Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1) by Jenna Black
St. Martin's Griffin
May 25, 2010
It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with... until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted. not to mention if her world will ever be normal again...
I'm not gonna lie, I was disappointed with this book. I had heard a few good things from people who generally like the same books as me, so I picked it up on their recommendations. It was not at all what I expected, and this time, not in a good way.
The bulk of the novel takes place in Avalon, the only place on Earth where the human world and the Faerie world exist together. It is like a mix between Vatican City and Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. It exists inside of England yet it is own country with its own government (like Vatican City). And everyone knows about the magic of the country and tourists flock there for a feel of it (like Harry Potter World... if only the magic was real).
Dana runs away to Avalon to find the father she has never met after getting sick of taking care of her alcoholic mother. Once she gets there she finds that it was not at all as she expected. She is constantly fooled by everyone she meets and no one seems to want to tell her the extent of the danger she has put herself in. Dana is forced to come to terms with the fact that even if everything does work out okay, she will have to say goodbye to the semi- normal life she once had and accept this new life of uncertainty.
My main problem with this novel is that I only liked one of the characters, Kimber, and she was only a supporting character. I did not like Dana at all, which was a bummer because I was actually interested in the plot of the novel. Practically every other page Dana talks about how "mature" she is and how she is the real "adult" in her family. That itself is not the problem, the problem is that she does not act like that at all. In my opinion, she acted very childish and whiney. Also, she kept mentioning how she downloaded "dirty books" from the internet... that itself through me off. I mean, what? But, okay, whatever, Dana likes dirty books. That's fine. But then later she doesn't say "lover" because she doesn't like the word and it sounds "crass".... so, you don't like the word "lover", yet you read dirty books? It just doesn't make any sense to me and it seemed like a fact that should have been left out.
Also, I felt that this book had too much build up, almost to the point of being anticlimactic. The ending was actually pretty good, though I wish it was extended- it took place over only a couple pages. The ending is what raised my rating of this book from an "Uh..." (2 stars) to an "Average" (3 stars). Maybe I'll even give a sequel a shot... Maybe.