The Girl with Glass Feet written by Ali Shaw
Synopsis: Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.
1) Plot– Was it consistent? Did it shift in many places? Were the twists predictable?
2) Characters– Were they memorable? Were they relatable/realistic?
3) Dialogue– Did anything seem jumbled? Was it worthwhile?
4) Setting– Were locations boring vs exciting? Did they matter?
5) Details– Were there too many/not enough? Did they add to the story?
6) POV– 1st-3rd person-3rd person omniscient? Did it aid or hinder the rest?
7) Overall -Worth reading again? Addictive?
Following these tenants, here’s my review…
1) Though the main plot was clear, there were many moments when it was interrupted by flashbacks of various characters. Near the 1/3rd mark, these were a bit repetitive and unnecessary and indeed distracted from the main story.
2) This novel did not have a large amount of characters, but each of them had crucial flaws and spoke to the human condition. Ida & Midas are the story’s protagonists. Ida is an honest, realistic girl who wants to make the most of her time. Midas is a socially awkward photographer that has trouble forming trusting relationships and often thinks of the past with his parent’s misgivings. The antagonist is Carl who once loved Ida’s mother Freya, and thinks he can have Ida as a replacement Love. Supporting characters are Midas’ friend Gustav and his daughter Denver, Henry Fuwa the eccentric yet reclusive bog expert, & Emiliana the beautiful older woman with remedies and a questionable past.
3) The dialogue resembled everyday language, which really cemented the realism further. There wasn’t a great deal of it, in fact, there was probably more description and inner thought. It wasn’t jumbled and went well with the story.
4) The location was interesting in that it was on a not widely populated island during the colder months. Though seemingly set in the real world, fantastical myths and legends that surround the bog made it all the more interesting.
5) There were enough details in the major plot, but I’d say there were too many in regards to the flashbacks; especially ones that Midas had of his parents.
6) This was 3rd person and it helped provide an avenue for various characters to tell their sides of the story. I really enjoyed how the reader sees a bit of each main character’s past and how they became to behave the way that they did, as well as how their past influences how they’ll act around each other.
7) Yes, in the beginning it was, but after flashback #3, the desire died a little bit.
Rating:9/10 (because it felt so real & it did not have a cheesy happy ending like many novels in this genre do.)