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Glimmerglass: Faeriewalker 1 Kindle Edition
"Jenna Black's bewitching journey into the land of Avalon blends mysterious guys, good friends, mortal danger, and confusing relatives into a magical book that just doesn't let you close it until you are all done. Be prepared to stay up late finishing this one. It's that good." --Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate
"Glimmerglass is a delightful tale of faerie intrigue and adventure." --Rachel Vincent, New York Times bestselling author of the Shifters series
"Glimmerglass is a terrific read. The story of Dana Hathaway, a girl torn between real-world problems and other-worldly peril is a darkly compelling page-turner shot through with flashes of wit, romance, and adventure. Jenna Black has crafted a fascinating world with her vision of Avalon--a glittering, treacherous place suspended like a bubble between realities, full of enthralling characters and thrilling situations. A wonderful series opener--I can't wait to see where Dana's story leads next." --Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange and Darklight--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B003ZHTVX2
- Publisher : Macmillan Australia (1 July 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 738 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312575939
- Best Sellers Rank: 407,034 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book was extremely fast paced with hardly any let up throughout. I like the character of Dana you could see that she had obviously put up with a lot throughout her life but she wasn't perfect (like any other teenager) and often got herself into silly situations because of her own stupid mistakes.
I loved the setting of Avalon and how it was written as if it was matter of fact real. You can almost imagine walking in and around the place especially as the history was well researched and tied in well. When the idea of the Seelie and Unseelie courts was first mentioned with their red and white roses I immediately thought of the war of the roses and a few chapters on there it was!
I didn't really see the significance of the Faeriewalker deal but got it in the end although I still don't fully get it and assume it will be something that will be drawn out in later books.
I enjoyed the secondary characters my favourite being Kimber and Keane. I loved the girly but rock hard edge that Kimber brought to the story along with her whole back story that made you understand her a little more. I enjoyed the bad boy edge of Keane and hope that he is included much more in the future. I didn't fully like Ethan (although I assume he is the one we're all supposed to be drooling over) as I though he was too arrogant and smarmy.
If I was recommending this book to anyone I would certainly describe it as an introduction to the world of Avalon and Faerie. An awful lot happened and for me I would like a bit more background and detail to fully grasp everything that happened.
The whole book revolves around the fact that Dana is a Faeriewalker, someone who can travel between the human world and Avalon. I didn't completely get why this was such a big deal though. As soon as Dana finds out that she is a Faeriewalker, all kinds of bad things begin to happen around her due to different people wanting the power over Avalon. I understand that having Dana under their power will make a difference to whoever succeeds with this but I didn't really understand what is so amazing about what she can do. Some of this is explained quite late on in the book but not fully. I hope that this is explained a lot more in future books of the series and for Dana to show what she can really do.
Of course, there is always a hot boy. This time, there are two and not in your conventional love triangle kind of way. Ethan is the seriously hot fae boy who is trying to help Dana, kind of. He is rebellious, just like Dana, and has some immense power behind him. Ethan is charming, cocky and thinks he is God's gift but honestly, I can see why he acts that way. He certainly has the looks and the power to back it all up. Even though he acts the tough guy most of the time, there is also a sweeter side to him. He knows how to try to make up for things when he messes up and he can admit that he makes mistakes along the way. Then there is Keane. Keane is not really a love interest (at the minute) but I'm thinking that he could be somewhere down the road. As Dana's fighting instructor, he is seriously built and knows how to handle himself. He has a bad, I don't give a toss, attitude which I loved! Although he doesn't get much page time in this book, his character holds a lot of potential and I pray that he is focused on more in another book.
The descriptions of Avalon and the diverse range of characters who lived there were described extremely well. So much time and effort has been put into creating Jenna Black's Avalon and I truly thought of it as a real place. Well, for the most part. I'm not so sure about it being on top of a mountain in England just outside of London but hey, I guess Avalon could really exist just about anywhere. Not only was the world building fantastic but also its background. The difference between Earth/ Avalon, Seelie/ Unseelie court and who can do what magic and who cant sounds extremely complicated but really, it is all very simple to understand. Black has done such a good job of creating everything else around the plot.
My only real problem with this book is that so much happened in such a short space of time. As this is a series, I would have preferred if some of the events had been spaced out a little more of if things had been explained in more detail. That being said, at least with the next two books in the series being released already, I can hope that these issues have been addressed and that a lot more is explained. I cant wait to read the other books in the series and to find about more about Avalon and what will happen there.
For all her maturity and experience playing the adult, Dana is only 16 and is very naive and inexperienced when it comes to boys, and friendships as well though to a slightly lesser extent. It's something she's very aware of and I think it makes her more realistic somehow. Her awkwardness with the Ethan, who is very used to girls falling all over him, is cute and understandable, and helps to make her even more likable. I also really like how she wants to be the kid, wants to be taken care of for a change. Responsibility sucks, and she knows it. But it doesn't stop her doing what she feels is the right thing when things get messy. She has to cope with a lot throughout this book and while sometimes it got to her, there are times she really rises to the occasion as well. There is one particular moment (I'm not saying details for spoilers sake) where something happens, and her reaction to it made me so freakin proud of her while I was also aching for her because it was not a nice thing that happened. I don't think I've felt quite so seriously proud of a fictional character before. I found Dana very easy to relate to, I was rooting for her the whole way and really felt for her as she tried to figure out how to survive in this new world.
The action started early on and never really let up. Avalon is shrouded in mystery and we're never given much detail of the world, how it works, the characters or their motives at once. Instead we discover little bits here and there as the story winds on, but you can't ever be too sure about much. It makes for a very intriguing story and I was just wishing for more the whole way through. I love the mysterious nature of everything in this book. But while we don't always get a lot on the side characters, every glimpse in to them we do get, is a tantalizing one, showing the possibilities for so much. I thought pretty much all the side characters were very well drawn, with their motives hidden but glimpses given to show they're more than placements for the plot. My favourites have to be Kimber, Finn and Keane, and Keane is the one who I desperately want more of in the next book. The plot moves along quickly with a lot of twists and turns, some you can see coming but the quality of the trip there meant I didn't care in the least. There was no cliff hanger ending, but even so I finished the book and was hungry for more. More of Dana, the characters and the world they exist in.
I really did completely fall for this book, the world, the characters, the writing. It's one of those fantastic YA books where the teens sound like teens, but also show the maturity they can posses, even though they still screw up. The kind of YA books I think can easily appeal to adults and teens alike. There are some teen books where there is almost the sense of the teens being made to sound younger than they are, and that doesn't happen here. Here, like in Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead), Strange Angels (Lili St Crow), it's almost the sense of untold respect for teens from the author. It's something I don't feel too often, but it's here, and it makes the book that much better. It's a gripping and intense journey with Dana, and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait for book 2, Shadowspell, next year. If you're a fan of YA and/or UF books, this one should be a must read!
I passed it on to my 15 year old & she read it in a couple of gulps.
The story is of Dana who runs away from unhappiness & embarressment straight into life threatening danger & intrigue to meet her enstranged Fairy father.She soon learns that whoever controls her will be very powerful indeed, it's hard to know who to trust. This book has all the elements of danger, romance & humour with vivid characters & an appealing heroine.
The next book in the series is Shadowspell (Faeriewalker) Enjoy...