Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: "Glimmerglass: Faeriewalker, Book One" by Jenna Black

 I am a big fan of the recent (tip of the hat to Rowling and Meyers) YA tidal wave rolling through the publishing industry. Not only are they addicting a new generation to the sublime joys of reading, they are also providing adults (such as yours truly) with a steady stream of supernatural-angst-filled tales to occupy our otherwise worry-riddled minds. 

Glimmerglass is the first book in Jenna Black's Faeriewalker series. You may think you know about faeries because you saw some on True Blood, but you don't know nothin' about no Faeriewalker!

The Scoop: (from Goodreads)

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 new-found 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...

Great for Fans of: The Wicked Lovely series and Starcrossed

My Take: A little formulaic, but just because the same five ingredients always go into my mom's chocolate fudge, that doesn't mean it isn't yummy (every time!).

Her cookies are pretty tasty too!!
So, mix one part strong-willed girl (fish-out-of-water, natch) into a bowl of supernatural setting. Add a dash each of unobtainable boy, girl sidekick and villain. Lastly, sprinkle with a little mystery and a teaspoon of "bad boy" and there you have it.

What stood out for me, positively, in Glimmerglass is that Dana didn't commit immediately to being with the designated love interest forever, from the gate, even though he was so dreamy (I'm talking to you, Bella).

Yeah, I'm Team Jacob. So there!

The pacing of Glimmerglass was swift and I was genuinely interested in where it was going.

I've already queued up the sequel, Shadowspell, and I'm hoping Dana will pull out her inner Katniss and kick some butt once she learns how to use her new-found abilities (that's not a spoiler, you knew that was coming, right?).

Final Verdict: Chocolate Fudge

You know what's coming and it may be bad for you, but it's still tasty and leaves you wanting more.
Look at this price!


  1. OMG! where do I begin?hmm to start off I love your page awesome template, I like your take on reviews keep up the good work!I would like to read this book great cover plus very interesting story ^_^

  2. Thanks for the feedback! You gave me my first comment ever, so you made my day! I agree about the cover, I swear, a great cover will reel me in every time. They say not to judge books by them, but I swear I do...




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