Mini Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
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.
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I'm giving it 3 apples for the effort of trying to make it different. The book tries to weave elements already present in British folklore together from the legendary tales of King Arthur to the wilder folk of the Fae. Add to the mix a Faery heroine tasked to guard the royal family then I expected a great story.
Yeah, right. It was boring. It had the right background, the right setting, the character potential but they were all underutilized and focused more on the sort of instalove that happened. It underscored the would-be world building of two worlds separated by a thin -very thin - veil.
The climax and the ending felt rushed and made me go: that was it?
but not that good. Okay, it was not good and I should probably tell you that it's more like a 2.5/5.