Today I am reviewing The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano. This book was a part of my December TBR and is a loose retelling of the story of King Midas. DeStefano also wrote The Chemical Garden series which is a beautiful read.
The Glass Spare tells the story of Wilhelmenia Heidl, the fourth child and only daughter of the King of a wealthy Kingdom. Wil wishes to explore the world but her father keeps her hidden the palace and only lets her out to spy for him.
One day, when Wil is attacked she discovers that her touch can turn any living thing into gemstone. Terrified yet fascinated by her new ability, Wil continues to test its limits until it hurts someone she loves and she is forced to flee. Now she is on a quest to discover the origin of her curse, and how/if she can be rid of it.
This was truly a beautifully written book. It flowed so seamlessly between perspectives and kept me intrigued the entire time. I found Wil to be a strong protagonist who showed that it is ok to be caring and fierce. One thing I really enjoyed was her relationship with her brothers Gerdie and Owen. I have always wanted an older brother so I loved reading about their connection.
Something I didn’t like about the book was our love interest Loom. I liked him as a character, but not as a love interest. I felt like Wil and Loom’s connection was forced. Maybe that will change in the second book but for now, I don’t really see them a couple.
Overall I think this book was a good, fun, easy read and I do recommend it to the YA fantasy lover.
I give this book,
XOXO Shelby Grace