Series: The Glass Spare book 1
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Genre: YA fantasy
Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and 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, though, 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 Wil’s 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?
My Rating: 4 STARS
The Glass Spare sounded very interesting to me and I've loved the author's previous books so I knew there was a good chance I'd love this book and I did. The writing was one of my favourite things about this book, I just love the way the author tells stories and I love how emotional they feel because of the writing.
The story intrigued me a lot and I really wanted to read more because I was excited to see what was happening next. And even though it could come across as generic, with certain tropes like instalove and how the main character finds an unknown power that leaves her seeking answers, I thought this book was entertaining and it really held my interest. The plot was also very fast paced and that along with the writing really made this book feel like such a quick read.
One of the things I really liked about The Glass Spare was the interesting family dynamics between Wil and the rest of her family. I loved reading about her and her brothers and the different kinds of bonds they had with each other, each bond was unique. And even the family dynamics of the warring kingdom were interesting to read about. The characters all felt well rounded and interesting to read about, all their own personalities shone through.
Overall I really liked The Glass Spare and I was glad I picked it up. It's a great YA fantasy with interesting characters and an intriguing story and writing that really makes the pages fly by.