Goodreads Summary here.
So here’s the deal: I really, really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I just didn’t. I reread this book (I read it for the first time in April of 2015) thinking that I might be able to see it with a fresh perspective, but I think I liked it even less than I did then. There are so many things about this book that just crawled under my skin and stuck there. I mean, I understand where all the hype for this book comes from… For one, the premise is AMAZING. That’s what initially got me hooked on wanting to read this book. But the contents were… disappointing. Like, I swear this book was written in cliches. Not just like, “bleh, I’ve heard this story before,” but in that way where the text I was reading felt like a thousand other books I’ve already read. It was full of ideas that have been used countless times before. And its so repetitive. every single word was just Mare saying, “oh boo-hoo, poor me, I have to disguise my true self, my life is hard, I cant let anyone see who I really am” etc, etc. There could have been beautiful descriptions of the palace, of the world, the gowns, the powers, even the people. Heck, I don’t even know what Cal looks like. But the writing just definitely fell flat to me.
Also, let’s talk about the relationships. There was a love square ?? Sort of ?? But not really ?? And Mare somehow doesn’t realize that one of the boys (I won’t say who for the sake of spoilers) loves her? There was absolutely no development of the romance in this book. There was “oh, and we kissed…” with NOTHING leading up to it. And then two chapters later, “oh, what an a**hole,” and then “oh, but we’re in this together.” I just… NONE of the relationships made sense, and there was just no emotion in any of them, and there was no growth in them. Suddenly all these relationships were just… there. Even the supposedly close, loving ones. Then there was that plot twist, the one that EVERY SINGLE PERSON has been raving about. It should have felt epic, should have been shocking, but to me it just wasn’t. Everything was just Mare being angry and Mare being frustrated, so much so that when the author DID try to put another emotion in, it’s completely overpowered. And sorry to be harsh, but Mare was SO EFFING ANNOYING. JUST SHUT UP, PLEASE. And this coming from me, the girl who had no problem with Eadlyn and America Singer.
In short, this book brought absolutely nothing new to the table, and could have been executed sooooo much better. It’s just so completely and utterly overhyped it’s not even funny. I have never found a book more overhyped than this one; this was a definite disappointment. I’m sorry for the (very) harsh review, but the hype around this book raised my expectations way too high, making me all the more angry when something I wanted to like so badly fell short.
(Yes, I still ordered the signed copy of Glass Sword from Barnes and Noble. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s the small hope that Victoria Averyard’s writing will have improved? I feel like this series could be redeemable… but the second book better be pretty effing spectacular.)
My rating: 2/5 stars.