Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1) by Jenna Black

YA Fantasy

Rating: 3 Stars

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

Dana Hathaway doesnt know it yet, but shes in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides shes 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.

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.

First Thoughts: I love this cover! It's so beautiful and mysterious. I like this idea of the world knowing that the faeries and magical creatures exist. In fact it seems like they coexist to a certain extent. I think a lot of teens can relate to that first part of the synopsis, parents with an alcohol problem. I know I sure did.

Writing Style: I don't think I have any real big complaints in this section except it took me forever to just fall into the story. The only parts I really got into it was the parts with action in it. I just felt like all the other things that happen were trying to hard. The voice is missing for me too. I felt like this wans't a sixteen year old talking. I know that she had to grow up fast but teenagers still sound like teenagers.

Characters: I instantly sympathized for the character. I have never had a drunk relative embarrass me like that so I didn't know how exactly she felt but Jenna did pretty well in making her problems seem plausible and real. I didn't fall for Ethan though. I honestly don't like the 'too good for you' kind of guys. Every sentence about him reeked of self obsorbtion. Her father is just as bad. He choses not lie to her but he still treats her like a child. It's like he is flipping a switch in the relationship. I definatly disliked him more when I read the ending.

Final Thoughts: This book was good but I wouldn't call it amazing. I loved that Jenna created this world that intertwined with the human world. It's really interesting to think about. No matter what I liked about it I just couldn't fall into it like I have with other books. To me it didn't feel like a young adult book and I felt like I had to force my way through it. I don't like that feeling. I will probably read the next one though because I hate leaving stories that have an even bigger ending. I'm addicted to series, what can I say?

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