Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

February 6, 2014 2 stars, Book Review 10 ★★

All That Glows

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.

My dominating reaction while reading All That Glows? Meat! Where is the substance I say? Is there Romance – yes! But I need something more to attach onto. But perhaps that isn’t totally true because sometimes now and then I enjoy a strictly romantic book. Sympathizing and liking the characters is very key for me though. Barring a somewhat lackluster love interest and some juvenile behaviors, which didn’t make sense given supposed age (I’m confused here I tell you – I’ve seen this done before and in this case it didn’t work for me), I pushed forward in hopes that there would be more to this story, because hey I love all things fey, but I’m sad to say I did in no way love this. Don’t get me wrong it was not bad, just simply not my cup of tea.

There are many out there I’m sure that might love All That Glows where I did not. The setting is a good one, descriptions and writing style was good, but the chemistry wasn’t there. So, yes of course this one will find it’s audience and I could absolutely picture a few teenage girls I know really adoring it.

It’s a lighter blustery read that won’t have the cogs in your brain whirring because there isn’t much to it past the romance. One might say, ‘well many young adult books just focus on the romance,’ but I would say, Wrrrrong. A lot of them still have excellent world building, strong main plot lines and just that bit of oomph that leaves you flipping the pages. I didn’t get that here. Indeed I was left feeling like maybe I should give up. But I have a need to complete things!

I do think with more tweaking to the plot line and some fine tuning to the characters All That Glows could have been a much stronger book, and tried harder to break outside of the common tropes seen in young adult books.

All That Glows

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10 Responses to “Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin”

  1. Melliane

    well it happens. Too bad I thought the cover was sweet… But chen you aren’t attached to the characters, there is nothing you can do. I think I’ll pass

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah, its those times when you wish you had a time machine so you could stop your past self. lol. Ok so it wasn’t THAT bad but you know what I mean =) Just so many other books.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I noticed that too! After I wrote up my review – which I literally wrote in like five minutes – one of the quickest ever lol. I saw other reviews when I loaded this onto Goodreads and was surprised that I was actually not alone. Sometimes I can be such a stickler and hate books that everyone seems to love (like Altered and Crewel).

  2. kimberlybuggie

    Too bad! I’m sorry you didn’t care for the book. What really drew me to it was the cover. (I’m a sucker for a pretty cover.) I like your review. I may give it a try anyway, but oh, how I dislike books where there is no chemistry!!! Boo!!!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      See me too! Well that and the fey – who doesn’t like reading about them in fantasy? hehe.

      I’ll be interested to see what you think if you do read it!