THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS Review and Wine Pairing

The glittering, captivating, and drama-filled world of The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights is one of my literary obsessions. I enjoy being immersed in these stories so much and already can’t wait to re-read them!

About the Book

32711705Title: The Dazzling Heights

Author: Katharine McGee

Pub. Date: August 29, 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 432

Preorder: Amazon

New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….


Wine Pairing

This book is full of far too much glitz and oppulence to be paired with anything other than a stunning sparkling wine, so I paired The Dazzling Heights with this Chandon Brut. This wine is full of rich aromas and a hint of spice, which certainly goes well with with this scintillating storyline.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*

My Review


The Dazzling Heights has all the glitz, the glam, and the drama of The Thousandth Floor, so if you liked the first book in this sparkling series, then I guarantee you will love this one as well.

All our favorite characters from book one are back…most of them anyway, and boy-oh-boy are they badder then ever. Never having been a New York high-society gal myself, I can’t attest to whether or not all that beauty and privilege truly is accompanied by this much drama, but for me, it is incredibly entertaining to read about! I simply cannot get enough of it. And it’s also very well-written!

Katharine McGee introduces us to some new and, of course, complicated characters in The Dazzling Heights. They proved to be such fantastic new additions to the cast. There is also a new romance that I shipped, and I shipped it hard! I can’t wait to fangirl over it with some of you!

The stakes for each of these characters is constantly at such a high, which is definitely part of the reason why I am continuously glued to the pages. The way the author blends all the individual story lines together makes for a plot that is fast-paced, entertaining, and utterly addictive.

My one complaint about The Dazzling Heights would be that I wanted to see more of the tower itself. The world that Katherine McGee has created in these stories is gorgeous, glittering, and a place that my imagination just adores living in. There were definitely some cool new techy elements, but this novel didn’t have the same level of focus on the setting as the first book did, and I did miss that a bit. I would love to see more of this phenomenal world in book three.

I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. I finished it days before rating it, because I kept going back and forth between a four or five star rating. If Goodreads did half stars, this would definitely be a 4.5 for me. This is one of my favorite YA series currently on the market, and I simply cannot wait for more.

About the Author


From Katharine’s Website

Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working as an editor by day and writing by night, that she began a manuscript about life in a futuristic skyscraper. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

Did you guys read The Thousandth Floor? Did you love it as much as I did? Will you be picking up The Dazzling Heights when it comes out this month?

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25 thoughts on “THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS Review and Wine Pairing

  1. kozbisa says:

    This was 4.5 stars for me too, and I liked some of the paths she allowed certain characters to travel. And I am totally shipping that couple. They are awesome together. I thought there were some interesting technological mentions, but seriously, I wish they had self-cleaning diapers when my daughter was a baby. Great review!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Yes! I really love the various plot lines. They are each so fun to follow. And right about that couple?! Oh my goodness, that was a pleasant surprise! There definitely was some fun tech mentioned in the book. I particularly enjoyed the graveyard. I think I wanted some more of the glitzy tech like the bubble drinks and stuff from The Thousandth Floor. To be honest, I would love a little companion text on the history of the tower and all the awesome tech inside of it.Thank you!

  2. theresajs says:

    Great review! I can’t wait to read it!
    I think part of the appeal of this series is stepping into someone else’s life that I could never be a part of – the glitz and glamor of the wealthy (or how we perceive it anyway!) plus I love stories that take place in the future!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I completely agree with that. It’s so addictive and when you add that futuristic element to it all, it’s just a world I want to live in. I love it!

  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    These books are just far too pretty, and that wine that you paired was fantastic. This post was just brilliant overall. I just skimmed your review to get the main points, because I think you convinced me that I definitely need to try it out. 🙂 Wonderful post! 😀

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I think you’ll definitely like it if you liked the first one. 🙂 I’m so addicted to this series!

  4. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Ugh! I cannot WAIT for this series to be completed. Based on everyone’s reviews I feel like I’ll be compelled to binge-read this series in its entirety. Will there be more books in this series? I can’t seem to find any details…

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I have so much fun with this series! I definitely feel like there will be more based on the ending of THE DAZZLING HEIGHTS, but I can’t find info anywhere regarding how many either. I’ll let you know if I do hear anything about that. 🙂

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It’s true. I think sometimes it’s because contracts aren’t finalized for the number of books the authors want to write. Not sure if that’s the case here. Honestly, I would love to see several books in this series. I love the world so much.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That happens more often than I like to imagine! I feel bad for those authors– they have a whole world in their head and a whole plan, but due to how publishing works they need to wrap up each story at the end. It’s one of the reasons I love reading series from tried-and-true authors. They have that luxury!

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It’s so true. I think authors have to prove that they will be commercially successful sometimes in order to get those big multi-book deals, and sometimes that ends up being a loss for the reading community. But I also understand that it’s a business and they have to make money in order to publish books, so what can you do? That is where waiting for all the books in a series to be out would definitely be a plus! 🙂

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