As I’m having a totally lazy couple of weeks on my blog, due to a Read-a-Thon I have scheduled for the whole of this upcoming weekend, and a Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway good to go for the entirety of the following weekend, I thought I would wow everybody with a simple post on a novel that officially released over the weekend.
Author Jocelyn Adams debut’ed on Saturday with her urban fantasy The Glass Man:
Here’s the blurb (from Goodreads):
Lila Gray is just a human—at least that’s her mantra when she accidentally topples a building or bends a paranoid local’s gun into modern art. That she can sense and control the minds around her doesn’t prove anything, either. Unwilling to put others at risk, she hides in the wilderness from the beautiful creature who hunts her, one who sees her as his ultimate prize.
Alone, the egocentric Glass Man can kill with a thought. Mated with Lila, he’s a supernatural weapon prepared to annihilate the humans he loathes.
Caught in the Glass Man’s latest scheme, Lila is plunged into a hidden fae realm, faced with a secret birthright and a forbidden romance.
With the Glass Man threatening everyone she loves, can Lila accept who she is in time to end his bloody reign? Or will she succumb to his dark power and become the vehicle of destruction for the human race?
Sound like something you’d fancy? If asked prior to getting my hands on an ARC, I might have said no.
YES, I LOVE urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but my only venture into fiction that involved faeries and stuff prior to this one hadn’t gone so well.
I decided to read it anyway. I’d been privvy to other writing by this author and trusted her to do a decent job. Boy, am I glad I did–and I could barely wait to get on Goodreads and spill my review onto the page (though I held back whilst I collected my thoughts).
Anyone who knows me well, or who follows my reviews, knows I am ALWAYS honest in my opinions (sometimes too honest). So, if I give a glowing report, you better believe I loved what I read.
In case you’re curious, here’s my review:
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This is my first foray into a novel where a fae was the MC and the writer tosses the reader into a hidden realm, because I usually run screaming from anything remotely fantasy (unless werewolves play a big factor). However, Jocelyn Adams has such an elegant simplicity to her writing, I found myself easily sucked in and pretty much unwilling to leave once she had me there.
This is not the kind of novel you should pick up when you think ‘I’ll just slot in a five minute read’. The pace of it is so energetically fast, you’ll find yourself buckled in tight and hauled along for the ride–and before you know it, it’s way past bedtime and you’re halfway through with your mind screaming at you to keep going because you only have half the book left to go dammit!
So what had me so engrossed?
I’ll admit, I had to take a breather from reading it to writing this review. I’ll blame that on the breakneck (for me) speed at which I ploughed through it, and the fact that I’m still processing every detail that I didn’t allow myself to ponder over at the time of racing for the finish line just to find out how it ended.
This is what I think had me hooked:
Liam. Loved him! But I look and long for the romance in every book I pick up.
Lila. Such a great leading lady, with great character development from start to finish. She was strong at the beginning of the story, but without the focus she’d garnered by the end that came with her self discoveries and acceptance, ensuring she grew and grew as the story evolved.
Parthalan. Hated him! Yet there was some sick and twisted dark part of me that just had to see if/how he’d succeed, and almost urged him to because I found his self-adoration quite amusing to read.
The introductions to the fae realms. This is often the part of fantasy novels that have me running for the hills. Toss too many descriptions at me and too many new creatures/beings/names to absorb and the heavy focus of my brain on those takes away some of my reading pleasure. I have to say, Jocelyn had the descriptions well and truly fine tuned. Not once did I feel weighed down by information overload, and not once did I struggle to imagine the pictures she painted within my reader mind. Kudos to her for that.
There were also plenty of side characters who intrigued me enough that I look forward to finding out more about them in the future … which is good–because this just happens to be the first in a trilogy, guarenteeing any others who get sucked in (like me) more! more! more! in the future.
This one definitely earned its 5* rating.
If this little darling (which I just happen to have on good authority will be the first of a trilogy) is not already on your to-read list, it should be.
So … what are you waiting for? You gonna listen to me, or what?
(pssst, here’s a hint: just click on the book cover image to add it)