Title: All That Glows
Author: Ryan Graudin
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback, 480 Pages
ISBN-10: 07062187414 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062187413 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: All That Glows is a cute love story with adventure and mystery. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it was very predictable.
Opening Sentence: The sickness hits even before I reach the outskirts of London.
Emrys is a beautiful red-headed fae with an exceptional amount of magic. For centuries the Faery courts have protected the Britain royal blood line. They are invisible to the mortals and protect them from other immortal creatures. She has just recently been given a new assignment as the guard to Richard, the crown prince of Britain. Drinking, girls, and parties make up the everyday life of this teenage royal boy. He knows how to have fun and getting into trouble is second nature to him, but that makes him an easy target for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. This in turn makes Emrys’ job even harder to perform. But with his charming attitude, dashing good looks, and free spirit, Emrys is in trouble of loosing something far more important: her heart.
Upon arriving in London, Emrys finds that something dark and sinister is amiss. The assassination attempts on the royal family have become more frequent, and an ancient force seems to be pulling the strings. Enemies are banding together and the stakes are higher than ever. If Emrys wants to protect Richard she will have to draw on a power stronger then her magic: love.
Emrys is a cute character. The fae are immortal so she has been around for centuries and experienced a great deal. But she has very little experience with humans, so her new assignment is a challenge for her. Modern day technology makes fae sick and the older the spirit, the harder it is to be around it. Emrys hasn’t been in the city for years now and she doesn’t understand how someone could be as reckless as Richard is with his life. But the moment she meets Richard for the first time she feels an instant connection with him that she can’t deny. I think Emrys is a fun and witty character, but she was also a little bit forgettable. Nothing about her really stuck out to me as being really different or intriguing. I liked her, but I wish I would have been more drawn to her.
Richard is adorable in all the right ways. He’s very easy on the eyes, and has a sweet personality. Yes, he parties too much, but he is only 17 years old, and everyone in his life tries to use his status to their advantage. He doesn’t have many real friends or people he can trust. When he meets Emrys, she is different from anyone he has ever known. Not only is she beautiful, but she seems to understand him. Throughout the story he comes to realize what is important in life and what is worth fighting for. I actually liked Richard a lot, he was intelligent and fun to get to know.
All That Glows was a cute story and a very enjoyable read, but it wasn’t perfect. First, I’ll start with the things I liked about it: The story was fast paced which was good because the book is over 400 pages, but it didn’t feel that way. There is good action and adventure that keeps you interested in finding out what happens next. The setting is modern day Britain, which I thought was fun and entertaining. The writing was beautiful and very well executed, especially for a debut novel. Now for the things that I had a hard time with: My main issue with the book was the romance, it was very instalove, which I am not a huge fan of. Don’t get me wrong, they are a cute couple, but I just would have liked things to have been developed at a slower pace. The only other thing I had a hard time with was connecting with the characters. Overall, this was still a fun easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good modern day book filled with faeries and magic.
By the time Richard finally turns to the door, my decision has been made. I let go of the frantically pieced spells, breaking into his reality before I can change my mind.
“Bloody hell!” he yells, and steps back into one of the chairs. He falls in a tangle of long limbs, stubbing his pinky toe on the lion’s foot at the base.
I keep still, afraid that if I move or step forward, the prince will start yelling again. Richard stays sprawled, all knots in his chair, watching me with narrowed, appraising eyes. I stare back.
“You—you’re the girl from the garden,” he says a few seconds into our gaze. “Who are you? How’d you get in here?”
It’s best to just be honest with him. To let everything out. If things go wrong, I can always wipe his memory.
“My name is Emrys Léoflic. I’m the Fae who guards you,” I say the words slowly, carefully—gauging his reaction.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of All That Glows. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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