A banished princess.A deadly curse.A kingdom at war.Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war Wil wants nothing than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father wouA banished princess.A deadly curse.A kingdom at war.Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war Wil wants nothing than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret Her touch turns people into gemstone At first Wil is horrified but as she tests its limits, she s drawn and to the strange and volatile ability When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever
The Glass Spare A banished princess A deadly curse A kingdom at war Wil Heidle the only daughter of the king of the world s wealthiest nation has grown up in the shadows Kept hidden from the world in order to serve
It had been two hours Two hours since she d gotten too close to that boy in the woods That strange, lovely boy with the deep sad eyes and tattoos he kept hidden like words that went unsaid.I am so tired of these pseudo fantasy cover ups for bland romance novels The Glass Spare has an interesting premise a spin on the King Midas myth, where the protagonist turns everything and everyone she touches into precious gemstones but it is bogged down by slow pacing and a distant third person narration th [...]
I learned I had OCD from watching Maury At least, I think it was Maury The mid 90s was the age of daytime talk shows, and now they have all blurred into my memory What I do remember is this I was eleven years old, and suddenly my entire world made sense.I ve heard that mental illness is often genetic However, this wasn t the case for me I was raised as an only child, and whenever I tried to articulate what I was feeling to my parents, I got the distinct impression that I was starting to sound in [...]
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Aaaah I did the thing where I wait too long to review a book after reading it it s been 3 months and I really don t remember everything I wanted to for a detailed review SO here s the abbreviated version The main thing I remember is the awesome worldbuilding It s a kingdom with a castle, princes, gas lanterns, gears, machines, photographs, data goggles, trains, electric lights, cement mixers, gloomy stone hallways, telephones, alchemized bombs, and a whole other assortment of things that somehow [...]
Really solid fantasy read Super interesting world building And I absolutely adored all of the characters.
this sounds like shatter me 2.0 i m in.
Part of the November Owl Crate box Another great pick Wil is the fourth child of a ruthless king, kept secret from the world In a turn of the century inspired world with both industrialization and magic, she plans to use her anonymity to serve her father as a spy However, at 15 Wil mysteriously develops a power that turns any living thing under her touch to gemstone This prompts her to seek out a magical marveler to undo her curse The characters are well developed and continued to surprise me th [...]
Did someone say King Midas The world here was amazing Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in There was excellent character development throughout the story and each character had their own quirks.Wil was great and had her flaws I m usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it The romance is normally my favorit [...]
I really wanted to like this I tried hard and pushed through when the sluggish pacing made me want to DNF There is nothing wrong with the writing or story I just felt that something was missing and I never felt engrossed in the story or characters It s a sort of re telling of the King Midas faiytale but with a female teenager named Wil who has the Midas touch She is a princess, a spare, and her father is a king who is not a good father or ruler.Something happens spoilers and she has to leave the [...]
On many nights in Wil s childhood, the queen would hold her and rock her to sleep, and she would whisper, Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear Oh, Wonderlings I am so woefully disappointed The Glass Spare was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, ever since someone said it was Shatter Me 2.0 with a villain love interestLLAIN LOVE INTEREST Do you see, dear reader I was ensnared I needed it than I needed to breathe, or so I thought Unfortunately, [...]
4.5 Stars I ve been meaning to try this author for awhile now and even though I have many of her books in my TBR pile, I decided this story would be the one I would start with first.I m so very glad that I did I opened this expecting cliches galore and a little bit of the same old same old that the YA market has been flooded with and instead I found a read that was not only engaging but easy to pick up and hard to put down I quickly became not only interested in the story line and what the chara [...]
4.5 stars Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear My first book of 2018 and I loved it Lauren DeStefano continues to surprise me with each book she has written She s definitely an author I really enjoy.If you haven t guessed already, The Glass Spare takes inspiration from King Midas who could turn anything into gold Our main protagonist, Wil, is the hidden princess of a kingdom acting as a spy on behalf of her father She later finds out she can turn people [...]
Actual Rating 3.5 StarsAfter giving up on a few books in a row I was so relieved when this gripped me almost right away This story follows a banished princess on a quest to find a marveler who can remove her curse while avoiding the war thats brewing I loved the concept of turning people into gemstones with a touch Gemstones have always been a fascination of mine The main character Wil was caring and resourceful I liked how she was able to take care of herself I could relate to her wanderlust, b [...]
I absolutely loved the worldbuilding in this one, and the way things are always complicated than they first appear.
I received an advance copy of this book for free Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who found out that she could turn living things into gemstones.I liked Wil as a character, she was fierce and strong and a lot tougher than she looked She was also willing to go a long way for the people she loved which was an admirable quality.The storyline in this was about Wil developing t [...]
Full review can also be viewed on Lair Of Books lairofbooksblog.wordpressPLOTThe Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano can very well be seen as a gender bend version of the King Midas the Golden Touch myth We are introduced to Wil Heidle the only daughter to the Northern King as well as her 3 brothers mother The King himself is a man who will stop at nothing when he sets out to seize lands so the North is at the brink of war with the South The South may not be wealthy like the North however, the King [...]
Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear I was pleasantly surprised with this book I was expecting a fun and unique fantasy story which I got , but I loved the strong family relationships and the science fiction elements seamlessly blended into the story The Glass Spare follows Wil Heidle, the elusive princess of Arrod Kept a secret to spy for the king, Wil has a wandering heart and wants freedom and adventure But, when Wil s attacked she discovers a dangero [...]
Thank goodness that s over This book is as exciting as a goldfish is to a dog lover Everything from the plot, to the characters, to the trite philosophical observations was so unbearably flat The relationship between Wil and her brothers was interesting but as soon as she meets Loom and Zay, it goes downhill The relationship with the love interest was flavourless than flour We re constantly TOLD how the characters feel but the dialogue was basic and cliche I felt NOTHING And the dialogue with t [...]
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Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I honestly thought it would bore the shit out of me Never judge a book on the cover or synopsis alone Truth be told I picked this up because I was running out of books to read, but im glad I did It was better than expected Not a favorite, but still a good read, hence my rating A few people compared it to Shatter Me, almost like a Shatter Me 2.0, a series I have not read, but ha [...]
5 CookiesMy blog Check out the photos herejeqcbueou Wow you guys This book was an awesome owlcrate to recieve I m was actually thrilled to get it It has taken me forever to write this review mainly because I wanted to wait until I could express my feelings without totally fan girling over it Wil Heidle The totally unique character in this story Honestly I wanted to jump in that book and just give her a big hug She was confident in herself without being totally arrogant and this is an awesome tra [...]
4.5 STARS I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book It was a hard one to rate but I settled on 4.5 because of how unique it was and how well executed I feel like it deserves appreciation My ThoughtsThe Glass Spare is a dark, atmospheric story about a girl who can suddenly turn every living thing she touches into gemstone It s a gender bent, King Midas Inspired story set in an intriguing world of warring kingdoms, alchemy and magic The protagonist, Wil, is the only daughter to the [...]
Rating 2.5 I run into fires, not from them This was actually better than I thought it would be As a book, it was not anything particularly new and it did fall into a lot of trope patterns But it did have at least some aspects that proved interesting enough One thing I enjoyed, and I wish there were of, was the sibling s dynamics I enjoyed seeing Wil s relationships with her brothers To be honest, for the first have of the book we not only got to see Wil s journey but we also got glimpses of the [...]
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I thought this was actually a rather charming and interested book It does have the Midas feel obviously but it also has some fascinating characters that are fun to read about The world building was not extensive, which I like than the lengthy world building I will continue this series for sure I was a little thrown off on the relationships in this book though Some are very undefined But it didn t take too much away from the story.My quick and simple overall an entertaining fantasy that was rath [...]
Death itself is no match for you The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.Wil is the fourth child of the royal family and has grown up nearly invisible Few outside the castle know what she looks like which means she can sneak in and out to collect objects from the black market for her brother s experiments without anyone realizing they re trading with a princess One night, however, something goes horribly wrong as a vendor tries to kill her and Wil, in turn, turns him to ruby with a simple [...]
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryThe Glass Spare tells the fascinating story of a young princess named Wil, the fourth child and only daughter of a powerful and ruthless king, who wants nothing than to travel the world When she is attacked she discovers she has the power to turn living things into crystals and gemstones, and she goes off on a journey to cure her curse, only to fall in with the banished prince of a rival kingdom who is determined to save his kingdom from [...]
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this was very different from what i expected, and yet it was such a well written story with well developed characters, i couldn t stop reading.
DNF 30%idk it s just putting me in a slump and isn t going to pull me out of it