Release Date: February 11th, 2014
Genres: Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Faery guard? London? Kings and Queens? Sign me up!
ALL THAT GLOWS promised these things but what it really delivered was an average YA paranormal novel that focused on the main character’s forbidden romance more than anything else. Comparable to HUSH, HUSH, FALLEN, and EVERMORE, this book is ruled by the romance.
The main character, Emrys, was frustrating at times. We hear all about how old and strong she is for a faery but it is all talk, she never really proves herself and she actually behaves in the opposite. Put a young, human prince in front of her with a bad reputation and she is instantly mesmerized and becomes a weak teenage girl.
There was all the “instant” connection, the “I feel like I’ve known him forever,” yada yada yada business. It was extremely off-putting, and of course all the more aggravating because their love is forbidden. They can not be together because Emrys is a faerie and Richard is a human.
It was all sickeningly sweet and very hard to believe in so I couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters as a couple. It did not seem genuine and it all happened too fast. Emrys also bothered me because her personality did a complete turnaround whenever Richard was near. Definitely not a badass faery guard.
The writing was…metaphorical. If I can even describe it that way. Melanie and Blythe talk about this is detail (and hilariously!) in their review of ALL THAT GLOWS here. To sum it up: the writing was basically paragraph upon paragraph of metaphors that most of the time did not even make sense.
The first half of the book went by fairly quick, with pretty good pacing but after that 200 page mark, the book was like molasses. It could have been much shorter, and the plot had little to no twists or turns, making it pretty bland.
The saving grace for this book was the plot (when it didn’t center around the romance) and the world building with all the paranormal creatures. That was the only thing that kept me reading.
In the end, ALL THAT GLOWS is another deceiving cover hiding a less than stellar book.