Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Title: Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker series #1)

Author: Jenna Black

Genre: YA - Fantasy

"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..." ~Goodreads


I absolutely love Fae stories, some of my favorites being: The Wicked Lovely series, the Iron Fey series, and a slightly older favorite War for the Oaks.  I don’t know why it took me as long as it did to get Glimmerglass but I have to say I’m definitely glad that I did! This book really exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book was unique and different from any other Fae stories I’ve read before. Needless to say I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to delve further into it.

I really liked the world that Ms. Black created; it’s interesting and makes a great backdrop for the story. I also think that the way she combined the modern technical world with the Fae worked really well.

I thought Dana’s character was very likeable and real, the fact that she had to grow up quickly during her childhood adds that factor of relate-ability to her character and a lot of people can connect with that. Another thing I liked was Dana’s narrative throughout the story; it was witty yet vulnerable at the same time. Overall I thought all of the characters were intriguing in their own way and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them.

Not to be spoilery but I can see the possibility of a love triangle in future installments, and I’ll just go ahead and state now that I Keane would be my favorite of the two main guys at this point, I seem to always love the bad ass guys with the snarky attitude lol.

While this may not have been the absolute best Fae book I’ve read it’s definitely one of the most unique ones and can easily stand on its own among the many other Fae stories out there. Glimmerglass is a really nice modern take on Faeries; it has action, fantasy, a little romance, and a nice creep-factor. I was hooked on the story from beginning to end, and overall it was a really enjoyable read. I’m really looking forward to continuing with this series!

4 Stars!


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