Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Glass Arrow (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: The Glass Arrow
Author:  
Kristen Simmons
Publisher:  Tor Books
Published Date:  10th February 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

Review: This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and I was so happy to receive a review copy! I can’t wait to buy this one in print; that’s how good it was! I wanted to read it so much because I want to read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved Blood Red Road, both books which this was compared to. And for once I read the synopsis and decided it was one I wanted to read based off of that.

I will say that the beginning was a bit slow (which was why this had to be four stars instead of five), and I wanted the story to move on. But once it did, then I was completely blow away! The book does throw you right into the novel, so it would be easier if you do read the synopsis for this one first so you don’t end up too confused.

I loved the characters a lot. I thought Aya was pretty cool because she was a fierce and independent character who would do everything herself if she could do. She also really valued family, which is something I value highly too, so I could connect with her on that level.  But my favourite character had to be Kiran. He was patient, passionate and (without giving anything away) someone I would love to know. His role started as a small one and grew bigger as the story progressed.

This story also had some disturbing factors to it as well. The whole system of how the girls are handled was a bit spooky, especially if I imagine it as a reality. There were some parts that had me shivering at the thought of them. What they did to the Pips, some of the deaths and the idea of the plague… it definitely had its own dark elements to the society.

I wouldn’t say the world building was spectacular, but it was just the right amount of this story. I could still picture everything and it was enough to keep me focused on the plot and characters.

The ending was absolutely lovely ^.^ The slow burning romance was a definite plus as well and made me so happy. I loved this read and definitely want to see more from this author!
 
Giveaway time! This one is only open to US & Canada (apologies to my international readers!) Win a paperback and final copy of The Glass Arrow! Just click the word below.

GIVEAWAY!


Olivia’s Question: What would you give up for your family?

Olivia-Savannah x

58 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get round to it ^.^

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  2. YAY, I'm glad you liked this novel as well! I agree with you, it could have been a favorite novel of mine, but it was quite slow at some parts - the concept was amazing though and the romance was sweet! I'm going to check out The Handmaid's Tale soon, let's see how that one works out :) Lovely review <3

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It was a shame that there was just that little factor to pull me back from loving it. But I am glad we have a similar taste in this one <3 I can't wait to try The Handmaid's Tale either, go it up on the TBR!

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  3. This is a great book and as usual a fantastic review :-)

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    1. Thank you so much <3 It really was a blast to read!

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  4. slow beginnings suck but it's better than a slow ends. Sounds pretty awesome.

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    1. I would agree. I would much prefer a slow beginning. Otherwise this was a good read!

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  5. This one sounds pretty cool! and who doesn't love a well-written re-telling? Also, the slow burning romance wins points. Fantastic review! and about your question, I'll do anything for my family

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    1. Yes, slow romances are the things I love <3 I think I would just about do anything for my family as well.

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  6. I just got this book too and I can't wait to read it!!
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I am looking forward to knowing what you think of it as well!

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  7. Hi Olivia - Loved your review. Sounds like an awesome book! :)

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  8. Vera Wilson said

    Sounds like a good one to read. Thanks for the chance.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I wish you well with the giveaway! It really is worth the time. :)

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  9. I love books that have independent and fierce characters. I think the pace can be forgiven if the plot is great. Reading your reviews makes me want to keep adding books to my reading list XD

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    1. Yes, independent and fierce characters are the greatest. They know what they want and go about getting it!

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  10. I need this book in my life! *cries*

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  11. This book sounds fantastic! I have been wanting to read it for quite some time now! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I had also been anticipating it for quite some time! I hope you get a chance to read it as well ^.^

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  12. This books sounds like something I would like to read.

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  13. I'd give up my job if hubby landed a better one in another area.

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  14. Great review Olivia, I'm so glad it met your expectations! Aya sounds like a fantastic strong character and the disturbing parts intrigue me.

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    1. Yes, it was a surprisingly darker story than expected, and yet a good one :)

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  15. Lovely review, Olivia :)
    I love slow burn romance! This has been getting some really good review, I cannot wait to read it myself.

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    1. I hope you like it when you read it, too! And yes, those kind of romances are the best <3

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  16. The slow burning romance and the great ending sounds wonderful

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  17. I am a big fan of The Handmaid's Tale, so I definitely want to read this one. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed this one, even if it started off a little slower. Sounds fascinating. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Yes, it was a unique idea and very true to the ones it was compared to.

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  18. id give up everything family is everything without them i have nothing. lynn c lynnbeaniethethird@yahoo.ca

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    1. I would agree. My family means an awful lot to me as well <3

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  19. I've seen a few mixed reviews for this one, but a feminist book and reminder of Handmaid's Tale... I feel like I must read it myself for sure!
    Olivia, do you know if it's a standalone or first in a series for sure?

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    1. From the reviews I have read you either really like this one or dislike it completely. And it is a standalone for sure.

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  20. I love books featuring a strong, female protag. Your review and the synopsis sounds interesting. I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list.

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    1. I hope you do like it when you try it! She was a great protagonist.

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  21. The cover is very pretty! I haven't read the books it is compared to (although they are on my TBR) but the premise sounds pretty interesting. I'll have to add that to my TBR too.
    I really like your new theme by the way ;)

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    1. Yes, I haven't read both of the comparison books but the one I haven't is on the TBR of mine. The cover is great <3 And thank you!

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  22. Great review! I love the cover and synopsis for this one, it sounds so good. I am tempted to get myself a copy of this. Slow burning romances are my favourite, so that definitely helps to sell me on this book.

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    1. I know, those kind of romances are the best! I look forward to hearing your opinion if you do end up trying it.

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  23. Haven't heard of this before, but we have such similar taste in books that I trust your opinion and so I'm excited to check it out :)

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/series-review-descendants-series-by.html

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    1. It's a very popular read! I am pretty sure you would like it ^^

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  24. This sounds very good. I read 20 to 25 books a month. I would enjoy reading this one.

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    1. That's a lot of books! I only manage around... ten or so? I hope you try this one!

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  25. I would give up chicken livers for this.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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    1. Not entirely sure what you mean there... but okay xD

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  26. I would give up everything for my family

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  27. i would give up ANYTHING for my family.they are my world

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    1. It's good to know you love them so much!

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  28. I love a good slow burning romance when done well. :) I enjoyed this author's Article 5 series so I am thinking I need to give this one a shot. Nice review!

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    1. I haven't read that series, but I have heard great things about it! I hope you do like this if you choose to try it.

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  29. too bad about the slow beginning, but the rest sounds amazing. Can't wait to read this one.

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    1. Other than that it was a pretty great book! I hope you enjoy it :D

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