Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Pages: 304pgs

The Story

Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts, a mainlander who has visited the islands only once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.

Midas Crook is a young loner who has lived on the islands his entire life. When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defenses. As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart. Love must be paid in precious hours and, as the glass encroaches, time is slipping away fast. Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?

The Review

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book, only that I've been dying to read for quite some time now and I finally managed to grab a copy of it at my local library. And look, after reading it and taking everything in and what just happened, there's not a lot to say about this book (and without spoiling it too) except that THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET is one of the most beautiful reads I've across in adult fiction and I admit it did leave a few tears one my cheeks at the end of the book because it's so damn sad now. But in a good way of course.

I don't know what it was that drew me into this book, but I know Ali Shaw did such an amazing job bringing together a beautiful story with a European fairytale into the mix. With those two elements together, it was just simply breath-taking, especially in the little moments the main character, Ida, and her love interest, Midas, shared together and while we know Ida is . . . slowly turning to glass and perhaps is dying which we can also gather since turning into glass is kind of bad (well really bad in fact), but those little moments between those two very unique main characters . . . there was just something there that's so . . . I don't know . . . beautiful. Sad but very beautiful.

Overall, I'm quite speechless with this book because it's just SO GOOD, but all in all, THE GIRL WITH GLASS FEET was everything I was hoping for and more, and even though I still can't get over that sad ending it offered to me, but I loved this book and it was such a shiny gem this one!

The Rating
4 1/2 / 5 stars


  1. Adult isn't normally my thing, but if I stumble across it in MY library I will definitely be picking it up. Sometimes you just need to read a beautifully written book!

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

    1. Same. I wouldn't normally grab a book like this one, but I heard amazing things about it and I love the title . . . and turns out I loved the book. Couldn't recommend it enough. :)

  2. You made this book sound amazing. I've never heard of it but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for it after reading your review =)


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