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Glow: The TikTok fantasy sensation that’s sold over half a million copies (Plated Prisoner Book 4) Kindle Edition
THE BRAND NEW BOOK IN THE TIKTOK FANTASY SENSATION THAT'S SOLD OVER HALF A MILLION COPIES, PERFECT FOR FANS OF SARAH J. MAAS AND JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
'It scares me - what I did that night. Because I don't know my own power . . . But that's been the problem all along, hasn't it?'
My life has been shaped and controlled by the greed of others, but that ends now.
I have burned down the court of King Midas and from those flames, I will rise and wield my own power.
The problem is, when you turn against a King, everyone turns against you.
But with Slade by my side we will fight the monarchs that come for us.
And if we need to become the villains, then so be it . . .
'Sexy and touching all at the same time . . . and that plot twist, OMG' 5***** Reader Review
'Read this series NOW! I felt like I was in the story watching and holding my breath the entire time' 5***** Reader Review
'A spectacularly written, engaging, imaginative retelling of the ancient myth of King Midas' 5***** Reader Review
'I literally devoured this book in one sitting' 5***** Reader Review
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This series has stolen my heart, my breath, my regard for anything else. I've never been so immersed in a story before-never read characters that have felt so real. I've cried, laughed, screamed, thrown my kindle across the room, picked it up again, swooned . . . These characters, this WORLD . . . it's everything. Raven has written a story for the ages, destined to go down as one of the epics ― Sarah A Parker, author of To Bleed a Crystal Bloom
Raven writes with a magic that comes to life on the page. Every single word gleams like gold ― Beck Michaels, author of Divine Blood
This is one of those series that started off phenomenal, and only gets better with every subsequent book. ― Laura Thalassa, author of The Bargainer Series
Get ready to be enthralled from the first word, and begging for more by the last. Raven Kennedy crafts an astonishing world that's filled with captivating characters and a story you won't be able to put down ― Ivy Asher, bestselling author of The Osseous Chronicles and The Lost Sentinel Series
This series is amazing and I can't recommend it enough. It is one of the best New Adult Fantasy books out there. ― Kay Thatcher, author of Prince of Blades
TEN GILDED STARS! Remarkably original . . .and the prose, people . . . gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ― Olivia Wildenstein, USA Today Bestselling Author
An emotional rollercoaster ― Elizabeth Brown, author of Blood Crown
What I've enjoyed so far about this series is how it's a metaphor about real, emotional issues ― Day Leitao, author of Kingdom of Curses and Shadows Series
I devoured [the] first book and it ended on such a nice cliff-hanger that I am thirsting for the next one ― Emmie Hamilton, author of Chosen to Fall --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09YY1VYC8
- Publisher : Penguin (18 June 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 34671 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 688 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 253 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Half the book was dedicated to Aurens recovery and her anxiety of what happend in book 3. It gets annoying to the point you want to slap her. What I enjoyed about Auren in the first books was her ability to look to the bright side and just keep moving ahead, this book just craps all over that. A background of Slades upbringing was interesting but also not needed to the extent it was dedicated.
Malinas point of view is written once again, which was unnecessary and slowed the book down even more. This book ends on another cliff hanger and I was ready to throw myself off one. I'll be purchasing book 5 with the hopes it redeems book 4.
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Tropes: Possessive/Alpha Male, Strong Female Lead, Public Spice, Cliffhanger.
"That’s the thing with trauma to the body—it shows up instantly. In breaks and bruises, in burns and in blood. But the trauma on the inside, that’s harder to see. It creeps around your mind, poisons you with disquiet. It can hit you out of nowhere, debilitating and ruinous. There are no marks visible for those. None, save the shadows in your eyes."
Glow was emotional devastation. And. I. Loved. It. Focusing on strong character development rather than in depth plot helped take us on an emotional journey with these characters. Diving deeper into Slade's childhood has been so insightful to him as a man and as a King.
Auren's growth has been amazing to see. No longer is she a tiny bird with no voice, trapped in her gilded cage. Seeing her struggle with mental health issues after a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse was tough, but helped build her up to be a strong FMC. I definitely think she is quick becoming one of my favourite female leads.
The beginning is a lot slower in this book, but keep going. The last 50% well and truly makes up for it. There are deep connections with abuse and mental health themes, please check trigger warnings if that is something you may need.
I’ve been so excited for this book to come out and I was not disappointed. It was wonderful to see Auren continue to grow and find herself. Equally wonderful to see her relationship with Slade. But damn. Now to wait for the next book.
The chemistry between Slade and Auren is, as expected, simply delicious. We also have another two side characters in an unexpected ship that I loveeee.
So happy that this series is making waves and that Raven is finally getting all of the exposure she deserves as a writer. Can't wait for Gold next year!!
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I bought this book on release day because I wanted to continue Auren’s journey and thoughtful character development as she gained her freedom. Her lost ribbons storyline was brutal and I was hoping she’d get her chance to shine and they’d grow back, but for me, the biggest disappointment about the book was the near-identical ending of Auren being mistreated, not having control of her powers in the moment, and needing to rely on a man to rescue her. What a missed opportunity and repetition of ground already covered.
Her steps to independence had been so carefully built up in the previous books, which was one of the reasons I loved the series, and this book could have been lifted to the heights it deserved by letting her have that opportunity to be strong and powerful, even if the ending then remained the same to set up the next book.
As it was, I found the constant changing of POV to characters I didn’t care about jarring, and really nothing much happened beyond Auren mastering her power. Rip/Slade’s character didn’t feel consistent with the other books (helping her find her own feet and realise her own truths in previous books = perfect book boyfriend; deliberately excluding her from conversations that directly affected her in this book = misogynistic, controlling crap that he’d supposedly helped her escape from) and I’m not sure what much of the rest of the padding added.
There were moments of beauty such as Auren lying on the roof hearing the sun, and near-tragedy such as Argo’s desert scene, but ultimately? A somewhat repetitive book that took too much of my gold and didn’t give enough back in exchange.
Firstly, I have loved this series since the first book and have loved how Raven has written such a strong character driven series so far.
I had a lot of expectations and assumptions for this book. I know as readers we all have our own thoughts and feelings and what should or might happen next in a series. I know that we don’t all get what we want and at the end of the day, this is Raven’s story to tell.
I honestly felt dissatisfied with Glow. After the first three books that have established Auren’s character and her found family, I assumed that we would have a more plot driven book to bring everything together and move forward to book 5.
At over 700 pages long, I expected to read a more plot driven book, whilst maintaining Auren/Slade’s character growth as has been weaved so wonderfully throughout the series up to now.
What I read was a slow, laborious, in-depth look at Auren and Slade’s psyche, which I normally wouldn’t complain about, but my god did it take up most of the book. I had to put the book aside many times as I felt myself being pulled out of story due to boredom. I was wishing for some action, anything to pull me back in again.
The only positives that I can take from this book was how carefully and beautifully written Slade was - from his past to his present, his dirty mouth, to how he cherishes Auren. The dedication he has to her, the love, the way their relationship has really developed so beautifully in this book was a joy to read. The smut scenes were also very well done and hot as h*ll 🥵
I did enjoy learning about Slade’s secrets and his mother, that was a beautiful scene between the three of them and Elore giving her approval to Auren was everything.
I’m also a big fan of Ryatt and really liked how no matter what he’ll come through for Slade. I would have loved a POV chapter from him.
I feel since the first book we have had burning questions about Auren’s life in Annwyn and who her family was. Why was she smuggled out and brought to Orea? Why were her parents killed? Who was responsible? I thought that we would get some answers, maybe find someone who knew of her past.
There was one person I was not happy to see in the POVs - Rissa. I took a dislike to her when she started blackmailing Auren even when she knew that Auren would help her the best she could because that’s just who she is.
I think the author goes too far with how much Auren’s giving and empathetic nature goes when it comes to people who have no qualms about using and hurting her. Even when she helps Polly, who still looks at her with utter loathing and contempt.
The plot comes to life in the last 100 pages or so. It races towards the ending like Argo did to Second Kingdom. I loved the ending as it finally gave me the action I so desperately needed. The ending, of course, left me with more burning questions and the poem at the end has me wracking my brain for what happens next.
I am sorry to have to give this book 3 ⭐️ but the lack of plot really let this book down.
63% in and nothing has happened. Their romance is all muddled and lacks depth, slade has fallen back into the 'man must hide information from his delicate woman' role.
It's just bad, I'm not finishing this one and wouldn't recommend it.
Secondly, its book 4, if you're not into this series why are you here? If you are then and haven't read this one yet what are you waiting for?
I have loved every book in this series, and I love that they Al have a different feel to them. Gleam was tense, constantly on the edge of Midas catching Auren and it all going sideways, and then it did, and it was worse than I expected, and then amazing Auren appeared.
Glow slows the pace right down and you get a lot more insight into Slade, a lot more of his/fae background info and just a general kind of regrouping and development of characters. I think this section could have been a bit shorter, given that we only met 1 new character in Deadwell that section of the book could definitely have been shorter, I would actually have liked to have it move to the Fourth Kingdom sooner and have more of the supporting characters.
On that note, I thought the introduction of romantic tension outside of Slade and Auren, now that we have solidified their relationship, was a great addition, it keeps some of the spark that can drop when a couple gets together without using separation of the main characters. Looking forward to more of that in the next book.
Although the pace is slower for the majority, the last quarter ramps up brilliantly, I couldn't read the words on the page fast enough! I expected what happened up to a certain point and then it just went somewhere I hadn't thought of. Not in a surprising way, it made sense and I can see the clues that led to it, but the way it all happened made for me to shout at my kindle quite a few times.
My only gripe with this story overall (and I'd say makes this a 4.5 ⭐️ rather than a 5) is that in a book series that looks at male violence against women, misogyny, trauma, and self healing the 'baddie' female characters are strangely stereotypical. I've had issues with Malina throughout because she doesn't feel very well rounded, her entire personality is arrogance without any kind of common sense. For a character that gets her own pov chapters she is not very well rounded or developed. After the last book I really thought we'd get more from her I this one but she was just a plot device. I think that struck me more starkly because we had the addition of 2 more queens who were both presented as awful and revelling in their awfulness whilst the kings and Manu who were equally culpable were presented more as pawns just going along with it rather than intrinsically evil. Also, their powers seem stereotypical, in particular Kalia who hears what is being said and is able to repeat back in the voices of the person, but can also doctor and twist it is very reminiscent of "gossipy women". I would be interested to know if this is by accident or by design, and if by design whether a clearer statement is going to be made about it.
Overall this remains an awesome series and I can't wait for the next book.