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"I was nothing but a road to Midas. A means to get to where he wanted to go, and I paved that path in gold." My life has been made up of gilded lies. But death has been shaped from rot. Like a phoenix caught fire, I will need to rise from the ashes and learn to wield my own power. Because my wings may have been clipped, but I am not in a cage, and I'm finally free to fly fr "I was nothing but a road to Midas. A means to get to where he wanted to go, and I paved that path in gold." My life has been made up of gilded lies. But death has been shaped from rot. Like a phoenix caught fire, I will need to rise from the ashes and learn to wield my own power. Because my wings may have been clipped, but I am not in a cage, and I'm finally free to fly from the frozen kingdoms I've been kept in. Yet the world doesn't want to let me. That's the thing when you turn against a king—everyone else turns against you. Good thing I have a different king in my corner. But even with the dark threat of Slade Ravinger, the other monarchs are coming for me. So I will fight for him and he will kill for me, and if we need to become the villains, then so be it. Because so long as I live in this world, I won't be used again. Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, including past emotional and physical trauma, violence, adult language, and explicit romance. Read at your own discretion.


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"I was nothing but a road to Midas. A means to get to where he wanted to go, and I paved that path in gold." My life has been made up of gilded lies. But death has been shaped from rot. Like a phoenix caught fire, I will need to rise from the ashes and learn to wield my own power. Because my wings may have been clipped, but I am not in a cage, and I'm finally free to fly fr "I was nothing but a road to Midas. A means to get to where he wanted to go, and I paved that path in gold." My life has been made up of gilded lies. But death has been shaped from rot. Like a phoenix caught fire, I will need to rise from the ashes and learn to wield my own power. Because my wings may have been clipped, but I am not in a cage, and I'm finally free to fly from the frozen kingdoms I've been kept in. Yet the world doesn't want to let me. That's the thing when you turn against a king—everyone else turns against you. Good thing I have a different king in my corner. But even with the dark threat of Slade Ravinger, the other monarchs are coming for me. So I will fight for him and he will kill for me, and if we need to become the villains, then so be it. Because so long as I live in this world, I won't be used again. Please note: This is an adult fantasy series with dark elements that may be triggering, including past emotional and physical trauma, violence, adult language, and explicit romance. Read at your own discretion.

30 review for Glow

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    FIVE GOLDEN STARS AS IT DESERVES ⭐️!! Thank you Raven Kennedy and The Nerd Fam for gifting me with an eARC of GLOW Disclaimer: this review may contain minor spoilers but nothing major that would spoil the book. I don't think I have the right words to convey the magnitude of the emotional suffering and joy this book had caused me and I wouldn't have had it in any other way. GLOW was nothing short of devastatingly emotional, powerfully evocative and exquisitely filthy. Raven continues to craft such an FIVE GOLDEN STARS AS IT DESERVES ⭐️!! Thank you Raven Kennedy and The Nerd Fam for gifting me with an eARC of GLOW Disclaimer: this review may contain minor spoilers but nothing major that would spoil the book. I don't think I have the right words to convey the magnitude of the emotional suffering and joy this book had caused me and I wouldn't have had it in any other way. GLOW was nothing short of devastatingly emotional, powerfully evocative and exquisitely filthy. Raven continues to craft such an exceptional story that skillfully navigates through healing, trauma, depression and empowerment while gifting us with such a beautiful romance and an intriguing political overarching plot. GLOW resumes right from the explosive ending of Gleam and begins in a shroud of extreme dread within the first quarter of the book that will keep a tight hold on your heart. The game has changed and many wicked plans are at play. Many revelations and secrets begin to surface. A King with a golden touch is found dead leaving a Kingless kingdom and the Rot King stole away his gold-touched favored whose hands are drenched in royal blood. Auren must face the consequences of murdering a King. There were new POVs I did not expect but I enjoyed and they were appropriately sprinkled around the book but they don't overwhelm the POV chapters of Auren and Slade, those extra POVs are integral to the plot and there's a new romance on the horizon. I will say that this time round, this book is more focused on fleshing out the characters and the plot slowed a bit, but Raven does moves the plot to a new direction I'm very happy with. 100% more Slade content? 100% more Slade content. I expected to see more of Slade but I was delighted to get to know him in a new light and on a much deeper level. I got to understand and see the many facets of him: from Slade to King Rot and to Commander Rip. Slade is a villain through and through. He is unapologetic about it and he fully embraces his Fae nature and it's ruthless urges. I'm glad this is something Raven did not erase or attempt at a redemption arc and while he does have good intentions but he is ready to unleash the villain if anyone as so much harms a hair on Auren. I'm even more delighted to spend more time with his Wrath and witness the turbulent sibling relationship between him and his brother Ryatt. Digby also remains the precious father figure to Auren. There is a new character I think readers are going to be very excited to meet. I won't spoil who but she is an important figure for one of the characters. Many questions have been answered and I got more than I expected which I was very happy with. Many things readers have been wondering about are revealed and don't get me started on the plot twists. Thank you Raven for your generosity even if you broke and mended my heart many times throughout this book. The romance peaks but there are things that must be dealt with. There is tenderness, there is passion, there is clashing, there is love, there is wildness, and of course... it gets deliciously filthy. I have never been so throughly seduced by a character as I was by Slade Ravinger. His endearments drip like warm honey and his filthiness makes me want to forsake my own morals which I would more glaldly do so for him. I'm happy with how Raven dealt with Auren's arc especially after the events of Gleam. Her healing journey is one of my favorite fictional journeys of all time and the trauma and grief she had to come to face with after she had awoken simply shattered my heart. Auren is also still at the stage of understanding the world around her since she is a grooming victim so she has plenty to come to terms with. Raven truly did it justice. Everything is reaching its crescendo. I cannot wait for the fifth book. I need someone to put me into sleep paralysis until the next book is released because how am I supposed to move on.. Apparently the 5th book is called ✨GOLD✨ and the release date is: 8th June 2023! "If there's something you crave, if there's some freedom you want to try the taste of, then you will do it, and I will be right there with you, watching you devour your wants. And then I will devour you." Trigger Warnings: this book contains dark and adult themes and explicit sexual content.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charlene ✿

    5 stars  ★★★★★ ✧ June 2022 ✧ REVIEW TO COME BECAUSE U BET I HAVE FCKIN THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS u know what I was right. I need a lawyer for all this emotional and mental damage. ✧ May 2021 ✧ I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THIS BOOK you will be hearing from my lawyers. you know... once i get some. A YEAR!!! The Plated Prisoner series reviews:  #1     Gild: ★★★★ #2     Glint: ★★★★★ #3     Gleam: ★★★★★ #4     Glow: ★★★★★ #5     Gold: 8th June 2023 release date My review of Gleam is here ☀ 5 stars  ★★★★★ ✧ June 2022 ✧ REVIEW TO COME BECAUSE U BET I HAVE FCKIN THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS u know what I was right. I need a lawyer for all this emotional and mental damage. ✧ May 2021 ✧ I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THIS BOOK you will be hearing from my lawyers. you know... once i get some. A YEAR!!! The Plated Prisoner series reviews:  #1     Gild: ★★★★ #2     Glint: ★★★★★ #3     Gleam: ★★★★★ #4     Glow: ★★★★★ #5     Gold: 8th June 2023 release date My review of Gleam is here ☀︎ My review of Gleam is also posted on my blog ☀︎ Blog ✿ Goodreads ✿ Twitter ✿ Instagram ✿ Pinterest ✿ StoryGraph ✿ Discovery ✿

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    other than the general premise, i forgot pretty much everything that happened in the previous books… but the more i read, the more i could vaguely recall certain events, and luckily this is pretty much filler. the plot is very transitionary. it takes the final events of the third book and gives the characters (and reader) time to process it all by world-building and developing characters. which made me so happy. this book is all about slade. we learn more about his past, his family, and his orig other than the general premise, i forgot pretty much everything that happened in the previous books… but the more i read, the more i could vaguely recall certain events, and luckily this is pretty much filler. the plot is very transitionary. it takes the final events of the third book and gives the characters (and reader) time to process it all by world-building and developing characters. which made me so happy. this book is all about slade. we learn more about his past, his family, and his origins. i like auren, but im so glad for a little respite where the story isnt all about her. and slade is the perfect character to learn more about. and once all the processing is done and the characters are in a place to move forward, the final events of the book happens, which sets the stage for the next book. so yes, this is all filler, but its good filler. so i cant really complain! ↠ 3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    the release date is so far away *sobbing*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmy; ♛ the Sleepless Collector of Fairytales, Mother of Old Stories and Connoisseur of Lazy Days

    wHY do we have to wait a YEAR FOR THIS BOOK. I cannot deal with this fact. My heart is going to break. I need another five books and I need them NOW.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First, the positive: despite its flaws, this series is compulsively readable. I never want to put the books down, even when they annoy me. Now, the negatives: (and I am about to list a lot of them, but keep in mind the book still got 3 stars overall despite these things) - the first 450 pages in this book should have been edited down to about 150 pages. This section was so drawn out despite very little actually happening in it. - the final act was way too rushed, despite being 100 pages long. Thi First, the positive: despite its flaws, this series is compulsively readable. I never want to put the books down, even when they annoy me. Now, the negatives: (and I am about to list a lot of them, but keep in mind the book still got 3 stars overall despite these things) - the first 450 pages in this book should have been edited down to about 150 pages. This section was so drawn out despite very little actually happening in it. - the final act was way too rushed, despite being 100 pages long. This is partly because nothing happened in the prior 600 pages, so it feels very weird to pack 90% of the book’s action into the last 15% of the story. Also, though, the actual trial lasted all of, what, 20 minutes? And they’re sentencing her to death that quickly? What the hell is happening? This was such a mess, honestly. This part of the book should have been much more drawn out and overall just written a lot better than it was. - the sex scenes were…weird. Did anyone else find them weird? Like the dialogue in particular just did not match the vibe of the series. - Slade in this book (and honestly in the last book) felt like a very cookie-cutter fantasy romance hero. More specifically, he felt like a knock-off Rhys from Maas’ ACOTAR series. I get that authors want to capitalize on Maas’ success by emulating her stories, but to me it’s kind of like the rule that you don’t mention a movie IN a movie? Like if I’m writing a movie I’m not going to mention The Godfather, because my movie is obviously not going to be as good as The Godfather, and I don’t want to push people into making that comparison because it’ll make my movie look worse? That’s what all these ACOTAR-inspired stories remind me of. You can’t emulate ACOTAR unless you’re sure your book is better than ACOTAR. Otherwise, your book will just come across as a worse version of Maas’. - The Malina chapters felt like they didn’t belong in this book, which is a problem considering how critical they ended up being to the book’s final twist. All in all, there were some major issues with this story. That said, I will be reading the next one. See you guys next year. ———-———————————— wait why did i think this book was already out fuck my life

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    *screams* OH. MY. GODS. WHAT!?! Somebody sedate me. *screams some more* It’s not often that you find a series that starts off strong and only keeps getting better, but this is one of those rare gems of a series for me. Reading The Plated Prisoner series is like standing on the coast on a foggy day and watching the fog bank withdraw and reveal the beauty of the horizon. Your worlds starts small, but you know there is something more out there and the characters slowly come to realize it as well. It *screams* OH. MY. GODS. WHAT!?! Somebody sedate me. *screams some more* It’s not often that you find a series that starts off strong and only keeps getting better, but this is one of those rare gems of a series for me. Reading The Plated Prisoner series is like standing on the coast on a foggy day and watching the fog bank withdraw and reveal the beauty of the horizon. Your worlds starts small, but you know there is something more out there and the characters slowly come to realize it as well. It’s a beautiful unveiling that rewards the patient and dedicated. Glow was, without a shred of doubt, a five star read for me and I’m excited to see it out in the world and in everyone’s hands now, too! If you love Slade, well … this is Slade’s book. He owns it. We learn so much about him, past and present. Just when I thought I couldn’t love him more, too. I was very happy and completely enthralled with every piece we learn about him. I think everyone will be very happy. Glow answers questions, opens many doors, grew the worldbuilding by leaps and bounds and kicked up the spice several notches from Gleam. 😏 AND THAT ENDING! Yeah, Raven went there. 😱 Happy reading everyone! Original, June 7th, 2022: eARC received: ✔️ physical copy set to be delivered tomorrow: ✔️ daily thoughts of Slade in that chair: ✔️✔️✔️ times I’ll let Slade be the villain for me: ♾

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angie Cox

    THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!! I have a physical copy of Glow!!! I REPEAT! I have a physical copy of Glow!!! I will now lock myself in my room till I finish! ✌️ (Update 06/06) ——— Screaming , crying, throwing up!!!!! I just found out I’m getting the physical arc 😭 When I get my hands on it, I will sit in my room and read till I’m finished!!!!! Review to come shortly! 😍 (Update 06/05) ——— I have to wait 6 more months for the conclusion of this amazing series???? Noooooooo! 😭 May 19, 2022, please come faster. 🙏

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cass (wonderlandandwhisky)

    The Plated Prisoner series came out as my second most recommended series that people love so you can only imagine I was utterly gobsmacked and speechless when Raven was kind enough to send me through an ARC of Glow, the fourth instalment. I highlighted 80% of this book. That is no exaggeration. It is very difficult to give a thorough review without giving spoilers so I’m just going to leave a few vague points and quotes. 📕 If you thought you loved Slade before, I will tell you now, you were wrong. The Plated Prisoner series came out as my second most recommended series that people love so you can only imagine I was utterly gobsmacked and speechless when Raven was kind enough to send me through an ARC of Glow, the fourth instalment. I highlighted 80% of this book. That is no exaggeration. It is very difficult to give a thorough review without giving spoilers so I’m just going to leave a few vague points and quotes. 📕 If you thought you loved Slade before, I will tell you now, you were wrong. You will come out of this not remembering any of your other book boyfriend’s names. 📕 We get A LOT more backstory on Slade. 📕 We get some new twists. 📕 We get even more delicious banter and time with the Wrath (Hi Os 😉) 📕 Piggy backs can be s€xy as hell. 📕 I cried. A lot. I laughed. A lot. 📕 The character growth we know and love throughout the series continues. Non Spoiler Quotes: “It felt like a friendship squeeze.” “Oh Goldfinch, I see you.” “Breathe with me.” (This one made me sob uncomfortably because it’s soooooo relatable to me). “F*ck Midas.” “Huh. You’re shiny.” “I need you all to tuck your d*cks in for a second and try to think rationally. Like a woman.” I’m not a star giver but there is no doubt this would get every single star in all of the galaxies. I’m in awe. Shock. I can count on one hand the books that have made me feel how I about Glow. Raven, you are a flipping genius. Thank you for these characters and these stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Chadwick

    I was gifted an ARC of this book. If Goodreads allowed me to give this book 1 million stars, I would do it. It's an absolute fantastic continuation of the story. I literally read this book in a day. Fantastic, plain and simple. I was gifted an ARC of this book. If Goodreads allowed me to give this book 1 million stars, I would do it. It's an absolute fantastic continuation of the story. I literally read this book in a day. Fantastic, plain and simple.

  11. 5 out of 5

    siu

    IF YOU THOUGHT THE ENDING OF GLEAM WAS PAINFUL, GLOW IS TEN TIMES WORSE. I'M SCREAMING. REVIEW SOON <333 (THANK YOU NERDFAM FOR THE ARC ILYYY) IF YOU THOUGHT THE ENDING OF GLEAM WAS PAINFUL, GLOW IS TEN TIMES WORSE. I'M SCREAMING. REVIEW SOON <333 (THANK YOU NERDFAM FOR THE ARC ILYYY)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Less than a week people. I’ve heard absolutely nothing but fantastic things. And after the cliffhanger in Gleam… I need this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Glassed And The Furious

    Listen, don't gild me but I didn't like this installment as much as I wanted to. So, before I'm cast out let me explain: 1. We suddenly get so many different POV narratives. Queen Kaila, Slade, Osrik, Rissa, Auren... I just didn't like it. If this had been a consistent factor in all of her books, maybe I would have liked it more, but this was not the original style of this series and I didn't enjoy the constant jumping back and forth. 2. I also have to say that while I did enjoy some of the chara Listen, don't gild me but I didn't like this installment as much as I wanted to. So, before I'm cast out let me explain: 1. We suddenly get so many different POV narratives. Queen Kaila, Slade, Osrik, Rissa, Auren... I just didn't like it. If this had been a consistent factor in all of her books, maybe I would have liked it more, but this was not the original style of this series and I didn't enjoy the constant jumping back and forth. 2. I also have to say that while I did enjoy some of the character backgrounds we got, especially for Rip, I felt it was kind of misplaced. The fourth installment of a series seems a bit late to start building up a character that has been the main focus for the past two books. It just felt like this effort to explain Rip to us came a little late but in full force. So many chapters are dedicated to showing us his childhood and I don't know, it just felt off for me. 3. I did not care for this Rissa- Osrik arc at all. It was misplaced and misguided in my opinion and made no sense at all. Also, it was incredibly unoriginal, because basically, it is just a repetition of Rip and Auren in the second book. He gives her a nickname, practically sleeps next to her, and is all cocky and sexy, while we're supposed to see Rissa, who for three books was a strong, but nasty and self-centered woman, as a delicate and almost helpless little thing, who only wants to be free. It felt forced and I cannot stress how absolutely unnecessary and misplaced this romance was. This brings me to my main complaint about this book: for the most part, this story is not a continuation of the cliffhanger from the third book but goes in a completely different direction. I've already mentioned in my review of the third book, that I had to be honest and say there really wasn't all that much story and plot development going on. To be brutally honest, I felt like most of the book was kind of unnecessary and could have been shortened down to fit into the second installment. And I have to say, this trend continues. My kindle version of this book has 705 pages and I believe that I had to reach about page 500 until the story picks up and even then, it's not really a lot that is happening. What did I get for those 500 pages? Slade whining about almost rotting Auren. Auren whining about pretty much everything. Osrik lusting after Rissa. Digby being overly fatherly. Ryatt yelling at Slade to stop moping. Lu and Judd being nothing but comic relief. Oh yes and a whole lot of kinky, overly explicit sex. Because it's important to say that fae can be overly animalistic, dominant, and lustful creatures. Does this move the plot along? No. Is it relevant to the story? No. Is it really necessary? Again, no. But it fills lots and lots of pages. Now if the story would move along and we'd get all this kinky sex, I would have been fine. But after more than 500 pages of nothing happening, I was tired. I mean, what are the unresolved issues from the third book? - Midas, King of the Sixth Kingdom is dead. Who will take over? - Fifth kingdom is left without a king. Who will take over? - Third kingdom wants to claim Sixth, how's that going? We don't know. - Auren is accused of stealing Midas' power and all hell is about to break lose. Should we deal with that? Nope, it's more important we have Auren behave like a petulant child for hundreds of pages. It's more important to have Slade fall into self-pity and then fae-horniness. It's more important to have Auren sunbathe and discover all kinds of fun characters in fourth's capital than to actually get to work on how to prevent an all-out war. And after everything that this series has built up, this was really really disappointing. I also have to say that while in the third book I at least had the characters I enjoyed immensely to make up for this lack of story, I can't say the same for this book. It was all just too much personal drama. Slade is no longer this powerful, feared commander and king. He is a horny dirty talker who whines a lot. Osrik is what Slade was two books ago. Auren is still horribly stupid and behaves like an annoying brat a lot. Ryatt makes no sense to me. Lu and Judd are no longer badass and just the funny sidekicks. When I finally reached the end of this book (and yet another cliffhanger...) I was not excited. I was not on the edge of my seat and I doubt I will be as enthusiastic about a fifth book. Frankly, I don't understand why we can't just end this series. For two books, we've barely had any story at all. Hundreds of pages drag out maybe 100 pages worth of story. I think this series could have done with a whole lot more editing because I find 5 books (or more?) for this story just way too much. If all the diplomatic intrigues, the wars and battles and conflicts would get developed and turned into an epic man vs fae type war, it could have been enough for so many installments. But the way the way these past two pages have dragged on with barely anything happening, I doubt the fifth one will pick up the pace and deliver the action-packed sequel I have been pretty much waiting for ever since the second book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    clicktojointhemafia

    GIVE BACK HER GOLDEN RIBBONS 🔪🔪🔪🔪

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'd like to say I'm a patient person.... but that would be a lie. I can't wait to get my hands on this! I'd like to say I'm a patient person.... but that would be a lie. I can't wait to get my hands on this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    Update: the worst reviews are those that spoil the book, and knowing how excited people are for this one, I'll refrain from a lengthy one. GLOW follows the pattern of the series so far, being heavy on character development and a bit lighter on plot. Fortunately, the characters remain standouts; we toggle past and present events in this new installment, which ties up questions we've been asking since GILD and lights the torch for future questions in the next book. Auren's character growth and rel Update: the worst reviews are those that spoil the book, and knowing how excited people are for this one, I'll refrain from a lengthy one. GLOW follows the pattern of the series so far, being heavy on character development and a bit lighter on plot. Fortunately, the characters remain standouts; we toggle past and present events in this new installment, which ties up questions we've been asking since GILD and lights the torch for future questions in the next book. Auren's character growth and relationship with Slade once again remains a huge highlight of the book (the bright side, if you will), but the introduction of two new POVs was not only welcome - it ended up being the pieces I looked forward to the most. Readers hungry for steamy scenes will have their appetites whet (heh) with this one, but in typical Raven Kennedy fashion, we're also fed a healthy dose of Trauma™️, political intrigue, betrayals, twists, and violence. The last 25% of the book picks up at a breakneck pace, so while you might be able to break up the first 45 chapters as your schedule requires, definitely book a binge-session for the last 15 or so. You won't be able to take your eyes off the page. While I was admittedly hoping for more of the plot to permeate throughout the bulk of the book, I want to emphasize the masterful way Raven crafts Auren's relationships; with Slade, with the Wrath, with Digby, but primarily with herself. At times heart-wrenching and triumphant, her development is perfection. She truly remains a heroine I want to root for AND be friends with; a rare combination, these days. I'm keeping my lips sealed about the ending, but I will say this: brace yourself. Thank you to Raven and her publicity team for sending me the ARC; this is a series I'll be treasuring for a while. Now THAT. That’s an ending. Book 5 can’t come soon enough. RTC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    SLADE PLEASE STEP ON ME 🧎🏼‍♀️ THIS is Slade’s book & i couldn’t be happier. the THINGS i would let this man do to me 😩 so much about him & his past is revealed.. i didn’t think i could love him more, but now i do. this book revealed so much, but also opened a lot of doors for book 5 & i couldn’t be more excited. one of my most anticipated reads for the year and let me just say… raven kennedy, WELL DONE ✨ this series just cannot stop getting better!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reen

    Bummer. I didn’t enjoy it as much as i did on the third book but the ending really had to make me wait again?!?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sigh...this wasn't my favorite book, ever. This is just my opinion so take this with a grain of salt, but I thought this book could have been better. First, it was long. About 200 pages longer than it needed to be. There is a lot of backstory for the purpose of character development and I'm honestly confused as why this is happening in the 4th book in the series. Like how was none of this relevant until this late in the story? Adding to the length was the multiple POVs (5 different character POVs Sigh...this wasn't my favorite book, ever. This is just my opinion so take this with a grain of salt, but I thought this book could have been better. First, it was long. About 200 pages longer than it needed to be. There is a lot of backstory for the purpose of character development and I'm honestly confused as why this is happening in the 4th book in the series. Like how was none of this relevant until this late in the story? Adding to the length was the multiple POVs (5 different character POVs in total, I think?) and honestly I ended up skipping over anyone who wasn't Slade or Auren. It added zero to the book other than page length and left me confused trying to keep track of the story. Second, I wasn't feeling Slade's character, here. Something was off as his character started to develop into a gaslighting love interest and I really did not like that. Several times in this book Auren voices her confusion at her life in general and how she desires to not be lead by or be dependent on a man - Slade's response was to tell her that she was his, he was hers and not to worry her pretty head and then he seduced her. Multiple times. Where is the line between romance and not listening to Auren's needs that she was clearly voicing? I'm really confused as to why his character developed in this way and it ruined the second half of the book for me, a bit. (Spoiler warning below here) The ending was...interesting. Aka I didn't care for it. I really wanted Auren to push through her power and get herself out of her predicament because she had finally learned control and become the feminist fae character I feel like the whole book was leading up to. But instead, yet again we had to wait for Slade to come save her and dump her in another realm where apparently we're going to have a war of Queens? It's like the endings of Crescent City and War of Two Queens combined and it was lackluster to me (but again, just my opinion!). Maybe it's because I'm getting overloaded with all of the fae romances leading to multiple realms and someone who didn't know they were a Queen and now they have to war against other kingdoms...it's just not an original thematic element to use to carry on a series anymore. I'd like to see Auren & Slade's story come to an end and for the focus to shift to one of the other kingdoms we don't know much about and develop the world overall rather than dragging this current story out. But again, just because I didn't love it doesn't mean it was bad; just not the right book for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    I need the next book ASAP! Watching Auren deal with the trauma of everything she had been through was both beautiful and heart wrenching. She worked so hard to come into her own, and I loved seeing that progression in her. I can’t wait for the last book to see how everything ends!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    DNF’d at 460 pages. Raven Kennedy, please, I beg, find a scrap of originality or creativity. Please. Every female character is the exact same weak, helpless, whiny petite figure who hates a specific male but can’t do anything unless a new male helps her do it. Every male is either (a) rapey misogynistic ass that is insanely triggering to read or (b) secretly traumatized powerful tough guy. You could Google character tropes and pick different ones and see how they mix! Each character doesn’t have DNF’d at 460 pages. Raven Kennedy, please, I beg, find a scrap of originality or creativity. Please. Every female character is the exact same weak, helpless, whiny petite figure who hates a specific male but can’t do anything unless a new male helps her do it. Every male is either (a) rapey misogynistic ass that is insanely triggering to read or (b) secretly traumatized powerful tough guy. You could Google character tropes and pick different ones and see how they mix! Each character doesn’t have to be the same person with a different name. This book was entirely Auren being a petulant child, Slade being guilt ridden and reliving his daddy issues, and yet another pending war entirely hinged on that Auren is just a worthless evil saddle. Honestly, the writing is so repetitive. It needs a good editor. And again, we see the same insta-love nonsense beginning with Osrik and Rissa, copying Auren and Slade’s romance arc almost word for word. The side characters hardly mattered at all in the time I read it. This book also played into my least favorite tropes: traumatized women can only be healed by an equally traumatized man, slut shaming, insta-love, miscommunication, etc. My eyes were rolling like marbles when Kennedy did the whole “mention a mysterious Her but surprise it’s his mother not his lover” bit. Tired and played out. The jumping back and forth in time with characters and the nonsensical jump between POVs gave me a headache. I get why Kennedy wrote it this way. But it wasn’t truly necessary. If Kennedy had put more effort in developing her characters in the last three books, then there wouldn’t have been this roller coaster of character exploration. I really, initially, admired how Kennedy decided to tackle and actually show the ugly side of living through and healing from domestic and sexual violence. I thought it would be somewhat relatable, potentially inspirational. But it’s not. I feel like it’s almost fetishization at this point, especially with the introduction of Rissa’s potential romantic arc. The women aren’t really given a chance to heal or anything. They don’t even seem to process what’s happened to them before they’re thrown in an insta-lust relationship that they’re not even ready for. I know some people use sex to heal but I very much hate the message that you just need a “better” (arguable) man to heal from a man who hurt you. It’s just gross and damaging. Final thought… this is also started to feel like a darker ACOTAR ripoff. You have a stupidly powerful male with an abusive father with “dark powers”, mommy issues, who everyone believes is the most evil thing to walk the earth (but surprise he isn’t!) who has an entire city hidden away just because of the strength of his power, who has to heal a damaged woman who also great power, but she doesn’t trust herself because she was harmed by a man that was her first love… tell me it doesn’t sound a little like Rhys and Feyre?

  22. 5 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    4.5 Glowing Stars (get it? GLOWing stars?) Anyways... That was an incredible journey. We got a lot more perspective to these characters, especially Slate and his childhood. Auren is still dealing with the events in book 3 and her control over her burgeoning power. The pace was a little slower in the middle there but, hey I'm bias and I fucking love these characters, so that didn't bother me too much. But that cliffhanger? Chilling. Now, having to wait another year for the next book! 😭 P.S. So that 4.5 Glowing Stars (get it? GLOWing stars?) Anyways... That was an incredible journey. We got a lot more perspective to these characters, especially Slate and his childhood. Auren is still dealing with the events in book 3 and her control over her burgeoning power. The pace was a little slower in the middle there but, hey I'm bias and I fucking love these characters, so that didn't bother me too much. But that cliffhanger? Chilling. Now, having to wait another year for the next book! 😭 P.S. So that's what Malina's purpose for this book. I wonder why she was essential to the story ever since the beginning.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I don't even know where to begin with this book. Raven Kennedy has given us a beautiful story that will put you through all the emotions. Glow is filled with love, guilt, power, devastation, it has heart-wrenching moments, empowering moments and a touch of spice we all love. Glow is the book in the series that lets the characters heal and change as they gear up and get ready for what is to come. There is so many revelations, twists and surprises you'll love. Auren has some of the best character I don't even know where to begin with this book. Raven Kennedy has given us a beautiful story that will put you through all the emotions. Glow is filled with love, guilt, power, devastation, it has heart-wrenching moments, empowering moments and a touch of spice we all love. Glow is the book in the series that lets the characters heal and change as they gear up and get ready for what is to come. There is so many revelations, twists and surprises you'll love. Auren has some of the best character growth I've seen from a character. Her story is heart-breaking, but seeing her grow is beautiful. She deals with a lot of this book and has struggles she has to work through as she unravels the hold Midas had on her. She's such a badass character, but still has a lot of healing to do. The Slade content in this book was everything, I was not expecting to have so many chapters from his POV but I loved it. You really start to uncover who he is in this book, and each layer is so worth it. Finding out about his past was a great addition to the book. Auren and Slade together are such a lovely couple, they are always trying to help each other understand who they are, every villainous way. Their moments where my favourite, there was tender moments, wild moments, cute moments and filthy passionate moments. They defiantly still have some growing to do with each but I am excited to see it. I was surprised how many different POVs were in this book, they were from characters I didn't expect but really enjoyed reading them. They helped connect the story and set up what is going to happen in the next book. They were dotted around the book well. Many questions, big and small, were answered in this book. There was defiantly some twists and revelations I did not expect, but after reading them I could see how it all connects. This book was a roller-coaster of emotions and it is all leading up to what I know will be an explosive final book. I can't wait for it! Thank you so much to Raven and The Nerd Fam for sending me a copy of Glow!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mikki In pages

    First of all, than you so much to @ravenkennedybooks and @thenerdfam for my ARC. I'm so grateful! This is now my favorite book in the series and, favorite read of the year!!!! WHAT A JOURNEY! This book, and the series, has EVERYTHING. Fantasy, magic, intrigue, politics, criticism on high standars on moral, female empowerment, depression and resilience. It forces you to be empathic, and to understand other realities, even though we are in a Fantasy world. The way Raven writes is just... GOD, I cant First of all, than you so much to @ravenkennedybooks and @thenerdfam for my ARC. I'm so grateful! This is now my favorite book in the series and, favorite read of the year!!!! WHAT A JOURNEY! This book, and the series, has EVERYTHING. Fantasy, magic, intrigue, politics, criticism on high standars on moral, female empowerment, depression and resilience. It forces you to be empathic, and to understand other realities, even though we are in a Fantasy world. The way Raven writes is just... GOD, I cant describe it! IT'S POETRY! There's so much growth this time, and it's not from one day to the next. It's slow, and it's painful, and it's real. I'm so in love with the characters. With Auren, it is inspiring to read her and see how much she has grown. SLADE, GREAT DIVINES. WHAT. A. MAN. I loved that we got the chance to learn more about him. There’s much more romance, of course, a lot more of a lot of things 🌶️ but there's also the pressure of understanding that theres more about Auren that we still need to see This book made me cry, laugh, cry, cry more, laugh again, it destroyed me and then it put me back together, and now, a few hours after I finished it, my heart still HURTS GIVE. THIS. SERIES. A. CHANCE I'ts a complex high fantasy, yes, but is so beautifully written. Original and delicate when it needs to, and then it can be INCREDIBLY SPICY some other times... Funny and then political, and at the end you're reading a poem? Pure magic. FINALLY there's a book that actually balances spice and high fantasy, NATURALLY and perfectly. We got some new POVs that were welcomed in between the drama, with new banter and great characters. You can tell theres a lot more to the story, and I think book 5 will be even longer than this one (yes, please, I need more, and I need that 5th book like, right now!) Overall 5/5 Spice 20/5 🤣 🤣

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I’d give this book a million stars if I could. I was given an ARC of Glow by Raven Kennedy and The Nerd Fam in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, I had the most wonderful weekend devouring this story. Really, my brain is just mush at this point. There aren’t words to do this book justice. There is so much more Slade and the Wrath content and it is *chef’s kiss*. Auren that continues to develop in the most wonderful, realistic bad ass. What I love about her is that, like in the real wor I’d give this book a million stars if I could. I was given an ARC of Glow by Raven Kennedy and The Nerd Fam in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, I had the most wonderful weekend devouring this story. Really, my brain is just mush at this point. There aren’t words to do this book justice. There is so much more Slade and the Wrath content and it is *chef’s kiss*. Auren that continues to develop in the most wonderful, realistic bad ass. What I love about her is that, like in the real world, it is a painful and traumatic process to become brave, powerful, and understanding what you want. There is spice, plot twists, and a constant roller coaster of emotions. RK expertly navigates through the trauma of so many of the characters and how they battle the demons from their past. You see so much more of Slade, Ryatt, and many more (really trying to avoid spoilers, I promise!). I loved the various POVs and it added so much more to the story and arcs. I shed just as many happy tears as I did angry ones. Every chapter made my heart burst, swell or crack. As always, questions get answered and lead to even more questions. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the fifth book, and the wait will likely be just as painful as it was waiting for Glow. It’s not often each book in a series gets better and better, but RK is clearly a goddess who is expertly managing that feat. I throughly expect everyone to love this and I know my word vomit review doesn’t properly do this story justice. Glow has easily made its way into my top 3 books of all time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    I am so eternally grateful that book three's ending was so phenomenal (and NOT a huge cliffhanger) because it's going to make waiting for the fourth book so much easier. Even so, this is a world I'm so not quite ready to leave; 2022 feels so far away. I am so eternally grateful that book three's ending was so phenomenal (and NOT a huge cliffhanger) because it's going to make waiting for the fourth book so much easier. Even so, this is a world I'm so not quite ready to leave; 2022 feels so far away.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Carter

    I’m not ok I need the next one holy gracious goodness fuck

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Holy mother of god that was good. This was easily the best book I’ve read this year and this series is in my top 5 favorite series of all time. Glow went in the exact direction I wanted it to go. I loved that RK kept true to Auren’s character because there were still things Auren needed to work on even after Midas and I’m glad we got to see her character develop even more. I loved that we got Slade’s backstory because the reader, as well as Auren, knew almost nothing about him. And on that note, I Holy mother of god that was good. This was easily the best book I’ve read this year and this series is in my top 5 favorite series of all time. Glow went in the exact direction I wanted it to go. I loved that RK kept true to Auren’s character because there were still things Auren needed to work on even after Midas and I’m glad we got to see her character develop even more. I loved that we got Slade’s backstory because the reader, as well as Auren, knew almost nothing about him. And on that note, I really liked that RK had Slade and Auren basically start their relationship over in this book. I loved the new POVs and there wasn’t a single second I was bored with them. In previous books, I got bored with Queen Malina’s POV, but that definitely was not the case in this one. My one and only thing is that I had a theory that I really thought was going to be revealed at the end of the book, but it wasn’t. Maybe the next one? I guess we’ll see! 5 stars P.S. I’m pretty impressed with myself right now because I packed up 60% of my apartment this weekend while also reading and finishing this 700 page book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Em

    Honestly reading this series has been as similar as to taking steps of the staircase because with each step which is surrounded by a mist, because you would never know which step would make you fall and which lead you ahead; however you just have to trust and know at the end you would definitely reach the top. I really loved this one, I knew I loved Slade, but, the sides of the him this books has given me the glimpse of his life and his past has now left me surprised and extra intrigued; as now I Honestly reading this series has been as similar as to taking steps of the staircase because with each step which is surrounded by a mist, because you would never know which step would make you fall and which lead you ahead; however you just have to trust and know at the end you would definitely reach the top. I really loved this one, I knew I loved Slade, but, the sides of the him this books has given me the glimpse of his life and his past has now left me surprised and extra intrigued; as now I even want more. And, he really deserves everything and so much more. However, one of the best part of this book was Auren’s character arc and her growth. Kennedy did the absolute justice to it. And, I can’t be more than happy about it. After everything she’s been put through; she’s growing and spreading her wings. And it made me love and adore her so much more than I did. We also get to meet some of the new characters that seems interesting and I have a feeling, they are going to play a pivotal part into the next book. Also, the romance? My god it was amazing. They’re everything and I loved every side of it; from the quick-sharp banter, playfulness, soft/tender moments, their wild/erratic fae one.. I really love how they are best friends first and lovers later because in my opinion, that’s what led them to reaching the pinnacle of their romantic intimacy and the relationship. But now as I have finished it I wished i didn’t read it because how am I going to wait till the next book? Raven Kennedy I don’t know you expected us to live, laugh, love after that ending? Ofc I was expecting surprises and twists and turns but still I can’t say anything except SHIT 😭 - Also, thank you Nerd fam and Raven Kennedy for providing an e-arc in exchange of the review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amrit

    WHAT. W H A T ?!? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I CANT FUCKEN HANDLE THIS WHAT THE FUCK MAN I can’t. I love Slade so much it literally hurts me. Loving Slade is the reason this hurts. I have to say I’m afraid after the debacle of TWOTQ - Raven, please don’t ruin my life the way JLA did. I have to say that I appreciate how candid Raven Kennedy is about trauma and intimate partner violence. The process of recovery is slow and not always pretty. Sometimes it’s mean and defensive and snappy and sometimes it’s WHAT. W H A T ?!? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I CANT FUCKEN HANDLE THIS WHAT THE FUCK MAN I can’t. I love Slade so much it literally hurts me. Loving Slade is the reason this hurts. I have to say I’m afraid after the debacle of TWOTQ - Raven, please don’t ruin my life the way JLA did. I have to say that I appreciate how candid Raven Kennedy is about trauma and intimate partner violence. The process of recovery is slow and not always pretty. Sometimes it’s mean and defensive and snappy and sometimes it’s scared and needs safety and protection. This felt real to me and I appreciate that Auren worked hard for her progress and wasn’t magically healed two chapters in.

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