Book: Shatter by Aprilynne Pike
Published February 2018 by Random House|378 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the e-book from the library
Series: Glitter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.
Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter–a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.
In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen too addictive to give up?
After reading Glitter last year, I figured I’d pick up the sequel to see how things turned out for Danica. Shatter was just okay for me, and I didn’t like it nearly as much as the first book.
I’m still not sure why they’re re-enacting Versailles and Marie Antoinette, and like Glitter, I’m not sure what Pike was going for with this series. The setting is interesting, but I wanted more backstory. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it in this book, though we did learn a few things about the world that we didn’t know in Glitter. Still, it wasn’t enough for me. I had some questions on the outside world, and they weren’t answered in this one.
Danica is still trying to escape Versailles (and take Saber with her) but being Queen really changes her. And not in a good way. She does do some good at the very end of the book, but for me, it was too little, too late. I didn’t particularly care for Danica in this book, but she is surrounded by some horrible people, and I can understand why she changes into someone who’s terrifying and manipulative.
I don’t remember Saber at all from the first book, but he was barely around in this one, it seemed like. If he had completely disappeared, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have noticed. It felt like there was nothing between him and Danica.
As for Danica and Justin, I didn’t particularly like them together. I know it’s just a way for Danica to get what she wants, which is freedom, but Justin was pretty terrible. Honestly, it seemed like pretty much everyone was terrible, and I didn’t particularly like anyone.
2 stars. I had a hard time getting into this one, and I really do prefer her Wings series to this one. Maybe this series isn’t for me, though the idea behind it is pretty cool.