Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court #2) by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Signet
Goodreads Summary: 
In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.
Rating: 5 Stars
Mira Viana has joined The Glittering Court to reach the New World so she can help her brother. When she discovers that Grant Elliott is actually a member of the McGraw Agency, she convinces him to hire her as a spy. In Cape Triumph, the militia do no enforce law and pirates rule the streets. But will Mira be able to change this?

The one thing I didn't like about this book is that when I started it, I had almost no recollection of the events in The Glittering Court. They slowly came back to me as I read Midnight Jewel, but it was disappointing that I remembered so little. Luckily, this book is Mira's story, so I didn't exactly need prior knowledge, especially as the book's events are parallel to those of The Glittering Court.

Mira is Sirminican, and gets judged harshly by some due to her race. Her home country is broken and so she lives in Adoria. I relate to her so much. Mira's intentions are always good, and in a few instances she is tested and passes with flying colours. The romance is so pure, it's not insta-love at all but a realistic developing of a good, honest relationship with its flaws. The characters have well rounded personalities which you will grow to love.

Midnight Jewel delves deeper into the world of The Glittering Court, showcasing none of the dark dealings which go on late at night. Mira's story will fascinate and excite as you join her in exploring Cape Triumph at night. This tale sheds some light on situations which occurred then from Mira's perspective. If you enjoyed The Glittering Court, Midnight Jewel will only make you fall deeper in love with the girls.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
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Recommended for: Fans of Richelle Mead, fantasy, teen fiction.