Tuesday, August 10, 2021

#BookReview: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass (The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #1) by Adan Jerreat-Poole

Synopsis: Even teenage assassins have dreams.

Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother. 

Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: I actually ordered a finished copy of this one and I was so on board with it.  I dived in and was hooked on the story.  I finished it in a day and although the start of this story I was fully enjoying it, as the story progressed I started losing interest. I wished that the story would have been cut by at least 50 pages towards the end. As it just started to drag and I just started not caring about what was going on.  


A moving, lyrical debut. Fantasy readers will fall in love with Jerreat-Poole's sharp-tongued assassin and diverse, vividly rendered magical world. ― Heather Fawcett, author of Even the Darkest Stars

Battle Angel Alita meets The Hazel Wood in this sharp-as-nails urban fable that grabs you immediately with its hooked claw and refuses to let go. Jerreat-Poole's prose crackles and sings on the page as a woven spell, carefully cast. ― S.M. Beiko, author of The Realms of Ancient trilogy

In The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass, Jerreat-Poole creates worlds and characters that are simultaneously magical and infinitely human. ― Tanya Boteju, author of Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

Strange and riveting...The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass is an appealing and spooky fantasy. ― Foreword Reviews

A unique, gripping, engaging book by a voice that the genre has been waiting for. The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass is worth your time and your attention. ― Seanan McGuire, award-winning author of the Wayward Children series

In the midst of this dark, murderous fantasy, debut author Jerreat-Poole explores complex themes of oppression, abuse, belonging, and identity. A raw and chaotic force of magic. ― Kirkus Reviews

...the tight plotting and myriad details will carry teens along on an imaginative adventure. ― School Library Journal

Explores the queer potential of witches to evoke themes of difference, chosen families, and becoming one’s true self in worlds both magical and mundane... Jerreat-Poole’s fantasy world is chaotic but voluminous, and readers who love the stuff of magic will find plenty to spark the imagination. ― Quill & Quire

Imaginative…  inventive worldbuilding and intriguing characters complement the fantastical setting.

― Publishers Weekly

Contrasting worlds of chaos and fear, power and struggle. Their characters are complicated, not only because of their fantastical natures but also because of their personalities as reflected in their behaviours... ― CanLit for Little Canadians

About the Author

Adan Jerreat-Poole is a reader and writer who loves all things fantasy and feminist. They study disability and queerness in popular culture. Adan lives in Kingston, Ontario

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