A History of Glitter and Blod Published by Chronicle Books
on August 4th, 2015 Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore
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Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.
But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected.
This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.
~Thank you to Chronicle books and Netgalley for this review copy~
You are either going to hate this book or love it. It is the most confusing, wacked up thing I’ve ever read, and I barely got through the first few chapters. Around the first chapter, the writing turns dark, and cannibalism is mentioned on almost every page thereafter. The way the author talks about cannibalism so blatantly…the book took a turn for the gore, the dark, and the creepy. And you’re probably thinking to yourself, Wait, wasn’t this about fairies? You know, those cute little things with wings? Hello, Tinkerbell?
Don’t mention Tinkerbell. She’d be dead and a victim of cannibalism already in this world.
So, we have our main character, Bekan. She’s a fairy, and such a weird narrator. And when I say ‘weird’, I mean weird. And I haven’t even mentioned that she’s a prostitute yet. Yes, world, I’m here to introduce you to a sixteen-year-old fairy prostitute.
Here’s the thing about her being a prostitute: As a reader, I was just getting used to her weird narration, taking a deep breath and deciding I would just let the story go where it was going to go, but then, BAM! Bekan is in the mine, and I’m assuming like a normal person that she’s going to, you know, work. Maybe mine some gold or something….but no, I discovered her field of work down in that mine is very different than what I’d originally thought. She’s talking about some boy who slips a coin into her pants pocket before ripping those pants off.
That was the moment I just put the book down. And it has remained down.
I don’t want to read about her being a prostitute. I don’t understand the messed up world she lives in, and I’m not sure I even want to. I couldn’t find a decisive plot within those chapters I read, but trust me, I’ve had enough. With cannibalism and prostitution mucking up those first few chapters, who knows what other freaky horrors are inked all over the rest of the book? This just wasn’t my cup of tea. I honestly think there were too many elements at play here: We have fairies, Gnomes, a war between them, prostitution, grief, and cannibalism. I felt like I was swimming through a cloud of thick syrup when I was even trying to understand what was going on and why I should care.
If you like weird stuff, hey, this may be your kind of book. If you like a scattered plot and a freaky narrator, get yourself a copy of this book on August 4th. I read enough to know that this was too much for me.