Series: All That Glows

All That Glows [Review]

Posted January 20, 2016 by In Wonderland Team in Review / 1 Comment

All That Glows [Review]All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Series: All That Glows #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 11th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 463
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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.

Title: All That Glows
Author: Ryan Graudin
Series: All That Glows #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 463
Published By: HarperTeen on February 11th, 2014

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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.

Death — the aftermath of it — is a strange thing to watch from the pedestal of immortality. I’ve seen death in every way: as a thief in the night, as the heat of fever, as the lust of a warrior. Yet I’ve never really understood grief, or what it does to those left behind.

Is the threat of brokenness worth becoming whole?

“Sometimes justice is mercy.”

I’m a glacier, plunging, falling apart against the sea.

It’s no secret that I think Ryan Graudin is a great author–I thought her newest novel, Wolf by Wolf was absolutely amazing, and The Walled City was also pretty good. I had really high hopes for this book, as books about fae are my ultimate weakness. Sadly, All That Glows was not nearly as good as her previous books. Not even close. I should start off by saying that when the blurb says that this book is a fantasy, it really means urban fantasy. This book takes place in modern times, with cell phones, cars, computers, etc., so if you’re looking for a high/epic fantasy, this isn’t it. I was a little surprised by that, but I won’t take any points off for it. So the main character Emrys is supposed to be this “tough fae warrior,” and let me tell you, I was all over that in the blurb. However, in the book, there’s nothing that really backs up this claim. She claims that the city makes her magic weaker, but I’d still expect her to be able to be able to do a lot of impressive things. Most of the time, though, she spent getting her butt kicked or complaining about her “weakened” magic because of London’s technology. That’s where my first problems started to stem–we’re told that she’s a fierce warrior, but none of Emrys’ actions actually prove that. Sometimes, humans can even do things better than her, which is a little ridiculous since fae are supposed to be much stronger. And, you know, they have magic. The plot itself had so much potential. A fae guarding a prince from a darkness spreading across the land? The angst! The danger! The romance! It could’ve gone so well, but the reality of the situation was not at all what I expected it to be. As soon as Emrys is assigned to Richard, she starts to remark about how good looking the prince is. I won’t hold that against her–we all experience lust–but the way she acted on it made me roll my eyes. The plot chugs along based solely on the stupid decisions made by Emrys and Richard. For an immortal, Emrys really wasn’t that smart. She acted like a lovestruck teenager and put her prince in danger multiple times because she couldn’t get her hormones in check. As soon as she starts to get close to Richard, all common sense flies out the window. The amount of instalove in this book was overwhelming. The writing itself was pretty juvenile, which surprised me considering both Wolf by Wolf and The Walled City were much darker and had a completely different style of writing. I found myself even cringing sometimes at some of the things the characters said and did, and the sometimes unbelievable dialogue. A lot of the dialogue was punctuated with an exclamation point, which is fine, but after like 20 different times, it gets really old. Overall, All That Glows was just not good. The characters were very underdeveloped, there was more showing than telling when it came to characterization, and the plot itself was a little ridiculous. Ryan Graudin is one of my favorite authors, but this book just wasn’t for me at all.

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