The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
Published: October 2020 by Dundurn
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQ+
This was one of my most anticipated reads. I wanted so badly to love this one, especially with what a brilliant first impression it gave me—the cover is gorgeous, the synopsis is intriguing and the genre tags are all the ones I adore. Unfortunately, the execution of the story wasn’t done as well as I hoped for. I put the book down so many times, even forgot about it at one point, and only recently just recalled I didn’t finish this and well…I’m just disappointed.
The story was all over the place. The worldbuilding is poor, the characters aren’t as solid as I had hope they’d be, and the plot is too loose. The author’s imagination is brilliant, evidenced by the fantastical elements introduced in the book, but the overall worldbuilding was too weak. Fantasy books need strong worldbuilding to bring them to life. So, this weakness brought the book down.
Moreover, the characters are flat. I didn’t care for them and I had neither sympathy nor empathy for the things they’re going through. Though, I do agree with other reviewers that the LGBTQ+ representation was done well.
All in all, this book is one with much potential but ultimately, sadly did not fulfill it.
Thank you so much Netgalley and Dundurn for proving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!