ARC Review: The Glass Queen by Gena Showalter

Thank you so much to Inkyard press for reaching out to me to read/review an e-ARC of The Glass Queen early! I read an ARC of The Evil Queen last year, and while there was so much potential in that book, I feel like execution was lacking. In this book, there was also so much potential and while it was executed better than The Evil Queen, there were still a lot of parts that gave me whiplash, but overall, I did think it was a fun read.

The Glass Queen 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Pitied.
Sickly.
Unfit to rule.

Princess Ashleigh Charmaine is known as the Glass Princess, fragile enough to shatter with a whisper of wind. Born with a weak heart, she dreams of being treated like anyone else. Unlike her headstrong sisters, she received no magical ability at birth and lives every day expecting to die. Until an oracle announces that Ashleigh is fated to play the part of Cinderella, wed a handsome royal and save the Kingdom of Sevon from the evil king and queen who once ruled the land.

As war rages, Ashleigh begins to doubt her role in the fairy-tale prophecy. Animals despise her, she can’t carry a merry tune and she has zero social graces. Worse, the king she’s supposed to enchant is the newly crowned sovereign of the winged warriors known as the Avian…and he despises her, too.

When Ashleigh develops a terrifying magical ability to commune with dragons and create fire from air—a power she cannot control—she must work with King Saxon to save their kingdoms and their lives. By the stroke of midnight, she must warm his icy heart…or forever break her own. Will Ashleigh ever become the queen she’s prophesied to be…or will she lose everything she’s come to love?

Overall, I liked the story. I liked Everly so much more as a side character in this story than I did in book one. I think the prophecy was more interesting this time with it being Cinderella and us kinda knowing who was who, but not really. Leonora being a phantom was a cool addition and I really liked that! I didn’t like how Ashleigh was supposed to be pitied for being so unloved by her greedy father but she was so perfect that so many random new people who met her instantly loved her. That annoyed me and I felt like there was no depth to any of the characters. If you’re looking for an easy book where you really don’t have to think and there might be a little bit of confusion about people’s feelings towards each other, this was great! I really enjoyed the fairy tales and them being brought up in the way they were and how multiple people could be multiple characters within it- I already know I’m going to read the next one when it comes out and if this book and book one are any indication, that book should be better than this one was! One thing I absolutely love about this book is the cover- it’s gorgeous! The Glass Queen comes out on September 29th, so check it out then!

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