Glass Heart by Amy Garvey

October 3, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 0

Title: Glass Heart (cold Kiss #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Amy Garvey
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Pages: 310
Release Date: September 18, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A decent read, but I was pretty indifferent towards it.

About the Book: Wren can do things that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her abilities are tinged with danger—knows how easy it is to lose control—but she can’t resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side, someone who knows what she can do—what she has done—she finally feels free to be herself.

But as Wren explores the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away. Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be too late to bring him back to her side.

I was definitely a fan of Cold Kiss, it was different and genuine and I really liked the characters, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I knew I had to give it a read. Turns out there wasn’t really a point to having a sequel. The word I would best use to describe Glass Heart is subtle. Everything was pretty low-key, in that nothing jumped out to me as exciting or riveting, but then again, it’s not like I didn’t like the book and the pacing was steady enough which allowed me to finish it pretty quickly. It was great to see all the characters again and to get a better understanding of Wren’s history, but I felt that with the way Amy handled the story, it could’ve easily been included in the first novel.

In Glass Heart, Wren is having fun with her powers and enjoying the freedom to use it whenever she wants, but she has to deal with the fact that Gabriel isn’t too happy with her doing so because he’s worried that bad things can happen. Of course Wren is rebellious and stubborn and set on doing things her own way, which leads to her run with a different kind of crowd that hiding a dark and twisted past.

Wren’s character matures and develops throughout this book and I think that’s pretty much the basis of the entire story. I couldn’t really connect with her this time around and often times thought her to be a bit too whiney and short-tempered, especially when it came to Gabriel and his issues with her powers. There also wasn’t really as much of Gabriel as I would’ve liked. And if you read Cold Kiss, you’d guess Wren’s father would play a big role in Glass Heart, but really, his part wasn’t as important or as big as I expected. I feel like Amy simply touched base with all the aspects of Wren’s life that happens after the whole “Danny incident” so readers would see what her life is like now, but then she doesn’t add enough detail, often times going off on tangents, and some moments were a bit too choppy for my liking.

Probably the worst part for me was the ending. It felt very rushed and underdeveloped for me, as with much of the entire book, I’m afraid. The ending was pretty much anti-climatactic and a bit disappointing. I was expecting more resolution, but Amy leaves things pretty wide open and I don’t know if she means for readers to interpret things on their own, or if she’s leaving room for herself in case she wants to write more of Wren’s story.

I know I’m pointing out a lot of the negatives, but don’t get me wrong, I liked Glass Heart, just not as much as I had hoped. Yes, there were choppy moments and times when I wished Amy would’ve elaborated on more important details rather than fill it up with trivial moments, but she kept the story going and it’s not like I was bored at all while reading this. I don’t know if I’d consider it much of sequel as far as sequels tend to go, but it’s a nice story if anyone’s wondering what’s up with Wren after Danny.

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