‘The Glass Spare’ by Lauren DeStefano was captivating.
Synopsis: Wil is the youngest of her royal siblings and she would do anything for her brothers. She yearns to see the world and this spurs her to show her worth to her father, the King. An incident one night spurs a bizarre power awake in Wil and soon she is banished from her kingdom. Now, looking for a cure, she comes across a prince who would use her power for his own agenda, but he has hate in his heart for her family and she has emotions of her own to battle. Can she find the cure quick enough to ensure her family’s safety?
I found Wil to be an incredibly likeable character. I would like to think that I would be her friend if she were real. I found this ability of hers interesting and I am fascinated by the suddenness of her powers. They seemed to appear almost randomly and I know that she is able to use them whilst her heart rate is higher than normal but considering what she does for her brother, you would think she’d been in situations before where her heart rate is high. So why did it not manifest sooner? Her ability/curse is very odd and I wonder if it has any relevance to the story of the Gold King that she loves. I’m not sure I agree with her keeping her identity a secret from Loom if I’m honest. I can imagine all the progress they’ve made in their fragile relationship dying when he finds out about her true identity.
I find Loom an especially interesting character and I can’t seem to get enough of him. There are so many facets to him that I can’t keep them all straight in my head. I find his love for his kingdom a commendable trait to have, and that he would go to such extreme lengths to save his people. I find his relationship with his wife quite sweet and I, alongside Wil, envy their deep understanding of each other. His only downside is his hate for the Northern Royal family but I can over look that to some extent given that he views them as his obstacle to conquer.
I find the title of this book quite thought-provoking. It seems an obvious name for the story but I like it. I would rather it be obvious than not have any relevance at all. I don’t know how I feel about the Royal Spares. I never thought to call the younger siblings to the heir ‘spares’. And can I just say – I did not see Owen coming. It was straight out of the blue for me and I don’t think I am over it yet. It cut me deep.
I devoured The Glass Spare. I didn’t read the synopsis initially and so I was completely thrown in at the deep end, not knowing what to expect at all. I’m actually GLAD I didn’t read about the book before I started it because everything was a surprise and it got me invested. I await patiently the sequel… … NOT.
“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”
I received this in Owlcrate’s November ‘Castles, Courts and Kingdoms’ box.
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