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Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

October 14th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Publication Date: May 25, 2010

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…

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…

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.

The world the story takes place in was wonderful.  I found it fascinating to see a world in which faeries are well known and have been for centuries.  Avalon is a town in which faeries and humans are supposed to be able to live in peaceful co-existance apart from the influence or the Faerie Seelie and Unseelie courts.    As the reader sees throughout the story this is not completely true.  For the most part I enjoyed all the characters although one of Dana’s potential love interests, Ethan, took awhile to grow on me.

The main reason I didn’t rate this higher was the main character, Dana.  Dana’s giddiness around Ethan was almost nauseating to read about.   She is portrayed as this older than her age teenager who has always been responsible and adult-like in taking care of her alcoholic mother.  Yet most of her actions throughout the story made me think of your typical teenager having a temper tantrum.  She obviously doesn’t think through her plan to seek out her father, the decisions she makes usually doesn’t take into account what is practical or how they may affect those around her and even when she gets her way she still comes across as ungrateful.

Still the other characters like her body guard Finn, his sexy son Keane, her father and Kimber, the sister of Ethan all more than made up for it.  I found them all intriguing and some of them make you want to smile or laugh out loud.  The idea behind the story was great but I was wanting more from the execution.

Posted in Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Jill

    I’ve seen this book around a lot, so I was glad to see a good honest review. Thanks for sharig something that might bother the reader. Something like that might bug me, but I can see my students loving it!

  2. dsuzuki

    Jill-glad to. It had so much potential.

  3. Michelle

    I didn’t read the particulars of your eview since I still have it in my pile to read, but man I’m bummed it got a low rating. I had high hopes for it.

  4. dsuzuki

    Michelle-yeah, me too. Maybe you will enjoy it more.

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