Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review of Glimmerglass

My review of Glimmerglass by Jenna Black is based on a paperback copy of the book that I borrowed from my local library. The following review is my honest opinion.

Goodreads Summary: "It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp...

Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble.  When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she's had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl--she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with... until she does.  Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again."

For all of those who have read my reviews on Typing Tiara before you'll know that I'm a huge fan fairies and for the most part am instantly drawn to any book about them. Glimmerglass was no exception. [The cover, being incredibly gorgeous and sparkly, helped too.] But Glimmerglass wasn't anything like the novels about the fey that I'm used to it took a radically different approach, reminding me vaguely of the way things worked with Artemis Fowl only in this case rather than being hidden things were out in the open.

Normally I would wish I could be Dana simply because she was fae and my desire to wake up one morning and discover that I am a fairy even outweighs my yearning as a child to be a mermaid princess. [Though I still consider it an excellent back-up plan.] Instead I find myself admiring Dana because of her independence, her quick thinking and her determination. All of which are traits that I wish could be bottled up and sold to me for a low cost. Put simply Dana is an awesome heroine.

I might have a little crush on Ethan. I mean he is referred to, by Dana, routinely as the hottest fae boy ever. Or something like that. And those grins of his? I'm sucker for a boy who grins. [Which is how I ended up with my BF, that grin of his had me melting from the moment I met him.] And as for Keane, let's just say he has major potential.

The plot was fast-moving and Dana was in a constant state of tug-o-war with those around her and herself. She was surrounded by a captivating cast of secondary characters all of whom seemed completely fully developed, something you don't often see when there's as many as were present in Glimmerglass. I'm giving Glimmerglass by Jenna Black a four out of five stars review.

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