July 23, 2012

Girl in the Glass

Title:   Girl in the Glass
Author:  Zoe Brooks
Publisher:  White Fox Books, 1 edition (March 8, 2012)
Medium:  Kindle

Goodreads Synopsis:
“I will have to say it: 'I am Anya and I am nothing'. I will look down at the floor as I say it, so that I don't see the smile on my aunt's face, so she won't see the defiance in my eyes. She will get her victory. She always wins these battles. I know it, she knows it. But one day, one day she will not.”
In this Cinderella story for adults there is no fairy godmother and no handsome prince, just a girl of spirit and her strange companion.
Orphaned at the age of 10 in circumstances that she refuses to explain, Anya grows up trapped in the house of her abusive aunt where she and Eva, her Shadow, are treated as slaves. As her aunt tries to break her and the punishments become increasingly life-threatening, Anya struggles to find affection and self-esteem. When the inevitable showdown arrives, where will Anya find the strength to survive and escape? And if she does escape, what then? An arduous walk across an unforgiving desert to a city where an even worse danger lies

It doesn't happen very often, but every now and then a book comes along and I don't ever want to get to the last page.  I start getting upset when I realize that the end is near, because I don't want my time that I've spent with new people who have entered into my heart to end. Luckily for me (!!!) Girl in the Glass is the first book in the Shadows Trilogy.  Whew!  I was afraid that I'd have to head East to Czech Republic, knocking on old farmhouse doors to find Ms. Brooks and tell her that Anya and Eva's story was amazing, but I needed to know more!

Amazing really isn't the right word for Girl in the Glass.  It's heart wrenching, it's sad, it makes you angry, and it lifts your spirits and makes you cheer out loud.  It makes you cry and it makes you wonder.  It takes you on a journey with Anya and Eva through their unhappy childhood to them becoming women.  

It's a journey of epic proportions that many of us who are sitting in our comfortable air conditioned homes can't even begin to imagine.  We turn a blind eye to things like this happening as we sit in our comfy cocoons of fancy furnishings, never wondering where our next meal will come from.  We don't have to worry about keeping warm enough at night, and we certainly don't have to sell our souls attempting to make a better life for ourselves.

Ms. Brooks put so much description in Girl in the Glass that at times I could feel the sand and smell the salty air.  I could feel the snow and see the stars and smell the beautiful smells of luxurious perfume and taste the wine and feel the physical and emotional pain that Anya and Eva felt.

If you are looking for something different than what you normally read, something that will make you cry tears of sorrow and tears of joy then pick up Girl in the Glass by Zoe Brooks.  You won't be disappointed, and you'll be ready to hunt down the next book in the trilogy!

Zoe Brooks


  1. WOW! Makes me want to read...today. Great review and you are so right...most of us want more and more and more...comfort in our lives. We shut our eyes and turn our heads against the hard stuff of life.
    Saw you read this on your Kindle...I haven't a clue where Dave put the paperwork, haven't run across it yet but do you know how to delete a book from a Kindle? I've got a first generation and need to take off some stuff.
    Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

  2. Thank you Sandra!
    I know for sure if you go to your Amazon account, then click on Manage My Kindle (or something like that) you can delete stuff forever from you device.
    Good Luck - and if that doesn't work - www.kindleboards.com has one of the nicest online communities I've run across in long time and their forum is easy to search to find the right answers.