Review: The Midnight Jewel
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Glittering Court #2
“A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.
For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it means further persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well–men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.
By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely–one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.
Midnight Jewel is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.”
This was one of those books that I picked up to take a break from other things. I started it right before bed thinking that I would read a chapter and stop. That was two back to back nights of reading until 2am. WELL WORTH IT!
I think this one will be my favorite of the Glittering Court Series. I love the characters of both Grant and Mira. They are independent, strong, brilliant, and have both dealt with being ostracized and away from home. Grant can slip on masks like they are going out of style and Mira can do the same with her accents and separate personas. They are both too guarded and stubborn and they make bad decisions, but I love them both! Their chemistry is fun and exciting!
In the beginning, I didn’t care for the way the story followed the exact timeline of The Glittering Court. However, I found that Mira’s story was so far separated from Adelaide’s in the first book that half of the time, I couldn’t tell where Adelaide would have been and what they were doing in the house. Adelaide’s world revolved around the house and the Glittering Court. In Mira’s world, that was such a small portion, a means to an end. I loved all of her other adventures on the side. They were exciting. Spies, pirates, sneaking out, breaking and entering, giving to the poor, languages, and taking down the bad guys. EVERYTHING I LOVE.
I liked how the book questioned ones identity and morals on multiple levels. I also like how it unraveled more parts of the story that we had not seen the first time around. I think it added depth to Adelaide and her story. Things started to come together and we were able to see a less privileged side of the Andoria world.
I look forward to the final installment and witnessing Tamsin’s story, but I strongly feel that if I reread any of these books, it will be Mira’s…over and over again. She’s such an amazing character!