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Glass Heart by Amy Garvey

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Glass Heart (Cold Kiss #2)
by Amy Garvey

Glass Heart (Cold Kiss #2)

By: Amy Garvey

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Rating: 2 Stars

Summary: 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.

Review:

Like many of you may be thinking of doing, I picked up this sequel to Cold Kiss even though the first book didn’t exactly blow me away because curiosity and a few questions got the best of me. Like, is a sequel really necessary? Or, is Danny back for a rehash of the grieving mess that was the first book? Or, is there a non-contrived plot that really stands on its own? And I’ll answer all those questions … right now: no, no, and no.

I will say, though, I do feel Amy Garvey’s writing has really improved in Glass Heart. I think she tried a bit too hard to make Cold Kiss intensely emotional to the point that Wren letting go of Danny, rather than coming across as sad or moving, was – at least for me – the emotional equivalent of putting down a dying dog. And as Danny’s a person – er zombie, that’s an odd, not to mention socially unacceptable and unpleasant, thing to feel. Glass Heart though is a different book that doesn’t dwell on loss nearly as much as Cold Kiss did, Danny’s mentioned but Wren’s moved on, obviously, so the story doesn’t have the same oversentimental just to get across a point feel like its predecessor did. Wren’s emotions this time around, her banter with her friends Jess and Darcia, her relationship with Gabriel, doesn’t feel as intentionally and artificially sappy as it did before – nope, it feels much more natural. Kinda cute even, if more than a bit slow. Oh, and Amy Garvey rocks at writing dialogue.

On the other hand, the improved writing really doesn’t begin to cover the problems inherent with an unnecessary sequel. Don’t worry, even if the plot seems to meander around, with Gabriel being difficult about Wren’s magic and the mysterious college students showing up and the missing dude, there is a plot and all those things that seem rather random do, predictably, come together. That’s not my issue with Glass Heart. My issue is, while there is a conflict, while there is a ‘bad guy’ so to speak, the entire book hinges on a lack of information. If Wren and Gabriel had a heart to heart after Gabriel makes his feelings for Wren’s magic clear, the entire book would’ve been unnecessary. If a certain someone had spoken out the first time Wren asked instead of being evasive, a lot of the worst stuff could’ve been avoided. It’s even alluded to with Wren’s sister and how unhappy she is. And every time it seems like one character would go on a limb to deal with their miscommunication, someone else would be stubborn or drop it, so the characters, particularly Wren, just feel hot and cold all of a sudden and all the drama just feels like it’s manufactured just because these characters would rather make out with or avoid rather than talk to each other. That’s not a cool relationship.

Then there’s the whole attitude towards magic. I suppose that’s the rationale for writing this sequel after all, Cold Kiss explored the morality of using magic to do something really unnatural, bringing someone back from the dead, and Glass Heart tries to go in and fill in the blanks with a little more finesse. Nothing wrong with that in theory. In practice though, I’m not sure where the lines are. There’s stuff about using magic responsibly, using magic for fun, and being addicted to magic, but the entire book just left me confused as to where Garvey is drawing the lines. Gabriel’s against Wren using magic, then won’t talk about it, and it turns out his secret doesn’t even have anything to do with magic at all. And then Wren basically uses her powers to save the day. I’m very confused, beyond one very clear ‘bad’ character everyone else’s attitudes and opinions are all over the place, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to get out of it at all.

In short, Glass Heart is the kind of sequel that’s written as I have these characters and I wonder what should happen to them next, rather than I have this story that would be perfect with these characters I’ve already created from my last book, so it didn’t work for me.
Go to Mitch’s review on Goodreads.

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