Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker Book #1)

 
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Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker Book #1)
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14+
Release Date
May 25, 2010
ISBN
0312575939
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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…

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Cute and Fun, but Not Outstanding
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2.7
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Like many of the current teen sensations, Glimmerglass has a beautiful cover, which drew me to it. Honestly, when I checked the book out from my local library, I had no idea it was about the fae. The book is better written than many teen novels; Black is quite capable of constructing complex sentences. In fact, her writing style seems very similar to what I imagine mine to be like.

I enjoyed the book, but I did not love it. The characters lacked depth (yes, I know I'm complaining about this all the time). Dana, unlike most teen main characters, acts young for her age and I kept finding myself thinking she was 14. Despite her early independence because her mom was debilitated by alcohol, Dana seemed completely unable to take care of herself. Hopefully, the second book will be a coming of age story for her, where she will mature and learn to take advantage of her powers and stop being a pawn.

Ethan, the main love interest so far, does not appeal to me too much. If Black wants him to be the guy of the series, then she needs to do some convincing. I recommend this to fans of Kelley Armstrong's series that begins with The Summoning.
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A New Faerie Concept
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Reader reviewed by Lia

Dana Hathaway sets out to find her father in Avalon, a place where humans and faeries live together, once she decides she isn't going to cover for her alcoholic mother any longer. As soon as Dana arrives in Avalon, she is used as a pawn in Fae politics, and nothing is as it seems. She is a Faeriewalker, able to go into the human world and Faerie. As Dana tries to make sense of her newfound power, she must differentiate friend from foe.

This is was a different type of faerie book. It was very interesting. I liked the concept of a Faeriewalker and Dana was a likable enough character. I also liked Kimber as a character, she very three-dimensional and real.  The book was full of political intrigue and deception at every corner, keeping readers on their toes. The book had some slow parts, but the great ending made up for it. I can't wait for the sequel, Shadowspell, to come out.
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My Favorite New Series!!!
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Reader reviewed by sariebearie08

I absolutely loved this book. It was easily one of my favorite young adult fantasy reads. The plot maintained a heart-pounding pace and included plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader on edge. I instantly fell in love with Dana's character; she is now one of my all-time favorite narrators. Her narration and internal monologues are priceless, witty and straight up entertaining. The author often references pop culture during Dana's one-liners and I found them hilarious. The setting of Avalon is so utterly fantastic - I have this outlandish and completely memorizing image of what this magical place
looks like - I think the author did a superb job crafting such an
amazing world for the story.

Like I said before, I instantly took to Dana as a character - well, the rest of the cast of characters were no different. I absolutely adore Kimber. I cannot wait to see how Kimber and Dana's friendship progresses; I have a feeling they are going to be a great pairing. I also am in love with Finn, the fatherly bodyguard, as well as Ethan the smoldering fairy and Keane - who I hope
and pray will have more of a part in the upcoming books.

So my main point here is that Glimmerglass was amazing and every single one of you out there should read it, as soon as possible.
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Glimmerglass by Jenna Black Review
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Reader reviewed by The Bookshelf Sophisticate

Yet another favorite to add to my list for 2010 releases. Glimmerglass won my heart from start to finish, from scene to scene and from character to character. Jenna Black is another debut novelist who floored me with her quick wit and wonderful story telling and I can only hope she decides to make this series one that lasts a very long time. The debut authors of 2011 are going to have a lot to live up to with the quality of writers that we're seeing this year.

We first meet the main character Dana in the human world and assume she's just like you and me, but we would be wrong. Her dad's a big powerful faery and that makes Dana special. So special that the fae have a term for her special and unique genetic make-up...she's a faeriewalker and she's the only one of her kind. Because she's so special and rare she's a trophy to some, a target for others, and in a whole lot of trouble. As much as I loved Dana, it was really the supporting characters who helped her along the way, and of course sometimes hindered her as well, but these were the ones that really stole my heart.

You've got Ethan (totally drool-worthy) who is helping her one minute and playing the hero, and the next minute we're just as confused and suspicious as Dana is of his true intentions. Then we meet Finn, an honest-to-goodness knight who totally fits the bill, but has a softer side underneath the tough exterior, I just loved him. And although his son, Keane was not around as much as the rest of the gang, I'm hoping he'll surface more in the sequel. I've always loved a "bad boy" ya know? But let's not forget about Kimber, what a doll! You love her, you hate her, you're dying to know the recipe for her hot posset (you'll have to read it to understand what I mean), she's fantastic!

Black has a way of shaping all her characters into such intricate and unique people that you can't help but want to get to know them better. This book was so great I of course flew through the pages, which was wonderful except that it was over far too quickly for my liking. I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for Shadowspell, the second installment in the faeriewalker series to come out in 2011. I'm already counting down and am dying to get my hands on a copy!
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