07 June 2010

Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Faeriewalker #1
Genre: YA
Release Date: May 25th, 2010

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….

I've never been a big fan of faeries, but I read the blurb of this book and it sounded good, so I decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did.

I liked Dana from the start. After all the problems her mother has given her, she kept going until she couldn't take it anymore, and even then, she worried about her mother. She's used to being the responsible person in her family, but when she arrives at Avalon, everything changes.

Her aunt locks her up, her father is in jail and 2 teens kidnap her from her aunt's cell. She has always been unnoticed, but suddenly everyone in Avalon wants something from her. When she realizes that Ethan, one of the teen fae that kidnapped/rescued her has been lying to her, she takes charge and decides to go with her father.

Seamus, Dana's father, is cold and manipulative, but it seems like he always tells her the truth (even though sometimes it isn't the whole truth). It was nice that they were awkward with each other and didn't know what to do with one another. I can't wait to see how the relationship evolves in future books.

I didn't much like Ethan. I could sense there was something fishy about him since the beginning, and even though he redeems himself, I don't trust him.
Kimber is Ethan's younger sister and the one who helped him kidnap Dana. She puts up a tough facade, but deep down she has a lot of insecurities. She was one of my favourite characters, and also one of the few friends Dana has. I loved seeing how competitive the siblings were with each other.

My favourite characters were without a doubt Finn, Dana's bodyguard and Keane, Dana's young trainer. Both of them are mysterious, lethal and have a good side hidden. I much prefer Keane as a love interest for Dana than Ethan. I guess there could be a love triangle at the horizon.

All in all, this was a great start of a series that has made me change my attitude toward faerie themed books. I can't wait to read what happens next.

Memorable Lines:

"Any chance you could give me a little breathing room?" I asked him as we left a silversmith's store. I'd have love to have taken more time looking at the jewelry, but Finn had made the shopkeeper so visible nervous I decided the only decent thing to do was get out.
Finn shook his head.
I frowned up at him. "Do you talk?" Maybe that was on the blunt side, but I was getting tired of his strong, silent-type act.
One corner of him mouth twitched, like he was suppressing a smile. "Only when necessary," he answered.

Next Book:
Shadowspell - 2011



Book Crazy Jenn said...

I got this one recently, I cant wait to read it, especially now - once I have time anyway! :) Wonderful review...I am not a fairy person but something about it just screams at me!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I like when a book surprises you a little bit. Glad you gave it a try and ended up enjoying it so much. I have this one on the wishlist to get. I am looking forward to it. :)

Patti said...

I'm not a big fan of faeries either but this does sound like a good book. Will add to my To Bo Bought, thanks!