worst enemy as time and time again, she made mistakes, underestimated others, and compromised some of her own beliefs and values. Just as Glitter, the drug-laced makeup that she continues to sell to the co Having enjoyed the originality of Glitter, this book's predecessor and glorying in the almost-unredeemable evilness of some of the characters, I was anxious to see if Danica Grayson could redeem herself and somehow get out of the king's clutches. Honestly, in many ways she proved to be her own worst enemy as time and time again, she made mistakes, underestimated others, and compromised some of her own beliefs and values. Just as Glitter, the drug-laced makeup that she continues to sell to the courtiers at Versailles is addictive, so is power, and now that Danica is queen, there's no stopping her. As readers race through this book, finding surprises laced throughout its plot amid all the descriptions of finery and extreme wealth, they will be just as worried for Danica's soul as I was at times. It often seemed that she had her heart set firmly on the end game and didn't care what or whom she had to destroy to win this royal game of chess. Some of the discoveries about her husband's ancestors and what Justin himself plans to do with the bots he's in charge of are downright frightening and will make readers wonder seriously about what might happen to those whose jobs end up being taken by machines or bots, in this case. In the end i felt somewhat sorry for King Justin since he underestimated Danica and what motivated her. But is was certainly a close call, and things could have turned out very differently. Most teen readers will enjoy this intimate depiction of a future society that thrives on intrigue and power and where almost everyone has a price.
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  • Sarah Hay
    January 1, 1970
    Sequel to Glitter and I am assuming the conclusion of the story - though one can never say for sure.I enjoyed seeing Danica embrace her power as queen and she was more likable as she was honest with her friends about glitter, though at that point they were already addicts. Lots more court intrigue in fancy dress. LOVED the ending.Good for ages 15 and up - recreational drug use (though often unwittingly), drug dealing, inference of sex but no details.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This book was harder to get into than the first. I often have difficulty with political intrigue storylines and although this book looked at everything through the characters, it was still very slow in spots. I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as book one.
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  • Shannon Dyer
    January 1, 1970
    Round up to 4.5 stars. So, so good. Review to come at AAR.
  • Caitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    [email protected] pg 148.Saber bores, as he did in SHATTER's predecessor, and fails to be a convincing paramour; Danica is inspired by Marie Antoinette yet retains her delicate sensibilities of probity. AND THE ENDING IS (view spoiler)[PREDICTABLY *HAPPY* (hide spoiler)].*WAILS*I'd have liked a more selfish antiheroine.
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  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss.I definitely enjoyed this better than I thought I would. The first book I gave 3 stars, maybe 3.5.I loved the idea, it was original and really fun, but there was just something lacking to me in the characters. This one had me hooked and I enjoyed the character development for everyone way better. The way everyone was playing each other was awesome. I really really really enjoyed the last chapter before the epilogue. Makes me want to go back an I received a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss.I definitely enjoyed this better than I thought I would. The first book I gave 3 stars, maybe 3.5.I loved the idea, it was original and really fun, but there was just something lacking to me in the characters. This one had me hooked and I enjoyed the character development for everyone way better. The way everyone was playing each other was awesome. I really really really enjoyed the last chapter before the epilogue. Makes me want to go back and re-read them both. Saber for me was always the weak link in this duology, but the epilogue redeemed him for me. Danica for me really improved as a character and it was a real treat for me to see her grow and become smarter as she got herself further and further into trouble. Also to see her make bad choices, but instead of letting them define her, she finds ways to make up for them. That to me is extremely realistic. Instead of making excuses, she owns everything she does and it is extremely refreshing. I flew through this book, and anyone that really wants to read something original must pick this duology up!
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Shatter is book two in the Glitter series by Aprilynne Pike and I think I liked this one better than the first book. I was successfully pulled back into this world of deception, blackmail, and intrigue and I found myself unable to stop reading.If you recall from book one, Danica was looking for a way out of the world she was trapped in. As her escape from the Palace of Versailles was thwarted, Danica finds herself back with the King (Justin) and trapped in a world where she doesn’t feel she belo Shatter is book two in the Glitter series by Aprilynne Pike and I think I liked this one better than the first book. I was successfully pulled back into this world of deception, blackmail, and intrigue and I found myself unable to stop reading.If you recall from book one, Danica was looking for a way out of the world she was trapped in. As her escape from the Palace of Versailles was thwarted, Danica finds herself back with the King (Justin) and trapped in a world where she doesn’t feel she belongs. Add to that the fact that Saber has been locked up, and Danica has no choice but to dive into her role as Queen. Danica’s relationship with Justin is interesting. It is clear she is using him and that she will do whatever she needs to in order to get what she wants but I have to say, I was kind of surprised she went as far as she did. While throughout the story it was clear she was looking for a way out for her and Saber, I actually kind of liked her better when she wasn’t so manipulative. However, in her role as Queen, she had to establish herself otherwise people would continue to walk all over her and I get why she did what she did.In addition, despite her disagreement with Saber about it, Danica continues to sell glitter and it gives her the money and cushion she needs if she ever hopes to get away. It also created some challenges but in the end, it was what she needed to help herself. I think the issue I had here is that Danica was willing to do whatever she could to get Saber out of slavery (including put herself in danger with Reginald) but he took this fatalistic view and discouraged her from doing anything at every opportunity. I suppose I get it, he didn’t want to hope, and I can’t blame him for that, but I wanted him to be more than just the guy who is by her side no matter what. He just didn’t seem to be as critical to the story as he used to be. As the story moves forward, Danica becomes almost ruthless. She bargains with the King, she takes on Reginald, and she takes down her nemesis in court. She goes toe to toe with Justin and comes out in pretty good shape. I was curious to see how she was going to wrap this up and thought Pike did a good job of bringing everything together at the end. If you liked Glitter, consider checking this book out – there was a good mix of action and character development to keep the story moving along. I’m glad I picked it up to see how things turned out for Danica. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy.
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  • Kelsey!
    January 1, 1970
    Though there were some plot points that gave me hope for a deeper message, this book was fairly shallow. A couple characters became more fleshed out (Lady Mei, Sir/Duke Spencer) but the main ones were still confined to their one-dimensional roles, especially Danica's adversaries and Danica, herself. The beginning was slow-paced and the ending tied everything up pretty neatly but relatively quickly... and almost too easily-- and without regard for the consequences of Danica's actions beyond Sonom Though there were some plot points that gave me hope for a deeper message, this book was fairly shallow. A couple characters became more fleshed out (Lady Mei, Sir/Duke Spencer) but the main ones were still confined to their one-dimensional roles, especially Danica's adversaries and Danica, herself. The beginning was slow-paced and the ending tied everything up pretty neatly but relatively quickly... and almost too easily-- and without regard for the consequences of Danica's actions beyond Sonoman-Versailles.My thoughts on the ending (major spoilers ahead):(view spoiler)[A few things... the King knew about Glitter the whole time (I thought was a marvelous reveal when he told Danica their pharmaceutical division had been struggling to find willing participants for a new trial drug) but we never see him acknowledge this to Danica. I wanted to see him tell her and to see her process the information. How would she react to knowing her secret wasn't a secret at all? She's been laboring over the anxiety of Glitter this whole time-- I was expecting the cruel King Justin to rub it in her face.Also, he knew about Glitter the whole time. A man driven by greed and profit knew about a lucrative drug trade in his kingdom and just... let it happen. Granted, it will still make him money in the long run-- but we see the impact of the drug trade on the Sonoman-Versailles exchange rate and he must know that all the profit is going to Danica, but continues to allow her to amass large amounts of money under his nose. Odd.Danica signs away her shares in Sonoman-Versailles, leaving the King even more powerful just as he's unleashing his robot workforce to displace millions/billions of workers. Yup, that's clearly a smart move. But that's right, Danica doesn't really care about anyone beyond herself or Saber.She doesn't even read the divorce papers! We've seen how cruel the King can be, yet he just rolls over and acquiesces to a divorce in response to her blackmail. You don't think he'd, oh, sneak something in there to ensure she'd be ruined? Or some kind of catch so that she's not truly free? He's cold and calculating, why *wouldn't* he take this opportunity to screw her over more?Overall, what I was expecting from the ending was: Lord Aaron and Duke Spencer were secretly imprisoned by the King because he has eyes/ears all over Versailles and knew what was happening. Danica would somehow pit Reginald and King Justin against each other before taking both of them out (Glitter overdoses?) and swooping in to rule it all, where she would promptly dissolve the country of Sonoman-Versailles and convert Versailles into a rehabilitation center for slaves or something. The displacement of workers wouldn't happen because Danica would either destroy all the robots or program an override into their code so that she could make them all malfunction.Instead, Danica gets a (relatively) happily-ever-after and everyone else is left to pick up the pieces left behind (or exploit them, as I believe King Justin would). (hide spoiler)]Great writing and interesting enough to keep me reading to the end, just not satisfying in terms of plot or characters.
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  • Elysa
    January 1, 1970
    Before I start my attempt at a review, I need to mention two things. The first - I received this ARC through Netgalley and am providing my honest review. The second - when I signed up to receive this book through Netgalley, I hadn’t realized this was a sequel. In fact, I didn’t realize this was a sequel until well into the first quarter of the book.I’ll back up now and provide an explanation. You see, I’ve actually met Aprilynne Pike. She won’t remember me because it was 2012 and it was brief, b Before I start my attempt at a review, I need to mention two things. The first - I received this ARC through Netgalley and am providing my honest review. The second - when I signed up to receive this book through Netgalley, I hadn’t realized this was a sequel. In fact, I didn’t realize this was a sequel until well into the first quarter of the book.I’ll back up now and provide an explanation. You see, I’ve actually met Aprilynne Pike. She won’t remember me because it was 2012 and it was brief, but I was a high school senior and she presented at my school about her writing journey and her novel, Wings. She explained that the book’s setting was near our area (the redwood forest of Northern California) or that the setting was inspired by it. I can’t remember exactly. Anyway, her visit and her speech stuck out to me because I had always wanted to be a writer, but I ignored the pull writing had on me because I was always told that I’d need to go to college and get a “real” job. I was graduating in a few months, probably knew the college I wanted to go to, and I think I wanted to be a scientist at that time. Something ridiculous like that (ridiculous for me, anyway, as I can hardly multiply two numbers together). But I was writing all the time and English was my favorite class.So, her speech stuck with me. I always wondered, could I be an author like her? A real author? She seemed to think so. But I’d have to be really good right? So that I can actually get money from it?You get the idea.So, when I saw her name on Netgalley, I skimmed through the blurb and signed up for it. I did read her book Wings a couple years after I met her (about 2014), but I wasn’t totally into it because it wasn’t the type of book I liked at the time. However, this blurb sounded fantastic!At about the 15% mark of Shatter, I realized something wasn’t right. I had realized the mistake I made in signing up for a sequel of a book I’d never read before. Immediately, I stopped reading and went to the Goodreads comments for Glitter and read all of them to learn what I’d need to know for Shatter. That being said, it wasn’t bad. I thought it opened nicely for what I thought was a first book in a series and it held my interest. It wasn’t until she spoke about a Sabre that I became confused. What is a Sabre? What does it do? Why is it locked up? Oh, is Sabre a person? Sabre is a person! Sabre is her lover? What is this? Sooo many questions.Anyway, I have finished the book. Although I feel I shouldn’t say much about it without reading the first book. So, I’m going to wait until it’s on sale (sorry, Aprilynne :( I’m too poor to spend $10 on a book. This is why I Netgalley/win books as prizes), read the first book, and then update this review. So… sorry if I’ve wasted your time.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it. Unlike the first one, which had a few drawbacks (I did a review of it, if you're curious), this one was a great read from start to finish. I made sure to reread Glitter before starting this one, just to make a smooth transition from one book to the next. The political intrigue and the way that Danica navigated her new role as queen was incredibly captivating, and I loved the buildup to the ending. As expected, Saber remained my favorite character. I love how he provides such a contra I loved it. Unlike the first one, which had a few drawbacks (I did a review of it, if you're curious), this one was a great read from start to finish. I made sure to reread Glitter before starting this one, just to make a smooth transition from one book to the next. The political intrigue and the way that Danica navigated her new role as queen was incredibly captivating, and I loved the buildup to the ending. As expected, Saber remained my favorite character. I love how he provides such a contrast to Danica's constant rationalization, even though he has also done some unpalatable things because he is a victim of his circumstances. Of course, Danica was still constantly yapping about how she could have been a great programmer if her mother hadn't started grooming her to marry Justin, which was just as annoying in this book as it was in Glitter. Still, I was able to get past it given how well the rest of the book was written. Some other elements I enjoyed are listed below, but do contain spoilers.(view spoiler)[- Saber helping Danica lose the crutch that is her corset. I loved how Saber was able to help Danica rebuild her strength, and realize that what she was doing to herself was hindering her more than it helped. It was also something that kept going in the background, without constantly needing to be referenced, which was a great way to weave it into the story.- The integration of modern technology with historical elements. This book was pretty seamless in its inclusion of tech and how it could be used in the context of a society that appears very old-fashioned, more so than the first book was. I believe it could be because the stage had already been set in Glitter, so it was easy to just mention the tech in Shatter without having to explicitly explain it.- The ending. I always suspected that Justin knew about the glitter, and it was awesome to be right. What I did not expect was that he had killed Danica's mother. I loved that the plot took this direction, and the glimpse into Saber and Danica's futures was the perfect way to finish it off. (hide spoiler)]Even if you weren't the biggest fan of Glitter, like me, definitely give this one a try because it surpassed all expectations for me. Aprilynne Pike has been one of my favorite authors since I first read Wings so many years ago, and this book definitely reminded me why.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    The Sequel to Glitter. I give it a solid 4 stars. I will say, you do not have to read the first book to read this one, but YOU SHOULD! Miss Pike does a great job of throwing surprises, sass, sexy and real emotions at you, one right after the other... Danica, the former tech student turned crown-princess and now Queen at the Palace of Sonoma Versailles (a futuristic corporation with some robotic servants and a palace computer system called M.A.R.I.E., while the real world does still exist outside The Sequel to Glitter. I give it a solid 4 stars. I will say, you do not have to read the first book to read this one, but YOU SHOULD! Miss Pike does a great job of throwing surprises, sass, sexy and real emotions at you, one right after the other... Danica, the former tech student turned crown-princess and now Queen at the Palace of Sonoma Versailles (a futuristic corporation with some robotic servants and a palace computer system called M.A.R.I.E., while the real world does still exist outside of the palace) in France 2038, faces a lot of big issues. 1) She has to find a way to stop selling 'Glitter' a drug induced makeup to the courtiers which is the key to her financial freedom and Saber's literal freedom, 2) deface and humiliate the King's bitchy Mistress, 3) Convince the King that she can and will go along with his horrific financial securing plans and act of being in LOVE with him, 4) find a way to free her boyfriend/servant, Saber from life-servitude, 5) bring together a power gay couple, 6) gain the trust of the influential members of court, 7) uncover the mysteries of blackmail and 8) secure her own freedom...all while not falling into the greediness for power or the thrill that her power as Queen gives her. The characters are more developed in the sequel, especially that of the 20 year old CEO/King, Justin (who we sort of realize may not actually be the villain, in his own way), Saber, the slave turned criminal turned watchdog turned lover to Danica, and Dani, as she has grown into a very strong determined woman. Dani's shady behavior can make her an unlikeable heroine at times, BUT...she does redeem herself completely. The teen angst and sometimes the drama of political intrigue can slow the book down, but just enough before Pike throws the next big surprise at the reader. It is definitely for teen reads just as the first one was: there's a bit of foul language, there is both sensuality and implied sex, there is violence and some very dark moments in this one (Just as with the first)...BUT...it's nothing most readers can't stomach, seriously...I'd say PG-13, just to be safe. This Duology and the Palace of Spies trilogy would be really good read-alikes. I would suggest this for 16-17 year old girls and anyone who likes historical/sci-fi/futuristic/dystopian/suspense/with high fashion, tough heroines and hot guys and barrier breaking moments....
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  • Jenessa Bushman
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first book and was really excited to dive back into the palace of Versailles! In this book we start out following Danica after her wedding to the king of Sonoman-Versailles and we see a more devious and mischievous side of Danica that is a contract from Danica’s character in Glitter. In Glitter, Danica is doing whatever it takes to get out of Versailles so she doesn’t have to marry the King, Justin. In Shatter, Danica is now playing the game of being the Queen of Sonoman-Versailles. I loved the first book and was really excited to dive back into the palace of Versailles! In this book we start out following Danica after her wedding to the king of Sonoman-Versailles and we see a more devious and mischievous side of Danica that is a contract from Danica’s character in Glitter. In Glitter, Danica is doing whatever it takes to get out of Versailles so she doesn’t have to marry the King, Justin. In Shatter, Danica is now playing the game of being the Queen of Sonoman-Versailles. This character arc was unexpected but also necessary. In order for Danica to figure out how to get out of the Palace of Versailles, she must be more cunning than ever before.The one thing I felt could have been stronger in Shatter is the relationship between Danica and Saber. I felt like the relationship fell flat. To me there was a lack of heat and chemistry between the two. I didn’t really feel invested in their relationship and there was a lot of telling rather than showing. However, I did appreciate how much insight we got into the slave trade that Saber is an unwilling participant of. The relationship between Danica and Justin was interesting to watch. At first they start out hating each other but towards the end of the novel they have mutual respect towards each other and they almost seem to get along. They are both playing the game of King and Queen and it has become a sort of dance. Danica quickly learns that in order to get things she wants in court she has to play Queen of Versailles in a way that shows her power. My favorite thing about this book is we see how Danica uses technology to her advantage. The world Danica lives in dresses like the era of Louis XIV but they have technology that makes their life easier such as dressing bots and contact lenses that allow the court of the Palace of Versailles to communicate with each other easily. Before Danica was taking classes to learn how to become a proper lady, she was taking classes to be a programmer. In Shatter we see Danica’s programming as well as Lord Aaron’s programming shine through. At the core of Shatter, is a young girl trying to earn her freedom. We may not think all of Danica’s actions are moral but there are reasons, at least to her, as to why she had to make the decisions she did. This raises the question of: What are you willing to do for your freedom?
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  • Marysa
    January 1, 1970
    I so so so wanted to give this book five stars. I read Glitter only last week, and adored it. Sure, it had it’s problems, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And Shatter? I loved it, too. The first hundred or so pages weren’t bad, but certainly were bland compared to Glitter. I was worried I would come to dislike this book, but then I hit the half-way mark and everything changed. This book got incredible. For what I disliked about this book, and what made it a four-star, was the fact that the edit-and- I so so so wanted to give this book five stars. I read Glitter only last week, and adored it. Sure, it had it’s problems, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And Shatter? I loved it, too. The first hundred or so pages weren’t bad, but certainly were bland compared to Glitter. I was worried I would come to dislike this book, but then I hit the half-way mark and everything changed. This book got incredible. For what I disliked about this book, and what made it a four-star, was the fact that the edit-and-reviser of this book missed a couple things. The relationship between Danica and Saber was a bit rushed in the first book, and I expected that to be explained in the second book. It wasn’t. And lastly, my third problem is the fact that this book is the last in the series. Aprilynne Pike could make, at least, two more books in this universe. An incredible 4-book series of revolution and power-corrupted Kings could make this one of the best series I’ve ever read. However, this isn’t my book. The things above tell me to give this book three stars, and I planned to do such. But, then, the last chapter of the book (before the epilogue) absolutely murdered me. Maybe I’m horrible at predicting books, but those four or five pages in Justin’s POV blew my mind. I was sitting on my couch reading with my lips in an O-shape. Those five pages raised this book a star. I really like the way Danica and Justin were written. They were perfect for each other, so alike in intelligence and vanity. They are the perfect villains, and I wouldn’t mind if the story completely changed paths and made this about a ruthless Queen and her evil husband King. I have one last thing to say, and this is a spoiler, but Danica was so extra when she left the palace with Saber for the last time. Playing the French nation anthem over the loudspeakers and writing “Let Them Eat Cake!” on Mateus‘s tablet had me barking in laughter. I’ve never related to a murderess ex-Queen before, but now I can say I have. I loved this series, and I would highly recommend if you adore corrupted royalty, forbidden love, villainous main characters, and historical settings. It’s just... wow.
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  • Rebecca Kipp
    January 1, 1970
    Danica is married to the king in name only but continues to sell glitter in her mind so she can keep Saber close. She is determined to shut down the glitter operation by cutting Reginald off from the supplier. However, she discovers that her kingdom is the producer of the plant used to make glitter. Danica also finds out that her husband has developed a bot that can fulfill many tasks normally completed by humans and that he is selling millions of them. This will put millions of people out of wo Danica is married to the king in name only but continues to sell glitter in her mind so she can keep Saber close. She is determined to shut down the glitter operation by cutting Reginald off from the supplier. However, she discovers that her kingdom is the producer of the plant used to make glitter. Danica also finds out that her husband has developed a bot that can fulfill many tasks normally completed by humans and that he is selling millions of them. This will put millions of people out of work and Aaron (Danica’s friend) is unable to let this happen without trying to help. Aaron and Spencer (Aaron’s partner) leave the kingdom to try and do something to prevent the unemployment of many. Danica begins the act of loving the king in order to achieve her goals and have less restrictions. She finds that not all of her actions are acting. However, her feelings of disgust and hatred return in full when she discovers that the King’s Family brought trouble for the world’s crops in order to sell their and the solution (this starved millions). She continues on with her plan and kills Reginald using bots after she frees Saber from him. She then blackmails the king with the knowledge of his family’s past to escape with Saber. Saber and Danica set up an operation to assist slaves or free them and both live in freedom. Genre: science fictionTopics: romance, power, friendship, drugsLikes: Danica’s ability to see that she was becoming addicted to the queen’s role and power. Dislikes: Danica seems to lose a lot of who she was in her quest to save Saber and giving people what they deserve. The drive for revenge that Danica has and how far she is willing to go to achieve it. Thoughts: I really liked the first half of the book. Danica began to enjoy her role and the power that came with being queen. However, the second part of the book was less enjoyable for me. Danica began to treat almost everyone poorly as she put her plans in action. She began to have feelings for the king and it looked less likely that she would achieve her goals and then within a minute, everything changes. Danica is back to her original plan, she hates the king, she saves Saber and her world is wonderful. The story just seemed to take a quick turn and then wrap up too tidily.
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