Glass Heart

Glass Heart

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by Amy Garvey

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Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger—knows how easy it is to lose control—but she can't resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she

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Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger—knows how easy it is to lose control—but she can't resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do—what she has done—she finally feels free to be herself.

But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Arnold
This follow-up to Cold Kiss (HarperTeen, 2011/Voya October 2011) continues the story of Wren, whose developing paranormal powers threaten to exceed those of her mother and aunt. As her romance with Gabriel, who has abilities of his own, heats up, it is a relief to love someone from whom she does not have to hold secrets. But will Wren take a chance on losing Gabriel as she pushes the boundaries of danger with the mysterious and alluring new arrivals in town, Bay and Fiona, who do not care what damage their magic may do? And what about kid sister Robin and her reckless use of growing powers she cannot understand or control, as she takes out her anger at the secrets about the past their mother continues to keep? There is less of a creep factor to this sequel—no undead boyfriends—and more focus on family dynamics and friendships complicated by paranormal powers and things unspoken. The dialogue and teen situations ring true, and readers may find themselves rooting for Wren to wake up and smell the coffee before she takes one risk too many. The gorgeous cover alone should ensure that this will not be a shelf sitter. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
Kirkus Reviews
Exploring new magical abilities that include the power to resurrect the dead is a game to Wren, but when she meets Fiona and Bay, suddenly magic turns deadly serious. Desperate to learn more about the power she began to use in series opener Cold Kiss (2011), Wren presses her mother for help. Unfortunately, secrecy, shame and pain keep her from teaching Wren or her younger sister, Robin, about the possibilities and responsibilities inherent in their newfound magic. Frustrated, Wren pushes everyone away, including Gabriel, the boy who knows everything about her. Looking to her new friends, who have abilities of their own, Wren begins leading a secret life full of spells and excitement. But while Fiona seems mostly fun and frivolous, Bay is dark and dangerous. Wren discovers just how bad it is when Bay begins threatening the ones she loves most. Tropes and clichés abound in this sequel. Readers will quickly grow tired of Robin's temper tantrums and their mother's ineffective parenting. The twin mysteries surrounding Wren's and Gabriel's fathers fail to pay off when revealed. The one saving grace is Wren. She manages to be at once a simple teenage girl in love and the wielder of immense magical power. Despite the overly familiar storylines, Wren is completely believable and endearing. A mixed bag of magic and romance. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Teens who enjoyed Cold Kiss (HarperCollins, 2011), a surprisingly contemplative, sad reflection on first love and sudden death, will likely find this sequel to be just as engaging. From the dizzying excitement of flying to the marvel of creating a beautiful snowfall, Wren Darby is finally beginning to enjoy her growing supernatural abilities. Her power is the one thing that she can't share with her best friends. Her boyfriend, Gabriel, who can read minds, is uncomfortable with her talents, driving her toward the dangerous, magical duo Bay and Fiona. Wren also has to deal with her younger sister, who is just coming to terms with her own secret powers. As Wren engages with Bay and Fiona in spite of Gabriel's warnings, she soon realizes that she may be getting in over her head and just might lose Gabriel in the process. However, with the help of her friends and family, she learns that magic isn't the only thing that makes her special. Garvey's lively writing exhibits pleasing emotion and dazzling imagery. However, teens who have not read the first book might be a little lost in this one.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ

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HarperCollins Publishers
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8.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Glass Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened to like this book
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I really enjoyed reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as great as the first, cannot wait for more!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jac2848- even though this was YA, I enjoyed this book very much. I like how the characters developed from the first book. I hope the author puts out a 3rd in the series
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I really liked Cold Kiss, so I wasn't sure if I was ready for Glass Heart, especially since the synopsis makes it obvious that this book explores Wren's powers more in-depth. I know. I tend to like books with magic and supernatural elements, but Cold Kiss was so focused on the emotions that I wasn't sure if I wanted to explore more of the magic side. I kind of liked being mystified by it. This book is so diferent from the first book where the magic was so secret and not as prevalent as in Cold Kiss. Nevertheless, I did end up enjoying it in its own way. Wren needs this book to explore her abilities without being afraid that her mom would disprove of it. It gives her the chance to figure out who she wants to be and what her abilities shouldn't be used for. It also gives her the chance to figure out her relationship with Gabriel. Cold Kiss was about the emotions. Glass Heart is about Wren's growing powers. We all know the saying, "With great power comes great responsibility." Well, it also comes with a thirst for power and the desire to test the limits. Wren begins using her powers outside of the house, deluding herself into thinking that no one will see--or that if they do see, they'll think their eyes were playing tricks on them. It lands her into a load of trouble and gets her into fights with Gabriel over her misuse of her powers. So, yes, Wren annoyed me for much of this book. She no longer has Danny as an excuse to be unhappy or the wreckage of her life; rather, she's supposed to be happy. She has the sweetest boyfriend ever (who I seriously want to steal), and she abuses him emotionally because she's afraid that he's going to turn out to be a dream and because she's afraid to listen to his voice of reason. I do understand why she's afraid though. It's the whole reason for this book--so that Wren can mature and find her place in life. Through all this, Gabriel remains understanding, giving her nothing but unconditional love and only raising his voice when she really pushes things too far. Wren is so, so lucky to have him. Overall, I adored this book and will definitely be reading Amy Garvey's next book!