Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Glimmerglass: By Jenna Black



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…


First the sexy thing was vampires.

Then it turned into angels.

Now authors are trying to make it the Fae, with books like Glimmerglass.

Glimmerglass takes place in a world almost exactly like our own, except for one small difference, there is magic. Not everywhere mind you only in a small area in England called Avalon where the land of Faerie and the mortal world overlap. It is here that both the Fae and humans can coexist together. And it is here where the story begins.

The story revolves around Dana and her parents and relatives attempts to win her over, as Dana is a rare Faeriewalker, someone who is able to bring magic into the mortal world and technology into Faerie. While this plot sounds interesting enough, Glimmerglass acts as more of a prequel to the series than a real first book. It sets up the struggles, introduces the characters, and explains what the conflict is about. And while it does all that it includes very little magic or action.

In fact while I liked the idea for this book and can see the potential the series holds, I felt a little disappointed with this first book. I liked the protagonist but wasn’t connected to any of the other characters good or bad. Not only that but the way the Fae acted bothered me. In all other books I’ve read that include Fae, the characters from Faerie have been much more conniving and much less human. Not only that but they’ve been unable to tell lies, and so they bend the truth to no end. And while I understand its every authors right to remodel their characters as they like, these small details bothered me like a pebble in a shoe.

That said, this book and this series will make a great addition to any teen girls bookshelf. It is ripe with teen sexual tension, the beginnings of adventure, and teen drama, as well as the hope of more magic in future books. And it is because of this promise of more to come that will have even a more skeptical reader waiting to give the second book in the series a shot as well.


7 out of 10


Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Published: May 25, 2010

Price: $9.99

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