Title: The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Date of Publication: October 24th, 2017
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 actually tried to read this before and gave up pretty quickly, but this was chosen as a group read this month with two of my friends. I decided to give it a second chance and thank goodness I did, because I loved it!
The world was amazing! Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in! There was excellent character development in here and each character had their own quirks.
Wil was great and had her flaws. I’m usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it. The romance is normally my favorite thing, but it wasn’t here, even though Loom is an interesting enough character. But I actually loved the other characters more—Gerdie, Owen, and Zay. There was a part early on in the story that gutted me, and I was surprised I could feel that way so early on, but I did!
Wil’s power is incredibly interesting, she touches anything living and it morphs into emerald’s, etc. She wants to find a way to rid herself of what she believes to be a curse, so the journey is about discovery. The book does end on a cliffhanger, but not a horrible one (thank goodness). So, when book two comes out, I’ll be right on it!
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