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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 05/25/10
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...

Plot: 5 Stars
The idea of the mortal world and the faerie world intersecting in a specific point, Avalon, was a very interesting take on faerie lore. Up until now, I've only read about the two worlds existing completely together or completely apart. I really enjoyed how the two races could co-exist in Avalon, but humans couldn't venture into the faerie realm, and vice versa. The magic that the fae possess was also unique. It involved more energy manipulation than the more common glamour.

Pace: 5 Stars
Dana just couldn't catch a break once she reached Avalon. She barely got a chance to stop and take a breath. As much as I felt for her, I also really enjoyed reading the crazy chain of events that took place. The pace was go-go-go without being completely rushed. In fact, all of the events flowed together to make a wonderful story that was never boring.

Characters: 4 Stars
I really enjoyed Dana. I really felt for her as I was reading. She dealt with the hand life dealt her in a very mature manner. Ethan and his sister were very interesting characters. They played off of each other quite well, and gave the reader a very intimate glance into life in Avalon and life as a fae teenager. I would've liked Dana's parents to have played a slightly bigger roll in the book. I don't feel like I got to know them quite as well as other characters.

Cover: 5 Stars
I fell in love with this cover the first time I saw it online, but seeing it in person was a hundred times better. What looked like gray spots, turned out to be a shiny silver. And they even repeated onto the spine. The text and spine were an unusual pink that really complimented the navy blue. But my favorite part is the image of the cover model. The image and it's opposite image are striking in their unique angle.

Overall: 5 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.


  1. Is this out in h/c or paperback? I've been waffling about reading this, leaning towards yes, but after your review, I really want to give it a try. Also, Do you think it would be appropriate for a middle school library? How was the language?

  2. This is out in paperback for $9.99 (I think). I think this one may be a little too mature for some middle schoolers.

    The main character is dealing with an alcoholic mother, who you read about being very intoxicating and actually drinking. The language isn't too bad; I'd say there's a few curse words sprinkled about. Sex and virginity is brought up once I believe, but nothing further than kissing actually happens.

    I don't remember much of what I was reading in middle school besides Harry Potter. I do remember my parents freaking out when they found out that book I borrowed from a friend had the f-word. So they may not have particularly cared for me reading this book ten years ago.

    I hope I helped. And I'm glad my reviews can help readers decide whether or not to read and/or buy a book.

  3. I read this one too and loved it! So can't wait to see where the next book takes us.

    Great review!

  4. Thanks Sara, it does help. We do have some "older" content books in the library (keep them in a special section for middle grade - we're k-8th). It sounds like it's interesting enough for me to read myself, and pass along to nieces, if not put it in the library. I've got nieces ranging in age from 14 to 21 (So OLD now!LOL).

  5. well your Po$t is good and i really like it :). . .awesome WORK . . .KEEP SHARING. .;)
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