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A while ago amazon had the kindle summer sale, since they have repeated this a couple of times just with different names. This is where they offer a variety of books, some of which are bestsellers at a lot lower price, usually 99p but they are no more expensive than £2.99 really. This saves you a lot and it also introduces you to books you may not of considered before. This book is one of those times, since I'm normally really into chick lit and this seemed something a bit different.
I thought the concept of the book sounded really good; a woman has glass feet and this is spreading, if she doesn't act soon then it will cover her whole body and she will just be a glass statue. So she returns to the island where she thinks that the glass started to spread, in search of the only person who she thinks can help her. However she finds someone else along the way, Midas Crook, who she begins to have feelings for, but they are running out of time to do anything.
While I liked the idea of the book, it didn't actually go out so well in practice and I didn't end up finishing it because it really just didn't keep my attention; I wasn't at all engaged in it. It seemed like the author wanted everything to link but it just didn't work out, there was far too much coincidence! I'm not a fan of her writing style, she flicks in between times far too often and quickly, leaving the previous thing she has said unfinished which I found annoying and hard to keep up with. I was curious to see why the woman had glass feet but it didn't seem like this was going to be explained; it was as if the author tried to mix genres and really failed.
A simple, easy read novel about a girl who's body starts to turn into glass, finding a cure and the relationships she develops through the book during her search.
The central characters in the book are Ida and Midas, and really apart from her obvious glass feet dilema the book follows their blossoming friendship overcoming various problems. I found the characters quite difficult to sympathise with as both has such outlandish problems, infact many problems in the book are never explained such as how people came to turn into glass. There are other bizare magical elements in the book, such as flying miniture cows and a creature that turns any thing white that it looks upon, neither of which is ever talked about in detail, explained or a conclusion reached. This was dissapointing and probably means I will never re-read this book.
There are elements within the book that shine out, such as the imatination needed to create the world, but ultimately nothing really 'gels' together and so fails to emotionally involve the reader. Readable if only for curiousity but not the best debuting novel. Perhaps Ali Shaw's next book will be slightly more developed but sadly I don't think I will be reading it.