Genre: YA paranormal
Publication date: February 11th, 2014
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.
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.
All That Glows started off really well. It had an interesting premise: fae girl assigned to guard party-boy prince, but breaks all the rules when she develops a connection with him as an evil force tries to destroy his family. It was set in London, which was a nice change of scenery for me. The book was interesting and descriptive. It had a rich romantic feel that I enjoyed. There was a fiery haired fae, a nice prince, and a decent romance that I liked (but didn't love). I even thought the writing was really good, though I have to admit it was overly descriptive at times.
Somewhere around the halfway mark, however, the book didn't seem as good as before. The plot--the conflict dealing with the "Old One," the events revolving around that conflict, the concluding scenes--was just . . . meh. My interest and enjoyment wavered soon after the "I-love-you's" happened, which was when the threat of the Old One was getting bigger. Instead of becoming more exciting like it should have, the book became less interesting.
Overall, All That Glows started off as a good book. It got my attention and the characters, premise, setting, and writing all felt good. If only I had been more interested in the actual plot (especially towards the end), I may have enjoyed it more. Despite the fact that I didn't like that part of the story very much, I do expect most readers to enjoy it a lot more than me.
My questions for you:
Do you like books with fairies/fae in them?
What fae books do you recommend reading?
What do you think of the cover of All That Glows?