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review 2016-08-14 16:01
Storm Glass - not what I expected.
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Unfortunately not as good as I had hoped, nor as good as the other series attached to this one, the Study Series.

My reasoning for this is mainly based on the characters, when you have friends like these who needs enemies? I don't understand how she called any of these people her friends, and her love relationships were no better. All the relationships in this book were brittle and weak and made zero sense to me - maybe I'm missing a big chunk of Opal's story as I haven't yet finished the Study Series but I doubt it. She only had a few conversations with some of the people she labeled her friends - at least on 'screen' which is all I can relate to obviously. One girl was just plain her enemy, legit out to get her but no Opal wanted to be besties - which I'll admit is a weirdly admiring quirk but I'm also concerned about her brain, maybe she's dehydrated after all that time near the kilns. Others were just bitchy and nasty but she thought of them...somewhat fondly O.o And the 2 nice one'sshe had bitchy thoughts about!!
Her love interests were just plain nightmares. I'm fairly certain she was mainly attracted to them because of how they looked, at least that appeared to be what she was focused on during the book - of course after she managed to snag one, she decided she didn't want him any more and was mooning over the other one, but couldn't give up the current one cause otherwise she'd be alone. *bangs head on hard surface*

Opal just wasn't as good to read about either. I don't mind reading about less adventurous, brave girls, someone who's more meek and quite but there was just something so.... annoying about Opal. I'm pretty sure it was her constant back-stepping, self doubt and whining. All those things are fine in small doses but I'm fairly certain these were aspects of Opals main personality, which drove me a little bonkers. On occasional she would suddenly gather up her courage for all of 2 seconds then throw a pity party for herself before anything actually happened, this process would then Wash and repeat. Plus towards the end everyone referred to her as smart and waited on her to come up with the daring and brilliant plans on how to defeat the bad guys and their crappy situation, which is just plain ridiculous. The girl is lucky for sure! but her plans almost never work, and when they might she doesn't even bother to try them due to overwhelming fear. It was very frustrating.

 

 

(There's a perfect example in the last.... third? of the book I wanted to use but can't be bothered locating. This is mainly the gist: I should do this, quick while I have the chance otherwise I'll never escape! I know I've been in this situation a million times, oh but I'm scared, what if something bad happens!! but if I stay something bad will definitely happen.... maybe I should wait for a better opportunity, No! I said I would escape when I could! But I'm scared.... oops to late opportunity has passed me by. I'll definitely take the next one, I've finally learnt my lesson!
Of course she doesn't though -_-)

(spoiler show)

 

Otherwise a decent enough story, I had periods were I was very entertained and quite intrigue about what would come next. The powers, politics, etc were a blast and I loved the whole aspect of the glass work, no idea how accurate it is, but I enjoyed it.

I'll be reading the next I imagine, in theory Opal should be different, she was less annoying towards the end of this book at least, not by a lot but enough. And I really need to re-read and finish of the Study series as they constantly refer to it in this book.

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text 2016-08-08 14:00
Reading progress update: I've read 78 out of 488 pages.
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

What on earth is with all the teenagers and young adults in this book!? I have never met so many nasty and spiteful people in my life, let alone all at once. I'm in their age category and can easily claim most people my age aren't generally dicks, even if some are immature. These guys are all immature, have no emotional regulation (which they should have learnt long before now) and have purposely tried to hurt someone for their own amusement. 

Does Snyder have a made hate for youth? or is she trying to make her main character appear more wonderful and kind-hearted in comparison by not making Opal a childish monster like the rest? who knows. Either way pretty much everyone else is a douche so far.

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text 2016-08-08 13:58
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 488 pages.
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Apparently this is the second time I've attempted to read this series (thought it sounded familiar) and I've come across the same problem, I haven't finished the Study Series.... so I can't help but feel at a slight disadvantage. Especially when the MC from the Study series has so greatly impacted and shaped Opal into the timid girl she currently is.... I wonder what she was like beforehand?

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review 2016-07-30 23:30
Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

It was fantastic to be in this world again.  This book is a spin off of Maria V. Snyder's Study series.  Some characters from that series appeared in this one and it was amazing.  I loved reading from the point of view of a magician who is very different from Yelena.  It was a great story and I can't wait to read the rest of this series.  

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review 2015-12-23 17:38
WoWwA
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder,Jennifer Van Dyck

*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

 

From Goodreads:

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed… - powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.

 

Guest Reviewers

T ~ My 16-yr-old son

K ~ My 15-yr-old son

 

First, we listened to the Study series and really enjoyed it, so we thought continuing in this world be entertaining. Well, it kinda sorta was. We like Opal as the protagonist and some of our favorite characters are back, such as Leif, Yelena, Fisk, Ari and Janco. Unfortunately, no Valek. There are new characters introduced with various results: everyone likes Kade, doesn’t like Ulrich and agrees Devlin makes a good villain.  The mystery is twisty, turny and keeps us guessing and the villains are appropriately villainous. The overall story arc is pretty good even though by the end the mystery isn’t really solved and there are some ends not tied up. It is a trilogy, so we know they will be eventually. However, the narrator ruins it for us. Yes, we really, really enjoyed Gabra Zackman’s narration of the Study series, but we were prepared to give Jennifer Van Dyck a fair shot. However, she mispronounced some words, made Janco sound Russian and, in general, we didn’t care for her narration. So we won’t be continuing with the series. K and I have read the books, but T hasn’t. He’s ok with not listening to any more since he’s not a huge Fantasy fan anyway. Plus, Valek is his favorite character and since he won’t be showcased in Opal’s series, it’s no great loss to him.

 

Quotes:

 

“Yippee. I’ve been promoted from fire lighter to delivery boy. I’ll write a letter home to Mother. She’ll be so pleased.” ~ Leif

 

“I know I hated magic for a reason," Janco said.

"Congratulations. This is the first time you've had a VALID reason to hate something," Ari countered. "Remember your campaign against sand?"

"Sand! Horrid little stuff. Gets everywhere. I had a perfectly good argue--"

"Janco." Ari's voice rumbled deep in his throat.

In a heartbeat, Janco switched gears. "Well, this blood magic sounds worse than sand.”

 

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.” ~ Opal

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2015/12/wowwa-storm-glass.html
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