The Glass Arrow (Review & Giveaway!)

The Glass Arrow (Review & Giveaway!)


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

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!
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