Monday, September 10, 2012

Glass Heart, by Amy Garvey- Review

From Goodreads:
Wren can do things that other people can only dream of.  Make snow fall.  Fly.  Bring the dead back to life.  Her abilities are tinged with danger...but she can't resist their intoxicating rush.  The more Wren experiments, the more she isolates herself from everyone she loves- including Gabriel, the one boy who knows her completely.  And by the time she realizes how far she's pushed him, it may be too late to get him back.

I can't tell you how excited I was to hear that not only did Cold Kiss have a sequel, but it would be at the BEA, along with Amy Garvey herself!  I dutifully lined up in one of the signing lines for my copy, and told Garvey that Cold Kiss broke my heart, and I loved every minute of it.  Then danced away excited to delve back into Wren's complicated life.

Once again Garvey tells a heartfelt story of teen love, self-discovery and the many difficulties of growing up, with a paranormal twist.  Once again she beautifully captures all the angst of being a teenager, while using magic as a way to highlight it all, instead overwhelming the story with the paranormal aspect. In other words, once again she's written a lyrical book full of heart which I can't recommend enough.

Wren is all the things I want in a female protagonist.  She's independent, she's strong, she's imperfect.  She's short, and not at all the "pretty one" in the group, but she exudes self confidence, and cares deeply about people, so she's the pretty one in every way that honestly counts.  Her magic, and her belief it's the only thing she excels at, while simultaneously being the one thing she can't share with people, so perfectly encapsulates the very real fear of not being "good enough" or "special" that virtually every teenager has.

Gabriel, Jess, Darcia, and Robin are all struggling with problems of their own, falling for the wrong guy, stepping out in the lime light, sharing your secrets, the insanity that is tween hormones, and although they're all secondary in Wren's story, Garvey gives none of them short shrift.  I especially like that despite her own problems, Wren takes the time to help with everyone else's, she doesn't abandon her friends for Gabriel, or treat their issues as second to her own.

Garvey's paranormal twists were creepy and thoughtful, but also largely left open for a third part.  Which, although I can't quite imagine where she would take it, I sincerely hope is in the works.  I'm not ready to be done with Wren or her family and friends just yet.  Fiona and Bay were an intriguing enigma, and I would love to know more about what was going on there.

After being swept away by both Cold Kiss and Glass Heart I look forward to whatever Garvey has for us next.  If you haven't read either of these books, I would highly recommend adding them to your collection.

Glass Heart, by Amy Garvey
Published by HarperTeen, September 18th, 2012
My copy acquired at the BEA
Check out my review of Cold Kiss (book the first)
Buy Glass Heart on Amazon

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