Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: The Glass Spare

Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Balzer +Bray
Release Date: October 24, 2017

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?

There were so many things that I really liked about The Glass Spare.

I've never read a book by Lauren DeStefano before, but I've followed her on twitter for a while, so I wasn't expecting everything to come up roses. I'm glad my expectations were met.

Wil is the last spare in her royal family. She looks nothing like the rest of her family, making her the perfect spy for her father. Except Wil one day learns she has an incredible and deadly power to turn any living thing to gemstones.

After a very bad accident, Wil is sent away, and she decides to try to find the only person she thinks can help her be rid of her new power.

I have to say some things that I absolutely adored about this book. The first is the bond that Wil has with her brothers. They (mostly) all are very close, and it was refreshing to see a healthy familial relationship in YA fantasy.

The other thing that I absolutely loved was the steampunk feel. It's a well-kept secret that I actually love steampunk, so I was so excited that this was basically a high fantasy set during an industrial revolution. Because YES.

The things I wasn't so in love with tho... Okay don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the book while reading it, but I'm having trouble recalling details now. And it hasn't been that long. So I'm not sure what it is, but some of the characters just didn't stick with me :(

I really enjoyed this! Maybe I should've written my review a bit earlier...

3.5 stars

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