Book Review: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book came in one of my Owlcrate boxes several months ago and I just now got around to reading it. Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked this book out for myself. Several things didn’t work for me.

I felt like I needed more to the story. There were pages and pages where not much happened and I found myself skipping and skimming parts. The pacing was too slow and when something finally did happen, it wasn’t enough action to make up for the slow pace.

I wasn’t fond of the storytelling. There were too many descriptive paragraphs that focused on the setting and general body movement. It just felt like filler. I did enjoy the last fifty pages of the story and that’s when I finally began to care what happened next. Of course, there was a major cliffhanger ending, but I don’t mind that.

I had a difficult time sympathizing with any of the characters. I would have liked to have more reason to care about them. Wil, Gerdie, and Loom are the most developed characters in the novel, but they still needed to be fleshed out more. Actually, now that I think about it, Espel makes a late appearance in the book and her personality is pretty clear right from the start. She sounds like a cold, bossy bitch. Her sharp personality added some much-needed excitement to the scenes.

This wasn’t horrible. I mean, on some level, I liked it enough to finish it. I sort of liked Wil, but sometimes she seemed to underestimate people. As the MC, I think she needed to be a little smarter at times. I liked Gerdie and his relationship with Wil, and it would have been nice if he were in the story more.

As I mentioned, this has a cliffhanger ending, and now I’m intrigued to see what happens next, but I could easily find another book I’d rather read.

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