Review: All That Glows by Ryan Graudin (DNF)

Posted 16 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley 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 Graudin (DNF)All That Glows by Ryan Graudin
Series: All That Glows #1
Publisher: HarperTeen on February 11, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 485
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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.

Here Are My Thoughts

Why I Picked It Up

A while back I was selected for the blog tour of this novel and I was super excited to dive into it. The premise looked fantastic and I was sure that I would enjoy it.


Unfortunately, that was not the case. This novel was extremely hard for me to get into. It took me a week alone to finish 25% of it (my DNF cut-off). The premise that I had found interesting at first quickly became dull. The writing was hard for me to become engaged in, making everything that happened in the novel seem miles away. The plot itself was absolutely dull. This may have been because I didn’t get far enough in it before I stopped reading but I stopped reading around 30% because I had lost hope.

Leading Lady

Emrys, the main female protagonist, was a voice that I just could not relate to. Instead of otherworldly, she came off as flat and kind of whiny to me. She was supposed to be a magnificent faerie, but I just didn’t see it.

Leading Male

Prince Richard was just as bad. He was constantly partying and really kind of dumb. I couldn’t really find anything that I liked about his character in the section that I read.


There wasn’t much romance in the section of the novel that I read, but the beginnings of it weren’t promising at all. If it had been, I would have read father. I believe a good romance can somewhat save a novel but unfortunately there wasn’t any of that before I had to put this novel down for good.

World Building

The world building, I believe, had the potential to be great. However, it didn’t seem very detailed to me, and if it was, it was just plain confusing. There is definitely room for potential.


Unfortunately, All That Glows was not the novel for me. However, many people have loved it and enjoyed it, so it may be the one for you. I have not given up hope on Graudin to say the least—I picked up her upcoming novel, The Walled City, at BEA 2014 and I am very excited for it. Hopefully it is a better match for me that this one.

DNF Stars
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