This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Candace Robinson. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson
Series: Glass Vault #1
Also by this author: Hearts Are Like Balloons
Genres: Fairy Tales, Horror, Young Adult
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Candace Robinson
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Some see it... Some don't...
People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline's best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?
An upper YA book that intertwines horror with retellings
Author Candace Robinson states that she has a history of “growing up with horror movies, fairytales and real life unsolved mysteries” and you can definitely feel that influence in this story. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is an amazing story that takes very different genres and weaves them together seamlessly. It was nothing like I had read before, different, and I liked it!
When I first started this book, I felt that is was of the young adult genre. It had a teenage angst feel combined with a bit of uncertainty about the future. It then quickly switched to mystery and suspense, filled with just a wee bit of dread. Then bam!, the horror began and did not let up. I will say that I was surprised in the most genuine way with the telling of this tale.
At the start of this story we meet Perrie who is a student at the local high school. She has been through a recent loss of both a relationship and a best friend. Breaking-up with her first love Neven has wounded her and she is still reeling a bit from the event. Luckily, she has her other best friend and cousin Maisie to be with her while she puts her life back together. A more recent addition to her life is August, a new student in her band class that she has befriended. He is a good guy and is quickly becoming something possibly more than a friend to Perrie.
Life was typical for the teenagers until people started disappearing. It was also around that time that a building touting itself as a museum appeared. One day it was there, the next it was not. It was incredibly mysterious but also very fascinating. It seemed to appear and disappear at will, most perplexing. When someone Perrie was close to disappeared, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She began the search by going to the last place she knew her friend was, the museum known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. That decision will be one that will come to haunt Perrie as she is thrown into situations so fantastical that she will come to doubt her own sanity.
The characters in this story feel authentic. Their dialogue flows between them easily and never feels forced. I definitely felt that there was a connection between Perrie and Maisie and I came to care about what happened to these characters as well. Perrie is the protagonist of this story and I enjoyed the fact that she was not perfect. She experienced all the same emotions that a normal, sane person would and only when it was all on the line did she try to be more than she was.
Of all the characters, my favorite one through it all was Maisie. She was so unique and had all these little idiosyncrasies about her, she cracked me up! She has this thing about wearing an eye-patch that is comical and I enjoyed seeing what she would do next. I would have liked there to have been some dialogue about how she overcomes seeing 2D versus 3D due to wearing the eye patch because that is no easy task in day to day activities.
I so thoroughly enjoyed this story but the beginning did feel a little sluggish with the character introductions and backstory telling. There were some parts of it that could be perceived as superfluous with the whys of how the characters acted as they did or about the choices they made. This story’s characters are young adults and honestly sometimes teenagers do give you more information than necessary, so for me that did not take away from the reading experience. I would have liked more show than tell at certain points though.
Overall, this was a delightful dark fantasy that intermixes horror and well known fairytales. It will be nothing like you ever expected and it is gruesome at times. The ending is not a happily ever after but it is deliciously evil. Definitely gives you a chill when you are imagining the scenarios to come. It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel and I look forward to more from this author. If you are not faint of heart then Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault will be a welcome addition to your reading list.
*Thank you to Candace Robinson for this eARC of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault*