Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer

Title: Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2)
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss

A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.

Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.

Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen—the threat of losing each other forever.
Review by Nara

Winter Glass follows on from the cliffhanger ending of Spindle Fire, focusing on the two princesses of Deluce, Aurora and Isabelle (Isbe).

I still thought the romance development was kind of mediocre, but luckily this wasn't a major plot point in the novel. The book was much more focused on taking down the evil faerie queen Malfleur. The pacing was well done overall, although I thought the multiple points of view did bog the book down a bit. There were lots of points of view, although the main two were Aurora and Isbe, and I'm not sure I liked how we kept jumping around. The extra points of view didn't seem to add a whole lot, except perhaps the villain POV from Malfleur. They just made the book more disjointed.

I actually really liked the ending of the series. I thought it tied things up nicely, and it ended on a hopeful and satisfying note. I would recommend this series to people who like beautiful writing and don't mind a little chaos in the plot.

Liked it
Overall: 7/10
Plot: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5
World Building: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Cover: 4/5