Saturday, 16 May 2020

Book Review: Glass Town Wars by Celia Rees (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Glass Town Wars
Author: Celia Rees
Publisher:
Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 8 September 2020
Pages:
308
Format:
eBook - PDF
Genre:
YA/Fantasy
Source:
ARC via NetGalley

 


All these Glass Town intrigues. No matter how long you'd been absent, how far you'd travelled, once you were back, it was as though you'd never been away.

Tom and Augusta are from different places and different times, but they meet in the virtual world to combine forces in battle, to save a kingdom, escape a web of deceit and to find love. In a place where fictions can be truths and truths fictions, learning who to trust is more than friendship, it is about about survival.

Glass Town Wars, inspired by the early writings of the Brontës, is a captivating, magical novel by the renowned Celia Rees. 


The Glass Town Wars was a strange book. The premise was interesting, and at first I was intrigued as to how the story would progress, but by the time I was done, I wondered what I had just read. There were plenty of fun moments, but overall I wasn't certain what the story was trying to accomplish, and I never fully bonded with any of the characters or got immersed in their situations. I think perhaps Rees attempted to cram too much in, which left the world building and characterisation a little flimsy. For me this was a 2.5-star read. It had plenty of potential but, for me at least, it didn't quite come together. However, if you are looking for a YA fantasy that offers something completely different and 'out-there', you might want to give it a try.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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