Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Review: Glitter by Aprillynn Pile

Posted January 30, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Glitter by Aprillynn PileGlitter by Aprilynne Pike
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 25th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 384
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.  Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison. When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates. Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed. But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I went into this book hesitantly because a friend of mine had quite a bit of criticism. I’m going to break this review down into pros and cons. 


The setting and idea behind Sonoman-Versailles is intriguing. It was probably the most well-done aspect of the story. The advanced technology mixed with their obsession with Baroque period fashion was interesting.

I appreciated the friendships that Danica had with Molli, Lord Aaron, Giovanni, and eventually Saber. This was where the majority of my love for her came from.  She cared about them whole-heartedly and tried to be a good friend.

There were a couple of plot twists or surprises that I didn’t see coming! I mean, I expected SOMETHING, but just not that.

I can also consider her wanting to escape an unhealthy situation and her initiative to be a good thing, but there are so many negatives associated with it that it’s almost hard to include it as a pro.

The ending. I love (hated) it. At the end of it all, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.


The characters were not all that well-written. You don’t feel like you truly care what happens to them most of the time. The character with most depth was Saber and there were even times I didn’t fully understand what he was thinking.

I absolutely loathed Danica’s obsession and need to self-harm by tightening her corset to the point of bruising. I didn’t see how it added value to the book and I honestly worry about how it would affect a teenager who had mental health issues.

I understood WHY Danica found a brilliant way to sell Glitter without being caught, but her almost total disregard for everyone other than her friends was not appealing. She had moments where her morals seemed to come to life, but it didn’t last. I was also very disappointed with her reaction to certain deaths.

Overall I wouldn’t NOT recommend this book, but it’s definitely not going to appeal for everyone.

As a fifth grade gifted teacher I’d also like to include that due to content, I would put an age requirement on this of at least 13.



Teria Reviews: Cakes in Space

Posted December 3, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Introducing Teria Reviews!

This is my niece, Teria. She really is just as kickass as this picture makes her out to be. I love that she is so excited about books. We have that in common. I don’t read many middle grade books but Teria does. She has gracefully agreed to review some for me in a  new feature! I wasn’t sure what she was going to come up with when I asked if she’d be interested in doing this, but I sure wasn’t disappointed. I just love her take on the books.

Teria reviews
I am in 6th grade. I love to read fiction books. My favorite color is any neon color like pink, orange, green, and yellow.  I live in Michigan with my mom and dad, 2 brothers, 1 sister, a dog, cat, 3 hermit crabs, one fish, and a dwarf frog. We just rescued 3 kittens and a mom cat and will soon be looking for homes for most of them. I love art a lot. I play animal jam and world of Warcraft. My favorite type of candy are nerds, skittles, almond joys, and orange and green flavored tootsie rolls. My favorite food is pepperoni pizza with garlic crust. My favorite singers are Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. My name is at the end of bacteria, wisteria, cafeteria, and more.

Teria Reviews: Cakes in SpaceCakes in Space by Philip Reeve
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on May 26th 2015
Pages: 224
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Get ready for killer cupcakes! Deadly donuts! And an outer space adventure with illustrations on almost every page.   AstraÂ’s family is moving—to a whole new planet. And what does any kid need on moving day? Snacks! But when Astra asks her spaceshipÂ’s computer to whip up the ultimate dessert, it makes cakes so amazing that they come to life. Now these cake-monsters are destroying the ship! Can Astra and her robot friend stop them in time? Or are these terrible treats a recipe for disaster?   For early chapter book readers who are ready for something longer, the Not-So-Impossible Tales are packed with silly humor, action, and larger-than-life fun.  Â“An out-of-this-world choice to read alone or read aloud.” —School Library Journal Â“Will appeal to reluctant and strong chapter-book readers alike.” —Booklist
"Goofy fun from the first page, and Astra, a perfect mix of ingenious, precocious, and excitable, will grab readers right away." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

In Cakes In Space this girl named Astra her family and other people for earth are moving to a different planet. To get to the planet it will take 199 years. When they get on the spaceship, they go into freezer beds and get ready for bed. Not Astra; she goes to get something to eat. Astra asked the computer for the ultimate cake. When Astra goes to bed the computer is working on the ultimate cake. In the middle of nowhere Astra wakes up
and though they were their but she found out she was wrong.

Astra goes to get something to eat and finds cake monsters and every time the computer makes a new monster it is more intelligent than the others. The pesky cakes are destroying the ship and they meet some aliens that want to destroy the ship too. Do you think they will survive to the new planet or not? To find out read Cakes in Space.

I donÂ’t really read science fictions books, but I tried Cakes In Space. It turns out I do like science fiction. It was a very good book. Cakes In Space has a lot of imagination in the pictures and words. The art in the book turns a different color (either orange or black tones) due to her current emotions in the picture. The book starts with completely black pages except for a few white words. I liked how this helped show how big and lonely outer space is.

Cakes In Space has a lot of long words and good description words in it. It is an action book and science fiction. I could relate to Astra because I had to move from a different
state before like she had to move from a different planet. It’s hard to move and leave everything behind. You never know what you will find there. I just really wish I knew what the planet she went to was like. I thought it was good to read about a smart, strong, creative character, but she was still scared at times. It was easy to relate because I have felt scared when I stayed home alone for the first time. All the noises from the cars on the road made me scared, but like her, I was able to get through it.

Teria and her brother Daniel will be making more appearances here, so keep an eye out for their reviews! Do you read middle grade? Would you read Cakes in Space?