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The Glass Spare

(The Glass Spare #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,655 ratings  ·  907 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…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: arc, fantasy, young-adult, 2017
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 nar
Lauren DeStefano
Feb 27, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I learned I had OCD from watching Maury. At least, I think it was Maury. The mid-90s was the age of daytime talk shows, and now they have all blurred into my memory. What I do remember is this: I was eleven years old, and suddenly my entire world made sense.

I’ve heard that mental illness is often genetic. However, this wasn’t the case for me. I was raised as an only child, and whenever I tried to articulate what I was feeling to my parents, I got the distinct impression that I was starting to so
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 thin
Cait • A Page with a View
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-arcs, ya-fantasy
Aaaah I did the thing where I wait too long to review a book after reading it... it's been 3 months and I really don't remember everything I wanted to for a detailed review. SO here's the abbreviated version!

The main thing I remember is the awesome worldbuilding. It's a kingdom with a castle, princes, gas lanterns, gears, machines, photographs, data goggles, trains, electric lights, cement mixers, gloomy stone hallways, telephones, alchemized bombs, and a whole other assortment of things that so
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.
Candace Robinson
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did someone say King Midas? The world here was amazing! Not to mention, I am a big fan of the whole king turning everything he touches to gold story, so that being an influence here, drew me in! There was excellent character development throughout the story and each character had their own quirks.

Wil was great and had her flaws. I'm usually not a big fan of the girl lying to a love interest about things, but here it was definitely understood why she needed to do it. The romance is normally my fa
I really wanted to like this. I tried hard and pushed through when the sluggish pacing made me want to DNF. There is nothing wrong with the writing or story. I just felt that something was missing and I never felt engrossed in the story or characters. It's a sort-of re-telling of the King Midas faiytale but with a female teenager named Wil who has the "Midas touch." She is a princess, a
"spare," and her father is a king who is not a good father or ruler.

Something happens (spoilers) and she has t
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
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
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."

Oh, Wonderlings. I am so woefully disappointed. The Glass Spare was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, ever since someone said it was Shatter Me 2.0 with a villain love interest.

VILLAIN. LOVE. INTEREST. Do you see, dear reader? I was ensnared. I needed it more than I needed to breathe, or so I th
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.
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
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
(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 about Wil d
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 discove
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
WrensReads Review:

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 physi
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
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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 wealt
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm all copper and hinges, and you're that indestructible glass. When we fall apart we know how to put ourselves back together. No one else will do it.

After reading this book for the second time, I'm finally motivated enough to review it (I'm sure I'm not the only blogger with a long RTC list). I decided to reread The Glass Spare since I wanted to prepare myself for the sequel, which I hope is similarly remarkable. In light of my massive TBR shelf, I rarely reread books. However, meaningful book
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-k-october, 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
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sono troppo indecisa sul rating, ma comunque il libro mi è piaciuto troppo. Bisognerebbe parlarne di più a mio avviso. The glass spare è una storia piuttosto originale con degli ottimi personaggi e un world building affascinante e che ha sicuramente del potenziale. Ho apprezzato tantissimo anche il riferimento alla legge da del Re Mida, così come mi è piaciuta tutta l'idea della "maledizione" di Wil. L'ambientazione poi è stata la ciliegina sulla torta, ci troviamo infatti in un mondo che sta ap ...more
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 have not
Nikki (Book Allure)
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-ships, arcs
ARC provided by HarperCollins via Edelweiss.

Review to come soon!
Jenny Baker
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding villain)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars

Incredible writing style, enchanting characters and intriguing plot. I can’t wait for the sequel!

Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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
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
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