Publisher's Note:  

Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free. 
Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms—and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting…
Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them—an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Razorbill

Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2)

by Richelle Mead

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Dining and dancing entwine with plucky pirating in YA author Richelle Mead's Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2).

The second installment in the trilogy follows the same timeline as in the first book, but from the perspective of a different character. Readers have the opportunity to accompany the protagonist, Mira, a refugee who is pursuing a path to reunite with her brother. Her course of action ignites risky behavior and clandestine companionships that are both captivating and entertaining.

The beginning of the book is incredibly rushed and takes for granted that readers will automatically discern the culture, this will make it hard for readers who are new to the series to keep up.

Although this book is presented as a standalone, I would disagree with that assessment. Without reading the first book, The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1), I believe readers will have a difficult time grasping what the Glittering Court is. Not only that, but the first book gives readers an introduction to the religions, regions, and various nationalities that are referred to, thus, bestowing readers with a better comprehension of the world the author has built.

It's not until about 100 pages in that the plot starts to develop into something substantial that readers can get excited and invested in, even if the pacing is erratic.

What can readers expect? Exhilarating action and sizzling lusty romance, passionate fight and love scenes with complex characters that are at odds with what they want and how they aim to attain it.

 This novel may be categorized as a fantasy, but it reads more like a romantic regency novel with nouveau elements. If you want more swashbuckling romance, then be sure to read  Rook by Sharon Cameron.

Review of an Advance Reader Copy

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Profanity/Language: 17 mild obscenities; 6 derogatory names. 

Violence/Gore: Threat with weapon; accusation of murder; insinuation of rape and murder; threat with weapon; jokes with violence (about 10); extended scene (about 1 page) physical fight between male and female, mention of injury; brief mention of violence used against heretics; brief mention of robbery; extended scene (about 2 pages) accident causes injury to character; report of robbery; extended scene (about 2 pages) physical fight with weapons, mention of injuries; extended scene (about 1 page) characters plan attack; extended scene (about 3 pages) fight with weapons, mention of injuries; robbery with threats; characters plan an attack; rumor of murder; extended scene (about 1 page) robbery with weapons; report of injuries; extended scene (about 2 ½ pages) physical fight with weapons, shooting and stabbing, mention of injuries; report of murder and violence; extended scene (about 1 ½ page) physical fight with weapons, mention of injuries; implication of violence; report of violent robbery; explosion, no injuries; implication of violence; extended scene (about ¼ page) report of violence with injuries; scene (about 1 paragraph) report of violence; report of injury; threat of violence; report of injury; extended scene (about 1 page) physical fight with violence; characters arm themselves with weapons for possible attack; characters are held at gunpoint; extended scene (about 2 pages) accusation of violence; implication of execution; scene (about 1 paragraph) violence with weapons, mention injuries; implication of violence; scene (about ¼ page) physical violence; extended scene (about 3 pages) violent threats with use of guns, mentions of minor and serious injuries.


Sex/Nudity:  Insinuation of rape; many (20+) sexual references, some brief, some extended scenes; rumor characters are having sexual relations; joke of nudity; question about sex; extended scene (about ½ page) memory of kissing and flirting; female remarks about another female's breasts; female is encouraged to flirt; female character has memory of her father asking her to have sex with men outside of matrimony; female emphasize her cleavage while flirting; extended scene (about 1 page) female is attracted to male (2x); character reveals his mother was unmarried when they were conceived; male asks another male if they are sleeping with a certain female; extended scene (about 1 page) flirting; characters hold hands; character witnesses couple + sexual flirtations; extended scene (about ½ page) characters kiss descriptively, caress one another; insinuation that character is a lesbian; character is sexually aroused; female asks male if he wants to have sex with her; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters kiss passionately, touch each other in private places, begin to undress each other; extended scene (about 1 ½ page) report of heterosexual and homosexual sexual activity; few kisses on hand; report of engagement; report of homosexual marriage; extended scene (about 1 page) characters admit their sexual desire for one another; characters embrace; male and female kiss and caress, remove each other's clothes, and have sex; mature discussion of sex; extended scene (about 1 page) characters discuss sex and marriage; report of kissing with admittance of love; female takes herb to prevent pregnancy; extended scene (about 1 paragraph) kissing with implication of sex; extended scene (about 1 page) unmarried characters lie in bed after sex and talk about sex; kiss; report of sex; extended scene (about ¼ page) unmarried couple lie naked in bed and speak romantically; extended scene (about 1 paragraph) kissing; declaration of love; few brief kisses; implication of sexual activity; extended scene (about 1 page) romantic flirting (2x); proposal and acceptance of marriage; hand holding.

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Illegal activities, sex between unmarried characters, espionage, religious and racial inequality/prejudice.

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Alcohol is served at parties; individuals drink at a bar few times; mention of character owning a distillery; gentlemen smokes a pipe; mention of a tobacco plantation; a herb is used as a contraceptive.

Reviewed By MaryLou
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