Friday, February 8, 2013

Glass Heart by Amy Garvey [Review]

Glass Heart (Cold Kiss, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!
   


Glass Heart by Amy Garvey
Series: Cold Kiss #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 320 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon



Book Summary:
Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger--knows how easy it is to lose control--but she can't resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do--what she has done--she finally feels free to be herself.

But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
 
Shannon's Thoughts:
When I found out there was a sequel to Cold Kiss, I really wasn't sure what direction it would go.  While Cold Kiss didn't tie up all the loose ends, it had a pretty definitive ending.  I didn't know how Garvey could relate to Glass Heart to the events of the first book.

I was partially right.  In a lot of ways, Glass Heart had little to do with what happened in Cold Kiss.  Danny is only mentioned in passing and there weren't any major consequences from bring him back from the dead, or returning him to the dead.  Instead we found Wren and Gabriel officially together a few months later.  Wren seems to have gotten a taste for magic and practices it in secret.  She is discovered by some other kids with similar powers and finds herself drawn into their world.  Meanwhile she and Gabriel hit some bumps in their relationship when he finds out she has been practicing magic.  Wren doesn't like Gabriel telling her to be careful, so she fights with him.  (Actually, scratch that.  She doesn't fight with him, she storms off and doesn't talk to him for days.  It was kind of annoying.  Have a mature conversation, already!).  Added to that is her younger sister's manifesting powers, the return of her MIA dad, a missing teenager, and Gabriel's mysterious background.  The kids Wren starts hanging out with are bad news and Wren only realizes it a bit too late.

I ran into the same issues with this book as the first one, in that nothing really happens.  There are a lot of hints of what could be something big, but ultimately the ending is a bit anticlimatic and just a little too clean and simple.  But Garvey is a good writer and her writing really saves this book.  I thought Cold Kiss was a more unique premise, whereas Glass Heart didn't have as much memorable content.  Again, I enjoyed Glass Heart as an easy, light read.  But I couldn't help but feel I as those I had "been there, done that" with a lot of the plot elements.
 
Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Cold Kiss
2. Glass Heart

1 comment :

  1. I felt almost the same way! I really enjoyed the first book in the series, and I didn't see any reason in continuing it. The plot didn't grab my attention - but like you say. The writing was incredible and I think that's the only reason I kept reading!

    great review.

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