Friday, June 18, 2010

Review : Glimmerglass

Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Published: May 25th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2010)
Details: Paperback, 294 pages

Synopsis: Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the 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 who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . . .

Thoughts: While I was looking at my Goodreads page, I noticed Glimmerglass seems to be a hit or miss kind of book. Luckily I fall into the former rather than the latter. Glimmerglass takes everything you know about the mortal world and Faerie, but adds a spin to it. What if you were born half-mortal and half-fae? What if you were truly one of a kind, so rare other fey will do anything to possess you ? And what if you couldn't trust anyone, not even family?

If you raised your hand to any of these questions, you'll have an understanding of what Dana Hathaway is going through. After dealing with her drunk mother since the age of 5, Dana decides to call her astranged father and meet him for the first time.

You'd think it'd be simple. Fly overseas, have your father pick you up at the airport, go to Avalon and begin bonding. But I guess no one warned Dana when it comes to the fey, things are rarely ever simple.

First there's Aunt Grace: high strung, scary Then there's Ethan and Kimber. Ethan, with his gorgeous fae looks and the ego the size of a football field. Even Dana can't withstand his charm. And Kimber, so cold and guarded on the outside and at the same time, down to earth and a great friend, when she wants to be. The thing is, they all have their own motives and it's up to Dana to figure out what they are.

What I loved about this book is the details the author puts into every little thing. From the setting to the characters and events, the reader is setup for one heck of an adventure. At times, the pacing can be a bit slow, but when this happens, the author throws in a random, hilarious joke or two. Something to keep you on your toes.

Now, on to swoon-worthy boys. The first one (the one the synopsis speaks of) is Ethan. Yes he's good looking, sweet yet arrogant, but he doesn't think before he acts. This will get him into deep waters quick. Teenage boys, what ya gonna do? Now, Finn. I liked him most out of all the guys. The thing is, I think he's probably around 1000 years old and not at all interested in being anything but Dana's body guard. Still, Finn is made of win! And the last of the boys I'd like to mention is Keane. There really isn't a lot of information on Keane. Just the basics. He's a good fighter, Finn's son and dresses very goth. Hopefully the sequel will go further into details about this mysterious love muffin.

I would recommend Glimmerglass to any reader who enjoys novels about faeries. It's a quick summer read I'm sure you'll enjoy. Plus, the cover? Gorgeous. And it comes in paperback! Considering a lot of books are coming out in hardback nowadays, it's refreshing to find a good read without paying the usual $17.99.


  1. "mysterious love muffin" HA! I love

  2. I love me some Glimmerglass! i was happy to see it in paperback, too. US poor YA readers have to pay more money on average than fans of any other genre, I'm betting. Most of my UF & SF puchases? 6 or 7.99.

    Oh, and I'm a Keane fan, even on as little as we know of him. :-)


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