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Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Review: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, Book #1) by Jenna Black
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 304
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: 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 and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…

My Review: Glimmerglass has officially made my list of favorite faerie books. The compelling plot and well-developed characters captivated me. Dana, was a spunky, entertaining and sensible protagonist. After Dana decided to leave her alcoholic mother behind to find her fae father, all hell broke loose. Everything she once knew changed when she discovered her hidden abilities as a Faeriewalker. These individuals could travel between the fae and Avalon (mortal) world. I loved the whole concept behind Dana's new-found talents, however I felt the explanation was a bit vague. I mainly discovered that she was very valuable and a target to enemies. I just hope the sequel helps me understand her gift better.

Moving on, personally the high points for me were all the hot faeries. Jenna definitely knows how to spruce up a good-looking and flirtatious faerie. The one who I enjoyed making Dana blush was Ethan. His natural ability with Dana was adorable and the tension between them was spicy! I look forward to seeing if their friendship reaches the next level. By the ending, I was expecting a crazy twist, unfortunately Jenna's tone conveyed the calm before the storm. Either way, I am anticipating the sequel, Shadowspell in Early 2011 where I'll continue Dana's journey of finding out more about her fae roots. I recommend this book if you're looking for a new faerie series to keep you occupied.

(Check out Prologue and First Chapter here.)

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Author's Info:

Jenna Black graduated from Duke University with degrees in anthropology and French. A full time writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, she lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

For more info on Jenna, visit her site(s):


Other books by Jenna:
-The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, #1)
-The Devil You Know (Morgan Kingsley, #2)
-The Devil's Due (Morgan Kingsley, #3)

For more books go to: GoodReads


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Sounds awesome, gotta love flirtatious fairies ;)

Great review, Eleni!

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

I've been eying this one up on goodreads for awhile now.. thanks for the review!

Allison said...

I'm excited to read this, definitely gonna pick it up from the library soon!

Carol said...

Your review was all I needed to finally add this book to my tbr pile :)

GBU Book Reviews said...

I also enjoyed this book and can't wait till the sequel. You can read my review here: said...

I bought this about a month ago and just have not gotten to it yet, now I want too!

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I liked this one too!

Marie said...

Great review!

This is in my TBR pile, I'm excited to start it!

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