by Hannah Moskowitz
Published by Chronicle Books Release date : August 18th, 2015
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Young Adult
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Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.
But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.
This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A History of Glitter and Blood will go down as the oddest book I have read in a long time. Maybe ever. Yet — I will always remember it.
I want to start off by stating that this book is not for everyone. I will admit — there were several times I almost DNF (3, to be exact) yet something nagged at me to trudge through it. The story is odd, the characters unique. The writing, while different and jarring; is beautiful.
One thing that I LOVED about A History of Glitter in Blood is the narration. It takes UNRELIABLE narrator to another level and while yes, it’s confusing as all get out, once you get into the flow of things, it’s actually brilliant. I also loved the artwork and notes that were in the book. The formatting was difficult to follow at times but I got use to it.
Another thing I loved? The interesting world and meaning of IMMORTALITY. To feel a part of you that is no longer CONNECTED to your body is an odd and creepy thought. To know that, you wont ever “die,” but rather, feel everything even when your body is scattered around. I mean, Beckan carried her father around in a JAR. Parts of him, anyway.
That aside — the whole novel is thought-provoking. There are elements of the story that you don’t see much in YA — and is great for debate. I loved how close and intimate each relationship was. I loved how all the characters formed their own family, growing as the novel progressed.
All in all – I really liked A History of Glitter and Blood. While it took some time for me to get into and my debates to DNF were there — I’m glad I finished. It’s such a unique book, one I recommend if you are looking for something different!
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- Have you read A History of Glitter and Blood? If so, what did you think?
- If not, does it sound like something you might enjoy?