Title: Daughter of Glass
Author: Vicki Kiere
Published: March, 2015
Note: I received this book for free from the publisher. I always inform publishers and authors that receipt of a free book does not constitute an agreement to review or affect my opinion or a book in any way.
Characterization and badassery
Sasha is an overprotected girl with seven guardians who safeguard her emotions by bleeding them from her.
She’s not badass per se, but she has a strong will and a sense of self in spite of her circumstances. She doesn’t whine or snivel, she faces her fears, and she keeps moving forward. It’s a quiet kind of badass, but it’s there.
The biggest characters are her guardians, and they’re what got me from the very beginning. I was really grabbed by how unique and interesting the guardians were, and they’re what kept me invested in the story. They had such unique, tangible characteristics that I really loved the imagery that surrounded them. The author did a great job of fleshing them out and making them individuals.
Plot and pacing
Good pace. I didn’t get bored or feel like there were any sections that lost energy. The plot did fall just a little short for me, compared to the wonderful concept of the story. It was almost like the guardians absorbed some of the intrigue out of the plot just as they would absorb Sasha’s emotions. I felt like there were some awesome opportunities that the author created, but then did not build upon, which made the resolution of the story very simple. Perhaps that’s because this is a more YA than adult novel. I just would have liked a bit more complexity to the plot and the resolution, which would have catapulted me right into 5-star land.
Prose and editing
This one could have used one more proofread, which I hate saying because I know what a pain those obnoxious typos are. The errors did not affect my enjoyment of the book, though.
Not really. This is a pretty straight-up, earnest book.
“My name felt like it weighed a thousand pounds—that it was something I had to drag out from deep within.”
“Guilt waited for me at the bottom of the tree. ‘Good job, sweetie,’ she crooned in her saccharine-sweet way. ‘You’re that much closer to breaking your father’s trust in you.’”
This was one of those rare books that manage to suck me in right from the start. The first thing I saw was a lovely illustration of what turned out to be Anger. She’s all seething with her namesake emotion and wearing an outfit that made me want to meet her at some sort of con. The illustration really set the mood for the gallery scene.
Then I read the first line. “I stood in the atrium of the Academy’s newest gallery and listened as people discussed my mother’s suicide. The event was depicted in a colorful painting that took up most of the wall.”
Yep, got me there too. I was pulled all the way in already. And as the guardians rolled out, I just got further entrenched. It’s rare for me to connect with a book so fast, so that’s pretty special. I burned right through this book in a 24-hour period.
I do wonder at the title though. I don’t really know why she’s a daughter of glass. And there were a couple characters that weren’t really utilized or explained as fully as I’d have liked, as the author created compelling personalities for them.
I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. As she develops in her storytelling and starts hitting all of her wonderful concepts out of the park, she could become a real favorite for me. I love new ideas and she has great imagination.