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GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike!
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GLITTERAuthor: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Reader
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.
“Can you?” She paced slowly before him, her eyes never leaving his. “How will you find a coroner? How will you justify his bribe to your accountants? Do you intend to masque those bruises on her neck yourself? And those are just the easy parts. The sad truth is that a boy stupid enough to accidentally kill his own lover is far too stupid to cover it up.”
My fingers rose to my mouth at my mother’s boldness.
“Or,” the King said, sounding bored, “I could simply make you and your lovely daughter disappear. Tomorrow.”
Shards of fear ribboned down my spine.
My mother and the King stood toe to toe. It looked like a perfect stalemate—until she raised her head so the Lens in her right eye caught the dim light.
“You’re recording this!” the King accused. And in the most foolish action I’d ever seen him take, he grabbed a lace-edged handkerchief from the dead woman’s décolletage and used it to cover his face.
“I think the European Parliament would be fascinated to see the footage of the last few minutes, don’t you?” My mother said with a razor-sharp edge of danger in her voice.
The King swallowed visibly. My mother has made sure to capture everything in her recording. And the lack of sound made no difference with our lip-reading technology. Creating an accurate transcript would be child’s play. Possibly not admissible in a court of law, but since when was the legal system required to utterly ruin a man?
“You may feel powerful, Justin; you may be the King and CEO of one of the most prosperous companies on Earth, but if you don’t cooperate you’re going to remember the hard way that this is not the eighteenth century, no matter how your employees live and dress. You are not God, and you are not even the Sun King. Can you imagine, I wonder, the lengths to which France might go to see you dethroned? This Kingdom disbanded?”
“This—this is blackmail!”
“And this is murder,” my mother said, flinging one arm toward the body on the ground. “Take your pick.”
Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.
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