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The Glass Wall

(The Glass Wall #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  801 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
17-year-old Sydney's only interest in life is flying under the radar.

But destiny has other plans when the tall, handsome, formal, and unusual Rafael Channing moves into the neighborhood. Athletic and with killer looks, he wears black eyeliner like a magician and seems to be watching Sydney's every move.

What starts out as a light-hearted investigation with her gadget-happy
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published (first published September 5th 2011)
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D.M. Dutcher
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
It doesn't really break any new ground in the "two guys one girl paranormal creature" thing, but it wont insult your intelligence and has some nice twists.

Sydney is a girl being moved to her new foster family. They're a bunch of oddballs, but odder still are the flawlessly perfect, vaguely glam-ish people next door, who seem to take an interest in her. Add one annoying rock star who is interested in both her and one of the glam kids, Rafael, and hijinks ensue. Cue the standard "fate of the world
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, 2016, fantasy, ya
This book surprised the heck out of me after reading a long string of truly dire free books. I'm pretty sure it is self-published as it has a lot of the common problems that would be solved by a competent editor... but despite those things, I really enjoyed reading it. And at the end of the day, my enjoyment is how I value a book.

I liked the main character - she seemed real enough and reacted to what was going on around her with spunk and motivation. I loved that she had a non-traditional family
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal/Fantasy fans, Fae Fanatics, Fantasy fans,
As i have mentioned in other reviews when I download an amazon freebie, i pretty much always expect a 3 star or lower class of book. This book blew me away. The writing & editing are fantastic. The concept & story are brilliant. It was refreshing & interesting. The fae weren't the same as the cookie cutter version most authors use so that was a plus.
As soon as i finished this book i rushed on goodreads hoping that book 2 had been released so i could buy it & read it tonight! Sad
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-modern
I gave this book an OK, I did finish it. But it was short and I had the time to finish it. It needed to have another approach to help you understand what was going on as the reader, rather than swimming along with the heroine. And I think she knew more than we did. But it was today's free Kindle download. The Fae descriptions and hierarchy were quite interesting when you go to them at the end.
Marika Taylor
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted to really like it, I found the cover more interesting than the books contents. Top marks for unintentional hilarity though as I found myself laughing a lot at the descriptions of the Fae's choice of clothing. I couldn't take it seriously with so much glitter and spangle being thrown around!!
Teddy Talley
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Surprisingly good

I read the Twilight series (mostly) but even with willing suspension of disbelief, I found it tedious. I judge books largely on 2 principles: 1) readability--does it suck me in? Do the words flow easily? Am i thrown back into reality by typos, poor organization or unrealistic dialogue?; and 2) believability--within the context of the book, do these characters behave consistently with their personalities? Twilight just didn't convince me that it was anything more than well-writte
Heather Evans
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I've found, through disappointing experience, that free books in the Kindle store on Amazon are generally awful. Liberally dowsed with typing errors, repetitive phrases and thoroughly disengaging writing- clearly I've read some free publications which have disenchanted me to the phenomenon of free e-books. Rant aside, 'The Glass Wall' was somewhat refreshing.
The storyline was on the whole well thought out with interesting plot twists, and the universe successfully avoided being a generic 'magic
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book kept me interested. I just really wanted to figure out what these supernatural beings were. I think I figured it out a bit sooner than our main character, Sydney, did though. Oh well. I like that she didn’t exactly guess correctly and even when she did find out what they were, she tended to revert back to her original assumption.

I like the storyline of Sydney developing her relationships with her foster family verses her real mother. I like how Grace has a crush on Rafael first and ho
Todd Fonseca
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Glass Wall – Sci/Fi Fantasy meets Suburbia!

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Madison Adler
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Staring out the car window, Sidney takes in the neighborhood that will become her next temporary home. As her social worker Neelu says all the right things about the foster family she’ll will be living with, Sydney tunes her out having heard it all before. Months from now her mom will be out of rehab and they'll move across country to once more start over only to replay the entire sce
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
*same review posted on Amazon* This book is very good. I am not normally one who enjoys books written from the first person pov but in this case the author makes it work. The story is fast paced and a good way to spend the afternoon, I finished it in less than 6 hours and cannot wait until the next book is published. The kindle price makes it the best value buy I have made so far.

The only complaint I had was that in places the language is a bit awkward. The author chooses not to use common cont
Sandy Evans
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book in my Kindle Library for a year and a half--and just gotten around to reading it. Now in some ways I wish I had sooner, but now that I have read the first 2 books in the series, I have to wait to read the thirds as it hasn't been published yet.

I read this in 2 days--and that was with working! I couldn't put it down. Sydney, a 17-year-old Foster kid learns she is being monitored bay the Fae--one of which Raphael, she is falling for the other, Jarath--on earth as a popular roc
Mimi Barbour
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What an imagination Ms. Alder has revealed in writing The Glass Wall.

From red tubes called Tulpas that have the ability to suck up negativity and fear, to new worlds with two moons, she kept me immersed in her story from the beginning to the end. Partially, it was because she wrote in the first person, and so it was easy to imagine myself as Sydney, the main character. I was able to experience everything she felt and thought. Of course, that was made possible by good, strong writing skills and
Melanie McCrackin
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Very entertaining take on fairies.. oh, sorry, Rafael... I meant "the Fae" :-)

I found Ms. Adler's story to be a very welcome light read. Story unfolds well and the main characters each have very distinctive qualities.
The reader is immediately introduced to the heroine Sydney and her past. Throughout her 17 yrs she's been shuffled in & out of foster care due to her mother's revolving door of alcohol rehab stints. She has built up a defensive hardened emotionless skin as she enters yet another
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
A very strong fantasy tale with great characters and good writing. Sydney is a delightful heroine and she is supported well by well drawn secondary characters. The writing is clean and easy to read, and Sydney has a good voice, if not the most original.

The story is interesting, but I felt was slow to start. The author does a good job of developing the character relationships, but this appears to come at the cost of plot. There's not an awful lot of action, and to be fair not much romance, either
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't even like this, though I did read it through to the (almost climactic) non-ending. The characters are inconsistent and the plot is all over the place and many of the basic world-creating terms and build-up is left to languish or be filled in by the rather inept main character. Only in the last 20% of the book do we learn anything of any real import and it feels as though that was only to make you feel a need to continue on to the next story.

I'm sorry but to me a book that spends
Kristin King
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely a YA book that avoids the familiar traps of annoying heroines readers usually put up with. Sydney is a foster child with a mother in and out of rehab, a teen who has seen a lot and is about to experience something totally new. Her relationship with her foster dad reminded me of "The Book Thief" just in terms of shared interests and feeling that her really cares about her--the foster mom does as well. The new sibling, new school, and the investigation Sydney sets out on to discover wha ...more
Nicole Trainor
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was expecting something else from this book. I liked the main character and I really liked her foster family. The Fae (and the endless descriptions of their over-the-top make-up and outfits) I felt "meh" about. Also, seriously, naming one of them Jareth?

Where the author really lost me was the big plot reveal. I started laughing at loud at that point. It felt really hokey and already done to me (Buckaroo Bonzai anyone?).

It was a quick read and I got it for free, so I'm not terribly disappointed
Judi Easley
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
She starts out just thinking this will be one more foster home, like all the ones before. But somehow, this one is different right from the beginning. She's drawn in by Al and Betty, who treat her as if she's one of their own children. She's not sure how to respond to Grace, who treats her like a sister. And the neighbors, well, they are out of this world! No, really, they are from another dimension. They're fairies and stuff like that! And there's Rafael. To fall in love will end it all. But so ...more
Carol Waller
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not urban fantasy, suburban fantasy. Yes, geared toward a YA audience. But well-written, decently plotted and with characters you don't want to strangle. Nice antidote to some of the YA fantasy out today. Wee bit supernatural (no vamps or werewolves, but Fae) but without that it would be fantasy, would it? I would definitely give this to someone in the 12-year old and up. Probably more girl than guy (heroine, hunky boy singer as...villain/not-so-bad-guy/bad-boy...). Something pre-Twilight (no da ...more
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Liked it, don't love it.
I give it 3.5 stars. Not bad for a freebie. I have never really been drawn to "fae" books so I was a little surprised in the fact that I download this book and then actually enjoyed it a little! About 2/3 through the book, I was thinking that I wouldn't really be looking into getting the next one but, after finishing, I may have to reconsider, especially for $2. The ending was exciting enough and left me wanting to know what happens next. This book was fairly short but g
Catherine Rogers
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
All together this book was pretty good, and I will be reading the next book in this series when it comes out. I like all books about the fae, and liked the different take on them in this book. Especially the makeup and clothes part. However, I found myself getting annoyed with Sydney being confused all the time. I wished she was more pushy about finding things out for herself. I loved Sydney's foster family, and seeing a different family life then you normally do in YA books. I wish there was mo ...more
My first book about the Fae, so I can't comment on the use or non-use of the normal tropes of fairy books, but I'm glad these Fae don't have wings. Overall it was pretty good, good enough that I bought the next one. Only giving it 3 stars because there were so many questions that weren't answered in this book, basic world-building things that made me feel like I really didn't know what was going on in several parts. But the writing was good enough that I bought the second book in the series, so ...more
Loni Engledow
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Sydney hasn't had a lot of luck it seems during her shirt life. Her mom is placed in rehab again and she is placed in another foster home. The foster family is a unique group of individuals and we can see Sydney forming a bond with them. Then enter Rafeal and Jareth the new neighbors. Sydney's life becomes stranger and stranger. We are thrown into a roller coaster of mystery, intrigue, and romance as Sydney struggles to discover her true identity. I'm ready for the ne ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
My husband downloaded this for free, so perhaps my expectations were unduly low, but this is really a great Fae story. The heroine is strong and unique. She has completely sane and normal reactions to being surrounded by beings with unusual powers. She becomes a little brittle and repetitive near the end of the book, but the plot moves so quickly that I didn't notice much. The slight romance is a bit of a mystery. But I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt since it isn't progressing at a bizarre ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm so used to free Amazon books being a let-down (badly plotted, badly written or badly edited) that I started reading this one not expecting very much at all but was very pleasantly surprised. Adler's characters are likeable, the plot moves on at a fair pace and (considering the subject matter) makes sense. I do actually want to read the next instalment so in this instance, the free price has worked as intended!
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Got it for free on Amazon ages ago and forgot what it was about. Looking for something to read the other day, I opted for this one, though I was hesitant as I assumed it would be yet another teenage-y Twilight rip-off. Not so. This was actually a great book and the writing was so good that I enjoyed it and the storyline as an adult. I recommend this book and can't wait to read number 2 in the series.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
I wasn't a big fan of this book. It had it's parts. Some of them that made me laugh out loud actually, like the Thanksgiving scene. That part alone made this book worth reading but I had a hard time getting into the Fae characters. I mean the outlandish clothes they wore and the crazy makeup that the guys wore. I just couldn't understand it and it seemed so far from any Fae book I had ever read, just way too outlandish.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a very compelling story! For once I felt nearly as confused as the main character did about the strange people across the street (I read a lot of this genre so I can usually predict where things are going). I did suspect their true character after a few clues, but her rendering of the other side of reality was unexpected enough that I was intrigued. I will be waiting with great anticipation for the rest of the books in this series!
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was different than anything I had read before, which is a hard thing to find these days. It is a great book that I would recommend to anyone, especially my teen family members and church goers since it is a clean book too. When I first read this book the others in the series weren't out yet and it was so hard to wait for the rest but now all but the final one is out and it will be out shortly so now is a great time to start the series!
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book for free on my kindle. By the time a started to read it, I had forgotten what the story outline said about it. I was completely sucked into this book. I LOVED IT!! I author does such a great job with character development and scene setting. What a great story! I can't wait for the other 3 books to come out and will definitely purchase them and not wait for a free download.
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