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Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Do you like stories about faeries? Or do you prefer a good thriller? Well, if you combine the two, you get an idea of what GLIMMERGLASS will be like. This is the first in a new series by adult paranormal author Jenna Black.

I was a bit skeptical before reading GLIMME...
Do you like stories about faeries? Or do you prefer a good thriller? Well, if you combine the two, you get an idea of what GLIMMERGLASS will be like. This is the first in a new series by adult paranormal author Jenna Black.

I was a bit skeptical before reading GLIMMERGLASS. I heard many people tell me it was one of the best books they've read in 2010, and definitely a standout in the Fae genre. So it was with some cynicism that I cracked the spine of the book.

From the beginning pages, when Dana has had it with her alcoholic mom, I was hooked! Dana is about to showcase her bewitching musical voice when her mom stumbles into the performance and makes a spectacle of herself. Thankfully, not many know that the disturbance is caused by her mom. But it won't be long before the talk starts again, and Dana and her mom will move on to yet another town and another school.

So, without telling her mother, Dana contacts her father. Dana has never met him and her mom warns her of what life in Avalon was like. Avalon is a town in England that is home to both Fae and human. They coexist in their own world, disregarding both the laws of England and of the Faerie world, instead creating their own universe, much like Vatican City.

Little does Dana realize that her father holds some power in the Fae world. She arrives at the border gate to Avalon expecting to find her father. Instead, she's interrogated and finally meets her Aunt Grace. Dana is told that her father is in prison temporarily. From that point on, Dana's life becomes a whirlwind of survival.

Dana is kidnapped by the brother and sister team of Ethan and Kimber. Everything they tell Dana is opposite of what Aunt Grace has led her to believe. Until Dana's father is released from prison, Dana is unsure of whom to trust and what she should do.

With political subplots and many otherworldly monsters, GLIMMERGLASS will not disappoint. Ms. Black crafts the tale in such a way that the reader truly has no idea whom to trust as the story unfolds. Even as the final pages drew closer, the story is left hanging as Ethan warns Dana to keep hidden what she has learned.

I definitely give kudos to GLIMMERGLASS. Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, the story is well-written and incredibly addicting. Readers will have to wait until January 2011 (un)patiently for the follow up novel, SHADOWSPELL. I for one hope there is lots more of Ethan and the mysterious Keane in Dana's crazy life.

posted by TeensReadToo on August 25, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Could be better

I really wanted to like this book as I love all things faerie, and I especially like it when real world and faerie mix as they do in Glimmerglas. I read the nook book version and found at least three editing/typesetting mistakes. Those are minor and may not be the write...
I really wanted to like this book as I love all things faerie, and I especially like it when real world and faerie mix as they do in Glimmerglas. I read the nook book version and found at least three editing/typesetting mistakes. Those are minor and may not be the writer's fault. But there are weak parts of writing that make me feel the book is not all it could be. An example is that in chapter three a room is described as having no windows, yet in chapter five Dana, the main character, observes that it is still dark out. How did she do that without a window? The other thing that annoyed me as a reader is that many of Dana's observations are unclear. There are a lot of "probably," "it looked like"... and other times when I would have rather been told what it is she sees. As a reader, I am dependent on her to create the world for me. By writing in fuzzy terms, I get a fuzzy world presented that becomes redundant. By the end of the book, Jenna Black has not given me a reason to want to find out what will happen to Dana in the next book. There is no one villain to fear, and Dana is so little fleshed out that I never really cared for her. Some of the side characters are more intriguing than her. After all of this, I still think the book was a fun popcorn book to read. There is no excessive violence, graphic sensuality, or anything to find objectionable.

posted by Weightlifter on March 6, 2011

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh No...

    I am a huge fan of Faerie! A HUGE fan. But Glimmerglass? Notta. This book, although well written, just didn't do it for me. I found the concept kinda random. I mean part of the magic about Faerie is that the Humans CANNOT see it? In the book, humans have known of Faerie for centuries and have created a city that is in between both worlds called Avalon. Anyway this girl decides to leave her home, and drunk mom, and got to Avalon in search of her dad. She gets there and then the trouble starts. Like i said, the book was well written (maybe) but it just wasn't what I wanted in a Faerie novel. So if you are looking for the crazy, dark, vicious, beautiful fae in say a Holly Black novel, or Melissa Marr, I don't think you'd find them here.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    I am so confused

    I am on page158 and am so confused!!!! I atlest knew from the beginnung to not trust tje dad. She screams at him and i like... what the?!!! She needs to be careful what she says or he is going to keep her forever!!!!"

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Not very magical.

    Im so dissapointed. This book was kind of immature i suppose, the whole story line was just not that great and it didn't keep me interested. I typically love faerie books but this one was just a dud. If you are looking for a captivating magical faerie book read Holly Black's series, its amazing! This one just was boring though.

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