Did not Finish: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker #1)

By Jenna Black
Editions: audiobook, ebook, paperback
Published May 25th 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Source: own copy

It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides shes had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl, she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with…until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.
~ Goodreads

This must be the hardest I have tried to read a book I wasn’t feeling much. I tried on 3 or 4 separate occasions to advance in the read, it just didn’t work out at all.
The first time I did something like 25 pages, then re-read those and did some 40, and then on a third try I re-read those first pages and got to 50. And finally gave up.

I really didn’t connect with the MC, though I was sympathetic to her situation. Plus the story in itself didn’t really get me all that curious about what’s going to happen, I suspect this might have to do with the fairies, faeries, whatever you want to call them. I’ll admit that vampires, demons, witches, dragons, etc get me more into any story then fairies by default, I’m not sure why. If they would have been trolls, or orcs, or ogres, my response might have been the same. Though trolls would have had a lot of entertainment potential, right? lol.
It’s just how my reading tastes have evolved. These high fantasy sort of worlds need to really get me hooked on plot or charm me with the MC to get me interested, I’m not curious by default, you know what I mean? And here neither the MC nor the story as it evolved to the point I stopped reading it got me hooked.

So I’m not saying that there’s a particular thing that turned me off the read exactly, there just wasn’t something to keep me in it. I have learned to embrace my gut feeling and if by page 50 or say 15% of the read I’m not feeling it, I’m most likely going to just move on to other titles. So much to read out there, I don’t really see why make a big effort to read something I’m not enjoying when thousands of other books are waiting for me.

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Did you guys read it? Was it a fun read for you, what did you think of it?


5 thoughts on “Did not Finish: Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

  1. Ems

    I had a hard time getting into this one, though I did finish it. It took forever! I forced myself through the 2nd book and put the 3rd down about 1/4 of the way through. I may pick it up again at some point, but honestly, I’m not too worried about not getting back to it. I’d rather read the Wicked Lovely or Wondrous Strange books for some awesome faerie action.

  2. Livia ~ BoM Books

    That would be so frustrating for me, reading through a series and feeling like putting down of the books along the way. I get this OCD need to read them all in the series once I’ve started, lol.

    Will check those out, maybe fairies have yet to sweep me off my feet, I’ll give them ample chance 😀 

  3. The Musings of ALMYBNENR

    Oh no, I’m so sorry this was a DNF for you. 🙁

    I personally don’t consider this trilogy (and the novella) as high fantasy. Fantasy, yes, but it’s nowhere near the level of, say, LOTR (which I love…I’m not making a dig at it!). I really enjoyed the whole trilogy and I didn’t have a hard time getting through it, but like you said, fairies aren’t really you’re thing. I don’t read too much on them, but I’m not opposed to them. I would put this trilogy on the same fantasy level as Holly Black’s. Plus, there are Tudor references in here, and almost anything Tudor makes me giddy lol. 🙂

  4. Livia ~ BoM Books

    Oh, no, sure, I think so too, it’s not high fantasy, but it’s more in that spirit or at least it seemed that way to me as far as the world building went. But what really made the DNF, as it always happens for me, was the fact that I didn’t connect to the MC like I should. 
    And so without that connection, the world not being uber interesting to me, there just wasn’t much in there to keep the fire going, you know? 
    Sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t. 
    Uuuu, Tudor! That is cool, I do agree!


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