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Glass Heart (Cold Kiss) Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Gr 9 Up-Teens who enjoyed Cold Kiss (HarperCollins, 2011), a surprisingly contemplative, sad reflection on first love and sudden death, will likely find this sequel to be just as engaging. From the dizzying excitement of flying to the marvel of creating a beautiful snowfall, Wren Darby is finally beginning to enjoy her growing supernatural abilities. Her power is the one thing that she can't share with her best friends. Her boyfriend, Gabriel, who can read minds, is uncomfortable with her talents, driving her toward the dangerous, magical duo Bay and Fiona. Wren also has to deal with her younger sister, who is just coming to terms with her own secret powers. As Wren engages with Bay and Fiona in spite of Gabriel's warnings, she soon realizes that she may be getting in over her head and just might lose Gabriel in the process. However, with the help of her friends and family, she learns that magic isn't the only thing that makes her special. Garvey's lively writing exhibits pleasing emotion and dazzling imagery. However, teens who have not read the first book might be a little lost in this one.-Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“The dialogue and teen situations ring true.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“Wren is completely believable and endearing.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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After the heart wrenching story of Cold Kiss, it was nice to see Wren happy and in love once again. It's a different type of love, though. Not only because you can only have one first love, but because Wren isn't the same person with Gabriel as she was with Danny. She's also exploring the paranormal side to her a little more. It's this testing of her powers that leads to Gabriel revealing he's not entirely comfortable with that, and that hurts Wren. She feels a little rejected and instead of continuing to explore her powers in the safe way she knows, she starts to get a little more reckless.
While I feel like both the romantic and paranormal sides of this book are explored well, I wish there had been a little bit more on Bay and Fiona, the people Wren starts to hang out with after feeling put off my Gabriel, and their involvement in the novel. It was the only thing holding my back from thinking this book was completely perfect.
Amy Garvey wrote yet another wonderfully sweet, romantic paranormal story that had me falling in love with her words all over again. There's something special in the way Garvey tells her story. There's a lot of heart without it weighing the book down. It's emotional, but in a fantastic way. Garvey is definitely a Young Adult author to keep your eye on.
I still enjoyed seeing the story unfold, but I was somewhat disappointed by how mono-dimensional it turned out. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars.
Wren isn't bringing back anyone from the dead anymore, so we consider this progress! But she is messing with her powers and it scares Gabriel, not for his own safety but for hers. He really cares for her and just wants to protect her, because that's what good guys do! However, it can seem overbearing and I can understand how one would react and push people away. Their relationship is pretty strained through out most of this book, mainly because of Wren and her thick head. So many times I wanted to just reach my hand in the book and smack her upside the head. Use your brain, girl!
She meets two people who are like her and have powers but they give off a weird vibe. Most of the time if someone gives off a weird vibe that's a sure sign to turn around, walk the other direction and never look back. But does Wren do this? Absolutely not. Bay and Fiona are no good but she starts to hang out with them, show them what she can do; all the while keeping Gabriel in the dark.
She's also having issues with her younger sister, Robin, who is just coming in to her powers but also wanting to meet their dad, whom Robin doesn't even remember. Wren's not ready and I have to agree with Robin, Wren is awfully selfish. A lot of what she does is all about me me me, which also makes me wanna smack her again. The world does not revolve around you, sweetheart!
Her friendship with Jess and Darcia is just great. I really thought one thing regarding their love interests when I was completely wrong (and I was super thankful I was wrong). So I guess, Wren is a rather frustrating character but with the mixture of all the other characters involved, she's certainly tolerable.
If you enjoyed Cold Kiss, I would certainly check out Glass Heart. Technically, I really don't think you need to read the first book to read this book but I would highly recommend it. Danny, her ex-boyfriend who died and she brought back as a zombie in Cold Kiss is mentioned a lot throughout this book. Oh, and did I mention how much I just adore both of these covers? They're so beautiful (and shiny, at least the final copies are)
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