Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review: Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker # 1)

Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Page Count: 294
Chapter Count: 28
Named Chapters: No
Buy It: Amazon / B&N

Normal: 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 or who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.

Review:

First off, to say that I lusted after this book cover for a long time would be an understatement. I absolutely LOVE this book cover, there is just something so magical about it that has me enraptured with it. & it also very much so brings to mind the thought of Faeries which is a good thing since it is in fact about Faeries.

So after not being able to find this book at my local B&N (they only had the 3rd book in the series which didn't help me) I finally went online to find it. After waiting a week and finally getting it in the mail, little squeal of joy thrown in, it was promptly put on my bookshelf along with my other TBR books. It took me about 2 weeks to get to it (after moving it ahead of some books that had been there longer) to get to it, but I was over joyed when it finally came time for me to read this book. But at this point I was hesitant to read it. Why, you may ask? From all intense and purpose's it sounds like you were looking forward to it. & yes, I was. However, I had just finished reading 'Unearthly' by Cynthia Hand & I absolutely ADORED that book, I was hesitant to start any book after that. But let me tell you my friends, 'Glimmerglass' was a great book to read after 'Unearthly' because it didn't let me down.

Dana has always known that she was part faerie and that her dad was somewhere back in Avalon. The only place in the world that the realms of the mortal world intersect with the realm of Faery. And after a thoroughly embarrassing episode with her alcoholic mother, Dana decides to run away, find her father and live happily ever after. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? WRONG! Because there is nothing in Dana's life that is going to be normal again, not now that they know she exists.

What hit me first about the danger that Dana found herself in, was the fact that it was SO easy for her father to except her. It was like 2 chapters in and she was already running away to him, with a broach he had sent to her. No questions asked. But up to this point, he didn't know anything about her. Didn't even know she even existed. I guess you won't know unless you give it a try and there would be no way to find out if Dana was his daughter unless he sent for her and had DNA done right. But as soon as she gets to London, expecting a ride to come pick her up and take her to her father (because Faeries cannot enter into the human realm and vice versa) that never shows up. Well, maybe I've read one to many books where people not showing up isn't a good sign for the main characters. But good, old strong Dana, she doesn't let that deter her, nope she just hops into a cab and finds her own way there.

And once she does arrive in Avalon (having to go through customs of course) she is assaulted by a very rude woman, who we later find out is her Aunt. Wow, nice way to introduce yourself to your long lost niece. Then getting locked up by her Aunt, then broken out by 2 teenage faeries (Ethan & Kimber) who may or may not have their own agenda, finding out she is a Faeriewalker (a very rare and important, but danger thing) and finally seeing her father around Chapter 14. The book follows very smoothly up to this point. Not to much action, but good detail and character/world building. But it wasn't until the introduction of Keane (Dana's bodyguard's son) that I truly fell in love with a character. Ow, the dark disturbed Faerie with a heart of gold hidden underneath the rough exterior. & this has got to be my greatest complaint for the book. There wasn't enough Keane in it for me. Dana falls for the unreachable god-like Ethan, rather quickly and easily, never thinking herself good enough for him (even though it has already been explained in the book that because she is half faerie is is quite beautiful herself) because she is not pretty enough for him. It just had me wanting to pull my hair out at parts. Why do all the heroine's of the book fall for the guy that doesn't appreciate them for themselves?

Besides the love triangle there was really only a few things that bothered me with this book; them being. (1) Dana ran away from her mom because she could no longer deal with her alcoholism, but as soon as her mom comes to Avalon to try and find her (the up-until-then strong Dana) is grovelling at her feet wanting her mommy to take her away and keep her safe once again. (insert major eye roll here). & (2) the ending of the book and the attempted escape from Avalon with her mom. I mean come on, she is trying to be killed and/or used by Faeries for their own purposes but she is going to run away from a completely safe place by her father's side, to the mortal realm (where even though the faeries can't go, they can send humans after her) with her alcoholic mother and try to be safe that way because life is just to strange in Avalon. She never had friends in the human realm, never had any one that could see her for her, but within the very short period that she has been in Avalon she has already created 3 (count them), 3 strong friendships. & she is just going to simply throw that away like it is nothing? After whining for so long that she didn't have any of those things in the human realm? *sigh* (face-palm). 

However, those issues aside, I did like 'Glimmerglass' and I have already ordered 'Shadowspell' (the second book in the series). I look forward to seeing where Ms. Black takes this series (along with the VERY beautiful book covers). & fingers-crossed, there will be more Keane in 'Shadowspell'. 


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