Thursday, May 19, 2011

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Published: May 2010
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Pages: 294
Copy: From Library
Summary: Goodreads

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

Glimmerglass was a wonderful mystery, with a fae twist.  Lots of interesting characters and a setting that we have all heard about but are never likely to visit, made for an interesting and absorbing story.  The setting for this mystery is Avalon, but more like an Avalon Noir, than the usual Lady of the Mist type that we are used to.  Think of a bustling, modern city state, populated with fae and humans - a gateway to Faerie - and yes, passports are required, thank you very much.

Dana, a self reliant,16 year old teen has finally had enough of her alcolholic mother and she decides it's time to visit Daddy in Avalon. Remember that she has never met daddy before  so what she finds when she gets there is not quite what she was expecting.  Add in a psychotic Aunt, cute guys, brainy girls, wierd assassins, crosses, double crosses and confusion, and some interesting shopping, and what you get was a quick, fun read.  

The second book, in what I assume will be a trilogy - but I could be wrong there - 'Shadowspell' is already available and number three 'Sirensong' is due out July 5, 2011.  I'm looking forward to reading both of them and finding out what happens to Dana and her friends.

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