The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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?
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I received this book in my OwlCrate and was excited to dive in. It sounded different than other YA books that I’ve read before. Kingdoms, castles, turning living objects into gemstone, and adventures, what more could you ask for? Sounded pretty awesome to me.
Wil is a princess and she is “cursed”. She develops a power that turns and living thing that she touches into gemstone. I’m still not exactly sure what made this power just now show up in this exact moment of her life, but that’s what happens. Tragedy strikes and Wil is banished from the kingdom. She leaves and begins searching for the one person who could possibly help her find a cure. She has some crazy adventures along the way and meets some very interesting people.
I liked Wil. My main reasoning for liking her character so much is because she’s not a damsel in distress who is in need of a man to come save her. (my kind of woman!) She is tough, smart, strong, and independent. The relationship between the characters in this book are interesting. Each relationship is different and unique, and sometimes complicated. I enjoyed that, it added some depth to the story.
There were times where the story was a bit slow in spots but it always picked back up. Toward the end of the book I couldn’t put it down. I just HAD to know how it ended. But of course, just my luck, it ended on a cliff hanger and now I have to wait for the sequel to come out! Grrr……
How would you feel having this power? It would be pretty cool. Think of all the money you could make from the gemstones you create?! But then again I couldn’t imagine having to worry about turning my loved ones into gemstone! EEK…..