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Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isnt just a teenage girl shes a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical
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Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 16th 2020 by Dundurn
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nope. Sorry. The fantasy book I was hoping to read cannot be found at this moment. Please try again later. Bippp!

I pushed myself too hard to like this book but it was exhausting and tormenting experience. I was so hopeful after seeing the fantastic artsy, beautiful cover and promising plot about teenage assassin chasing the ghosts in the human world. But yes I try to be soft grader when it comes to debut novels. I tried to be patient that at some part, the story will turn into something
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NAT.orious reads ☽
Feb 06, 2020 marked it as to-read-home-shelf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, cover-porn
Everybody stay calm I just got an arc for this. [does NOT stay calm]

The synopsis: excellent
The cover: *chef's kiss*
my bookish heart:

Melanie (mells_view)
Magic is meant to be chaos. Chaos is beautiful!

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole caught my eye with that simple yet beautiful cover, and reeled me in with the promise of an intriguing Frankensteins monster-esqe teenage assassin main character, and the busting down the Covens tyrannical reign over the City of Ghosts and the City of Eyes plot line. I feel like this author has a very lyrical writing style mixed with a young vibe. The City of Eyes gave me a Labyrinth type visual
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Miranda
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole immediately caught my eye because of its cover. However, it is also described as a book fans of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert would enjoy, so I was drawn to it even more. I went in only knowing that the book was set in a fantasy world with witches and assassins.

The novel follows Eli, a teenaged assassin that was created by witches in the City of Eyes to hunt ghosts. She
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Patty (IheartYA)
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won-net-galley
The cover art and premise are amazing, but unfortunately the story itself fell short due to lack of substance and heart. It felt like the plot was having an identity crisis, trifled by misdirection and confusion. For the most part the writing style was interesting and original. Character development and world building were very close to being finely polished. Due to the storyline having an excruciating flawed execution, I had to give this 2 stars.

Thank you to netgalley for providing a copy for
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Angela Staudt
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1.5 stars.

I dont really know what I just read. So many aspects didnt make sense, and the story was just kind of all over the place. From the synopsis I thought this was going to be an incredible story about this assassin who was made by witches to go into the human world and kill ghosts. It wasnt really that, but I couldnt tell you what it was either.

I love fantasy books because of the world building and descriptions. This book
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Courtney
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
On the struggle bus with this one.

I feel like this reading this book was like eating a half baked cake. The ingredients are there but the author did not stir the batter long enough and lumpy bits were left throughout. I liked the premise of the two worlds but time was not taken in the development of the City of Eyes World. At times, I was left thoroughly confused. Additionally, characters seemed to appear one minute and are gone the next. Overall, I felt like some more ironing out was needed.

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Kelly
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs-read
1.5 stars

I'm sorry. I wanted to like this book but while this book has a great cover and a lot of LGBTQ+ representation, sadly, it failed to deliver a good fantasy plot (in my opinion). The world-building was lacking if non-existent. The idea of having a world of witches above our own with a vortex to go from one to the other was interesting but it wasn't enough for me. I needed to know more and things happened but it felt weird and not a lot were explained.

About the characters : Eli is a girl
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Aly
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Huge shout out to this book for having great LGBTQ representation! Non-binary, gay, and queer main characters really added to the story and made me personally happy.
The plot has a lot of potential and I like the idea of it. A girl made out of objects and brought to life by a witch's magic to be an assassin is a cool concept. I felt like the story stayed on the surface and things went by so quickly. I would love to see this dive deeper into the City of Eyes, the Coven, and the Children. Get more
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Taylor Knight
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was so excited for this book, I wanted to like it, I gave it so many chances. But this book, in my opinion, is not even close to be ready to be published. This reads like a first draft. I like the overall concept, which is why I gave it two stars, but everything else needs work. The plot is confusing, not completely thought out, lacks any kind of direction. Even after finishing this book, I don't know what actually happened. I couldnt explain the storyline at all.
I really appreciated the
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Fanna
Mar 11, 2020 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
March 12, 2020: It is being called perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood and I did like that book so looking forward to reading this one. Especially since it offers non-binary characters in a queer romance, AND a group of misfits, witches, and ghosts saving the world. Thank you, Dundurn Press for the digital review copy via Netgalley!
Francisca Pinto
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalleyarcs
I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is really amazing! I really like it buuuuut... that end it feels like just ok.
Eli is a pet witch who was created to be a ghost assasin, she can't think, talk without permisson or even think in a independent life, she is only an "object". But one day everything change when she failed in one of her missions and then she can't return, or she is going to be dissarmed.

The first 50% of the book was awesome! I really love
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Adrianne
Feb 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
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What a shame, I really wanted to enjoy this story, but if anyone asked me what this was about I would have nothing to say! The story was chaotic and I could not get into it at all. The only thing I liked was the fact there were non-binary characters within the story, which was a first for me. The premise was quite exciting, and the reason why I picked it up in the first place.
However, at some point I found myself confused to the point that I did not know if I was reading about something from
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Ariel
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass
Adan Jerreat-Poole
3.5/5 Stars

I got an ARC of this book for an honest review so here it is! This book had an amazing beginning, I was instantly hooked by the characters, what our protagonist Eli had just done, and who she was. I was very pleased with the beginning of what could be a great story.

Before I address the issues I have with this book, I would like to say that I love the cover and how it can stand out in a crowd of other books. I love the colour palette
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Hannah | Katarama Reads
Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isnt just a teenage girl shes a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven living blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.

Terrified that shell be unmade for her mistake, Eli seeks refuge with a group of human and witch renegades. With the
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Brittany Smith
Feb 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf-ed at 79%.
I wanted DESPERATELY to like this book but I just.... didnt, at all. I wanted to stop reading at 30% but decided to keep giving it a chance. It let me down.
Good things: pretty much all of the characters are LGBT+ and it WAS a fairly unique fantasy idea. Thats basically (unfortunately) it.
I had zero feelings about the characters, I was not invested in the plot, the plot/conflict was murky AT BEST, the characters had no clear personalities, everything that happened was just like
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Tamera
I was incredibly excited to be selected to receive an ARC of The Girl of Hawthorne and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole- queer inclusive fantasy with a strong female lead and lots of magic? Yes,. please. Sign me up! And this book certainly did not disappoint when it comes to inclusivity, gayness, strong women, or magic. Those boxes were all checked and wrapped in some of the best prose I have read in quite some time.

While I really enjoyed the book and storytelling as a whole, there were times when I
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Bex
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, arc-s
Eli is an assassin, designed at the moment of her making to be able to peel back the veil between the human world and that of the witches who created her. Her primary role, as with any assassin, is to murder her mark but this is tricky since her marks are already dead. When Eli fails to kill a ghost in the human world, she is trapped there by her vicious mother until she is able to complete her task, and almost accidentally seeks refuge with a group of renegades.

The plot is quite broken up, but
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Carolina
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The book is all over the place. It often meanders off and pauses the plot for flashbacks and scenes that add nothing to characterization or world-building. The plot is the basic steal-the-object quest, but it gets side-tracked a lot with obstacles that come out of nowhere and it just feels like padding. The stakes were high, but I wasnt invested in it in the first place.
The magic in this world thrives on chaos. That makes for a really cool setting, but it also means the author can add random
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Ruth
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Dundurn and NetGalley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I should also note that I have a personal connection with the author.

I really enjoyed The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass and flew through it in less than 24 hours. (I even read it standing on the subway!) I found Jerreat-Pooles writing unique in the way they captivated my senses with their use of rich smells, colours and elemental ingredients like the hawthorn and glass,
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Kelly
After seeing the beautiful cover and reading the intriguing plot, I had very high hopes for this one. Witches and assassins vs humans and ghosts?! I mean, count me in. However, this story never managed to get me invested in it, mainly because the storyline was a bit confusing to me.
Every character had their own quest and together they embarked on one big quest without really knowing what their endgame was going to be. They also didnt seem to have a lot of motives to actually do the things that
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Silvia
I received an ARC from Dundurn Press through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this book so much. Even when I was going through the middle chapters and didn't click with the general atmosphere, I kept hoping to fall in love with it. Which, sadly, didn't happen.

To be honest, I loved the glimpses of worldbuilding the author showed us: the Labyrinth, the Wastelands, the City of Eyes had all a distinct identity in my head, but I'm still not sure if that imagery was my own
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Claire Tacon
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend! Eli, a witch's assassin, is such a compelling character that I had trouble putting the book down. The stakes are high right from the start, the world building is super-imaginative and the setting is richly described ("The Vortex shifted, the core growing darker, as black as dead eyes and the hole in the head of a needle. The darkness threaded Eli through the fabric between the human city and the witch city.").

This is a wonderful novel that walks the line between fantasy and
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T.L. Branson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok


Reading The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass felt a lot like dating.

It has its ups and its downs and it morphs over time following stereotypical relationship development.

What am I talking about?

When a couple begins dating, they do everything in their power to be accommodating and impressive. The initial dating phase is like a game.

Ill say all the right things, Ill be on my best behavior, Im going to make them laugh, make them smile, and show them a good time.

Eventually the couples gets closer, becomes
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Heather - hturningpages
Well, in the end I have to agree with the other reviews of this debut.


Rating: 2/5 witchworlds I still dont understand

Format: eBook. Id like to thank NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What it's like: The bizarre storytelling and meandering plot sort of reminded me of Erin Morganstern, but it really lacked cohesion and clarity. The seven blades Eli carries reminded me a bit of Abhorsens bells from Garth Nixs series!

To sum up: This story introduces a unique
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Monica Haak
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
When I first noticed the cover of 'The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass', I was immediately captured by its beauty! I think the cover is not only appealing and right to the point for its genre, but also captures a bit of mystery that makes me wonder what the story will bring me. The premise of the book sounds amazing and I was ready to begin in this witchy assassin book!

For me, the story unfortunately did not enchant me as much as I hoped it would. The characters felt a little flat, because I thought
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Jerri Jerreat
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass as an ARC from Netgalley and I was so excited to receive it. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass is the first book in a duology. It releases June 2020.

In this book, there are two worlds: The City of Ghosts, the modern world; and the City of Eyes, the world of witches and magic. Eli is a witch-made assassin from the City of Eyes. She ventures to the City of Ghosts to kill said ghosts. She is the best, until her latest job goes wrong. Then she meets Tav and Cam
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Miranda
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass

Summary

Eli is a made thing. She was made to be a ghost assassin. She has seven blades to help her accomplish her goal. Each of those blades are a part of her, like an additional appendage. Killing ghosts is easy for her. She gets in, does her job, and gets out. But what happens when her target isnt a ghost? What happens when her target is human?

Eli isnt really sure who she can trust, but she teams up with two humans, Tav and Cam and sets out on an adventure for
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Marilisa
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Eli isnt just a teenage girl shes a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world."
The story follows Eli, a made-thing, created to kill and to be a tool in the witches' hands.
I got hooked from the beginning, intrigued by what I think is a very unique concept. The world-building is masterful but not too explanatory, it leaves you just enough of this wtf sensation that I really enjoyed.
Character development was very well done, you really get to see Eli grow and
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