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The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

ewil6681's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

thewrittenwarrior's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

juju8j's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

layla_platt's review against another edition

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5.0

By far my absolute favourite out the series. Tamsin just made my heart so happy. She was so strong and powerful and I loved her feminist aspects so much. TOTAL ROLE MODEL.

rheamsbrittany's review against another edition

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5.0

This Glittering Court finale was the best SO FAR! Wow.

I liked The Glittering Court, it reminded me of the Selection. The second book was good but my last favorite of all three. This one ... it had tons of action, love , just everything. I mean I liked it so much. Iā€™m shocked.

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4.0

Book 1 was ehhh for me. Book 2 was frustrating (the audio accents, or lack thereof from Mira's narration) ... but I really liked this one! Whereas with most series, if you have any time in-between books, there is a worry you will forget some of the storyline. NOT a problem here. These three books could almost be stand-alones. One does not pick up where the other left off in the usual manner, but they overlap and are told from different perspectives. As I hadn't really liked the first book, it was a while before I picked up the second. Again, not being thrilled with it, it was a while before I came back for the finale. I'm glad I did though.

Whereas Adeline and Mira's story starts at the very beginning, back before they join the Glittering Court, Tamsin's tale begins right smack in the middle, with the Glittering Court in full swing, right before the exams. Having read book 1 and 2, we had some idea of what happens to Tamsin. We know that she leaves the girls for the other ship, that ship was lost at sea, that the girls do survive and show up again, that Tamsin gets involved with the Governer's son and then is again presumed dead, just to show up and save the day in the end. Even knowing ALL THOSE SPOILERS per se, I absolutely enjoyed getting the backstory of what actually happened from Tamsin's perspective. I liked getting to know Tamsin better (as she hadn't been super likeable in the other books) and I fell for the romance.

I don't think one could read JUST this book ... the others set up the situation much more, but out of the three, this one was the best, the one I simply enjoyed the most.

aphelia88's review against another edition

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5.0

Several reviews have noted that this trilogy is similar to [a:Kiera Cass|2987125|Kiera Cass|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1318605410p2/2987125.jpg]' [b:The Selection|10507293|The Selection (The Selection, #1)|Kiera Cass|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1322103400s/10507293.jpg|15413183]; having not read that series, I cannot comment on the comparison. There is nothing fantastic about this series: nothing supernatural or otherworldly. However, the Glittering Court is a delightful, fun read that is totally different from Mead's other series, and suitable for any high fantasy fan who likes courtly, palace-type political intrigue! And pretty dresses šŸ˜Š

I loved the first two Glittering Court books - [b:The Glittering Court|27272506|The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)|Richelle Mead|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1460577362s/27272506.jpg|47326016] and [b:Midnight Jewel|29935867|Midnight Jewel (The Glittering Court, #2)|Richelle Mead|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1480682189s/29935867.jpg|50323546] - and I've been eagerly waiting for Tamsin's book. It did not disappoint! What a rollercoaster journey. The last in the trilogy, her story is grimmer than those of her friends Adelaide and Mira, and is told in a somewhat circuitous fashion.

Tamsin has been fighting so hard to be the "Diamond" - or top girl - of the Glittering Court for a very good reason
Spoilera secret daughter, her "younger sister" Merry
. Tamsin is determined to raise herself and her entire family above their hardscrabble working poor existence.

We start back in time, moving over events we already know to her experience of the shipwreck on the way to win a husband in Adoria. Her journey meanders considerably and winds up in some strange places; it takes a while for the story to really take off, around the halfway point, but after that it is a rollicking ride right up to the end!

We watch Tamsin struggle to listen to her head and ignore her heart. First, she thinks she may be in love with charismatic Gideon, a preacher in the dreary town of Constancy that takes in the shipwrecked girls, despite obviously disapproving of their "frivolities", and thinks them little better than prostitutes. Increasingly at odds with the overzealous evangelists that run the town and are set on working the girls to the bone as free labor - in the guise of saving their corrupt souls, of course - Tamsin is forced to escape.

She accidentally lands in a political quagmire. Various ethnic factions believe they are being attacked by the others, and Adoria is soon on the verge of war. But as a witness to two "raids" that have instigated hostilities, Tamsin quickly realized that nothing is as it seems and some sort of hidden agenda is at work. With only her considerable wits and charming wiles, Tamsin must avert the crisis, save her fellow gemstone-rated brides-to-be and manage to make it back to the rest of the group in time to snag a rich husband.

She meets eccentric trader Jago (Jacob) Robinson on her journey and they have a great, teasing banter. Jago slowly awakens the heart that Tamsin has so long forced into slumber. But he is not the wealthy husband she needs to provide for her family.

The pleasure of the story lies with the way Tamsin's ruthless, single-minded (and completely understandable) ambition runs up against her new experiences of the world and the realization that she doesn't need to be any man's bride to make a living for herself and those she loves.

The ending is a little abrupt and would have greatly been enhanced by a few more details about Tamsin's new life
Spoilerespecially her reunion with her daughter, Merry
. But it does end on a hopeful note for her future, and the days ahead look brighter than any diamond šŸ’Ž

pascaleb's review against another edition

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5.0

I absolutely loved this trilogy! Each book was written from a different perspective of the three main girls in the novels. I loved getting to see their journey from different points of view!

compassionatebibliophile's review against another edition

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5.0

Richelle saved the best for last. Love Tamsin.

claudia_grace29's review against another edition

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4.0

My favourite of this series! I love Tamsin so so soooo much, and her story was phenomenal. I didn't give this a five just because the ending was a little rushed.