- Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 299g
- Publication date: 30 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: California
- ISBN 10: 0312575939
- ISBN 13: 9780312575939
- Sales rank: 39,253
Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her mother, an alcoholic, shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she's had it with playing the role of her mother's keeper, so she packs her bags and travels to see her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. Dana is a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds. She has always known that her father is a big-deal Fae, but what she doesn't realize is that she could be the key to his rise in power. When she arrives in Avalon, Dana finds herself a pawn in the game of magical politics. Avalon is a place where both magic and technology work, and humans and Fae coexist in something resembling peace. How can she change the winds of fate, find a boyfriend, and make new friends when she's not sure who, if anyone, can be trusted?
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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.
By Giulia 05 Aug 2012
Originally reviewed at My Devastating Reads, www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com
YA has become my new sci-fi/fantasy niche. I grew up a big fan of this genre on TV (don't ask, I'll get long winded) and YA books have really branched out since I was reading as a preteen/teen. Somehow, I missed that cool development, but I've discovered it now so I guess it's all good!
Glimmerglass is a great read.
Mysterious from the onset, world building and just plain fun to read. Dana is your typical teenage girl, conflicted, searching for herself and looking to find out who she is. Young readers will relate to her very easily. That she is part Fae drew me in as a reader, and I admire Dana for having shouldered the responsibility of taking care of her alcholic mother all of her life, and understand why she's finally fleeing from that reality. That she feels guilty about it but wants more from her parent(s) is understandable. And I don't envy her; her Fae father seems little better after all. That they both love her is clear, however they are also clearly not the ideal parents. Nor are they the sort of parents Dana wants or needs.
I hardly expected to find that the world Black has built is so politically huge, but Dana is going to play a major role in the development of Avalon politics as a Faeriewalker. And I have a sneaking feeling that Faerie will also become a major player in this series. As for the the division among the Fae between the Seelie/Unseelie, I suspect these rivalaries are going to play a big part in the next book, as well in Dana's more personal life as I see a love triangle being set up.
Yes, YA has real romance in it these days! Not that I'm so very old, but the romance in the YA I read was far too sublte for a twelve year old to perceive as romance. I could compare it to sex in Thomas Hardy novels. It's there, but not really there. However, I disgress. The romance in Glimmerglass is YA appropriate and just that, light romance. Dana's love interests (and I use that term loosely for this novel is more about set up than establishing actual relationships or even trust between characters) are Ethan, a powerfully gifted Fae that is Unseelie, or the "bad" kind of Fae. Ethan is, according to Dana, super hot and he saves her life at the end of the book so she is well on the road to forgiving him for having put her in life in danger earlier in the book. Then we have Keane, a Seelie who is training Dana in self defense, and is hot in that bad boy way that girls just love. The Seelie are the "good" Fae, and Dana herself comes from a Seelie family. So I see the possibility for a love triangle in later books. However, since I'm staying spoiler free, I have no idea where this series has gone in the next two books and I'm really excited to find out.
My only compliant about this book is that it was wrapped up way too fast for my liking. However, it is a great launch into a series and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
By Amanda 24 Feb 2011
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm.(www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
First off, Glimmerglass was amazing. I liked it a lot more than I originally thought I would. Don't you just love when that happens? I kept hearing amazing things about this book, the cover was gorgeous and the summary sounded like something I'd like. I love books with Fae in them, and this is not your typical fae book! Black created her own, unique world.
I was sucked straight into the story and Dana's world from page one. Black's writing flowed well and I easily read through twenty pages without even realizing. I started this book before bed, which was a mistake. I told myself I was only going to read the Prologue, just to get a feel for the book and then I'd turn out the light and go to bed. I started to do that, but then I kept thinking about Dana. So I had to turn the light back on and read another chapter, and then another, and then another. I finally forced myself to stop at chapter five! Ha ha!
I found myself thinking about Dana and Avalon while doing other things. I couldn't stop. I couldn't shut off my thoughts. I was always thinking about the world that Black had created and wondering what would happen next.
I kept thinking a romance would unfold throughout the novel, but it never really did. There were a few kisses here and there, and some flirting, but never really an actual love story. But it does show a possibility of a love triangle. Maybe in Shadowspell?
I really like Ethan, but I like Keane more. He's a major moody, bad-ass, hottie! I liked him from the start! :)
Dana was a really good protagonist. I didn't really have any issues with her. I liked reading through her perspective. She was easy to relate to and realistic. She was spunky, and overall a fun character. She was a bit whiny and childish at times, but she knew how she was being and either stopped herself or just kept doing it anyway.
I really loved how open Dana's world was. Where both the fae and humans knew about each other. It was different from the normal part where the supernatural creature was suppose to just be a fairytale.
Overall, the only real issue I had in this book was the fact that in the beginning you didn't really learn much about what it meant for Dana being a faeriewalker. Other than that this was a great start to a new fae series.
By TeensReadToo 20 Sep 2010
Do you like stories about faeries? Or do you prefer a good thriller? Well, if you combine the two, you get an idea of what GLIMMERGLASS will be like. This is the first in a new series by adult paranormal author Jenna Black.
I was a bit skeptical before reading GLIMMERGLASS. I heard many people tell me it was one of the best books they've read in 2010, and definitely a standout in the Fae genre. So it was with some cynicism that I cracked the spine of the book.
From the beginning pages, when Dana has had it with her alcoholic mom, I was hooked! Dana is about to showcase her bewitching musical voice when her mom stumbles into the performance and makes a spectacle of herself. Thankfully, not many know that the disturbance is caused by her mom. But it won't be long before the talk starts again, and Dana and her mom will move on to yet another town and another school.
So, without telling her mother, Dana contacts her father. Dana has never met him and her mom warns her of what life in Avalon was like. Avalon is a town in England that is home to both Fae and human. They coexist in their own world, disregarding both the laws of England and of the Faerie world, instead creating their own universe, much like Vatican City.
Little does Dana realize that her father holds some power in the Fae world. She arrives at the border gate to Avalon expecting to find her father. Instead, she's interrogated and finally meets her Aunt Grace. Dana is told that her father is in prison temporarily. From that point on, Dana's life becomes a whirlwind of survival.
Dana is kidnapped by the brother and sister team of Ethan and Kimber. Everything they tell Dana is opposite of what Aunt Grace has led her to believe. Until Dana's father is released from prison, Dana is unsure of whom to trust and what she should do.
With political subplots and many otherworldly monsters, GLIMMERGLASS will not disappoint. Ms. Black crafts the tale in such a way that the reader truly has no idea whom to trust as the story unfolds. Even as the final pages drew closer, the story is left hanging as Ethan warns Dana to keep hidden what she has learned.
I definitely give kudos to GLIMMERGLASS. Not only is the cover absolutely gorgeous, the story is well-written and incredibly addicting. Readers will have to wait until January 2011 (un)patiently for the follow up novel, SHADOWSPELL. I for one hope there is lots more of Ethan and the mysterious Keane in Dana's crazy life.
By Katelyn 18 Jun 2010
Yet another favorite to add to my list for 2010 releases. Glimmerglass won my heart from start to finish, from scene to scene and from character to character. Jenna Black is another debut novelist who floored me with her quick wit and wonderful story telling and I can only hope she decides to make this series one that lasts a very long time. The debut authors of 2011 are going to have a lot to live up to with the quality of writers that we're seeing this year.
We first meet the main character Dana in the human world and assume she's just like you and me, but we would be wrong. Her dad's a big powerful faery and that makes Dana special. So special that the fae have a term for her special and unique genetic make-up...she's a faeriewalker and she's the only one of her kind. Because she's so special and rare she's a trophy to some, a target for others, and in a whole lot of trouble. As much as I loved Dana, it was really the supporting characters who helped her along the way, and of course sometimes hindered her as well, but these were the ones that really stole my heart.
You've got Ethan (totally drool-worthy) who is helping her one minute and playing the hero, and the next minute we're just as confused and suspicious as Dana is of his true intentions. Then we meet Finn, an honest-to-goodness knight who totally fits the bill, but has a softer side underneath the tough exterior, I just loved him. And although his son, Keane was not around as much as the rest of the gang, I'm hoping he'll surface more in the sequel. I've always loved a "bad boy" ya know? But let's not forget about Kimber, what a doll! You love her, you hate her, you're dying to know the recipe for her hot posset (you'll have to read it to understand what I mean), she's fantastic!
Black has a way of shaping all her characters into such intricate and unique people that you can't help but want to get to know them better. This book was so great I of course flew through the pages, which was wonderful except that it was over far too quickly for my liking. I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for Shadowspell, the second installment in the faeriewalker series to come out in 2011. I'm already counting down and am dying to get my hands on a copy!
Glimmerglass is a terrific read. The story of Dana Hathaway, a girl torn between real-world problems and other-worldly peril is a darkly compelling page-turner shot through with flashes of wit, romance, and adventure. Jenna Black has crafted a fascinating world with her vision of Avalon-a glittering, treacherous place suspended like a bubble between realities, full of enthralling characters and thrilling situations. A wonderful series opener-I can't wait to see where Dana's story leads next.--Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange and Darklight