Book Review – Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Book Review - Spy Glass

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Spy Glass (Glass #3)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publication: September 1st, 2010

Publisher: Mira Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 430 pages

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Paranormal

Read: May 2016

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5 Stars

Synopsis
An undercover mission leads to danger, adventure and an impossible choice…
A fter siphoning her own blood magic in the showdown at Hubal, Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she’s immune to the effects of magic. Opal is an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world.
Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood – and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or know it could be they are lost forever…

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I feel like I have to come up with new ways to describe the plots in Maria’s books but I’m not that eloquent and there’s not enough synonyms in the English language. As always, the plot is super fast paced and action packed. There’s magic and disguises and danger and abuse and a bunch of different crazy things happening. These books are just nonstop back to back plot twists and turns and new details and scenes you were never expecting. Loved it.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Maria’s writing is very straight forward and fast. It helps move the filled to the brim plot and keeps the reader interested and on their toes. Yet at the same time, it’s simple. Because it represents the narration of the main character, the writing style is pretty intense. She is torn and confused a lot of the time but also becomes more confident, powerful and I love her development and the way she changed throughout the series.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Opal in the beginning, I warmed up to her in the second book and in this one I was definitely on her side. Her character development throughout the series is amazing. It became very frustrating sometimes but also felt realistic. In the beginning of this book, she’s frustrated and particularly obsessed with a new goal. It kind of makes her selfish and blind to others and super mopey and depressed. While it’s understandable, it got annoying really quickly. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one that felt that way and the side characters kicked her butt. She slowly got her things together and was almost completely back to being caring and confident as well as powerful. She shined in a way that combined the way she used to be and what she learned in her journey to make her best self. I don’t really know how to feel about the side characters anymore. There are so many and so many things shift and change in this book. The romance is one of my biggest issues with this book because it’s such a difference from the first trilogy in these companion series and yet at the same time, I understand it. I understand how the main character shifted her focus from one guy to the other and why it makes sense to the kind of life she wants to lead, but still it’s kind of weird.

Emotionally

While this book didn’t turn out the way that I thought it was going to, I really loved it and I feel like it was a great way to end the trilogy.

The plot is heavy. We follow Opal after she siphoned all her powers to escape and awful showdown that happened in the last book. She feels lost, on the inside and the outside and she begins to follow a trial  that might lead to her getting her powers back. As always with Maria’s books, there’s a lot of side plots, things that are mentioned here or there that don’t really seem like they connect, but end up interconnecting in the end. Opal travels a lot in this book, and gets into different roles that I found really interesting. She becomes assistant and protector for awhile and I feel like that affected her personality a lot. With that, she also spends some time learning with Valek and I absolutely loved those scenes. Their connection and comradeship was really sweet and genuine while still feeling like they were learning from each other. There is so much going on in this book: violence, kidnapping, betrayal, cults, abuse, magic and so many other crazy kinds of things. After all of those crazy things, I realized why these books were marketed as adult books first. Some of the things that happen are really heavy and graphic and it might not be suitable for some of the younger side of the young adult genre. I was really blown away by everything that was going on and how things managed to straighten themselves out in the end. It wasn’t really what I was expecting would happen, but I feel like it did the story and  the main character justice and that it was a satisfying ending.

Opal’s character development in these books is insane. She’s a totally completely different person in this last book than she was in the first book. She was kind of meek and a bit of a pushover and she kind of beat herself up about things in her past. And slowly but surely, the tough situations that happened in the last three books kind of taught her different things about life. How not everyone is nice to her and she has to toughen up. But at the same time, that there are people who love her and want to support her and that she can’t always take all the burden on to her shoulders and that she doesn’t need to do that. The person that acts in this book and takes care of things in this book is amazing. She’s tough and honest and selfless and conscious of the people around her and tries her best to make everything well for everyone. She slowly but surely reminded me of the things I love about Yelena while still being Opal.

Like I said above, I’m still not 100% sold on the romance. I talked about it before and how it’s been my biggest issue throughout this trilogy. It was very confusing for awhile because I had no idea who endgame was and that is just not okay for a shipper like me. It’s agony. And even in the end I had no idea who it was until things started to reveal themselves. I understand why the main character feels the way she does about her partner. But there is a lot of complicated history between them and its not the best kind of history to build a relationship on. It’s really hard to talk about this without spoilers ya’ll. But in the end, I feel like the ending was the perfect situation for the main character.

And I just want to briefly mention that there are two side characters that completely took over my heart. Reagan and Teegan are the sweetest and smartest kids I have ever encountered in a book and I beg the universe that they appear in the third trilogy from the Chronicles of Ixia.

Overall, the plot was amazing and packed of all different kinds of crazy things, it kept me on my toes the entire time. The development of the main character was amazing and she’s on the list of greatest character comebacks. While I’m not the biggest fan of the romance, I understand why things happened the way they did. And I loved how things ended and it felt totally satisfying.

So that’s it for this review! I cannot wait to get to the final trilogy of this huge series! I’ll be back with my baby Yelena and awesome Valek and I just can’t wait to see how things have developed for her. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.

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