Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: Book One in the Glass Spare Series
Published By: Balzer + Bray (October 24, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.
Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.
Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.
But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.
With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?
I've been meaning to try this author for awhile now and even though I have many of her books in my TBR pile, I decided this story would be the one I would start with first.
I'm so very glad that I did. I opened this expecting cliches galore and a little bit of the same old same old that the YA market has been flooded with and instead I found a read that was not only engaging but easy to pick up and hard to put down. I quickly became not only interested in the story line and what the characters had to reveal but I becamecaught up in it. It quickly captured my attention and I found myself even thinking about parts of it while I had to step away from it to do other things.
It was sad in so many ways that I wasn't expecting, I would even go as far as to say emotionally charged at times.
Needless to say, this took me by surprise with how much I really enjoyed it. I couldn't seem to get enough of it and it didn't take me long to read through it and be left wanting more by the end. I'm truly excited about this series and can't wait for more.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
Seems like a fairly decent one to read, and nice to know you enjoyed it. Greetings!ReplyDelete
It really was and thank you so much!Delete
I am so glad to see you enjoyed this book as well! It was an emotionally charged book, what a great way to put it. Fantastic review!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much and yay for you liking it too!Delete
Haven't read YA fantasy for a while now, and wow, I'm loving the sound of this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)ReplyDelete
I've been avoiding it lately too but this was so worth it!Delete
Love when a book surprises me in a good way. Great review!ReplyDelete
Me too! Thanks Grace. :DDelete
I just seen this, sounds like I need to circle back and add this to the TBR to purchase soon!ReplyDelete
Definitely! It really was fun. ;)Delete
I love when a book and world make you think about it even when you step away from the book. I admit this is new to me, but I am curious.ReplyDelete
It was a good one, definitely took me by surprise.Delete
I've not seen this one around but so glad it's good! I believe I'll be getting a copy so can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
Hope you love it too!Delete
Glad you enjoyed it. I read Wither by her a long time ago and it was okay. I think it was toward my fatigue with dystopians. So I'm not sure about picking this one up. The premise, sadly, doesn't do anything for me.ReplyDelete
It doesn't feel too dystopian but it is definitely fantasy. I never read her first book so I really can't compare them but you might like this one more, you never know. ;)Delete
Glad to hear you liked it more than you thought you would.ReplyDelete
Me too, it's nice when that happens. ;)Delete
Thanks Kindlemom for introducing me to an new to me author. As you know I'm not a huge YA fan not a fan of some of the drama in YA but this looks really good. ThanksReplyDelete
I hear you, it's why I had taken a break from it for so long as well. Sometimes the drama and angst are just too much to handle but this was really good and different so it made it fun. ;)Delete
I thought that name looked familiar. I haven't read anything by her, but know of the Chemical Garden series. This sounds like it's worth a try. I do love those emotionally charged books.ReplyDelete
I do too. I think I'll have to try her other series now just to see if its as good.Delete
I haven't tried this author but heard a lot about her novels. This one looks great!ReplyDelete
It really was fun!Delete
I have not been able to get into this author's books in the past, but I have to say I was a little bit curious about this one. But now after your review, I need it. It sounds terrific!ReplyDelete
I think you would like it too Nick.Delete
I love when a book surprises me.ReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
I love it when it does too, only in a good way LOL!Delete
Sounds delish to me. I'm in.ReplyDelete
Anna from elements of emaginette
It is good when a book delivers more than you expected.ReplyDelete
Oh I need to read more of this author. I think you just added another book of hers to my wishlist! :DReplyDelete
Woot! Hope you love it too!Delete
I'm not a big YA fan, but I do love Fantasy, so maybe. Glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads
Thanks Melanie. ;)Delete
Interesting cover and the story sounds enjoyable. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by! ;)Delete
Oh wow, sounds awesome. You have me so curious here. Awesome review. Thanks for sharing. 😁❤️ReplyDelete
Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by!Delete
I've never read Destanfo either, and like you just looking at this makes me think typical YA with cliches galore. Glad to hear it didn't turn out that way and that it left you thinking about it even when you had to step away. Wonderful review! :)ReplyDelete
I am not a fantasy of this kind reader,but I am glad you loved it! The kind of book that you can't put down easily are the best!ReplyDelete