It seems most people found Richelle through Vampire Academy while I found her through Dark Swan which reminds me I never did finish that series. I do admit that going by the title and the cover I thought this book was going to be about fairies but it isn't. It is considered a fantasy book but I think historical fiction with a sprinkling of fantasy is more accurate. I really enjoy Richelle's books. I've never met one that I haven't liked so far.
This is the story of a countess who assumes the identity of her maid to avoid being forced into marrying her cousin. She goes to the Glittering Court which is basically a school that teaches girls how to be a proper lady. It is like a matchmaking service that allows girls to get opportunities they might not have if they stay in Osfrid. They go to Adoria and Adelaide who is an awesome character by the way meets two girls and form a really great friendship. Yes there's friendship in this book. I love when that happens since it all too often seems to fall by the wayside but writing a book is hard so it must be difficult to try to balance everything without something ending up in the lacking category.
While I did enjoy this book I have to admit that I kind of find it a bit creepy that men are essentially selling girls to men but it is a little less creepy since the girls do get to pick who they plan to marry or if they plan to marry. I don't think everyone will enjoy this book. If you're looking for a fantasy book this isn't really it because there's only a hint of fantasy about this book despite it being called a fantasy. If you enjoy Richelle's writing you might want to give it a try since when it comes down to it the only person whose opinion ultimiately counts when reading a book is your own. Also if you're not sure about this book there's always the option of checking it out from the library. I consider that a way of test driving a book before making up my mind about whether or not I want to get a copy.