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Renting a car abroad for the first time: 11 things to do

March 28, 2017

11 things to do when you're hiring a car abroad for the first time

Renting a car for the first time while traveling (or even at home) can be a little daunting. We’ve all heard horror stories of people get stung by rental companies, but if you know what to look for you can make sure you’re covered.

This blog post began life almost a year ago, when I was planning my first trip to Canada. I knew I wanted to get to a lot of different places and while Banff and Jasper have good public transport, it wasn’t quite going to be able to cut what I wanted to do.

Back then I had never hired a car before or driven on the ‘other side’ of the road. Both of those things were really scary to me, and in addition to that I was worried I would get ripped off somewhere. It all turned out perfectly fine though, so I wanted to share a few tips that helped me when I was looking to hire a car for the first time.

 

1. Read the terms and conditions

How many times have you wondered, “When does anyone ever actually read the full terms and conditions?” This is one of those times that you need to read the Ts & Cs. I only discovered in some companies Ts & Cs that under 25s wouldn’t actually be covered by their CDW, despite their website saying I would be covered with it when I asked for a quote and even included my age. I think that’s pretty bad practice and very sneaky, but you will be the one who gets stung if you have an accident.

Luckily, the Ts & Cs are not actually that long anyway and most of them were pretty well broken up, so it’s not a huge chore.

 

2. Will you be charged for crossing state or international borders?

Something I also discovered in the Ts & Cs was that some companies will charge you extra to take a car out of state, province, or crossing an international border. I know, it seems ridiculous, but the last thing you want is either an unexpected charge when you return the car or being pulled over by the Police and arrested because technically you’re driving the car somewhere without the rental companies permission.

If you plan on driving into another country, state, or province, check with the hire company first to make sure they will allow it and find out about any charges.

Both Hertz and Avis told me they wouldn’t charge me extra to drive from Alberta into British Columbia if I was returning the car to the same location.

 

3. Are you going on a ferry?

I actually discovered this a few weeks back when we booked our hire car for this summer. If you are going on a ferry you may need to let your rental company know. We’ve rented with Hertz who told us we need to tell them when we pick the car up and that there’s no extra charge for it. It’s probably worth contacting your hire company before you book to find out how you need to let them know in case you need to tell them before you pick it up.

 

11 things you should do before hiring a car when you travel. Icefields Parkway, Canada.

4. Young driver surcharges

If you are under 25 years old, you will probably find yourself having to pay extra for being so darn youthful. Most quotes I saw were about $25-30CAD per day for under 25s.

Be careful when you’re looking at prices because it seemed that most companies would give you a price to reserve / pay for the car in advance, but the young driver surcharge is an additional cost (like adding an extra driver, or hiring a GPS) which won’t be included in that price and you can’t pay for it until you pick your car up. 

There isn’t a way around this charge (apart from getting older). If you’re traveling with other people and want to save money, speak to the other people you’re traveling with and see how they feel about you not driving. It will be more cost effective if an under 25 doesn’t drive, but if you’re covering long distances it might be worth the additional cost.

 

5. Does the Loss Damage Waiver actually cover you?

As I mentioned earlier on, at least one rental company’s website quotes will allow you to say that you are 24 or younger and will say LDW has been included in the price of your quote, and yet when you read the fine print, you aren’t covered. I emailed Budget to try and clarify this and they got back to me saying that I wouldn’t actually be covered and would be responsible for the first $5,000CAD in damage.

Read the fine print, email or call the company and get clarification if you are unsure because you don’t need a horrible surprise like that.

 

6. Fuel options

There are usually two fuel options; full to full or pre-paid. Full to full simply means that when you return the car you need to make sure the petrol tank is full. To compensate for that you should find that the car has a full \ almost full tank of fuel when you pick the car up.

The pre-paid option means that you pay for whatever fuel is in the tank when you pick it up, and it’s best if you drop it off with as little fuel in as possible. However, you will probably find your rental company will charge more per litre than a petrol station will.

Rental Cars has a useful guide to help you figure out what is best for you because there are advantages and disadvantages to both depending on what you’re doing.

Handy tip: Do your research beforehand to find out where the closest fuel station is to the airport. Some airports have petrol stations, some do not. We discovered this the hard way because I’ve been away with friends before who have hired cars and the airports had petrol stations at them. Since Calgary International is a huge airport, I thought there would be a petrol station there. There is not. We had to hurriedly drive around trying to find one.

 

11 important and simple things to do when renting a car abroad. Icefields Parkway, Canada.

7. The cheapest isn’t always best

When I started doing my research I found some prices seemed way too cheap to be true and that’s because they were. The initial price looked great but they’d not included the costs of other things (like CDW and LDW) that other hire companies include in their quote price. So, by the time these things were added on it wasn’t cheaper at all.

You also don’t need me to tell you that the cheapest company isn’t always the best. Make sure you do some research or use a comparison website which has ratings and reviews from customers.

 

8. Have you got a credit card?

Oh, this one really annoyed me. I don’t think this is standard the world over (because I’m sure a friend hired with a debit card before) but in Canada you cannot hire a car without a credit card. Some companies will let you book or pre-pay with a debit card but you must have a credit card when you pick the car up so they can hold money on it.

I had never had a credit card and didn’t ever want one, but I had to take one out so that I could hire a car. I went into the bank, explained exactly what I wanted one for, and got the most basic one I could.

While it is annoying to have to get a credit card specifically for hiring a car, it was useful in a way. The rental company will put a certain amount of money on hold in your account, which means you can’t get at it and it can sometimes take a couple of weeks for you to be able to access that money. Therefore, it’s useful for you to have a different card for them to hold money on, allowing you to actually use your debit card.

 

9. Don’t pay extra for GPS

One of the biggest fears when you’re driving somewhere new can be “how are we going to get from A to B without GPS?” Of course, you’ve got good old maps but if that’s not your thing there are some other ways to navigate without paying a hefty extra cost.

If you already have a SatNav find out if it has maps for your destination. In the UK it’s quite common for SatNavs to come with maps for the UK and Europe, and some may also include faraway destinations such as the US or Canada as standard. If they don’t cover your destination, find out if you can download maps for your SatNav. We have a Mio and you can rent Canadian maps for 30 days for โ‚ฌ20, much cheaper than hiring a SatNav off a rental company.

If that isn’t an option, download Google Maps offline before you go. Google Maps is free and as long as you do it before you go, or while connected to wifi, you won’t get hit by roaming data costs. PC Advisor has an article explaining how to do this.

You may also find that the place you’re going is so well sign-posted that you don’t need maps. We found that Banff and Jasper was so well sign-posted we only used the SatNav two or three times, and I think one of those was from the airport and the other was too the airport. Though, we didn’t really need it then either.

 

10. Local road rules & weather

Is there anything about the place you’re visiting which requires you to be extra careful, take out extra cover, or have specific things in your car?

  • In Iceland, it’s wise to cover your car against gravel, sand, and ash because of the road and weather conditions.
  • If you’re going somewhere very snowy, make sure you know where you can find information on roads that might be closed due to avalanche risks.
  • In general, know where you can find local traffic and weather information.
  • Find out about any driving laws that might differ from your home country, for example some European countries require you to carry a first aid kit or a fire extinguisher. The AA has road rule guides for over 40 EU countries, but you will easily be able to find road rules for whichever country you’re going with a Google anyway.
  • Find out about any events that might result in road closures.
  • Try to find out if you will drive on any toll roads and how you can pay for those so you have change or your card handy.

 

11. When you pick the car up

The person on the desk will more than likely try to sell you something else, some other kind of cover like “OMG IT’S WEDNESDAY COVER! This cover protects you against Wednesdays.” (They have cover for everything.) Before you pick the car up, make sure you understand exactly what you’re covered against and what you’re not. If you’re worried that you’re not completely covered you can take out zero excess insurance in your own country before you go that will cover you completely, and will probably be cheaper.

Make sure you give the vehicle a good checking over before you go and ensure all damage to the vehicle is noted on the contract and take photos of all sides of the car before you go. Similarly, do the same thing when you drop the car back so you can provide you haven’t caused any damage.

 

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Life, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized

The stories behind my 2016 Instagram Top 9

December 29, 2016

Hallo from beautiful, snowy Reykjavik. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to even think about blogging, but that’s what happens in your third year at university! It’s ironic that I have to go on holiday to find time to blog. 

Anywho, I’ve seen a lot of Instagram Top 9s floating about recently, and thought it would be fun to take a look back at what’s happened this year. 

 

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1. Moraine Lake, Canada

Moraine Lake is mine and Daz’s “mind palace”. It’s one of the few places I’ve been that leaves you feeling a little breathless and in complete awe that you’re stood where you are and are seeing what you’re seeing. The colour of the lake is exactly as it is in this photo (Canada has little need for photoshop, by the way) and with the mountains towering over the lake, it’s just so perfect. If you’re ever in British Columbia or Alberta, do not miss Moraine Lake. 

 

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2. Fantastic baths and where to find them 

This was taken really recently, when I broke up for Christmas. As well as a serious lack of blogging, there has been a severe lack of reading books that aren’t text books this year. There’s not much I can do about that, but relaxing in a bath, having a quick read is a nice way to unwind for a moment or two. 

 

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3. Just some book porn

Fellow bookworms will appreciate the feeling of accomplishmen of rearranging a bookshelf. 

 

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4. Autumn mornings

I remember this so clearly. I’d gotten up early to meet my project supervisor and I was in time, until a friend messaged and told me the meeting time had changed. Initially, I was annoyed at getting up an hour earlier than needs be, but then I realised it would give me chance to amble around the park and enjoy autumn. 

 

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5. Why early mornings are worth it

It was our final morning in Canada, and Diaz got me up at 7am to show me how beautiful Two Jack Lake looked with the reflection of the mountains and the clear sky. I am so glad he was up early to see this because this is one of my favourite memories of that trip. 

 

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6. Emerald Lake is better in person than on Facebook

Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is one of those places that frequently pops up on Facebook travel pages. Just before we went, my sister tagged me in one of those posts and I am so glad she did. We visited the lake on our first morning and it really set the tone of the trip for us. 

 

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7. San Francisco sunsets

I took this photo the first night I stayed in San Francisco and I doubt that I’ve ever seen a sunset like it. The colours were so vivid and the way you can just about see the end of the Golden Gate Bridge in the back of the photo makes this one of my favourite photos. 

 

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8. Books and beans 

I’m not entirely sure why this photo is one of my top nine to be honest. It’s pretty simple; books and beans on toast. Maybe that’s it? Who doesn’t love sitting down and reading while very carefully eating as not to spill food on your books? 

 

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9. The best way to spend an afternoon

I’m not sure if this was taken on a Sunday, but it looks a lot like the ‘perfect Sunday’ kind of activities. There’s a nice toasty drink, some good music, and a selection of books to keep you going until Sunday dinner. 

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America, Travel

10 Things I want to do in San Francisco

August 30, 2016

10 things I want to do in San Francisco

One of my favourite things about an adventure is the planning part. I love falling into hours of research, photos, blog posts, videos, and reviews; it’s kind of my thing. (Maybe I should become a travel agent…)

I have four full days in San Francisco, and I’m taking a day trip to Yosemite on one of those days, which gives me just three days to cram as much San Francisco in as possible.

 

 

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” #goldengatebridge #sanfrancisco #sunset

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See the Golden Gate Bridge & watch the sun set

Let’s get the obvious one out the way here; when you think of San Francisco, you think of the Golden Gate Bridge in it’s imposing red glory. I’ve seen some absolutely stunning shots of the bridge around sunset and I’m desperate to come home with my own photo like the one above. I MUST DO IT!

 

See the sea lions at Pier 39

There’s a joke in my family that my Nan’s Labrador, Bert, looks a bit like a Sea Lion; it’s the shape of his snout and his whiskers; it’s very silly. I was scrolling through Pinterest one day when I saw that SF’s Pier 39 is home to over 1,000 sea lions. There’s not a chance I can go to San Francisco and not visit Bert’s Californian cousins. I’ve also told him that I’m going to bring him back a stuffed seal (as in a toy, not a taxidermy seal) to play with and he will never talk to me again if I’m not true to my word. (San Franciscans; tell me I can buy stuffed seals…please?)

 

Stand amongst the red woods

A few years ago, a friend gave me a tour of his university campus and amongst their mini-forest was a handful of redwoods. I remember him telling me that some of the largest can be seen in SF, and I’ve wanted to see them for myself ever since. 

I just love the idea of spending a few hours surrounded by trees that are hundreds of years old and that absolutely dwarf me.

 

 

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Japanese tea garden

This is going to sound really sad, but one of my favourite parts about going to Alton Towers is wandering through the valley down to the Japanese part of the garden. I know, I know, I’m supposed to tell you my favourite part is riding rollercoasters, but nope, I like pagodas.

I actually found out about San Francisco’s Japanese tea garden while reading Lola and the Boy Next Door (thanks again Stephanie Perkins, my literary tour guide!), rather than TripAdvisor which is where normal people decide where to go, and I’ve wanted to go since reading about it.

 

 

what ever happened to predictability?

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The Painted Ladies

Nope, I’ve never watched Full House but I really want to see these houses. I’m not hyping them up in my head because they’re just houses at the end of the day, but they’re so beautiful that I just want to see them in person.

 

 

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Ride a cable car

I tend to avoid public transport when I’m away, I prefer to explore (and get lost) on foot, but I’ve seen how steep some of the hills are in SF and you just can’t visit SF and not ride a cable car.

 

Haight-Ashbury

This is where the hippie movement started in the 60s, and with such beautiful buildings, street art and record shops, it has everything I want in a place to go. The hardest part about this trip might well be stopping myself buying records because they’re just not going to survive two flights.

 

Eat pancakes for breakfast

This might seem like the daftest thing on the list, but I really want to eat proper American style pancakes for breakfast. It’s not that you can’t get them in England, it’s just that I want to eat proper American pancakes for breakfast, and there are few things more enjoyable than going out for breakfast, right?

 

 

#hardrockcafe #hardrockcafesanfrancisco #sanfrancisco

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Collect another t-shirt

Mega tourist alert moment. I love the Hard Rock Cafe and collect t-shirts, so I definitely need to add a San Francisco one to my collection. Plus, I’m fairly certain my Mother will never let me back in her house if I don’t take her a badge back.

 

Visit Yosemite

Ok, so this isn’t actually in San Francisco but if you think I’m flying all the way to California and not visiting Yosemite, you’re crazy.

I’m booked on a day trip out to Yosemite and it’s gonna be a long day, but so worth it because I just know that I would be really disappointed if I didn’t go.

 

Is there anything I should add to the list?

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Music, Vinyl diaries

Vinyl Diaries: Brand New Eyes – Paramore

May 11, 2016

Paramore Brand New Eyes on VinylParamore Brand New Eyes vinyl

Brand New Eyes is an album I always underrate, until I listen to it and then I wonder how on earth it’s not my favourite Paramore album.

I think that this was pretty much the only CD I had in my car for the first 6 months after it came out, and I just listened to it over and over again. Perhaps I listened to it to death and that’s why I tend to underrate it. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes.

Paramore Brand New Eyes Vinyl side aParamore Brand New Eyes lyric sheet Paramore Brand New Eyes vinyl lyric sheet

My favourite memory of this album was when Paramore played Birmingham with You Me At Six as support. I think it was one of the first gigs Tom and I went to together, and it was such a good show. I believe that tour was the first time Paramore played arenas in the UK and I couldn’t help but feel a little proud of them, after seeing them tour Riot! in a much smaller venue a couple of years earlier.

Listen to

To be honest, I could list every song on the album under here and it took a fair bit of deliberation to narrow it down to just four songs. (Luckily for you, you can listen to the entire album either on Spotify or YouTube.)

Tell me about an album you underrate, until you listen to it.

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Books

Sometimes all the ‘how to get out of a reading slump’ tips don’t work, and that’s ok

May 6, 2016

Four books on the go

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a reading rut for most of 2016 so far. That’s not to say I haven’t read some great books though, but I’ve struggled to find time to really get into books.

At the time of writing this, I have four books on the go:

  • Allegiant Collector’s Edition – Veronica Roth: I’ve been reading this since it came out in October, and I’m pretty sure I’ve not finished it yet because of the ending.
  • Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard: I’m over half way through this and really enjoying it, but meh, the reading rut.
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell: if anyone can bring me out of a reading rut, it’s Rainbow Rowell, so I started this in the hope it would pull me out.
  • Wild Swans – Jessica Spotswood

There are thousands and thousands of blog posts floating about sharing tips on how to get out of a reading rut. But sometimes, all the tips in the world don’t work and you just need to give it time.

I keep scrolling through Instagram (shameless plug, you can find me here @eatreadglam) and getting all excited about people’s enthusiasm for something they’ve just read, or something they’re about to read, and wishing I felt the same. That said, I am having a hard time not buying A Court of Mist and Fury right now BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SURELY BEAUTIFUL BOOKS WILL PULL ME OUTTA THIS FUNK. RIGHT?

WRONG. The reason I’m stuck in a reading rut is because I’ve got so much going on with university and my job. I have never been one of those people who can steal five minutes with a book here and there. I’m one of those people who gets fully invested and sucked in and will not be moved from the sofa for at least an hour, and finding a spare hour feels increasingly hard at the moment.

There’s no point forcing it because I know I won’t enjoy what I’m reading if I do that, and my second year is almost at an end, so I’ll have time to read over the summer.

Sometimes, you have to ignore all the tips and just wait; just wait until you get that time when the house is quiet, there’s nothing gnawing at the back of your mind reminding you to do something, and you can relax and fall into someone else’s head.

 

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Share The Love

Share The Love – April 2016 Edition

May 4, 2016

Share the love April

Well, we’re here again; at long last, Game of Thrones is back on TV! And, yeah, it’s the start of a new month yet again.

BLOG – Life With A View

I discovered Jeannie’s blog after seeing one of her blog posts about things to do in Reykjavik, and since then I’ve been excitedly reading each update she shares about things to do and see in Iceland, and what it’s like for an American expat living hthere.

 

BLOG POSTS I LOVED

 

LISTENING TO

April’s playlist was allll over the place. I’d got some Twin Atlantic, HalfNoise, Of Monsters and Men, the two new tracks of PVRIS’ deluxe edition of White Noise, and two throwback tunes from Avril Lavigne’s Under My Skin – just to name a few.

 

WATCHING

I binge-watched series two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and THAT ENDING! I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT HOW IT ENDED!

Game of Thrones is back on TV, so that’s always good. And Tom and I have finally started watching Orange Is The New Black – I don’t know why it’s taken us this long, because it’s so good.

 

READING

April wasn’t a great reading month at all, but I did enjoy doing a buddy read of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead with Llinos from The Lilac Linnet.

 

EATING

I snuck in another trip to Nando’s, so for the second month in a row I’m going to rave about their veggie wrap. It’s bliss.

 

MOST POPULAR POSTS ON EATREADGLAM.COM

What did you enjoy in April? Feel free to leave links.

 

 

 

 

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Photography

Right In My Backyard

May 3, 2016

Dylan looking at a pondBlue and white striped sky

A striped sky hung overhead; blue and white lines repeating themselves, dragging my attention away from the quacking ducks landing on the pond, and the distant sound of cheers from the football ground.

Winter sun bathed my face and the dogs shuffled their feet, eager to dip their paws in the edge of the pond but unsure of the Canadian Goose that kept eyeing them up.

This pond and these paths have been here for over 20 years, the remains of an old brickyard, well hidden from the road. So well concealed that I didn’t even know this place existed until three years ago; it is a couple of minutes walk from my house and I didn’t even know it was here.

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I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but it’s weird how we can live our lives so in a little bubble that we don’t even know about places right in our neighbourhood.

I’ve spent my whole life in the West Midlands, and I think it’s about time that I started to really explore it.

 

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Fantasy, Young Adult

The Glittering Court buddy read with The Lilac Linnet | A winding road of cunning, pretty dresses & romance to freedom

April 28, 2016

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, a review

My love for the Vampire Academy series rapidly sealed Richelle Mead as an autobuy author for me, and when I heard that The Glittering Court was a mixture of fantasy and boarding school antics, I was all over that pre-order book.

As soon as we heard about The Glittering Court, Llinos from the Lilac Linnet and I decided to do a buddy read, so this post will be a mix of my review and some review questions that both Llinos and I will be answering in our respective blog posts. If you want to read Llinos’ post, you can find it here.

We’re introduced to Adelaide (though, not her real name at the start of the book), a countess struggling to come to terms with the loss of her family’s wealth and trying to find a wealthy suitor who isn’t boring and creepy.

Spying an opportunity, she runs away to join The Glittering Court in the hope of finding a better life, and being able to marry for love rather than business. Of course, being a book an all, it isn’t that simple and she ends up forging her way down a winding road full of cunning, stunning dresses, treachery and romance to try and get freedom for herself and the one she loves.


If the synopsis sounds a little exhausting and all over the place, that’s because it’s exactly what the book is like. Heck, I needed a rest after reading this book. The Glittering Court is definitely more like an adventure novel than a romance novel in that respect, and I love it. Who loves exciting fantasy adventure romance novels? Kel loves orange soda! Wait, that’s something else.

Richelle Mead has done an absolutely cracking job of the world building. Here’s a list of some of the few places we spend time in:

  • The fancy (but not too fancy) home of a countess.
  • A ship on a rough ocean.
  • Cape Triumph; a new city, supposedly full of savages and scary men.
  • A very fancy house in Cape Triumph, full of maids turned ladies eager to be exactly what a rich man is looking for.
  • A shack at the foothill of mountains in the wilderness.

And all of them are so well written that you can feel the wind on your face as you gaze up at mountains, and the hustle and bustle of a port.

The character development is just as thorough also. Adelaide undergoes a lot of transformation throughout the book and even though none of us have been in her position, it’s hard not to relate to her.

  • Who doesn’t want to be free to make their own choices?
  • Who doesn’t want to find someone who is interested in them for more than their looks?

Most of the secondary characters are pretty well developed too. Some of them you fall head over heels in love with, and some of them are creepy and make your skin crawl – nice and diverse, that. I feel that perhaps we could have got to know some of the other girls who are part of The Glittering Court a little more – for example, one girl is quickly painted as a bit malicious and nasty, but I don’t think we ever really see her full potential and I think she could have caused us a lot of stress if we had. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

I mentioned above that the plot is more like an adventure novel; the pace is pretty full-on, there are no dull moments, and it’s full of so many twists and turns. On top of that, the romance is just as exciting – hello, sexual tension.

From looking at Goodreads reviews, I’ve seen some comparisons to The Selection, and I can definitely see where they’re coming from; a group of girls in a house competing to be exactly what men want, and a main character who doesn’t really want to play ball. Also, pretty dresses. That’s kind of where the comparisons to The Selection series end to me.

I know it probably sounds like they’re similar, but when I was reading it I didn’t think about The Selection at all, so it’s not like it’s a rehash of it. For starters, The Glittering Court is a bit darker, more detailed, and pretty much completely different.

I’m not going to say much more because I don’t want to spoil it, so let’s move onto the buddy read questions.

 


Who would you recommend The Glittering Court to?
Anyone who loves adventure novels, main characters who refuse to give up, and the idea of a mash-up of fancy dresses and frontier life.
 
Who is your favourite character?
My favourite character has to be our main character, Adelaide, because of her refusal to give up and her determination to get the freedom she wants. Whether it’s freedom from an arranged marriage, or the freedom to love the person she wants, she would rather go down in flames than have someone else tell her what to do with her life.
 
What are your thoughts on the world building and religious aspects of the novel?
The world building was rich and so detailed, without it feeling really heavy handed, which I think takes some serious skill. The same goes for the religious aspects, and it was interesting to read about how people of other religions thought of each other and their practices – I guess a lot of their prejudice and thoughts are relevant in modern line.
 
What annoyed you about the book?
Hmmm, this one actually took a lot of thinking about because I didn’t really have any qualms. I think that if there was anything that was a teeny bit annoying, it would be the lack of development of the other girls in The Glittering Court. It is a pretty detailed book as it is, but I think that getting to know some more of the girls, aside from passing mention of their name, would have been nice.
 
What do you think of the novel’s portrayal of women?
The Glittering Court is obviously influenced by Elizabethan times and I think the portrayal of women is definitely in line with what was expected of women, and how they were treated at the time. Women were property to be sold for the highest bidder to further their families wealth; they didn’t get things like freedom or choices.
 
Are you excited about the rest of the series?
I cannot wait to read the rest of the series, for reasons I will not mention because SPOILERS!
 
Favourite quote
This was the easiest question, because as soon as I read this line I was like “YES!”. It’s the sweetest and smushiest line I’ve read in a book in a while, and it just feels so me all over. In fact, my expression was kinda like this:
Big Bang Theory Sheldon dominos
 I will take your hand and lie with you in the groves, under the light of the moon. I will build a life with you upon this green earth. I will walk by your side for so long as the sun continues to rise. The Glittering Court.
SEE WHAT I MEAN?! It’s just so…so, so…I don’t even know.
 
 
The Lilac Linnet review of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
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The Glittering Court
Richelle Mead
Romance, young adult, fantasy,
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Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join 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. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaideโ€™s deception. Complications soon ariseโ€”first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted landsโ€ฆ