Review: Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

spy-glassSea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Published by: MIRA Ink
Pages: 520
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Series: Storm Glass (#1) | Sea Glass (#2)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Yes! I can finally finish the Glass series! I’ve had these books on my shelves literally for years, and I kinda wish I hadn’t put them off! Opal went through a massive change in personality in the previous book so it was interesting to see where she was going to end up. I think I enjoyed this book the most out of the series, surprisingly, because it had everything I needed! In my previous review I made comments about needing Valek, Pazia and more on the Bloodrose clan, and Maria certainly delivered!

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Review: Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Sea-GlassSea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Published by: MIRA Ink
Pages: 472
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★
Series: Storm Glass (#1) | Spy Glass (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

After the ending of Storm Glass there was no way that I couldn’t continue with this series straight away! I absolutely loved Opal’s character development. She REALLY came into her own and decided that no one was going to boss her around anymore, however she was still relatively powerless and still used as a pawn. I have NO IDEA where this series is going to go after the end, because Opal’s going to have to face a whole new bunch of challenges that Sitia has never seen before.

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Review: Storm Glass by Maria V. Synder

6080889Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Mira Ink (Harlequin UK)
Pages: 504
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★.5
Series: Sea Glass (#2) | Spy Glass (#3)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

I’ve had this series sat on my shelves for a ridiculously long time, and I’ve been mostly afraid to pick it up because of the length! I don’t think my hiatus from Ixia and Sitia hindered my enjoyment, even though I’d forgotten who Kade was. (Oops!) The Glass series takes place four years after the end of Fire Study, but instead of following Yelena this series revolved around Opal, the Glass Magician.

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Character Development

‘Character Development’ is a phrase that we throw around a lot at Heart Full Of Books, because the phrase ‘good character development’ (or something along the same lines but with a far more exited tone) is the accolade of all accolades in a review!

Everyone has an idea on what character development is, but when we talk about it in our reviews we don’t mean the act of creating a character, we mean the process of putting a character through situations that change the way the character thinks or feels. Character development can sometimes be pinpointed to an exact moment, other times it’s a series of events that the protagonist reacts to in small ways, but by the end of the novel their outlook may have changed, resulting in a happy ending.

Truthfully, it’s a hard thing to define, and sometimes it can be a hard thing to notice. The more you read the easier it is to assess characters against one another. As readers we create our own scales of character development that relate to characters we know have had some pretty excellent CD. Personally, I look at Morgan Matson’s novels. Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone, being a perfect example, when I read a contemporary I think, “did this character change as much as Emily did?” but I should probably clarify that even if characters don’t change in the same ways, doesn’t mean there wasn’t a change! I can’t compare Emily to Yelena from Poison Study because they’re in different worlds and genres. What’s character development from Emily’s caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis in regards to confidence, isn’t the same as Yelena’s fight against the patriarchy and her coming to terms with her magical abilities. But most importantly both character went though a palpable change! Character development is simply overcoming flaws and weaknesses – or at least coming to terms with them *cough* self acceptance *cough*

In our opinion, what makes character development go from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ is if the character’s CD makes the reader think about themselves. If a novel makes me think about who I am as a ‘character’ and if I change as a result of the protagonist’s CD then that’s even better! I love being able to come away from a story and apply what the character has learned to my own life, it’s pretty excellent.

We like to mention and comment on character development as much as we can in our reviews, and hope to emulate our favourite authors ways of including CD in our own writing. Let’s just say if we say ‘excellent’ and character development in the same sentence that book has made it to the favourite list.