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REVIEW: THE GLASS MAN! #theglassman

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)

BOOK SERIES: FEVER #fever

This is my first post for my new monthly blog on successful book series’ and what makes them so special. If you care enough to understand why I decided to start this monthly post, you can find out here. If you don’t care but are still mildly interested in what I have to say, then please continue.

First series up for my scrutiny is:

FEVER by KAREN MARIE MONING

This is one of those that if you’d asked me what I thought at the beginning of the series, I’d have most likely made a sound along the lines of: Meh.

Not the worst I’ve read. Definitely not the best either.

However, this is also one of those that reading only one of the five books in the series would be totally unacceptable—because all five books are the story in its entirety … and my opinion definitely changed by the end.

This starts off in Darkfever with MacKayla Lane, a not very relatable airhead-type character from the Deep South (no, I’m not stereotyping—simply stating my thoughts on a fictional character) who ends up in Dublin, Ireland, in a bid to unravel the mystery behind her (recently) murdered sister.

During most of Darkfever, I thought Mac spent waaaaaaaay too much time thinking and over-thinking and over-over-thinking, to the point I wondered what would be lost if the thoughts were somewhat hacked away to the bare minimum and at least a third of the book lobbed off.

Now? Man, as much as I hate to admit it, those thoughts need to stay.

Mac is such a HUGE philosopher and as her thoughts veer throughout the series from shallow to deep they become such an imperative part of the storytelling that it simply would not be the same tale with them gone.

If you asked me to summarise what the series is about, and I gave you the complete rundown, it would take more than a singular blog post.

Though if asked at the drop of a hat I’d probably spurt out with: fae, seelie & unseelie, a battle for power or a battle between good & evil depending how you look at it, myth, folklore, saving the world, treachery, betrayal, self-discovery, self-acceptance, loyalty, and the most convoluted kind of love. <<That is why describing the entire series would take forever—because whilst so much of this storyline is genius simplified to its most basic core, it is also so intricately woven that the finished design is nothing short of complicated beauty.

By the end of Darkfever, I didn’t particularly want to read on (but my Goodreads Cheerleaders ensured I did).

By the end of Bloodfever, I still didn’t particularly care for the main character (and again, my Goodreads Pushers … well … pushed me).

By the end of Faefever, trust me, Karen Marie Moning most certainly had my attention and left me on such a cliff-hanger I carried on and read the ‘Note to Reader’ in refusal to accept I’d reached the end.

Dreamfever I think was the one I read the fastest and this is where every reader of the series who has so far failed to understand the appeal of Barrons suddenly ‘Gets it’.

If for NO other reason, you should read this series for HIM: Jericho Z Barrons—whose appeal and potential for awesomeness I spotted from the first moment he stepped onto my page! Trust me: This … dude (?) is so not your typical hero. He could be a bad good guy. He could be a good bad guy. Whatever you want to categorise him as, just know that he rocks!

Then there is Shadowfever. The grand finale. Where everything that has had the reader scratching their heads and speculating finally becomes so clear. This one requires a different pacing to the others. Yes, the first couple in the series aren’t exactly written at a fast pace, but this one is different in that the pacing is there … but if you fly through too fast there’s a chance you’ll miss the scenery beyond the windows of your mind.

You need to slow yourself down to absorb it all.

You need take your time to appreciate the unveiling of everything that has (if you’re anything like me) eluded the reader until the big reveal smacks you upside the head with it.

And that’s the beauty of this final book: You want to take it all in like a Grow-your-own-SpongeBob does water.

If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on each individual book and seeing how my mind has been changed as I’ve worked my way through the series, each book link will take you directly to my (Goodreads) reviews.

I’ve purposefully declined to outright describe the occurrences of the novels because I have a personal hate for spoilers, but I hope my waffling has been in some way helpful to you or will help you decide whether or not this sounds like a series you might consider reading.

My rating for this series:

Maybe you’ve read it already, have it on your TBR pile, or have heard lots about it but don’t know if it’s for you. Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts.