Book Review

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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The Glass Spare
Lauren DeStefano
Balzer = Bay
October 24th 2017

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 more 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 more and more 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? 

When I first started reading this book I never actually read the blurb and that’s weird for me, so when I started it I had no idea what I was getting myself into and that is one of the reasons I fell in love with this book. It was beautiful and I never wanted it to stop.

Wil becomes a banished Princess. She has a gift, a deadly gift and she never asked for it and that is what makes her character even better. She hates this gift and she see it as a curse but her brothers see it as a tool. A pawn piece that can be used at the will of the King, their father. The relationships she has with her family are incredibly interesting. They aren’t a typical “Royal” family and that makes it better.

One of the things I like about this book is after Wil is banished we still get to go back to her home and learn more about what is going on with her family after the tragedy, which I will not tell you about as it gives some of the story away. But I thought this was a brilliant aspect of the book but I really want to know more about them and the whole situation.

There are HUGE cliffhangers at the end of this book and I could see them coming and it annoyed me even more. I grew to love all the characters in this book and now I am totally dying to read the next book. I just absolutely loved this one. It wasn’t a typical “Royal/banished Princess and Prince (have to read the book to know what the Prince bit is about but it is so worth it) and that is what made me love it even more.

I loved the characters and the different backgrounds and heartaches they all came from, it added even more definition to the characters. It made them feel more alive and the more I read about them, the more I just want to read about them.

This book was a brilliant solid book to start a duology and I can not wait to read the next one!

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