Friday, September 28, 2012
YA Friday: GLASS HEART by Amy Garvey
Glass Heart by Amy Garvey (Sept 2012, HarperTeen)
Source: review copy from the publisher
Synopsis: Wren is enjoying using her powers to hover a few inches above the floor of the pedestrian tunnel under the train station when two teens notice her. Bay and Fiona are into magic in a big way, and Wren agrees to hang out with them before realizing Bay's powers might be evil. Until now, only her boyfriend Gabriel and her own family knew she could use magic. Even her best friends Jess and Darcia don't know. Over the course of one December, Wren's relationship with Gabriel is complicated by her secret friendship with Bay and Fiona and by Gabriel's insistence that she stop using her powers. Why can't he realize her powers are part of who she is?
Why I liked it: Amy Garvey makes magic utterly believable. It's easy to imagine that Wren would get a rush from using her powers, and for the most part she uses them in beautiful ways, like creating a gentle snowfall. I love all the characters in this book, but especially Wren, who touches me in a way few characters in YA do. She's so real, you begin to feel if you put the book down and walked to the nearest coffee shop, you might run into her.
This is a sequel to Cold Kiss, so if you haven't read that, you definitely need to read it first. (And here's an excellent write-up of both books by Donna Gambale from the First Novels Club.)
What powers would you wish for?