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The Glass Spare

(The Glass Spare #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  8,426 ratings  ·  1,209 reviews
A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father wou
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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Kayla Roy I would have to say PG or PG-13. There isn't really anything in terms of adult content or adult language but there is some violence towards the end an…moreI would have to say PG or PG-13. There isn't really anything in terms of adult content or adult language but there is some violence towards the end and I think that the transformation of someone into gemstone could be portrayed semi-graphically. (less)

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Emily May
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017, fantasy, arc
It had been two hours. Two hours since she’d gotten too close to that boy in the woods. That strange, lovely boy with the deep sad eyes and tattoos he kept hidden like words that went unsaid.

I am so tired of these pseudo-fantasy cover ups for bland romance novels.

The Glass Spare has an interesting premise - a spin on the King Midas myth, where the protagonist turns everything and everyone she touches into precious gemstones - but it is bogged down by slow pacing and a distant third person n
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Awesome Owlcrate Box! Link under picture will take you to my close-ups and explanation ♥


On many nights in Wil's childhood, the queen would hold her and rock her to sleep, and she would whisper, "Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear."

I fell right in love with Wil and her two brothers Gerdie and Owen. Her brother, Baren, not so much. I love Gerdie the most. He has a sickness but he's totally cool. He's always making creations and blowing t
Helen 2.0
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, young-adult, royalty
Part of the November Owl Crate box!! Another great pick :)

Wil is the fourth child of a ruthless king, kept secret from the world. In a turn-of-the-century inspired world with both industrialization and magic, she plans to use her anonymity to serve her father as a spy. However, at 15 Wil mysteriously develops a power that turns any living thing under her touch to gemstone. This prompts her to seek out a magical marveler to undo her curse.

The characters are well-developed and continued to surpri
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really solid fantasy read. Super interesting world building. And I absolutely adored all of the characters.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

My first book of 2018 and I loved it!

Lauren DeStefano continues to surprise me with each book she has written. She's definitely an author I really enjoy.

If you haven't guessed already, The Glass Spare takes inspiration from King Midas who could turn anything into gold. Our main protagonist, Wil, is the hidden princess of a kingdom acting as a spy on behalf of her father. She later finds out she can turn pe
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Stars!

I've been meaning to try this author for awhile now and even though I have many of her books in my TBR pile, I decided this story would be the one I would start with first.

I'm so very glad that I did. I opened this expecting cliches galore and a little bit of the same old same old that the YA market has been flooded with and instead I found a read that was not only engaging but easy to pick up and hard to put down. I quickly became not only interested in the story line and what the cha
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2 stars

Following the Goodreads rating system, this was an okay read for me hence 2 stars.

I remember I loved Wither by this author, it was one of those books you devour. But then everything else after was meh. And that was The Glass Spare, bland and utterly forgettable. Being the DNF queen I am I'm impressed I made it all the way through. I think the story was an interesting concept and the book had a strong start, but from the moment she was banished I was bored and no longer cared what happen
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok I'm pretty curious how the next book is going to go. Most of this book destroyed my heart but I'm glad I picked it back up and got to finish it. Definitely a good read if you're in to fantasy. ...more
Brex (Bookosaurus_Rex)
Thank goodness that's over. This book is as exciting as a goldfish is to a dog lover. Everything from the plot, to the characters, to the trite "philosophical" observations was so unbearably flat.

The relationship between Wil and her brothers was interesting but as soon as she meets Loom and Zay, it goes downhill. The "relationship" with the love interest was more flavourless than flour. We're constantly TOLD how the characters feel but the dialogue was basic and cliche. I felt NOTHING. And the
Chelsies Reading Escape
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

After giving up on a few books in a row I was so relieved when this gripped me almost right away. This story follows a banished princess on a quest to find a marveler who can remove her curse while avoiding the war thats brewing. I loved the concept of turning people into gemstones with a touch. Gemstones have always been a fascination of mine. 

The main character Wil was caring and resourceful. I liked how she was able to take care of herself. I could relate to her wander
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

This was a YA fantasy story about a girl who found out that she could turn living things into gemstones.

I liked Wil as a character, she was fierce and strong and a lot tougher than she looked. She was also willing to go a long way for the people she loved which was an admirable quality.

The storyline in this was abo
Jodi Meadows
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the worldbuilding in this one, and the way things are always more complicated than they first appear.
Yusra  ✨
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
it really wasn't that great. the gorgeous cover is a real let-down when the inside is bland and not at all sparkly. no, i wasn’t expecting jewel-encrusted pages, but some plot, maybe?
there was so much potential in this book to be amazing, but it really freaking wasn't. Don't tell me you're going to give a girl three older brothers (an older brother is something I've wanted for a long time) aND then not make me fall in love with the relationships you've crafted. i was only mildly interested in
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was expecting a fun and unique fantasy story (which I got), but I loved the strong family relationships and the science fiction elements seamlessly blended into the story. The Glass Spare follows Wil Heidle, the elusive princess of Arrod. Kept a secret to spy for the king, Wil has a wandering heart and wants freedom and adventure. But, when Wil’s attacked she
Wren (fablesandwren)
Everyone knows this is a play off of a classic story, right? About the king named Midas who made the wish to have everything he touches turn to gold? And he ends up alone because he kills everyone he comes in contact with? Well this is a play off that where a princess can turn things into gems that she touches when her heart-rate is raised.

Things that I love:
01. There was wonder world building in this steampunk/medieval setting.
02. We have a brother who doesn’t let his physical restrictions h
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
***4.5 STARS***
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was a hard one to rate but I settled on 4.5 because of how unique it was and how well-executed. I feel like it deserves more appreciation.

🦊 My Thoughts

The Glass Spare is a dark, atmospheric story about a girl who can suddenly turn every living thing she touches into gemstone. It’s a gender-bent, King-Midas-Inspired story set in an intriguing world of warring kingdoms, alchemy and magic. The protagonist, Wil, is the only
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review can also be viewed on Lair Of Books:


The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano can very well be seen as a gender-bend version of the King Midas & the Golden Touch myth. We are introduced to Wil Heidle the only daughter to the Northern King as well as her 3 brothers & mother. The King himself is a man who will stop at nothing when he sets out to seize lands & so the North is at the brink of war with the South. The South may not be wealthy like the
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I honestly thought it would bore the shit out of me- Never judge a book on the cover or synopsis alone! Truth be told I picked this up because I was running out of books to read, but im glad I did. It was better than expected! Not a favorite, but still a good read, hence my rating. A few people compared it to Shatter Me, almost like a Shatter Me 2.0, a series I
Jenny Baker
This book came in one of my Owlcrate boxes several months ago and I just now got around to reading it. Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked this book out for myself. Several things didn’t work for me.

I felt like I needed more to the story. There were pages and pages where not much happened and I found myself skipping and skimming parts. The pacing was too slow and when something finally did happen, it wasn’t enough action to make up for the slow pace.

I wasn’t fond of the storytelling. There were t
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Rating ~2.5

“I run into fires, not from them.”

This was actually better than I thought it would be.

As a book, it was not anything particularly new and it did fall into a lot of trope patterns. But it did have at least some aspects that proved interesting enough.

One thing I enjoyed, and I wish there were more of, was the sibling's dynamics. I enjoyed seeing Wil's relationships with her brothers. To be honest, for the first have of the book we not only got to see Wil's journey but we also got
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-ships, arcs
ARC provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss.

Review to come soon!
Erin Bembridge
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
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jeqcbueou!!! Wow you guys... This book was an awesome owlcrate to recieve! I'm was actually thrilled to get it. It has taken me forever to write this review mainly because I wanted to wait until I could express my feelings without totally fan girling over it.

Wil Heidle: The totally unique character in this story. Honestly I wanted to jump in that book and just give her a big hug. She was confident in herself without being totally arrogant and this
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was actually a rather charming and interested book. It does have the Midas feel obviously but it also has some fascinating characters that are fun to read about. The world building was not extensive, which I like more than the lengthy world building. I will continue this series for sure. I was a little thrown off on the relationships in this book though. Some are very undefined. But it didn't take too much away from the story.

My quick and simple overall: an entertaining fantasy th
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.

Wil is the fourth child of the royal family and has grown up nearly invisible. Few outside the castle know what she looks like - which means she can sneak in and out to collect objects from the black market for her brother's experiments without anyone realizing they're trading with a princess. One night, however, something goes horribly wrong as a vendor tries to kill her - and Wil, in turn, turns him to ruby wit
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have been in this audiobook voor 56% and I can’t bare to continue reading this book. It is so boring and I don’t even remember the characters names.. nevertheless the storyline of the book.. Everything I hear goes out of my mind almost immediately..

I have read the other books of this author the Wither trilogy? (Sorry read that in Dutch so I can be wrong of the name) and I liked the first book but the second and third were quite disappointed for me.

I don’t think these books are meant for me.
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

The Glass Spare tells the fascinating story of a young princess named Wil, the fourth child and only daughter of a powerful and ruthless king, who wants nothing more than to travel the world. When she is attacked she discovers she has the power to turn living things into crystals and gemstones, and she goes off on a journey to cure her curse, only to fall in with the banished prince of a rival kingdom who is determined to save his kingdo
Patty (IheartYA311)
This was SUPERB! I'm already reading the sequel. Well written and fast paced. Often I found myself saying aloud, "Wait, what! How can that happen?" Lol. I started feeling sad for the MC. This adventure is a must read for any YA fan. It's going on my favorite shelf! ...more

A few years back, I went through a reading slump that lasted about a year. Wither , oddly enough, was the book that got me out of that slump.

There's nothing wrong with this book - the writing is solid, and the world building is interesting, but there's nothing special to distinguish it from any other book in this genre, or frankly, any other book written by Lauren DeStefano. A girl is super special, going in adventures, while having a specially close relationship with a brother, just like al
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, but I wouldn't say that I loved it. I'm definitely planning to read the sequel, The Cursed Sea, when it's released, though. :)

My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads' rating system, and 7 out of 10 on my own scoring system.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 30%

idk it’s just putting me in a slump and isn’t going to pull me out of it
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