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All That Glows Review

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.

Thank you, Edelweiss, for giving me the opportunity of reading and review this book. One Star It's no secret I politely enjoy novels fairies in a non-obsessive way that does not freak everyone around me out. I blame the Fever series for this. But really, can you say no to this

And the books are even better than Jericho Barrons.

So when I heard about All that Glows being on Edelweiss, I snatched it up. When none of the reviews were up yet. Which is a horrible, horrible idea that I always end up doing. A few days later, multiple reviews pop up. And, of course, most of the people I followed hated it. Because I didn't want to start 2014 with a bad book, I decided not to read it. Good choice, right?

But alas, the universe hates me. Somehow, I ended up reading it. I have no idea how, but I did. And I hated it.
Based on my deductions, this is either a hilarious parody of Young Adult books, or just a terrible book, with all the YA faults. Unfortunately, it seems like the latter. Maybe it's just me being the typical disbelieving me. 
Basically, what All That Glows is about is some ancient faery instantly falling in love with a prince. And describing how she feels with many annoying metaphors. 
The setting is in England, with horrible research. The characters besides "Embers", as Richard so unimaginably calls her, and Richard exist for the sole reason of doing nothing except for information. And yes, I can sort of live with that, but if this books is about fairies, and I come out of it learning nothing except for the fact that Emrys is so totally awesome and Richard is so hot, I'm going to get a little annoyed.
The narrative? What narrative? It's supposed to be first person, which is supposed to not act like a boring textbook. And if the main character is a faery who you'd think would be awesome, it just irritates me when I almost fall asleep reading. 
Bottom line, don't read it, no matter how pretty the cover is and how awesome the book trailer is.

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