The Glass Spare. Lauren DeStefano. Young adult/Fantasy. 2017. 416 pages. 4 stars.
Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.
I received an ARC from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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 read reviews comparing Shatter Me with The Glass Spare so I was genuinely intrigued! In terms of plot, this book does have aspects that were similar to Shatter Me like the lethal touch and an immune love interest. And given that I love the Shatter Me series, it’s not a surprise I loved The Glass Spare as well!
The Glass Spare’s pacing was rather slow with the first few chapters focusing on Wil’s relationship with her family in Northern Arrod. Unlike most fantasy books, it was nice to read about a doting mother that genuinely loved all her children. Positive mother-child relationships are rare in books and I lovelovelove that this was highlighted here. The rest of the plot mostly felt like that of a passive fugitive rather than that of an active rebel, which was what I expected.
The characters were very unique with distinct personalities and I grew to love most of them—some more than others. Their relationships with each other were peculiar compared to most fantasy novels so again, it felt like a breath of fresh air!
However, the way the novel reads is slower than I expected, prolonging moments that could have been cut short to get to the important plot points. I would sometimes get bored and skim a few parts until it took off again. I still enjoyed the book since I could easily look this over. It ended with a lot to anticipate so I’m looking forward to Book 2!!
The Glass Spare is expected to be released 24 October 2017