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The Glass Spare, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fans of magical fantasy will enjoy absorbing tale.

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Veteran author Lauren DeStefano offers an absorbing story that fans of magical fantasy and action are sure to enjoy. The Glass Spare creates an intriguing blend of classic fantasy elements like magical powers and stone castles with modern touches like digital eyeglasses, cars, and electric lights. The world is well imagined and easy to believe. The writing is solid but doesn't have enough spark to lift it above a well-done genre piece.

Wil is easy for teens to relate to as she struggles with strange new capabilities while also trying to learn about trust, love, and loyalty. There's no satisfying ending here. Since the book is part of a planned two-volume story, the ending instead sets up the next half. Fantasy fans will have to wait to learn what happens.

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