Even teenage assassins have dreams. – Goodreads
Title: The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass
Author: Adan Jerreat-Poole
Genre: Fantasy, YA, LGBT
Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven magical blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.
Worried that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli gets caught up with a group of human and witch renegades, and is given the most difficult and dangerous task in the worlds: capture the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.
This felt like someone trying to write a book based on a really long detailed movie and just skipped over a lot of the good stuff, leaving only the skeleton of the story and characters.
Eli, an assassin, was created by a witch. Her job was to go into the human world and kill ghosts The Coven told her needed to be killed. Eli didn’t ask questions and did her job well. That is, until she kills her latest ghost and finds out it isn’t a ghost at all. Eli starts to question everything she has been told. Eli makes some friends in the human world and with those friends goes on an adventure of a lifetime to stop The Coven and of course, save the world.
I really wanted to like this book. The idea of it is great! Witches, ghosts, assassins, warlords, and magic… what isn’t there to like?? Well, for me this story fell short and honestly was not well written. I felt that the character development was poorly done. There was little to no background information on the characters and I just couldn’t connect to them. Eli has a best friend, Kite, who by the time the book was done I still knew nothing about. The setting was awesome and I loved it but again, there was really no detail so I feel I missed out a lot there.
Maybe an unpopular opinion – one of the characters is trans (which is totally fine) – but I found it difficult to read because of the “they, their, them” pronouns used. There wasn’t enough detail in the story so these pronouns often were confusing and I didn’t know who the author was talking about. This just threw me off throughout and ruined the overall flow of the story for me.
I just feel disappointed after reading this. I feel that the story had so much potential and just didn’t follow through. All the characters had aspects I enjoyed but because of the lack of detail and background I couldn’t get into them.
** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review
Pub date has been pushed to Oct 2020.