The first book in the Glass Spare Duology by Lauren DeStefano
Storyline: Wilhelmina Heidle, the fourth child and 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 prince who has his own ideas for what to do with Wil’s 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?
I found this to be an intriguing world, something about it captivated me and made me want to know more about it. The story line is unique compared to other YA books I’ve read so far. It was a fast paced book but there were a few parts that dragged on, where not a lot happened. But overall it was quite fun to read..action packed, mystery, two curses, family, betrayal, love.. and a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming. The characters were fun and loveable, Gerdie and Owen and Loom are all fantastic and I couldn’t help but love them all! Wil’s a bit rash and annoying at times when she acts before thinking (which is basically like most main female characters of YA books In my opinion) but otherwise they’re all quite easy to get attached to. The ending was a cliffhanger which both sucked because of where it leaves off but at the same time was amazing because it absolutely leaves you needing to know what happens next. I would deffinatley recommend this book. It was super interesting, and I can’t wait to read the next one.
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