The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Glass Spare was a book that at times couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. With its steampunk-esque technological innovations thrown in a typical fantasy kingdom setting, the world-building of the story just didn’t quite mesh. I’m sure that some people will enjoy that melding, but it personally wasn’t seamless enough for me not to detract from the plot. The storyline itself was interesting and the premise was unique. Similar Midas before her, Wil learns that her touch can turn living things into gemstone.
Wil, or Wilhemina, is the fourth child in her family and considered a spare, as she is not the heir to the throne. This status has influenced her thinking and perception of herself, so although she is a strong-willed person who is resourceful, she is also reckless with her life. Whereas Loom was the more intriguing character for me. I was interested to see his motivations and the development of his personality over the course of the book.
While I enjoyed the two main characters, the focus on the story was more on the will they/won’t they romance rather than the premise that drew me in initially. I have a difficult time determining if this was insta-love or not, just because the main character wouldn’t acknowledge it – yet they were inexplicably drawn together, she couldn’t help but want to be near him even though she didn’t trust him, etc. It just seemed like the love connection was formed pretty quickly, even if it wasn’t explicitly described.
Despite the book falling a little flat for me some of the time, it intrigued me enough that I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I was left with so many questions that I need to know the answer to and won’t receive unless I continue the series.
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