Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

(summary from goodreads)

Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the 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 who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie. 

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . . .

Review: It seemed to me that Glimmerglass was a book that was meant to set up a series, not tell a story. It took about half the book to get into and it didn't really go anywhere until the last few chapters. You find out Dana's a faeriewalker, but nothing's ever done about it. It seemed like half the book was just people reiterating the fact that someone wanted Dana dead. 

However, the characters were great, and I believe it was them that kept this book from being bad, because even though I sound negative it was a pretty good book. But on to the characters. Dana was pretty hit-and-miss for me. At times I could totally see where she was coming from, but then at others I'd want to throddle her. I didn't understand her attraction to Ethan at all. Besides being nice to look at he was a complete jerk. But his sister, Kimber, I really liked. I also enjoyed reading about Finn who I found funny even though he barely talks. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of his son in the future.

So even though it was a bit slow moving, Glimmerglass set up the series nicely and the characters made it a very enjoyable read.  

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