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Glimmers of Glass: A Glimmers Novel #1: Cinderella (Volume 1) Paperback – October 1, 2016
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Emma Savant lives with her gorgeous husband and adorable cat in a small town in Oregon, where she spends way too much time watching Star Trek and eating nachos. She loves fairy tales and once took an archery class in the hopes of becoming more Narnian.
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Olivia's a junior in high school, planning to go to college as soon as she can to escape the pressure and unwanted plans her father has for her life. Sounds like an average teenager... but Olivia's not average. She's a Glimmer: A member of a community with magical abilities who sometimes live literal fairy-tale lives. She's working as an Assistant Junior Godmother, learning the ropes of the wish-fulfilling business. When her supervisor's put out of commission for a while, Olivia finds herself with an unwelcome responsibility: There's a Cinderella in town whose father wants to make sure she enjoys her Ball, and it's Olivia's responsibility to make it happen - whether the Cinderella wants it to or not.
This book is a fabulous blend of classic fairy tale tropes and modern society. The "Cinderella" - a socially-conscious, passionate, nerdy girl named Elle - has the traditional wicked stepmother (well... maybe not all that wicked) and two terrible stepsisters (though "terrible" is a matter of personal opinion). She makes her own gowns - sci-fi costumes for ComiCon and similar gatherings, mainly - and is unaware that she has a fairy godmother. Elle doesn't even know fairy godmothers really exist - and she certainly doesn't know that she has some Glimmering talents of her own. But she's about to find out.
The characters are beautifully drawn and fully realized; even though they may fit certain archetypes of traditional children's stories, each individual is fully developed - no stereotypes here. You might recognize the general shapes of the traditional stories, but Savant's spin on those old tales is fresh and entirely modern. The world-building is marvelously done with enchanting (literally!) details everywhere you turn. And though Glimmers might be able to wave their wands to handle some of life's less pleasant tasks, they're just as prone to stress, unhappy marriages, insecurities, and ethical dilemmas as any of us Humdrums are. The relationships are real - and flawed; the Happily Ever Afters take some work, even with a fairy godmother on your team. But that hard work makes it all the more satisfying when it all comes together at the stroke of midnight.
I'm not usually much of a YA reader--since I'm about three times the age of most of the protagonists, I've always assumed I wouldn't find the stories in that genre relatable. But a friend tipped me off to this series (I'm reading the second one too), and it is changing my tune. Engaging characters, carefully plotted, with well-executed plot resolution and character development. No sex, violence, or drugs (well... fairy dust is more like caffeine or sugar, I think, so it doesn't count!) - just a remarkable story, wonderfully told.
I enthusiastically recommend this book - and not just to the YA demographic, but to readers of all ages. If you've ever agonized over doing the right thing, wanted to make the world a better place, or tried to be the best possible friend to someone you love, you'll find kindred souls in Olivia, Elle, and Imogen. I hope Savant has many more of these books up her sleeves (in her wand?), because I, for one, am hooked.
There’s a great deal of banter between the teens, rooting this story in the present time. I was about twenty percent in before the book got really interesting. All of the sudden, Olivia is faced with a question about her future no teen should have to answer.
This book answers the question – what would happen if Cinderella could keep the magic after midnight? It’s well-written, free of errors, and a good read that should keep readers turning the page. The story draws to a conclusion in a way that doesn’t leave the reader hanging, but gives hints that make the reader want to continue this series.
I really liked how the Cinderella story was made fresh and new, even after hearing it in many forms over the years. Olivia is also likable in her self-sacrificing nature, more intent on doing the right thing – even when what she feels is right goes against the established norms of the magical community.
I especially like that the book is not too superficial, but raises strong questions about the ethics and consequences of a fairy godmothers choices.
I would recommend this book to anyone ~14+ who enjoys fairy tales/magic/Portland/romance.
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