All That Glows by Ryan GraudinAll That Glows by Ryan Graudin

All That Glows

byRyan Graudin

Paperback | February 11, 2014

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For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Lesley Livingston comes a clever twist on the mortal/immortal love story by hot debut author Ryan Graudin. Intense and electric, this is the ultimate tale of forbidden love.

Emrys, a spirited and charismatic Faery Guard of the British monarchy, is sent to London to guard Richard, the bad-boy prince of England, from assassins and paparazzi. Despite her status as a guard of the royals, Emrys struggles with her feelings as she tries to not fall in love with the charming prince. But when an ancient Fae murders the king, Richard’s father, and starts attacking the other royals, Emrys must risk everything to hunt through London’s magical dark side in order to protect her charge—and the boy she loves.

Ryan Graudin grew up by the sea, surrounded by oaks draped in Spanish moss. She was perfectly content there until her mother dragged her on a trip to London. Wanderlust has plagued her ever since, an ailment she sates with heavy doses of traveling and writing. Her first novel,All That Glows, was the direct result of both. Ryan currentl...
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Title:All That GlowsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062187414

ISBN - 13:9780062187413

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too much romance for me All That Glows is probably my second ever fae novel that I have read. There's not a lot within this genre because I always assume they're like Tinkerbell and the fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty. This one didn't have that. We have a plethora of evil faes and good ones too. Going into the story, I thought it was pretty standard, a body guard for the royal family and the like. I pretty much assumed this would be a romance because let's face it, this is one predictable story-line. You just know she's going to have to give something up. I didn't really understand where the faes came from even though there was snippets of the past and how faes were always around humans in history, there was no clear cut explanations as to where they come from. I only assumed they were part of nature and along the way humans who started building technology that made them sick. As for the characters? I had a lot of trouble with the decisions these characters made. I guess you can say they were blinded by love. The worst character who fell under the spell is our main character, Emrys. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Being a good guard and following her Queen's orders. That is until she starts to guard the crown prince Richard. All her logic goes out the window. I couldn't understand how naive she became around him. She's supposed to protect him but she doesn't and ends up in the worst scenarios ever. I couldn't really understand her actions at all. Ultimately the romance was the biggest downfall for this book. It was cheesy, instant and downright unnecessary? I couldn't fathom why she fell in love in the first place? He barely had a personality except being a party boy. Not someone you'd love to be with in my opinion. Overall, I think it's safe to pass this one unless you're really into romance.
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Faeries, Guardians and a whole lotta action! This is a new and exciting read! - Nova @ Out of Time Faeries, Guardians and a whole lotta action! This is a new and exciting read! - Nova @ Out of Time I enjoyed this book way less than I should have. I felt like my expectations were high —for whatever reason. Lets just say that it was a minor disappointment; this is still a positive rating. The first 1/4 was like me being strung without wanting to be and it was after that when I started enjoying the ride. This is a story about the Frithmaeg. These are reminiscent of a Fairy Godmother. Emrys is one of them and all Frithmaeg are to protect the Crown (Royals of England because of past history). But who she's protecting happens to be future king, Richard. And their relationship is...problematic to say the least. Y'know the fact that there's something going on that's just not quite right. Emrys and Richard as characters were great. They had smooth dialogue, actions that didn't irritate me and some very cute scenes. But thy didn't make me feel. I like to feel personal connections with characters and these two gave me nothing. Somehow, I just felt so indifferent about these characters. On a personal level, they could've been part of the scenery. What I actually would rate 5 stars hands down? Ryan's beautiful prose. Her descriptions were graceful and almost song-like as I had no problems in the imagination department. Her dialogue also reflected on the character in a flattering light and she was consistent. Her dialogue also held the right emotion in the right situation. If her entire novel was like this prose, I would've had no problems giving it 5 stars off the bat. However... Jumping back, the relationship between Emrys and Richard was Instalove. They have some sort of "connection" when they first meet which later we find out is actually explainable. But Emrys takes an interest in him and...BANG, they're in love. They were both taken with each other despite Emrys not actually being allowed to reveal herself as his guardian. There was close to no development in how they got from strangers to lovers but as loves, they shared a lot of moments. Their actual relationship is pretty strong but how they got there lacks some serious progression. Plus, besides mini gushing, I didn't feel for this relationship either; in the beginning. Overall, this story was enjoyable, light with dark themes, cute and full of magic! I recommend to people who like faeries, conspiracy or a good mystery.
Date published: 2015-01-03