January 19, 2013

Review: All Just Glass

All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: January 11th 2011
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Book Description:

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah's older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida's mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.

Taking place over just twenty-four hours, All Just Glass tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty.

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One thing I can always count on with Amelia Atwater Rhodes’ stories is the poem in the beginning of the book. I don’t know what it is that makes me love that one little detail so much, but it does. All Just Glass is a sequel of sorts to Shattered Mirror. When we last left Sarah Vida, witch and vampire hunter, she had just been turned by Nikolas and Kristopher and if you know anything about the Den of Shadows universe you know a Vida becoming a vampire is huge.

All Just Glass is perfect, I think I might have even liked it more than Shattered Mirror…actually I did. I love how Rhodes gives us two different sides to the same story. We’ve got Aida Vida who’s now running the Vida line and the rest of the hunters looking for Sarah hell bent on following protocol and ending Sarah’s life, or rather unlife.

Then you have Sarah, Nikolas, Kristopher and the rest of the vampires. Seeing how Sarah deals with being a vampire and the changes she’s feeling and going through is incredibly interesting. I also love how we run into characters from other stories. That’s the great thing about Rhode’s work, while all of her stories can be read independently from each other, there’s always a great treat when you see characters that you loved from her other books pop in.

This story was fast paced and there was a lot going on in a matter of 24-hours. In Shattered Mirror I was totally Team Kristopher, but I think if there was one thing this book showed me it was that Sarah and Nikolas actually have a lot of chemistry. We got to see so many different points of view in this book and normally I don’t like that in books because author’s rarely do it well, but I was incredibly impressed with how Rhodes portrayed everyone.

We also learned a lot from the characters that were introduced in this story and it turns out that Nikolas understands Sarah a lot better than Kristopher does. I really loved the connection between the characters and oh my god the end almost gave me a heart attack! I won’t give it away, but its super good!  Anyone who has been a fan of Rhodes work in the past won’t be disappointed when they pick up All Just Glass.

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Author Bio:

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, where I matriculated through the public Concord-Carlisle school district from kindergarten until my graduation in 2001. The best part of school, from fifth grade until the year I graduated, was definitely chorus. I love music, and I love to sing, and though I never had the courage or the talent to participate in any of the high school plays as a performer, I enjoyed being involved at other levels; the music and drama community at CCHS was the highlight of my high school career. I was also on the fencing team for two years, an experience that actually inspired a couple storylines, and regret that I did not continue with that sport.

I now live in Massachusetts with several pets... as well as, of course, my family. I am a student at the University of Massachusetts, with an English/psychology double-major. I hope to work either as an English teacher at the secondary level, or in special education. I have strong opinions about literacy, education, and how our educational systems are treated- strong enough that most of my friends know not to get me started on the subject.

My non-writing hobbies are eclectic, and cover everything from rather domestic pastimes like cross-stitch and cooking to aquarium keeping, playing piano, gardening, carpentry, Harley-Davidsons, driving, and arguing- there are few things I enjoy more than a good debate with someone who knows how to argue, which might have something to do with a best friend who works in politics. I love to learn, so if I have down-time and nothing to do, it is not at all unusual to find me pouring over some book, website or video designed to teach me some new skill, from belly dancing (something I desperately want to learn but have not yet been brave enough to sign up for classes on) to JavaScript.

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