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Synopsis: Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought.
Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous King. It’s a terrifying position to be in…and yet it’s oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter—-a drug Dani can’t resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage.
In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber’s freedom and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being Queen to addictive?
I was a little iffy about trying Shatter after reading it’s predecessor, Glitter, but I’m glad I did, because I found this so much more enjoyable. Although I loved the world building and setting, I gave the first book a paltry 1.5 stars mainly because I absolutely loathed Dani who I felt had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. What a difference a book makes. Dani is still dealing Glitter but she now sees the moral repercussions of what she is doing. Unfortunately, she’s trapped, as if she stops, her true love Saber will be killed by Reginald, the man supplying the drugs. And to make things worse, she’s forced to marry Justin, the loathsome King of the Palace of Versailles, and along with her small group of friends discovers a horrific plot afoot.
Dani matures so much in this sequel, although that also means she’s forced to become as ruthless and calculating as Justin at times, for the greater good. I was shocked and thrilled to see this new side of her. She also shows her vulnerability when in order to cope she keeps her stays under her dresses as painfully tight as possible to give her a sense of control.
Thankfully she has the ever loyal Saber at her side to help her. But this also brings me to why this didn’t get a full 5 stars. In both books, Saber served as a voice of reason to Dani, even if she didn’t always listen to him. By now I expected their relationship to go up to the next level. Yes, they do become a couple, but there’s very little romance, and what there is, it’s more told, rather than shown. Despite a couple of touching scenes, I just never found their love completely believable.
Overall though, I was impressed with how much an improvement Shatter was over Glitter. Because of the way the book ends, I’m not sure if there’s to be a third, but I’m rather hoping there is.