Monday, September 30, 2013

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin Review

Expected Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Page Count: 320 pages
Source: Publisher

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. 


Actual Rating: 4.5

Emrys is a fairy godmother. It isn’t one of those wish granting, magical wands fairy godmothers but more of a guardian. She’s been assigned to protect the prince and soon king Richard. Richard is a partying British royal bad boy. Since being irresponsible most of the time and drinking, the dark spirits wants him. Now Emrys is doing whatever she can to protect the future king. Even if she falls in love for him.

I love Ryan Graudin’s take on faeries and the world of it. It’s not old or historical at all but modern where there are paparazzi, dark magic, and murders going on. I wonder if Graudin will write another book in this world because it’s actually really fascinating where faeries are looking over people without the people knowing. It’s not long or boring at all and its actually worth reading.

Some parts of the book were a little sketchy but the writing alone will make you keep you reading all night. You can literally feel the magic when Emrys is casting a spell. And can I say the romance was done right!

Richard isn’t one of those conceited royals like Henry VIII. He’s sweet and aside from being royal, he’s like a normal person. Like off the bat, I knew I’d like Richard. You can tell that he’s nervous and a little bit lonely.

The romance, I LOVED! I love the relationship between Emrys and Richard even though at first people thought Richard was a little crazy speaking to an invisible person. Yeah, Richard is the only person (most of the time) that sees Emrys because of her invisible vale.

Near the end, I almost died! Something huge happened and I started panicking and kept reading and I just couldn’t. The ending though was so beautiful and it’s one of those feelings that just satisfies you and also want more.

An amazing debut novel full of faeries, magic, and an intriguing, irresistible romance.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen


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