The Glass Spare, Lauren DeStefano – Readalong

Hello Humans! Once again, the long weekends in May are just perfect for cracking into my TBR. I managed to finish The Glass Spare on the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend and, while I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, I ended up having a good time. Have a read with me as I experience this YA fantasy take on midas…

Goodreads Summary:The Glass Spare

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?

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Chapter One – Ten

First ten chapters took a bit of work. I couldn’t quite get a hang of the setting early on, I wasn’t really sure what kind of tech levels we were looking at or precisely which of the children hated each other. I think I’ve got it now…maybe. I am liking the kind of midas’ touch theme we’ve got going on, other than Touch of Gold I haven’t really seen people play with that (ok we’ve had ‘I touch you and you die unless you’re my boyfriend’ but this is a little different). I’m actually quite surprised at the direction in which this story seems to be going and I’ll be fascinated to see what’s next.

Chapter Eleven – Twenty

Ok I take some of what I said back. We headed firmly into cliché land in these ten chapters and I don’t really see this book heading back out of them. I mean it’s not bad or anything it just feels phenomenally predictable and the writing isn’t exceptional enough for me to excuse using a plot that’s been done before – and done better. Im willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, I’m enjoying it enough to keep reading for the last 20 chapters and who knows, it might surprise me.

Chapter Twenty-One – Thirty

Come on book. I’m rooting for you. We can break out of this very predictable pattern. No? Ok, I’ll lean in. I have to say I don’t mind stories that are familiar, there’s a reason these books sell and there’s something in this one that captures that tone. But if you read as much YA as I do you will also have probably already guessed where this book is going by this point.

Chapter Thirty-One – End

Barring a couple of differences this book did pretty much end how I thought it would. I actually thought the pacing of this book was well-done. The (predictable) romance was quick moving once it got going but it took more time getting there than a less-good book might have done. As ever with this kind of book, I’m far more interested in the side characters than I am the main ones and I’m hoping we get more of them in the book(s) to come.

Final Verdict

I liked this. I know these check-ins probably give the opposite impression but I thought this was a solid example of a story that has definitely been written before. I think, had I not read many similar examples, I would have definitely enjoyed this more. As it was I liked the magic, the alchemy and the science combining into a hodge-podge world. I will absolutely be trying to get my hands on the sequel soon so I’m sure that says something about my feelings on this book and the potential for this story.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I bought this book myself, all opinions are my own.

What will the TBR jar pick next?

The Black Khan

Oooh interesting. I wasn’t totally sold on The Bloodprint but the hardback of the sequel called to me from the shelf and I was unable to resist. I may have to scour my memory and the internet for what happened in book one before I start this one! Look out for the upcoming readalong and see how I fare!

What say you? Have you read books like this before? Let me know your favourites in the comments below!

J

7 thoughts on “The Glass Spare, Lauren DeStefano – Readalong

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  1. This book has been on my TBR forever and I’m wondering if all ever get to it. Seems like it’s a little cliche and mostly just okay

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