Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by: Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: October 24, 2017
from Balzer + Bray
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?"

My Thoughts:

This book let me down oh so much. There is so much potential, but for me it just never delivered. I feel like I never truly got invested in the story or cared for any of the main characters.

What bugged me the most is that we start off with one set of characters in Wil and Owen and Gerdie. And we get to know them and love them, but then at about the 30% mark we switch characters and Wil meets new people in Loom and Zay and I just never connected to Loom and Zay like I did with the original characters. The switch just made the story feel so disjointed and I was upset that I got to know those original characters and then never really got to see them again. And I’m sure they’ll pop back up in the sequel, but I felt like we should have kept up with those characters at some point.

Also I did not love Loom as a love interest at all. I never felt the connection between the two and then all of a sudden they seem to love each other and I dunno, I just never bought into it.

Also the book felt very anticlimactic to me. Things kept happening and there was action, but I never felt like the story built up to any one thing. I never felt like the story was going anywhere in particular and that makes it hard to be invested in the story as a whole.

The Glass Spare had a lot of potential and I really wish it had lived up to that potential. Sadly this one let me down.

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