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Review: “Glimmerglass,” Jenna Black

February 21, 2011
Review: “Glimmerglass,” Jenna BlackGlimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1)
Written by Jenna Black
Published May, 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
294 pages
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy
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three-stars

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…

I got into this series for the beautiful covers. I just couldn’t resist! As far as the story goes, it has potential to be a really great series, however, I can’t find myself liking the main character of Dana. I will continue on with this series (I have Shadowspell on my shelf right now) but I really hope it improves.

As I stated before, I just cannot get past my dislike for Dana. I much prefer a read where I can adore the protagonist rather than despite him/her. Dana was just a bit too naive and silly for my liking. She was constantly saying how ‘hot’ the guys were and always doing her best to shoot ‘witty’ remarks at people who crossed her.

The other characters, however, were enjoyable. Especially Ethan, Kimber and Finn. I would have liked to see more of Keane, but I think if he were to be in more of this book I would’ve been annoyed at the constant swooning from Dana over him and Ethan. The girl seriously can’t make up her mind. I will look forward to the development of a ‘love triangle’ perhaps later in the series, but in the first book I think it would’ve been a teensy bit too much on top of everything else that was going on.

And there was a LOT going on! One minute Dana’s at a recital, then she’s crossing the border into Avalon, then she’s been attacked by Spriggans (with bloody ‘male bits’ made of sticks!), then she’s making out with the hot fae guy underground… *wipes brow* At times I wondered where the story was going.

I do like the world that Jenna Black has crafted, though. There’s a lot of room for expansion and mythology here and I can’t wait to read more about it. I particularly liked the symbolism of the white and red roses. I think the promise of ‘magic’ from Dana was a little over the top, however. Her being the only Faeriewalker was enough to make her unique, but now she also can wield magic unlike any other half-human/fae?

I was surprised at times how blunt this novel was. See my above note about the Spriggans having their own visible private parts, haha. Our ‘main guy’ Ethan isn’t shy about saying he’s no virgin, either. This isn’t a bad thing, though, it’s definitely refreshing to not have an author hold back on what she wants to say through the characters.

I’ll be moving on to Shadowspell in the near future.

Recommended to: Fans of fae stories will enjoy Glimmerglass. It’s not your typical Fae story although there is the base Seelie/Unseelie elements.

About Jenna Black

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

6 Comments

  • Reply aleeza rauf February 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    i meant the covers*. lol

  • Reply aleeza rauf February 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    i think the coverd are absolutely gorgeous too. i might give this one a try :)
    also, i cant wait to read your reviews for wither and the iron daughter–ive read TID and loved it. and the author interviews sound pretty amazing too :D

  • Reply Shannon February 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Yeah, I saw this was kind of an average read on Goodreads, but then I also saw that Shadowspell was getting better reviews so I’m hoping I can trudge through Glimmerglass to get to Shadowspell. :)

    You seriously read books like wildfire!

    • Reply Brittany February 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Yeah, I saw it in the shops myself for a while and was like … no… maybe… no… then Shadowspell came out and the cover was too gorgeous to resist, so I bought that one and then figured I should read Glimmerglass. Haha. I found Glimmerglass at the library :)

      Aw, haha! I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment!

      • Reply Shannon February 21, 2011 at 10:24 am

        I can’t even remember when I bought Glimmerglass — I’m SUCH a compulsive book-buyer, I need to start going to MY library instead. XD;

        I’m actually surprised that I’ve gotten through so many books this year, but it’s like eating a slice of humble pie when I see your count, rofl!

        I’m excited to see what you think about the first Soul Screamers book. I wasn’t AS in love with it as I was hoping to be, but I’m going to give the next book a go-around before I decide if I want to give up on the series.

        • Reply Brittany February 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

          Oh, me too! I just yoink things off the shelf and regret it later haha. I always forget about the library – I only got a membership last week hahaha! /is stupid

          Awww, no way! Any reading is good! I have to push myself to read or this blog would be totally useless haha.

          I’ve heard it’s amazing, but with any book, there is always a mixed opinion! I am curious to see what I’ll think :P

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