Review: ‘All That Glows’ by Ryan Graudin

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘All That Glows’ by Ryan GraudinAll That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Series: All That Glows #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 11th 2014
Genres: Fairies, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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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.


Why’s a pretty girl like you getting dressed up and hitting the clubs for water?
Always? So, like, an invisible stalker?
What runway did you get her off of? And where can I get one?
You’ll become hunt king you’re written to be.
Strawberries and spring. That’s what you taste like.
You’re like no one I’ve ever known.
You aren’t my escape. You’re the reason I stayed.
Let me do this for you. For us.

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  1. Breanne

    March 16, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Interesting! I really want to read this. Great review!

  2. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey

    March 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    I’ll admit that fae books are kind of my guilty pleasure, but the synopsis definitely puts me off. The romance absolutely sounds awful; I can’t imagine that my thoughts on it would be any different than yours. Great review!

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