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Review - Glass Heart

Friday, September 7, 2012
Glass Heart (Cold Kiss #2)
by Amy Garvey

Publication: September 18, 2012
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Harper Teen
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ARC provided by publisher for review purposes
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 really liked Cold Kiss, so I wasn't sure if I was ready for Glass Heart, especially since the synopsis makes it obvious that this book explores Wren's powers more in-depth. I know. I tend to like books with magic and supernatural elements, but Cold Kiss was so focused on the emotions that I wasn't sure if I wanted to explore more of the magic side. I kind of liked being mystified by it. This book is so diferent from the first book where the magic was so secret and not as prevalent as in Cold Kiss.

Nevertheless, I did end up enjoying it in its own way. Wren needs this book to explore her abilities without being afraid that her mom would disprove of it. It gives her the chance to figure out who she wants to be and what her abilities shouldn't be used for. It also gives her the chance to figure out her relationship with Gabriel.

Cold Kiss was about the emotions. Glass Heart is about Wren's growing powers. We all know the saying, "With great power comes great responsibility." Well, it also comes with a thirst for power and the desire to test the limits. Wren begins using her powers outside of the house, deluding herself into thinking that no one will see--or that if they do see, they'll think their eyes were playing tricks on them. It lands her into a load of trouble and gets her into fights with Gabriel over her misuse of her powers.

So, yes, Wren annoyed me for much of this book. She no longer has Danny as an excuse to be unhappy or the wreckage of her life; rather, she's supposed to be happy. She has the sweetest boyfriend ever (who I seriously want to steal), and she abuses him emotionally because she's afraid that he's going to turn out to be a dream and because she's afraid to listen to his voice of reason. I do understand why she's afraid though. It's the whole reason for this book--so that Wren can mature and find her place in life. Through all this, Gabriel remains understanding, giving her nothing but unconditional love and only raising his voice when she really pushes things too far. Wren is so, so lucky to have him.

Overall, I adored this book and will definitely be reading Amy Garvey's next book!

On a side note: Amy Garvey is pretty lucky with covers. Honestly, I'm not much of a fan of covers that zoom in on faces, but that's because they're just faces and they tell us nothing about the story. With the Cold Kiss books, however, the faces aren't just faces. They have pretty magical light colors, and they do tell us about the stories. Cold Kiss is about Wren's inability to let go of her boyfriend, whom she's brought back from the dead. Glass Heart is about Wren's fragility now that she's begun exploring her powers.

Recommended for paranormal-romance lovers

5 comments on "Review - Glass Heart"
  1. I have Glass Heart and I've been a little afraid to read it. It has to be so different from Cold kiss just because Danny is gone - she has to move on.
    I felt like so much about her powers was missing from the first book so I guess I should just take the plunge and see where the story takes me.
    Nice review.

    1. It is pretty different and has to be read like that, but I did like exploring her abilities more. Plus, there's a lot of Gabriel! <3 him

  2. pretty hesitant for this series . gr8 review

  3. Thanks for the great review! I've been looking forward to this book since I finished Cold Kiss forever ago! I can't wait to read more about Wren and see how things are different without Danny : )

  4. OMG I have the ARC to the first one and it was AMAZING. Can't wait :)


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