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In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.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 faIn MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.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.Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to 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....

Title : Midnight Jewel
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ISBN : 9781595148438
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Midnight Jewel Reviews

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-04-01 13:45

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsLast year THE GLITTERING COURT was one of my most anticipated new releases, and despite discovering that it 1. Had nothing to do with Fae, and 2. Was half-fantasy, it was one of my top ten books of 2016.MIDNIGHT JEWEL was even better.BUT.The story doesn't pick up where it left off, with Adelaide and Cedric beginning their HEA in Adoria's version of Rhode Island, it returns to the beginning, and tells the same story from Mira's POV.I wasn't bothered by this at all. I didn't reread TGC, but I remember how, as the story progressed, the girls had less and less daily interaction, so by the time they were on the ship, sailing towards the new world (which happened way quicker in Mira's tale), their paths had completely diverged.So no pesky "refresher" plot summaries from the first installment, which IMO are what ruin POV-switch stories.Also, as much as I liked Adelaide, once you get past the whole cash-poor-blueblood-running-away-to-choose-her-own-destiny thing, falling in love with a fervently religious type isn't super exciting.SPOILERS from The Glittering Court past this point. Mira, on the other hand . . . I had figured her out long before her story was told, and I wanted to know more.B/c PIRATE.Or Robin Hood-like land pirate, but whatever, a pirate is a pirate, and it was obvious that Mira was sneaking out the attic window to play Lady Aviel--so much more exciting than Adelaide, who was sneaking out the same window to see a boy and/or warn him that his secret worship service was about to be crashed by intolerants.Mira's story was plot-twistier too, and being an anti-hero pirate was only one of her secrets.It all added up to a better second installment, which, as we all know, is rarely the case, especially in YA series. Now all I can do is impatiently wait for Tamsin's version of the same events, and given how both installments end with her showing up to Cedric's trial with an army of Icori, I'm confident that Mead's latest series will out with a bang.Highly recommended.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-01 14:21

    From the author: For those who don't know the series set-up, each book is self-contained and covers the same story and timeline from a different character's point of view. I'd say about 15% of the scenes overlap in the two books, so I've got to make sure when that happens, every piece of dialogue matches. The rest of the material is all new, but it still has to keep pace with the first book and not contradict anything. #2's narrator (Mira) has a darker view of the story and also gives us a new perspective on #1's narrator (Adelaide). #1 had some mysteries about what the other characters were up to, and I'm excited for everyone to see what Mira's actually been doing. And who she's been doing it with.My review: Midnight Jewel is book two in the Young Adult The Glittering Court series. The narrator is Mira (told in first person POV).Since this is supposed to be the same story told from each girl's POV I wondered how the author would do that. But I was captivated right from the first chapter when we see Mira and Cedric.The question is could someone read this book who has not read The Glittering Court (book 1)? I suppose it would be possible. Midnight Jewel is a self-contained story. However, I definitely think that these books are meant to be read in order. If you haven't read the first book then you wouldn't know who Cedric is. And you wouldn't know about Adelaide's past. I think that the series is best read in order.I was extremely impressed with Midnight Jewel. It's the same story, but yet it's so different. There were really so many things that Mira was doing that the reader was unaware of during book 1. So it was nice to finally get to read the story of what was actually happening.Yes, some of what happens towards the end is a rehash of what happened in The Glittering Court. So that part loses its shock value. But that would be my only complaint. Midnight Jewel does continue on after what we saw in The Glittering Court. So that part was good. I look forward to reading about Tamsin's experiences. Since she is absent for much of the story. It will be nice to see what actually happened to her.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-04-12 09:38

    3.5 stars. This sequel worked a lot better for me than the first one... actually, it felt like more of a companion novel since it's the same timeline told through Mira's experience. And I definitely liked her a lot more as a narrator! She ended up being a strong character who's grounded, capable, a bit reckless at times, and pretty introspective. If you've read the first book you know she's a refugee who wants to find her brother, so this story is about her searching for him, trying to free him from a bad contract, and helping lots of other oppressed people. At the start of the story Mira takes a break from stopping thieves to ask her friend Cedric Thorn to take her on in the Glittering Court. I won't recap everything that happened in the first book, but the Glittering Court is still a place for girls to train to wed society's elite. It worked better for me this time, though, because the narration often raised an eyebrow at everything that was deemed a "woman's duty." Plus, this almost felt like a different world with the grittier side of the city and how everything was approached... the worldbuilding was just a lot stronger. The story felt like more of a typical YA adventure. If you've read the first book you'll know where some of this story is headed, but it was interesting to see Adelaide and those events from a different perspective this time. The story itself goes in a much different direction, though, and Mira has waaaay more adventures. She has a badass cape + mask and there are pirates and ships! And I wasn't super into the romance, but thought some of their banter was funny (or at least entertaining). I mostly appreciated that I never had to get into some alternate mindset to endure the logistics of the plot because Mira had sound reasons for doing everything she did.So basically you'll love this book if you liked the first one. And if you weren't huge on the first book, you could easily jump to this one and still follow the plot!Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Alyssa
    2019-03-27 11:31

    Meeeeehhhhhhh.***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Midnight Jewel by Richelle MeadBook Two of The Glittering Court seriesPublisher: RazorbillPublication Date: June 27, 2017Rating: 3 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.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.Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to 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.What I Liked:This might be a case of "it's-not-you-it's-me" - but I was not feeling this book. I really enjoyed The Glittering Court, but I didn't feel the same enthusiasm while reading this book. It could have been a number of factors, but ultimately, I think this book wasn't as great as its predecessor. It could have been me, but I don't think that is why I didn't love this book. This series is a companion series, in which each book features a different protagonist. However, each book takes places simultaneously - for example, the storyline of The Glittering Court runs parallel to the storyline of Midnight Jewel. We see Cedric and Adelaide fall in love (from a distance though), and we see them get sent to the colony, and so on, as was told in The Glittering Court. Midnight Jewel is Mira's story, told from Mira's first-person POV.Mira was cast out from her country, and as a foreign-looking foreigner, she stands out in her new country (and not in a good way). She joins the Glittering Court not specifically looking for a husband, but wanting to escape a certain lifestyle - and to be able to pay off her brother's debt. But then Mira gets herself involved in dangerous situations to help others, and suddenly it's not just about the Glittering Court, or her brother. Mira's life is over if she is caught - but this savvy girl isn't about to get caught.I adored Mira in the previous book, so I was really happy to see that she would be the protagonist of this book. She is tough and headstrong, brave and persistent. She goes after what she wants with no fear, and she doesn't think twice to help others, even if that means endangering herself. Mira is every bit as complex and likable as I expected her to be. I liked her relationship with Adelaide. The two become very close friends and they share a great bond of friendship and sisterhood. No cattiness or pettiness comes between them, even though they are technically competing against each other within the Glittering Court. Tamsin is a good friend but she is also very competitive and looks out for herself. I'm very interested in seeing more of her story (hopefully in the next book) - she isn't totally likable but she is an interesting girl. Grant Elliott is the other important protagonist in this book and I liked him a lot. He is so clever and sneaky - he has a disguise and a face for everything. He seems like he has no softer emotions and doesn't like commitment, but he is a good guy and he softens a lot. He is a smart protagonist and I liked following his moves.He and Mira are the couple of this story and I liked this pairing, though I would have loved to see more physical interaction between them. They are a great pair on paper, with lots of spark and passion between them. I wanted more kissing!I'll talk about the plot and the story itself in the next section. Overall, the story moves along and I wasn't in danger of DNF-ing the book. The ending is very fast-paced but ends well, especially for Grant and Mira. The ending was satisfying and I definitely want to see how the series continues, with the next book.What I Did Not Like:There were a couple of things that I wanted more of, as general as they'll sound. I honestly thought the story moved too slowly. Like I said before, I wasn't in danger of DNF-ing the book; however, I was bored at many points during the story. The pace was just too slow and the story wasn't keeping my interest. I should have finished this book two months ago in May, but I wasn't feeling the story then, and I really wasn't feeling it now.The thing is, this book is big, the story long. I usually don't mind long stories/big books. But you really feel the length, with this one. The story takes place over months, but I felt like parts of the story could have been dropped. There was nothing important happening at X, Y, and Z points, but at A, B, and C, too much was happening, and sometimes the "too much" didn't seem to make sense together. I know none of this is really making sense but the long and short of it is that this book was a little on the boring side, with slow pacing and a meandering plot.Honestly? I don't even know what Grant and Mira were doing together (in terms of the subterfuge and gathering of information). Grant hires Mira to do some covert spying - but I can't even remember why, to what end. It's so bad, when you don't even quite grasp one of the biggest points of the story. I don't know what Grant was looking for, or what Mira was fighting for. Notice how vague my summarized synopsis was, at the beginning of my review (not the Goodreads synopsis)? It's because I either didn't know things or forgot things. Which is bad, because it means I wasn't interested.The romance was another thing I wanted more of. Grant and Mira have such chemistry between them - you can feel the tension and the passion. But there were so few actual kissing and physical scenes, and none of them had nearly enough detail! I wanted more making out! For such passionate and compatible characters, there really needed to be more (steamy) kissing sessions. I wanted to feel the romance, not just emotionally! Even emotionally, I wanted more. At least there wasn't a love triangle!I really didn't care for Tamsin. She's an interesting character but she isn't totally likable and some of her words and actions in this book kind of make me dislike her a bit. I almost wish she hadn't been a part of this story. But, parallel stories, so she had to have been.Look, overall, this book is an okay companion sequel, definitely not a bad book. But it comes across as mediocre and forgettable, especially if you put it up against The Glittering Court. I loved the parallel storytelling, especially since I forgot most of what happened in The Glittering Court. But Midnight Jewel, in general did not shape up next to its predecessor.Would I Recommend It:Mead fans should read this book, especially if you've read The Glittering Court. It's not a bad novel! Just... not super great. I wasn't really impressed, or invested, or totally interested. Which is sad, because I adored Mira and really wanted to love her story. Especially with such a yummy male protagonist opposite Mira. Grant is all kinds of awesome, and swoony. Anyway, Mead fans, go for it. People who aren't a Mead fan, or who haven't read The Glittering Court, you can skip Midnight Jewel. The first book was fabulous and I recommend it, but I don't really recommend this book.Rating:3 stars. Again, this wasn't a bad book, and there is a huge possibility that it was just me, in terms of my "mehhh" feeling. But. I don't think so. This book didn't have the same spark that The Glittering Court did. Something about this story just wasn't as satisfying or interesting. But that's okay! I'll be looking out for the next book, hopefully next year.

  • Erin
    2019-04-18 13:19

    Much better than The Glittering Court. Its very unusual for book 2 to be better than book 1 but that's the case this time. As I said in my review for The Glittering Court, I thought the main character from book 1 Adelaide was boring and the book lost its thread midway through. Midnight Jewel did not have those problems. The main character Mira is fun, tough, and has an actual personality. I'm so excited to read book 3 because I'm pretty sure that Tamsin's story will be my favorite.

  • Bri •Books and Bri•
    2019-03-30 07:24

    Really? The Glittering Court sequel? Ummm, NO.I love Richelle Mead, but I will not be reading this. The first book was boring, terribly predictable, and the ending had one of the biggest cop-outs I've ever come across in a book. (view spoiler)[Everything is going against the two lovers getting a happy ending, but then a last minute loophole is presented and all is okay? NOT OKAY. I didn't buy it for a second. (hide spoiler)] Throw in the fact that the romance was lacking in chemistry when that is the focal point of the story, and I'm surprised I finished it. If Richelle Mead writes another series, I will definitely try to read it, but I gave up on The Glittering Court long ago.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Rian *fire and blood*
    2019-04-11 08:37

    So the last two in the series are supposed to cover the same amount of time, just from Mira and Tamsin's perspectives. Personally, I'm really hoping for Tamsin's as it seems like me the most exciting of them. Plus no gold stupid panning. Ugh. But I have a sneaky suspicion it could be Mira's that gets told. The problem is, I don't see how her story could contain as much substance as Adelaide's or Tamsin's. Unless she's secretly a princess with plenty of war zone flashbacks, I'm not interested. To me Mira's character wasn't properly fleshed out. She was always on the fringe, the quiet one nobody wanted. Of course, she is a badass with a crossbow - and of course how she gets her training will make for some cool scenes - but what really is there to Mira? Maybe that's the point, that she's a mystery. But it's not really one I want to solve. I'm wondering if why I so disliked the Glittering Court was because I can see how much better it would have been if the characters were fairies (you know that cover screamed fantasy!) or there was fantasy involved. It didn't get billed as an alternate 1800's filled with the nouveau riche, gold panning, Wild West shenanigans of a story and I wish it had. I would have come in with a different mindset. Instead, I'm disappointed and praying for Tamsin to be the heroine this story desperately needs.

  • Penny
    2019-03-25 14:45

    I found it boring.There are way too many parallels to the first book, and since I read one book after the other I found reading the same story again tedios. I lost interest quick and I almost DNFed it. In my opinion , it is a shame that the two books are so similar, the plot does change but everything that happens behind it is the same because both stories are happening simultaneously. The real problem for me is that the way the background story it is told leaves no intrigue and it feels repetitive. Anyways, I do want to give the next book of the series a try.

  • Tedy
    2019-03-30 10:37

    Bulgarian review: https://bookishipster.wordpress.com/2...I'm really happy i got to read this book and return to the world of the Glittering Court! I found Mira's story even more interesting, intense and rich than Adalaide's, with much more twists, turns and difficult situations. 'Midnight Jewel' was such a fast and fun read, Richelle Mead didn't dissapoint me once again.

  • Caroline
    2019-04-11 09:27

    Full Review On The Blogwww.carolineandrus.com/blogBe still my heart. I think I love Mira more than Adelaide. Richelle Mead, you are my patronous; my spirit animal. When I grow up I want to BE you. *swoon*Go read this series. Action. Adventure. Pirates. Hate to Love romance.

  • Kaya Dimitrova
    2019-03-21 11:48

    "Среднощният диамант" ми хареса една идея повече от предшестващата го "Бляскавият двор" Мира бе далеч по-интересна героиня от Аделейд, а историята ми се стори по-приключенска, по-драматична и напрегната. Проблемите ми с взаимоотношенията, които Ришел Мийд създава в тази поредица обаче са си все същите - приятелството между трите главни героини според мен си остава един от основните недостатъци, а любовната история - колкото и да ми допадна, не мога да премълча за крайно предвидимите развития във връзката между Мира и Грант и клишираните им на моменти "любовно-омразни" взаимоотношения. И все пак - светът, който беше изградила Ришел Мийд продължи да бъде интересен и "жив" в очите ми, героите ѝ в тази книга бяха смели, саркастични и с приключенски дух, а стилът на писане отново бе увличащ.

  • ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️
    2019-04-02 14:46

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the pirates and her constant late night sneak-outs and the romance between (view spoiler)[Mira and Grant (hide spoiler)]. I loved how it connected so well with the first book, and the moments between the books that overlapped. I loved how Mira was such a determined female, and how she always fought for righteousness, no matter what. I can't wait to hear Tamsin's side of the story, and the buildup to the third book throughout this book is impressive and has me super excited for its release!

  • Nancy The book junkie
    2019-04-07 12:48

    Rating: 3.75/5Review to come!

  • Laura
    2019-04-05 09:43

    very nice reading, but even though I want to know what happened to Tasmin I can't possibly read the story a third time.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-08 07:23

    Richelle Mead returns to the world of the Glittering Court with MIDNIGHT JEWEL. This time, readers are introduced to Mira. She is different from the heroine in the first book because she is a refugee of war and now that she has been cast out of her home country, she faces obstacles that many others take advantage of.I’ve been a fan of Richelle Mead for years but this series is something entirely different for her. Although her writing is still exceptional, the world and the way this series is written is really something different for this genre. I’ve always thought that Mead had a very strong voice for Young Adult, and in this book, she once again proves why. I love the fact that she doesn’t simplify her vocabulary and worldbuilding so that her younger readers can understand it. She writes clearly and concisely while still giving enough details of the characters and the world. It’s these books like these that I think make younger readers want to read. In addition, I think readers can learn a lot from Mead’s books. The lessons learned can be applied to real life. The struggles that Mira faces can be seen in the refugees of our world. I also love that we have a woman of color as the main character. For me, these are all characteristics of a timeless book.Richelle Mead has really hit her stride with MIDNIGHT JEWEL. Although you can read this book as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the first book, THE GLITTERING COURT as well. I’m already anticipating what Mead has in store for the next heroine, Tamsin.

  • Anne
    2019-04-19 10:27

    Waaaaayyyyyy too much of the first book at the beginning of this story.At the end of The Glittering Court, they have all been in the new world for a while.I had expected this story to pick up at the end of -- or at least close to the end of -- the Glittering Court.But by chapter 3 of this story, they were nowhere near the new world.I didn't want to read the first story all over again, even if it was from Mira's point of view.So this is a DNF for me.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    2019-03-25 13:34

    I am so excited that we’re getting a sequel to The Glittering Court! I absolutely loved the first book and I am thrilled that this book focuses on a different character. The world of The Glittering Court is so mysterious and intriguing, and I can’t wait to get back into it. I hope that this sequel will be incredible as the first book!

  • Bianca Damaso
    2019-03-20 10:21

    [MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE GLITTERING COURT AHEAD; read at your own discretion]:Midnight Jewel is the second book in The Glittering Court series although it reads more like a companion. It follows the same time line as the first book just focusing on a different character. I was excited to dive into this one because it revolves around my favourite character from the first book. Mirabel Viana was always so mysterious and even reading about her through Adelaide's eyes, I knew that she was spying and sneaking around at night. So, when this came out I was like, "FINALLY I get to find out her story."Richelle Mead's writing is (as usual) great and her characters are diverse and raw. She has a way of interweaving characters that are so different from each other seamlessly. Mira spends a lot of time on her own compared to Adelaide who was almost always surrounded by her friends and Cedric. This gives the readers a closeness and fondness of her strength and determination. I would love if Mead gave us a short story bind up of each of the girl's history. Mira's especially is so interesting but it is never fully developed because of the craziness going on in the present story. Grant and Mira play off each other very well and it is so much fun to read because they are so stubborn and hard-headed that they drive each other insane, which in turn, makes me crazy as well. I also appreciate that we get a little more clarity as to what Governor Doyle is up to and the entire conspiracy behind the pirates and gold. It is explained a lot better through Mira because she is in the heart of the investigation whereas Adelaide was thrust into it at the end due to Cedric's religious beliefs and their scandalous marriage. All in all I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first one and I cant wait to read all about Tamsin and her adventures with the Icori, Gideon Prescott (who I'm pretty sure is her love interest) and the other Heirs of Uros. 4.5/5 stars

  • Crystal
    2019-03-20 08:19

    Okay its time i sit down and type this review lol. Im definitely having a book hangover which really sucks. I find myself not knowing what to read next le sigh. Anyway this book was so much better than Glittering Court and i think its mostly because Mira is so cool! And shes like dont mess with me attitude which i love. I loved the spying and secret messages too! And all the people who were in involved with the heretic hunting was so cool to find out who was who and i find myself forgetting about Adelaide lol im like whats she doing again? The chapters though were still long for me towards to middle i had to stop reading for the day cause i felt like i read so much. I really liked that we got to see Aiana more because in the first book she was just a beautiful mysterious woman but i liked seeing her more :). Also Grant *heart eyes* he was like what is this...is this feelings?..i dont like it! Lol it was kinda frustrating like i wanted to shake them both cause they were so alike . But my favorite moments! Were when Mira was trying her flirting skills on him and he got all flustered lol *squeal* towards the end were my favorite parts like how he paid to have her brother brought to town out of labor im like omg that's so sweet! Even though he was risking himself! Also when he suggested to her to become Mrs elliot i was like *squeal!!!* stahp! And how Mira told Silas and Aiana apparently he tried to propose before but i didnt really notice lol but he killed me!!! When he just made up the proposal right there!! I was ugly sobbing so much i cant they are so perfect together!! I really loved how Mira didnt only care about her love interest but about the people who lived in Adoria :). I was shocked when i found out who the main person of all the trouble was im like i had a feeling but was like nahhh and then yeah not gnna spoil it lol. The last page when Mira found out what Grant said in the other language i was like ahhhh!!*tears* this was a really good book and i love all of the characters!

  • Dirty Dayna
    2019-04-15 15:45

    5My Saasa StarsGoing into this book I heard rumor it was the same story told by another of the Glittering Court girls and that scenes would overlap. I was terrified it would be the same story vomited back up. BUT IT WASN’T!!!! the scenes that do link up you see another side of a story you thought you already understood but in actuality you only saw a glimpse. The scenes that overlap still have scenes where you need the final puzzle piece to have it completely make sense. This story is about Mirabel the refugee from Sirminica which is a war torn country and most people turn their head in disgust at members born there. Mirabel tries to stay true to her Sirminica roots but notices the rich suitors also turn their head in disgust and it appears there is only one suitor interested in her and he is a senior citizen and cannot give children. However Mira was always the girl who was a bit sneaky and was often missing in book 1. In book 2 you find out how perceptive Mira was the entire time and she becomes that strong badass heroine you wanted Adelaide to be in book 1. But now you see.. the jewels hid more than poor girls .. the jewels hid secrets. No one is who you think they are in book 2. There is love, treason, deceit and broken hearts spread amongst the pages of this book. I thought it was lovely and wonder what book 3 holds I hear it was a trilogy but there are 2 girls stories I would still like : Clara because I hate her and Tamsin because she has always been a mystery. Saasa means the star that guides you home

  • Arlene
    2019-03-19 11:26

    Unnecessarily long. I love Richelle Mead's writing, but unfortuneately this one dragged a bit. Parallel timeframe to the first installment.

  • Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
    2019-04-13 13:49

    I can't wait for this very squeeeable sequel: I loved the Glittering Court incredibly, so here's a few facts, it's out next April 2017...! In the sequel but yet a readable stand alone, "Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.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.Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to 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."

  • Justin Turczak
    2019-03-22 07:31

    Richelle mead has done it again. I loved this book sooo much. Has a mix of everything of the glammed life of the glittering court thankfully not as much and gossipy drama first book had. It's has a lot of action and felt more had a connection much more with her love life. Plus maybe hints of pirates of Caribbean a bit ;).

  • Rose
    2019-03-27 09:38

    Just a note to say that I love the cover of this book, but after the horrible experience of reading the first in this series, I think I'll give it a pretty hard pass.

  • Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
    2019-04-15 09:43

    La mia recensione sul blog http://www.leggereromanticamente.com/...Midnight Jewel è il secondo romanzo della serie The Glittering Court, ma più che un seguito lo possiamo considerare un romanzo complementare.Ambientato esattamente nello stesso mondo coloniale inventato dall'autrice in The Glittering Court, questo secondo libro è narrato in prima persona dal punto di vista di Mirabel Viana, compagna di stanza e amica di Adelaide e Tamsin.Come ben ricorderete, Mira è una bellissima ragazza sirminicana, la sua è una etnia non esattamente ben vista dagli osfridiani, anche se ad Adoria le cose vanno un pochino meglio. Cronologicamente, la storia avviene in contemporanea a quella di Adelaide, alcune scene presenti nel romanzo si osservano da un punto di vista diverso, ma non considerate la cosa come una ripetizione, tutto ciò che riguarda Mira, i suoi segreti e obiettivi, vengono esposti per la prima volta in questo volume. Pensate a questo libro come a tutto quello che avreste voluto capire e sapere su Mira: come è arrivata nella Corte Scintillante, cosa faceva prima, chi erano suo padre e suo fratello, e soprattutto perché una ragazza dalla natura selvaggia come la sua ha accettato di entrare alla Corte Scintillante. Cosa volevo? Adoria. Trovare Lonzo. Una vita lontano dalla guerra e dalla corruzione che avevano travolto il mio paese natale. Un marito ricco e una nuova terra avrebbero potuto garantirmi tutte quelle cose? No, ma avrei avuto più possibilità, mentre là non ero altro che l’ennesima profuga affamata ad affollare una città che la odiava.Mira è un personaggio che mi è piaciuto moltissimo, è un'eroina forte, determinata e coraggiosa. È dotata di spirito di sacrificio e sa come manipolare le persone a suo favore. È disposta a tutto, anche a correre grossi rischi, per raggiungere gli scopi prefissati e, anche se è una persona leale e una buona amica, ciò non significa che non commetterà anche degli errori. Altro personaggio degno di nota e ammirazione di questo libro è Grant Elliott. Il destino ha incrociato la strada del misterioso Grant e di Mira sulla nave diretta ad Adoria, ed è proprio grazie a lui che la vita di Mira prenderà una certa direzione. Dove spariva sempre Mira? Quali segreti nascondeva ad Adelaide e Tamsin? Avrete la risposta a queste domande.Grant è una spia in incognito, un personaggio con diverse facce e determinato a mantenere un certo distaccato dalle persone. I vari aspetti della sua personalità e della sua storia si scoprono pian piano durante la lettura.“Nella vita devo mentire per portare a termine i miei incarichi e restare vivo, ma se lavoriamo assieme e state vicino a me, il vero me, vi dirò sempre la verità. Non amo sprecare parole. Se non c’è niente da dire di norma non lo dirò, ma se c’è qualcosa da dire vi dirò ciò che penso, spesso senza filtri, e sarà la verità”. Tra Grant e Mira ci sarà un certo avvicinamento anche fisico e sentimentale, Mira si dimostrerà una ragazza più passionale di ciò che pensava, ma non aspettatevi scene hot, la Mead ci fa capire chiaramente cosa succede tra i due senza entrare nei dettagli specifici. Ciò non toglie che tra i due si avverta sempre quella certa tensione sessuale mista a scaramucce e dialoghi pungenti che rendono la lettura ancora più accattivante. Anche questo secondo libro è avventuroso e intrigante come il precedente, l'autrice ha saputo sviluppare e intrecciare alla perfezione questi due romanzi autoconclusivi rendendoli nel complesso un tutt'uno.A questo punto manca solo l'ultimo tassello della storia per chiudere il cerchio, quello riguardante la rossa e testarda Tamsin. Adelaide ha trovato Cedric, Mira ha trovato Grant, chi troverà Tamsin? Non vedo l'ora di leggere il terzo romanzo con lei protagonista per scoprirlo! Richelle Mead non mi ha deluso nemmeno stavolta, è riuscita a non risultare per nulla ripetitiva, aggiungendo un pizzico di spionaggio e avventure piratesche al mondo della Glittering Court! Lettura consigliata!Punto di vista: prima persona di MiraSensualità: appena accennataCaratteristiche: avventuroso, intrigante, complementareStile narrativo: scorrevoleTipo di finale: autoconclusivo

  • Pamela Petkova
    2019-03-27 14:36

    Много харесвам книги, които въпреки че могат да се четат самостоятелно са част от една обща история. Затова въпреки че очаквах една голяма част от моментите, ми беше интересно не как ще завършат, а какво е довело до тях. Мира може да се нарече един доста по вълнуващ образ, които се бореше не само за себе си, но и за останалите. Затова и наистина харесах първата част на книга, след това започна леко да се размива историята, което можеше да е една идея по кратка, тогава може би наистина щеше да ми хареса. но въпреки това все още обожавам светът, които е изграден и самата идея, на която се базира, нещо истинско смесено с доза измислица. Някъде между страниците успяваш да се пренесеш в една отдавна изминала история, която обаче има своя чар на едно добре измислена идея.

  • CallMeSensei
    2019-03-25 09:35

    Just found out that I won this through Goodreads giveaway program... Yay!I think of the 3 girls, Mira's is the story I want the most. Can't wait to read this.

  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    2019-04-09 10:29

    Reading this book made me sigh in relief. The series can be redeemed!I had...issues...with The Glittering Court. And I was honestly worried that the sequel would take a similar turn, especially when I heard that it's more of a companion, telling the same timeline of the story but from another character's perspective. But I'm happy to report that not only was Midnight Jewel an improvement on the first book, it was a fantastic read all around.One of my biggest issues with The Glittering Court was the fact that Adelaide’s decisions made no sense. She ran off to avoid a marriage only to join the Glittering Court where she’d be all but auctioned off to the highest paying suitor in a different place. There was no logic to it. But in Midnight Jewel, you learn of Mira’s reasons for joining the Court and they DO make sense. Well, enough to satisfy me. She has a plan and being one of the jewels in the Court is just a means to an end. I really liked her dedication to her goal and how far she was willing to go to reach it.Mira is not only selfless but strong. She doesn't stand by to wait for options to appear -- she makes her own options when none present themselves. This is the protagonist I want to read about. And Mira reminded me a lot of Rose from the Vampire Academy series. Someone who goes the distance for her loved ones, who can be a bit reckless at times but means well, who has this sense of justice she can't help but act on. Her character was a lot more fun to follow, and just generally more interesting.The romance got better too. Instead of a rush job, Mira and her man were making eyes at each other for quite some time before anything happened, and the story needed that build-up. Grant knows where he stands in life and I loved seeing his view on that change by being around Mira, as well as her own view on allowing herself happiness amidst the chaos.I loved the world she's thrown into. Midnight Jewel is darker. Not everyone is on the right side of the law and justice isn't always served by officials. The colony of Cape Triumph is still new and everyone is looking for their place in the world. I think a good part of this story is Mira finding hers and it wasn't what I expected (but in a good way).It's amazing that a story told from a new perspective can be more interesting but it was. No simpering brides-to-be here. Mira is involved in a case that she shouldn't be on, or even know about, yet has been allowed to join because she's good at what she does. Gathering information, sneaking around, it provided an action-packed story that moved at a much faster pace. There are several time jumps, some short, some long, throughout the book so despite my thoughts on book 1, it's worth the read so you can fill in the blanks and give yourself a fuller picture of what's happening.This book reminded me of what I love about Mead's writing. The combination of action and mystery and romance tied in with a fabulous heroine and interesting cast of characters. I missed that last time but glad to see it return in Midnight Jewel. I'm interested to see how the next book plays out with Tamsin's account during the same time period, especially since she's hardly with Mira and Adelaide once they finish their training as ladies.

  • Wendy Bunnell
    2019-04-07 10:37

    Ok, I finished this book. I don't know that I've ever stopped and started and stopped and started again quite as many times with a book I've borrowed from my library as this one. The only reason I was able to finish it was because I was able to renew it. The story was ok, and I like Mira, the main character for this book of the trilogy, but man, this was a slog.It's too long.It's too repetitive of the first book, especially in the first third when we are reliving all of the exciting action of the training school for the girls of the Glittering Court, but only from a slightly different POV of the second of the three roommates. For that reason alone, I think "no thank you" for book three.Too many subplots with spies, and pirates, and spy organization operatives just hanging around the Glittering Court and no-one else seems to notice.Best part of this book - slightly less over the top description of the dresses and gowns than the first book. Still entirely too much focus on clothes, but at least our Mira didn't give a rip about them other than for functionality.Worst part is a spoiler (view spoiler)[ All of that build up of Mira getting money to buy out her brother's bond, and Grant had already paid it off from his card gambling winnings, and yet they never see him? Why isn't she going to see her brother? She crossed an ocean for him. Did I miss it? Maybe I missed it. Seriously though, that was her WHOLE REASON FOR GOING as it sure as heck wasn't marrying some boring rich dude. Awful.(hide spoiler)]The audiobook, with the 15,000 different variations on fake accents - cringeworthy. It made the whole thing take even longer.So in short, I liked Mira. Grant was ok. Everything else, pretty miserable. And too long. By like half. Seriously, this should have been a novela.

  • Tati
    2019-04-17 10:38

    My greatest disappointment with this book stemmed from the fact that this was not a sequel exactly, more of a companion book. Why, you ask? Well, because the main events that take place are the same, but it's a different character narrating them. Granted, that means we get a few more details, but it also meant that the first half of the book (where Mirabel and Adelaide are still together) was pretty dull.As for the second half, it wasn't that fascinating, to be honest. And there were way too many names and languages being thrown around.