Strap yourself in. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
I actually finished this book last year, and it was in my top five reads for 2012. I never got around to reviewing it, so here’s a quick overview.
My opinion? I want to be Jocelyn Adams when I grow up. Well, not completely, but I would love to have the “flow” that her writing style has. She is really “readable”.
Have you ever read a great book, but it was easy to put it down? Well, Glass Man is a great book that your husband has to pry out of your hands to make sure you go to bed at night… I call that “flow” because there is no hard break in the writing… as a reader, you just keep reading without knowing what’s going on.
Glassman is a story about a girl with supernatural powers and has no idea why she has these powers. She is being chased by “The Glass Man” – a man who killed her entire family when she was young, and has been hunting her ever since. Yep, this is one of my favorite tropes – the CHASE NOVEL. Wahoo! Action abounds!
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from beginning to end, with a few very minor nit-picks.
#1 is the language. Yeah, yeah, stamp me a prude, but I cannot relate to a heroine with a gutter mouth. I’ve said before, using the word sh*t or even the F-bomb if you fall and hurt yourself is okay. It’s natural. But riddling the dialog with profanity bothers me. I have to subtract a star for this.
#2 is that the main character is wearing a ridiculous outfit for a long time during the climax near the end of the story. Why Why Why? Is all I have to ask. The narrative, which is otherwise outstanding, high energy and tense, is challenged, and at times ruined by the dumb outfit that the bad guy made her wear. I just don’t know where the author was going with that. Maybe it was supposed to be comic relief, or maybe titillation… for me, it just made me roll my eyes. So for this, I need to subtract another star.
Now let’s chat for a second about the character of the Glass Man.
Best Villain I have ever read
Wanna lesson on how to write a villain? Pick up Glass Man. I mean DANG. I actually found myself rooting for him most of the time. He is just so darn bad you have to love him… and I just love a hot sexy villain. He’s not bad… he’s doing the right thing! Who cares if everyone else thinks he’s a psychopath?????
Pure brilliance on the villain, and I would LOVE to see a prequel that was based solely on his character. There is a mention of an earlier event with the MC of this story where the villain actually “won”. I would LOVE to see that made into a book. Let’s cheer on that bad guy. Yahooooo!
Okay, so, if you didn’t catch my enthusiasm, I was trying to say that the villain was awesome, and for him alone, I will give this book an extra star.
So that’s a total of four stars for the Glass Man. If you like paranormal stories, and can get in to a chase novel with a dash of romance and two supernatural being kicking the crud out of each other, you will just LOVE this.
- Lynn Voedisch: Writing a great villain (thestoryplantblog.com)
- Conflict: Fancy Way of Saying Good vs. Evil (legendsofwindemere.com)
- Creating A Villain We Love To Hate (youngatink.wordpress.com)
- Giving Your Villain A Good Reason To Be Your Villain (nealabbott.wordpress.com)
- Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke Book Review (literallyjen.com)
- Humanizing Evil? (newauthors.wordpress.com)
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Parthalan is still one of my favorite characters (born from my twisted mind, anyway). I might revisit him at some point. Thanks for the great review!
The cover is haunting. And a great villain? I’m in.
As a rule I don’t read paranormal, but you make this one sound over-the-top intriguing.
It’s really good. I enjoyed it on so many levels – but it is definitely paranormal based.
I love all Jocelyn’s books. This was the first of hers I read, and I became hooked. 🙂 Just adore her writing.
I absolutely loved this book and the next in the series, Shadowborn, is equally fantastic! The final in the series, Rise of the Magi, comes out in June of this year and I can’t wait to see how Adams wraps it all up. Fantastic author and I 150% completely agree with you on flow. I was well into a 100 pages without realizing it.
Yeah! I wish I could recreate that kind if magic
Wow. Best villain ever! You have me intrigued. Great review.
I really was rooting for him at times. To bad not to love 😉
Excellent review … must go feed the fishies now!
Yes! They said you’ve been neglecting them!