The Glass Queen by Gena Showalter REVIEW

Dare to enter the Forest of Good and Evil, where strength is weakness and weakness is strength. Don’t miss book two of New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s magical, romantic and fascinating fairy-tale series, in which the fairy tales we know and love are prophecies of the future…



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? 

A retelling of Cinderella with a twist.

I really loved the Glass Queen, I had a lot of fun trying to figure out who was who.

Ashleigh is an amazing character, she's a good doer with a backbone of steel. She knows what she wants out of life and is not afraid to fight for it and at the same time she's sweet and caring. She's never had someone to love her other than her mother but she doesn't let her circumstances pull her down.

Saxon is a dark night in shinny armor, he's fierce handsome and can easily take down an opponent with just a rage filled look. He hated Asha as soon as he saw her and is willing to do whatever it takes to save his kindom from a tragic ending.

I really enjoyed this book, I had a deeper insight on the characters that confused me and I was finally able to look at the bigger picture.

I loved that I got to see some of my favorite characters from the evil queen and that even though it wasn't their story they played an important part.

I'm hoping the next book is about Dior and Vikander. I really liked her and I'm hoping to see her grow out of her shell and become as fierce as Ashleigh.

The retelling wasn't as straightforward as the fairy tale, every character has the potential to be anyone, so it was fun to figure out each role.

Sax and Asha as a couple are great I really enjoy the enemies to lovers trope and this was very nicely done. And their "babies" are the cutest things. I can't wait for the next book.

The witch and the Oracle are the weirdest characters ever I still don't know if I like them or not but I'm starting to understand them better. They are pretty interesting, I'll give them that LOL.

I'm falling in love with this series and I'm dying for more.

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of multiple "unputdownable" series in paranormal, contemporary, and young adult romance. Learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com

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