Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: The Glittering World


"As I was saying, nearly everyone around these parts has heard of them. Old country folks call them the Fae, but really they're talking about the Other Kind."

Title: The Glittering World 
Author: Robert Levy 
Publication Date: February 10, 2015 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Where to find: Goodreads / Amazon

This book comes out Feb. 10 and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it early. I feel like this book should be classified as magical realism. There were so many aspects of this book that were just so real, but then there were the fantasy elements.

This book was not at all what I was expecting. I’m going to be honest and say that I was drawn to this book because of the cover and fantasy aspect in the real world. The world and the story were beautifully described and Robert Levy’s writing pulled me right in. I think the fact that Levy is a playwright really showed in this book with how the story progressed and the writing style.

The first part of this book could be a contemporary. It focused on the main character, Blue (or Michael) and his friends (Gabe, Elisa, and Jason) on their trip to Canada, to sell a house left to Blue by his grandmother. But after they get to the Cove things get really interesting. There is mystery surrounding Blue and his childhood plus what is going on with him now.

This book was beautifully done. I really liked how the POV shifted for each part. It was really interesting to see what was happening from the perspective of the different characters in this story. We only follow our main character Blue for the first part of the story, then it switches to Jason, Elisa, and finally Gabe.  Each character has 3 chapters to tell their part of the story before we go to the next story. This was a really interesting literary choice for me. It was not something that is typically done since we never go back to a previous POV. And the book is always moving forward, we only see events from the one perspective. However, I also found this frustrating, because we never truly know how each character feels at the end of the book.

I do not want to give away too much of the story and the mystery behind Blue and the Cove, so I’m not going to go into much detail about the mystery. But I just want to say two words, fey, dark fey.

*I received a galley of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Let me know in the comments if you have read the book or plan to read it!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read much magical realism, but it sounds like a good genre for me :) I will definitely check this one out. It looks stunning also!

    Cucie @ Cucie reads