All That Glows – Ryan Graudin

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12711662Emrys—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.

 

I was hesitant to read All That Glows by Ryan Graudin because I’m just not the biggest fan of faeries. I haven’t ran across a YA book about them that I cared for…it just seemed like it was going to end in disaster. Boy was I wrong. This book was AWESOME! And it’s like that from page one. I was fixated on this book from the very beginning.

Can I be the first to say that I adored Richard and Emry? They were so flipping adorable! I liked how their relationship started out hesitant and I had the chance to watch it grow page by page. Some people are going to complain that it was very insta lovey. I can see that side, but I feel like they had an intense chemistry from the moment they met and that chemistry just grew the further on the book went.

I did have a couple complaints with All That Glows. First, this is a really big book for what it is. I think that it probably could have been about 100 pages shorter. While I appreciated the romance between Richard and Emry, it was being dragged on and on and on and on. I did really enjoy the book, but  I hated the last 100 pages, which is why I have to say that the book was just too long and to drawn out. Secondly, I thought that the ending was a little predictable. I had guessed what was happening about half way through the book. I don’t think it’s going to be like that for everyone…but some of the magic was lost for me since I already knew what was happening

Overall, I did really enjoy this one. The relationship between Richard and Emry was heart-wrenching, I loved that Emry portrayed a strong and powerful female, and the plot was captivating! It wasn’t my typical read, but I really enjoyed it!

Pages: 480

Publication Date: February 11th 2014

Published by Harper Teen

Rating: [rating: 3.5]